Situated in south central New Mexico and lying along the Texas state border is Otero County. Founded on January 30 1899, a number of cities lie within the borders of Otero County including Tularosa, Cloudcroft, and the county seat of Alamogordo.
Otero County was named after Territorial Representative to Congress, Miguel A. Otero, who held the role from 1856 to 1861. In 1897, President McKinley appointed Otero to be the Territorial Governor, something of which was a notable achievement as he was the first Hispanic individual to serve as Governor.
The county is home to a umber of famous sites and foundations. Alamogordo is home to a well know rocket and missile testing site, the Mescalero Apache Reservation, and the New Mexico Museum of Space History. The International Space Hall of Fame and the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired are also located within Otero County.
Pedestrian Accidents: Not Only Affecting the Visually Impaired
A common misconception which individuals have about pedestrian accidents is that a large number of them only affect whose who may be impaired in some way. But as US FARS statistical data has proven, the vast majority of pedestrian accidents do not involve those who are blind or have difficulties seeing.
- In 2002, there were a total of 4851 pedestrian deaths: 6 were legally blind, 4845 were not legally blind
- In 2004, there were a total of 4675 pedestrian deaths: 6 were legally blind, 4669 were not legally blind
- In 2006, there were a total of 4784 pedestrian deaths: 6 were legally blind, 4778 were not legally blind
From the years 2002 to 2006, there were an average of 5 pedestrian deaths each year involving a blind individual. This is substantially less than the nearly 5000 pedestrian deaths which affected individuals who were not legally blind.
Pedestrian Deaths Are Becoming a National Epidemic
What is even more shocking from the statistics is that year after year, the number of pedestrian deaths continue to hover around the same number. As of 2012, the number of pedestrian fatalities were 4,743 and accounted for 14% of all fatalities involving motor vehicles. In fact, pedestrian fatalities continue to account for a greater percentage of total fatalities year after year according to data provided by the US Department of Transportation.
How the Ruhmann Law Firm Can Help
We at the Ruhmann Law Firm are doing our part to help keep pedestrian accidents and fatalities low by holding those responsible accountable for their actions and ensuring fair compensation is received by the injured party and their loved ones.
If you or someone you know has suffered a pedestrian accident or fatality, the knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at the Ruhmann Law Firm invite you to give us a call at (915) 845-4529 to discuss your situation.
Directions to our New Mexico Personal Injury Attorneys from Otero County
These directions are from Google Maps starting from:
Otero County, NM
Total Est. Time: 3 h 11 mins
Total Est. Distance: 129 mi
- Head east on Forest Rd 5543
- Continue onto Forest Rd 253
- Continue onto Forest Rd 253
- Continue onto Forest Rd 557
- Turn right onto Fs183/Pinon Draw Rd
- Turn left onto Rd 245
- Slight right onto Rd 9647A
- Slight left onto NM-24
- Turn left onto NM-130
- Turn left onto US-82 W
- Continue onto Charlie Lee Memorial Relief Route
- Take the US-70 W ramp to Las Cruces
- Continue onto US-70 W/S White Sands Blvd
- Keep left to stay on US-70 W
- Turn right onto W Picacho Ave
- Turn left onto N Armijo St
- Destination will be on the right
We are located at:
837 North Armijo Street
Las Cruces, NM 88005