In 2019, an astounding 1 in 5 pedestrian fatalities were attributed to just one stretch of road in Albuquerque. This stretch of road is part of the world-renowned Route 66, and it lies on Central Avenue between San Pedro and Eubank. The area is known for its poverty-stricken residents, including a massive homeless population.
So why are so many pedestrians losing their lives in car crashes here? City officials call the road “forgotten,” and they highlight the fact that it is dimly lit compared to more affluent parts of Albuquerque. But does that really explain the insane amount of fatalities taking place in this small stretch of road? 8 pedestrians lost their lives in 2019 alone. There were 42 pedestrian fatalities related to traffic collisions throughout the entirety of Albuquerque.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a traffic collision as a pedestrian, it makes sense to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Negligent drivers must be held accountable. Dimly lit streets are not a valid excuse for hitting pedestrians. Drivers must always be aware of pedestrians and do everything in their power to avoid them. A qualified personal injury attorney in New Mexico can help you file a claim and receive compensation for your injuries.
A Complex Situation
The situation with this dangerous stretch of road is complex. On the one hand, all of the fatalities in 2019 were attributed to pedestrian error. None of the collisions occurred at crosswalks, and the general feeling among Albuquerque’s political class is that most of these fatalities were largely the result of pedestrians being heavily intoxicated while walking.
While it’s true that pedestrians are responsible for their own safety while they’re on the sidewalk, drivers must also be aware of what’s going on around them. If this stretch of road has a large homeless population, then perhaps drivers should be more cautious when driving along. It’s definitely a complex debate, and it’s difficult to figure out the solution.
The City Is Not Doing Much to Help
On the one hand, Albuquerque is devoting significant amounts of money to improve pedestrian safety. However, no projects are planned in and around the city’s eastern portion of Route 66. This has left many people scratching their heads.
Pedestrian Injuries are Quite Serious
If there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s that pedestrian accidents can be incredibly dangerous. These injuries may leave people disabled for the rest of their lives. Broken bones, head injuries, and internal organ damage are all possible when a pedestrian is heavily impacted by a moving vehicle.
Get Help From a Qualified Attorney Today
If you have been involved in a pedestrian collision and you have suffered injuries, it makes sense to get help from a qualified attorney as soon as possible. Reach out to the Law Office of Brian K. Branch, and we’ll help you receive adequate compensation for your injuries.
The Law Office of Brian K Branch
715 Marquette Ave. NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
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