A recent report by Bankrate.com ranked the state of New Mexico as the nineteenth worst for drivers overall. Despite the state enjoying fair driving costs, the drivers are considered less cautious on the roads. ABQ is ranked in the top one hundred worst cities for drivers in the US. The roads in Albuquerque have generally deteriorated in the recent past and it's a key reason for the poor ranking.
Apparently, the best-ranked state in the report is North Dakota and the worst-ranked is California. According to the report, North Dakota has the safest conditions for drivers and the costs of driving are very affordable. As for California, the report suggests that the reason it's ranked the worst is because of the lengthy commutes, jammed traffic, and poor roads in some parts. This assessment is seconded by a TRIP Annual Report that was also recently released. With the driving conditions aside, how do ABQ drivers compare to drivers elsewhere?
Drivers are Generally Not Safe
Under the safety category, New Mexico was ranked number forty-eight; this is clearly not a good sign. Unfortunately, this is the situation in Albuquerque according to the Bankrate.com report. When the conditions for driving are poor, it's easier to be demotivated, more so when your safety is at risk. In 2017 alone, there were 379 driving fatalities recorded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Most Drivers Lack Auto Insurance
If you think that road safety is the only major concern in Albuquerque, you are wrong. According to an analysis by Smart Asset, seventy-nine percent of drivers in ABQ do not have auto insurance. Even though they pay heavy monthly premiums for other covers, they still lag behind in auto insurance. Business Insider records that the average monthly auto insurance cost in the US is just $125 while than in ABQ is $144. Despite this, so many drivers still operate without auto insurance.
The Rate of DUI is Alarming
According to an Albuquerque Journal report, one of the main reasons why so many accidents occur in Albuquerque is because of increased DUI cases. The report actually ranked drivers in ABQ and New Mexico as a whole at number eleven on the basis of DUI. The report was based on DUI arrests, fatalities recorded, insurance records, and speeding tickets. According to the report, alcohol contributes to about thirty-eight percent of fatal crashes in New Mexico.
Families are just annoyed with the idea that drivers are not getting the message, even though so many lives are lost annually because of DUI crashes. The accepted blood-alcohol content is supposed to be less than 0.08. However, a majority of DUI arrest records show drivers registering higher volumes.
Driving While Using the Phone
Just like most drivers are not afraid to DUI, others drive while using their mobile phones. They either chat or make calls while driving. This is a major distracter and a contributing factor to the alarming fatality statistics.
Whether it's driving badly or while intoxicated, the situation is dire in Albuquerque. However, because of tough traffic laws, there is hope that the statics will improve and ABQ and other cities in New Mexico will enjoy a positive ranking. If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a reckless driver in ABQ, you should call attorney Will Ferguson for help. This firm can help you get the compensation you deserve to help cover the cost of your injuries, property damage, and aid your recovery.