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3 dead after New Mexico man runs stop sign

On behalf of Law Office of Matthew Vance, P.C. posted in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents on Friday, May 18, 2012

In New Mexico, as in any other state or town, it's important to respect the rules of the road. Drinking and driving, running stop signs and speeding not only put your own safety at risk, but it jeopardizes the safety of passengers and occupants of other cars on the road. Killing someone else in an accident could result in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Two New Mexico families are left grieving, after a driver ran a stop sign in a southern New Mexico town and hit a truck. The 22-year-old male driver died from his injuries in the accident, along with his 21-year-old girlfriend. Tragically, the woman, who was pregnant, gave birth to her baby prematurely after the accident, and the baby died as well. The couple's 2-year-old son was also involved in the accident, and he is in critical condition at last report.

According to a local television station, the man was arrested in February for failing to appear in court after being given a ticket for failing to properly restrain his son in the car. According to police, the child was not properly secured at the time of the accident.

Sadly enough, the man's brother was killed in a 2007 car accident in what appeared to be a case of drunk driving.

The woman's family declined to comment, but it's likely they are wondering why this happened, and why safety standards were violated that put the young boy at risk. If they have to take care of the boy, they may consider filing a wrongful death against the man's estate for medical and funeral expenses.

Source: KFOX 14, "Family deals with loss of second man to a tragic car accident," Samantha Manning, May 17, 2012