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Morton — Head-On Collision on State Highway 125

Posted on Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 at 7:30 pm    

A fatal head-on collision happened on Friday, January 11, 2019, around 8:50 p.m. in Cochran County on State Highway 125.

According to the Department of Public Safety (DPS), a 2015 Chevy Express, driven by 43-year-old Albuquerque resident Richard Sanchez, was traveling eastbound on State Highway 125 while a 2013 Ford F-150, driven by 82-year-old Bledsoe resident Bill Benham, was traveling westbound on the same highway. Sanchez then failed to stay on his lane and swerved into oncoming traffic, thus colliding with Benham’s vehicle.

Because of the severity of the collision, Benham was instantly killed while Sanchez was transported to a hospital with incapacitating injuries.

Car accidents are a serious problem in this day and age, and yet they still happen quite often. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), car accidents happen almost every minute of every day, and for every 16 minutes, a car accident occurs that results in death. So that is roughly about 6 million car accidents every year and 90 people dying in car accidents every day in the U.S. alone.

A particular type of car accident, head-on collision, is probably the most dangerous type of crashes of them all, simply because of the increased force sustained by both drivers. Reports estimate that head-on collisions only comprise 2% of reported crashes, but they do account for well over 10% of driving fatalities. Spinal injuries, brain injuries, catastrophic injuries, broken bones, paralysis, and of course death are some of the common outcomes of a head-on collision.

If you are a victim of a head-on collision, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this type of crash, then never hesitate to reach out for help. The police will be there for you, but more than that, car accident attorneys are also present to help you protect your rights and get the justice that you deserve.


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