New Mexico State Trooper Hit by Drunk Driver

July 24th, 2014 | by RON BELL

A New Mexico State Police officer involved in a violent collision in Hobbs, New Mexico just barely made it out alive.  The officer was in his vehicle on the side of Highway 62, performing a routine traffic stop just before 6:15 P.M., when a DUI drunk driver smashed into the back of the officer’s patrol car.  According to one report, the car was nearly destroyed, and the officer was airlifted to a nearby hospital and admitted in critical condition.  The vehicle that had been stopped by the police officer was also hit in the accident.  The driver of that vehicle only sustained minor injuries.

New Mexico drunk driving accidents cause hundreds of injuries and deaths every year.  In addition, driving under the influence arrests in Albuquerque, New Mexico are a leading cause of arrest.  In New Mexico, a driver is considered intoxicated if the concentration of alcohol in their bloodstream, or blood alcohol content (BAC), is .08% or higher.  Drivers caught driving at or above this amount can be prosecuted for DUI.  When a drunk driver causes an accident that results in property damage, injury, or death, he can face additional criminal charges, as well as civil liability for the damage caused.

Injury victims of DWI accidents and their families often face significant expenses in the future due to a serious or deadly New Mexico drunk driving accident.  Hospital expenses, medical bills, funeral expenses, lost wages, and permanent injuries can financially harm a victim and their loved ones.

Ron Bell personal injury lawyers represent those injured by a drunk driver and hold them responsible for the damage that they cause.  Albuquerque car accident attorneys fight for accident victims and assist with filing a New Mexico personal injury lawsuit against the drunk driver that caused the accident, and recover damages in addition to any compensation offered by the insurance companies.  The New Mexico legal system is designed to protect car collision victims, motorcycle crash victims, and truck accident victims.  Anyone who negligently drives a vehicle while on illegal drugs or intoxicated while driving needs to be held responsible.

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