Albuquerque Journal reports on a hit and run accident that critically injured a pedestrian. The driver who allegedly caused the crash, 19-year-old Samantha Ramos-Montanez, has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in great bodily harm.

The crash occurred at around 9:45 p.m. when the pedestrian, Olivier Kamndon, was crossing Montgomery Boulevard. He was transported to University of New Mexico Hospital and was listed in critical condition. According to authorities, Ramos-Montanez fled the scene but was later located by police.

This crash is a tragic reminder that pedestrian accidents are likely to cause severe injuries. Although the victim in this particular incident was fortunate enough to survive, he will likely face an uphill climb to recovery, during which he might not be able to earn an income to support his wife and eight children.

If you or a member of your family was injured by a negligent driver, you may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and non-economic damages by filing a personal injury claim. An Albuquerque back injury attorney from The Law Office of Brian K. Branch can evaluate your case, gather evidence, and help you fight for the maximum payout.

Our lawyers have more than 32 years of combined experience in legal practice. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 505-764-9710.

How Can Pedestrians Reduce Their Risk of Being Hit by Negligent Drivers?

Deadly pedestrian accidents are alarmingly common in the United States. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 4,735 pedestrians lost their lives in 2013, and on average, one pedestrian was injured every 8 minutes.

The vast majority of these collisions involved human errors. You can reduce your risk of being hit by a negligent driver by following these four tips:

  1. Wear Bright Clothing

This is one of the most effective strategies for preventing pedestrian accidents. When walking at night, it is particularly important that you wear brightly colored clothing or a reflective vest. You should also carry a flashlight or wear a headlamp.

  1. Do Not Listen to Music or Text while Walking

You may already know that distracted driving is a deadly practice. What you may not know, though, is that distracted walking can be just as dangerous. According to the National Safety Council, more than 11,000 people died due to distracted walking between 2000 and 2011.

  1. Use Crosswalks When They Are Available

You can help drivers anticipate your actions by crossing only at designated crosswalks and intersections. If you enter the road outside of an intersection, it is likely that the driver’s focus will be on the road ahead, and he or she might not see you in time to avoid a collision.

  1. Make Eye Contact with Drivers before You Enter the Road

Even if you are at a crosswalk and you have the right of way, you should not enter the road unless you are certain that drivers have seen you. Try to make eye contact with drivers, and do not cross if they are looking down as if at a cellphone.

Unfortunately, even the most responsible pedestrians can fall victim to drunk, distracted, and reckless motorists. If you or a loved one was hit by a negligent driver in New Mexico, turn to The Law Office of Brian K. Branch to discuss your options for recovering compensation. Call 505-764-9710 to schedule a free initial consultation with a head injury lawyer in Albuquerque.