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AT A GLANCE: Fatal crashes in New Mexico

AT A GLANCE: Fatal crashes in New Mexico

David Lynch
June 12, 2017 06:57 AM

There have been 16 fatal motorcycle crashes this year, the same number as this time last year. 


A New Mexico Department of Transportation report shows that the big picture trends concerning fatal motor vehicle crahes over the past few years are trending in the wrong direction. 

Here's a deep dive at some of the numbers -- where fatal crashes are happening the most, how many involved alcohol, and the type of vehicle involved. 

There were 402 crash-related fatalities in 2016, a sharp increase over 2015 (298) and a slight uptick over 2014 (386).

  • Over the last three years, fatalities were most common in July (107 total from 2014 to 2016) and October (106).
  • Over the same span, fatalities from crashes were the least common early in the year, with 67 total in January and 71 in February.

In 2016, cars were the most common vehicle involved in deadly crashes, with 113 total fatalities.

  • Motorcycles were the fifth most common, with 48 total fatalities across the state. Pickup trucks, vans/SUVs/utility vehicles and pedestrian fatalities all accounted for more.
  • The month with the most motorcycle-related fatalities was April, with 10.

There were 175 total fatal motor vehicle crashes in 2016 that involved alcohol.

  • That compares 120 in 2015 and 170 in 2014.
  • Alcohol-related crashes resulting in fatalities accounted for about 44 percent of total fatalities last year.

Fatal crashes were most likely to occur in rural areas.

  • There were 224 fatal crashes in rural New Mexico areas, versus 178 in urban locations.

Bernalillo County drivers accounted for a quarter of all fatal crashes last year, with 100.

  • That number compares with 64 in the county in 2015. The county with the next highest number of fatal crashes last year was San Juan, with 30.
  • Four counties – Catron, Harding, Los Alamos and Union – registered two or fewer fatal crashes in both 2016 and 2015.

Data from a 2016 New Mexico Monthly Traffic Fatality Report by the New Mexico Department of Transportation. 


David Lynch

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