The consequences of driving drunk, or high, are so devastating that most drivers are deterred from getting behind the wheel when they are impaired by alcohol or drugs. Unfortunately, some drivers still choose to risk the safety of themselves and others around them by driving under the influence of alcohol. A drunk driver can be both civilly and criminally liable for the harm to other people caused by a motor-vehicle accident resulting from the impairment. In the worst case scenario, the victim of a drunk-driving accident could die from the crash.
We look forward to the holidays as a special time with family and friends and, for many, as a time for religious observance. While driving to and from those events, such as on Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve and other special days, an insecure feeling may come over you because you know that some people are drinking alcohol. Unfortunately, sometimes those folks make the dangerous decision to get behind the wheel, putting themselves and others on the road at higher risk of injury or death in car accidents.
New Mexicans usually enjoy warm, dry weather. Last week, however, Albuquerque city employees began preparing for winter road maintenance. KRQE reports that road crews drove their winter routes to check equipment, do some training and look for any issues.
The law in New Mexico and many other states holds that when an employee of a company is performing his or her work-related duties, the employer can be held legally responsible for any injuries caused by that employee. In the case of William v. Curtis, No. 12-CV-716 MCA/LAM. (U.S Dist. Ct. N.M. 2014), the federal trial court faced the issue of whether liability for an accident caused by a driver for El Paso Natural Gas Co., Inc. could be imputed to the company even though the driver had finished his duties for the day. At the time the driver, who was still driving his company truck, caused the EPNG vehicle to collide with the plaintiff's vehicle, he was on his way to a motel to get some rest.