Surrounded by the Organ Mountains to the east and the Dona Ana Mountains and Picacho Peak is the city of Las Cruces, New Mexico. First colonized by the Spanish in 1598 and incorporated in 1907, Las Cruces is the second largest city in the state. More than 100,000 people call this city home, with the majority being married couples with children.
Las Cruces has enjoyed a lot of press lately and has been featured in a number of movies and television shows over the years. Most recently the area gained national attention as it is the headquarters for Virgin Galactic, the world’s very first company to provide sub-orbital spaceflights. The city has also been featured in Clint Eastwood films (Hang ’Em High), the movie Due Date with Robert Downey Jr., and was the backdrop for the two-hour pilot episode for the show Cannon.
Part of what makes Las Cruces a desirable area to live is its proximity to other major cities, and Mexico. Though well over 200 miles south of Albuquerque, New Mexico, it is only 40 miles or so from El Paso, Texas and 60 miles from the Mexican border. This also means that a lot of people are traveling through this area on a regular basis, increasing the chances of residents and other tourists becoming involved in a car accident.
New Mexico Crash Statistics Above National Average
There were 43,227 traffic crashes reported throughout the state of New Mexico in 2011. This totals to over 110,000 people involved, with over 18,000 injured and 351 succumbing to their injuries. But these aren’t the only glaring statistics that are of concern:
- 5% of New Mexico’s population was involved in a crash in 2011
- 29% of crashes resulted in injury, while 1% resulted in a fatality
- The rate of teen drivers (those aged 15 to 19) being involved in accidents is three times higher than the typical state-wide rate
- 98% of motorcyclists who died in a crash were not wearing a helmet
Top Reasons for Car Accidents on New Mexico Roads
The New Mexico Department of Transportation investigated each of these accidents and uncovered what the top contributing factors were:
- 24% due to driver inattention
- 14% due to failure to yield
- 11% due to following too closely
If you or someone you love has been involved in a vehicle accident, it is important to first seek medical attention and then, where possible, gather evidence. This includes taking pictures of the accident before moving the vehicles, obtaining witness statements, and gathering the information of all drivers involved. The next step is to contact a personal injury attorney for further guidance.
The experienced attorneys at the Ruhmann Law Firm have provided expert legal counsel to hundreds of injured parties in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Mexican citizens who have been involved in car accidents.
Contact us online or give us a call at (575) 526-4529 to arrange for a free consultation.
Location of our Las Cruces Office
We are located at:
837 N Armijo St
Las Cruces, NM 88005