Pecos, NM (May 9, 2023) — New Mexico State Police are currently investigating a serious car crash involving two vehicles in San Miguel County. The crash in question happened on Saturday at around 12:30 AM on State Road 50. According to investigators, a 2016 Dodge Ram pickup driven by 26-year-old Gene Romero was traveling west at a high speed. Romero briefly left the road and drove onto the eastbound shoulder of SR 50. He then overcorrected and hit another vehicle traveling east head on.
Despite the efforts of first responders, Romero was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The driver of the other vehicle was also injured and taken to a hospital. Their current condition is unknown. Based on preliminary findings, it appears that alcohol was a factor in the crash. However, the investigation by New Mexico State Police is not yet complete.
Source: New Mexico State Police
Tawney, Acosta & Chaparro P.C. Sends Its Best Wishes to Those Affected By This Crash
Our attorneys would like to offer their condolences to those affected by this fatal car crash in San Miguel County. While alcohol does appear to be a factor in this accident, we hope that the New Mexico State Police are able to complete a thorough investigation. We also wish the victim who was injured a full recovery from this traumatic event.
Drunk Driving Is on the Rise in New Mexico
Despite community and government efforts, drunk driving continues to be a major problem in New Mexico. According to a study released by the New Mexico Department of Transportation, The number of alcohol-involved fatal crashes in the state has risen nearly 56% since 2015. In 2021, there were 157 crashes caused by a drunk driver that resulted in a fatality, accounting for 36.6% of all fatal crashes in the state. In other words, 1 in 3 fatal crashes in New Mexico involved a drunk driver.
Your Options as a Victim of a Drunk Driving Crash
It comes as no surprise that many drunk driving accidents result in serious or fatal injuries. For those who survive, recovery can be excruciating, if not impossible. However, victims of these types of accidents should know that they can file a claim for their damages with the help of a knowledgeable attorney. Through your claim, you can pursue both present and future damages related to your accident, including medical bills, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
Our New Mexico Car Accident Attorneys Are Here to Help
If you were injured in this fatal car crash in San Miguel County or one similar, you don’t have to try to fight your claim alone. At Tawney, Acosta & Chaparro P.C., our knowledgeable attorneys have extensive experience advocating for those with serious accident injuries. With recognition from Super Lawyers and The National Advocates, we always put the client and their recovery first. To schedule a free case review, call us at 575-222-1000.