A 39-year-old man recently died following a motorcycle crash on Interstate 25 near Cañoncito. According to a representative from the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office, Lieutenant Joe McLaughlin, the Los Alamos man was headed north on the roadway when he attempted to pass a four-door Chevrolet on the right near mile marker 294. As he did so, the motorcycle rider reportedly lost control of his bike and struck a guardrail.
Following impact, the man apparently flew off of his motorcycle which then struck the Chevrolet. Despite that he was wearing a safety helmet at the time of the crash, the 39-year-old man was pronounced dead due to massive head injuries at the accident scene. Authorities stated neither the 42-year-old driver of the Chevrolet nor his 43-year-old passenger was hurt in the collision.
The exact cause of the deadly accident is currently under investigation by the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office. Investigators apparently believe alcohol did not play a role in the traffic wreck. McLaughlin stated it appears excessive speed may have contributed to the deadly accident.
Motorcycle crashes in our state are often caused by a motorist's inattention or simple negligence. Regrettably, the injuries sustained by the victim of a motorcycle collision are generally much more serious than if the same accident had involved the driver of a car or truck. Too many New Mexico motorcycle accidents result in catastrophic injuries and untimely death.
According to the United States Department of Transportation, almost 40,000 deadly motorcycle crashes occur throughout the nation every year. Normally, less than half of those killed in such an accident are wearing a protective safety helmet. In addition, speed reportedly played a role in at least 40 percent of fatal motorcycle collisions nationwide. Because New Mexico is a comparative fault accident state, a motorcycle crash victim may receive damages for his or her accident injuries even if the motorcycle rider was partly responsible for the crash. It is always a good idea to speak with a knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorney following any bike crash in New Mexico.