New Mexico traffic fatalities rise 20 percent over 2013

Tragedy in Roswell

Lupe Hodge was much more than a statistic to the people close to her. She was a beloved mother and friend.

But 45-year-old Hodge became the latest victim of a disturbing trend on Sunday, June 22, in Roswell.

According to officers with the Roswell Police Department, Hodge was on foot near the corner of Garden Street and Sixth Street when she was struck by a vehicle. Paramedics rushed Hodge to a nearby hospital.

She was placed life support for four days, but was removed by her family after doctors determined that she was brain dead.

In Roswell, and elsewhere throughout the state, 2014 is proving much deadlier than 2013.

A disturbing trend

According to the New Mexico Department of Transportation, 204 travelers have been killed in accidents between January 2014 and July 2014.

That figure marks a 20 percent increase over the first seven months of 2013, when 170 deaths were reported. Investigators say alcohol was a factor in 86 of the fatalities.

At present, it remains unclear whether alcohol was a factor in Hodge’s death. The motorist involved reportedly fled the scene and has not been located by officials.

Witnesses have been asked to come forward with any additional information. Investigators are reportedly tracking down three possible leads.

As the Labor Day holiday weekend approaches, marking the end of summer, law enforcement agencies throughout New Mexico plan to step up their presence with saturation patrols on the municipal, county, state and tribal levels.

What can you do?

When fatal accidents occur, having the right New Mexico attorney can make all the difference.  There are a few key reasons to consider contacting an attorney regarding your auto accident.

First, insurance companies get involved quickly after an accident. Their goal is to limit the amount they will have to pay. By having an attorney on your side, you can receive the maximum compensation due to you.

Furthermore, insurance companies typically conduct an investigation in cases of fatal accidents. An investigation should also be conducted on behalf of the victim, or the victim’s family.

Finally, fatal accidents sometimes involve commercial vehicles, which carry multi-million dollar insurance policies. A top-notch New Mexico personal injury attorney will uncover all policies applicable to your recovery.

Most importantly, accident victims and their families are given the Keller & Keller Zero Fee Guarantee. That means you never pay for a consultation and we don’t get paid until we make a recovery for you.

Contact an experienced Albuquerque accident attorney by calling 1-800-253-5537 or by filling out the form below.

 

Andy Ray
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