New Mexico leads nation in injury-related deaths

On behalf of Law Office of Matthew Vance, P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Friday, June 1, 2012

A new study is out that shows New Mexico in an unenviable position. According to the study, performed by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, New Mexico leads the nation in injury-related deaths, with approximately 98 out of every 100,000 people.

This includes any sort of injuries, including those sustained in car accidents. According to the study, injury-related deaths are the third-highest cause of the death in the country, with a national average of 58 out of every 100,000 people. That makes New Mexico's average all the more alarming.

The report noted that states need to be more proactive in adopting life-saving regulations regarding seatbelts, helmets and child safety seats. It listed one of the newest threats to injuries as distracted driving, including people who text and drive at the same time.

The study gave all 50 states a score of 1-10 on its safety preparedness rating. Surprisingly, New Mexico scored a 7, placing it ahead of more than half of the states in the country. Why so many more people die in the state is unknown at this time.

But one thing is for certain, many injury-related deaths are preventable, especially those that are caused by incidents of drunk, distracted and reckless driving. According to the study, injuries sustained each year lead to $406 billion in lifetime expenses. When someone else causes a person serious injury or death because of negligent or reckless actions, they can be held liable in civil and criminal court. While the state seems to be doing what it can, individual drivers need to take more responsibility.

Source: Trust for America's Health, "New Mexico Has Highest Rate of Injury Deaths in the U.S.," May 22, 2012