Driving requires focus to maintain safety, and distractions can lead to accidents. With the widespread usage of cell phones, there have been changes in distracted driving laws to account for the increase in distractions available. Hinkle Law Offices knows the effects distracted drivers can have, and if you or a loved one has been subject to that, we can help.
Distracted Driving Laws for New Mexico
In 2014, a bill was passed making texting and other typing on wireless devices illegal while driving. This includes temporary stops like traffic lights. This includes website usage but doesn’t ban GPS or in-dash panels. It also allows for hands-free texting and phone calls, but local laws restrict driving while engaging in a phone call in cities like Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
Even a hands-free phone call is not significantly safer than hand-held use. Anything that pulls a driver’s attention from the road is considered distracted driving. New Mexico specifically has a law against driving without “full time and entire attention.” Collisions caused by distracted driving are considered negligence, and if you’ve been involved, you have the right to seek damages.
When You’re in a Collision
Distracted driving causes accidents. And if you were involved in a collision where the other driver was breaking distracted driving laws, you should be compensated for the damages caused to your vehicle and the injuries you’ve suffered. Hinkle Law Offices knows what distracted driving is and what it can do. We’ll provide you with an experienced accident attorney who will review your case and help you get what you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a collision, contact us today for a free case evaluation. We’ll help you make the best decisions based on case information and provide you with legal expertise to get the compensation you deserve.