ABQ Auto Accidents: Breakdown

At Whitener Law Firm, we believe a good driver is anyone who understands and carries out their responsibilities each and every time they drive. While this certainly includes general laws and rules of the road, it also includes a specific level of knowledge—knowledge that will not only help keep you safe while driving, but others, too! 

To expand your knowledge of auto accidents in ABQ and New Mexico, and thus, make you a better driver, we’ve analyzed the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s (NMDOT) 2019 Traffic Crash Annual Report and listed some of the most important statistics and information below. 

Though this information is helpful in avoiding crashes, it’s important to understand that accidents can still happen. If you’re involved in a car crash, trust in Albuquerque’s best auto accident lawyers and call (505) 883-7877 for Whitener Law Firm. 

Frequency of Auto Accidents in New Mexico

In 2019, 48,124 crashes occurred on New Mexico roadways, for an average of one motor vehicle crash every 11 minutes. Of these, less than one percent were fatal and 30 percent resulted in an injury. 

Top Contributing Factors of NM Crashes & Fatalities 

In New Mexico, it was determined that driver inattention contributed to 19 percent of crashes, failure to yield to the right of way contributed to 14 percent of crashes, and following too closely contributed to 11 percent of crashes. 

For fatal crashes in New Mexico, it was determined that alcohol & drug involvement contributed to 53 percent, driving left of center contributed to nine percent, and excessive speed contributed to seven percent of crashes. 

Albuquerque Auto Accident Stats

While Whitener Law Firm is proud to offer our auto accident services to all of New Mexico, a large majority of our auto accident clients are in the Albuquerque area. For this reason, below are some Albuquerque-specific crash stats. 

  • In 2019, Albuquerque was the city with the most crashes, with a total of 19,034 crashes and an average of one crash occurring every 27 minutes in Bernalillo County. 
  • In 2019, Albuquerque was the city with the most alcohol-involved crashes, totaling 675.
  • In 2019, Albuquerque had the most crashes resulting in both fatalities and injuries, with 92 fatal crashes and 5,592 injury crashes.

For more information on Albuquerque auto accidents, we invite you to view the following resources:

Albuquerque Area High Fatal and Injury Network

The City of Albuquerque Crash Data

Albuquerque’s Best Auto Accident Lawyers 

For decades, Whitener Law Firm has successfully represented New Mexicans in car crash cases. If you’ve been involved in a crash and want to seek the justice and compensation you deserve—look to the best auto accident lawyers in Albuquerque—Whitener Law Firm!