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2022 New Mexico Car Accident Fatality Statistics

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New Mexico’s car accident fatality statistics have been a cause for concern for many years. Law enforcement in places such as Albuquerque have stepped up their oversight to try and reduce car accident fatalities. As a result, Albuquerque saw a 29% decrease in traffic related deaths. Despite efforts to enhance road safety, the numbers have remained stubbornly high.

New Mexico Fatal Car Accident Statistics

In 2022, there were 466 traffic fatalities in New Mexico, 122 of which occurred in car accidents. 

Month in 2022 # of Fatalities from Car Accidents
January 7
February  17
March 17
April  7
May 8
June 4
July  23
August 8
September  11
October 7
November 12
December 11


170 of the total traffic fatalities, or 36%, were caused in accidents involving alcohol. 180 of the individuals killed were not wearing seatbelts versus the 106 that were. The highest number of traffic fatalities (143) occurred in Bernalillo County. 

Most Common Causes of Fatal Car Accidents in New Mexico

The most common causes of fatal car accidents are as follows:

Distracted Driving

Perhaps the leading cause of fatal car accidents, distracted driving involves any activity that diverts a driver’s attention away from the road. This can include texting, talking on the phone, eating, adjusting the radio, or using GPS while driving.


Driving above the posted speed limit or too fast for road and weather conditions reduces a driver’s ability to react to unexpected situations, increasing the likelihood of severe accidents.

Drunk Driving

Operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs significantly impairs a driver’s judgment, reaction time, and coordination, making them more prone to severe accidents.

Reckless Driving

Reckless behaviors such as aggressive driving, tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, and disregarding traffic signals contribute to many fatal collisions.

Drowsy Driving

Fatigued drivers have impaired attention and slower reaction times, which can lead to accidents, especially during long trips or late at night.

Weather Conditions

Adverse weather conditions like rain, snow, ice, or fog can make driving hazardous, increasing the risk of accidents if drivers fail to adjust their driving to the conditions.

Running Red Lights and Stop Signs

Failing to obey traffic signals and stop signs can result in dangerous collisions, especially at intersections.

Wrong-Way Driving

Drivers entering highways or roads in the wrong direction pose a significant danger to other motorists, often resulting in head-on collisions, which are often fatal. 

Avoiding a fatal car accident requires a combination of responsible driving practices, awareness, and preparedness. Here are some essential tips to help you stay safe on the road and reduce the risk of a fatal car accident:

Tips to Avoid a Car Accident

  • Stay Focused: Keep your attention on the road at all times.
  • Always Drive Sober: Never drive under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or prescription medications that impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely.
  • Obey Speed Limits: Speeding reduces your reaction time and increases the severity of accidents.
  • Use Your Seatbelt: Always wear your seatbelt, and ensure that all passengers do the same. Seatbelts significantly reduce the risk of serious injury or death in the event of an accident.
  • Observe Traffic Rules: Follow all traffic laws, including stopping at stop signs, obeying traffic signals, and yielding right-of-way when required.
  •  Be Cautious at Intersections: Exercise extra caution at intersections, even when you have the right-of-way. Look for oncoming traffic before proceeding.
  • Avoid Aggressive Driving: Stay calm and patient behind the wheel. Aggressive behaviors like tailgating or excessive lane changing commonly result in collisions. 

By adopting these tips and encouraging responsible driving habits among friends and family, we can all contribute to making our roads safer and reducing the number of fatal car accidents. If you were a victim of an accident, don’t hesitate to contact our Albuquerque personal injury attorneys for legal assistance. 

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