Earlier last month, a New Mexico motorcyclist was killed after a UPS truck pulled onto the road in front of him. According to Santa Fe news reports, the motorcyclist was driving south on Rio Arriba County Road when the accident occurred. Apparently, the UPS driver pulled into the road, and the motorcyclist attempted to avoid hitting the truck.
In attempting to avoid an accident, the motorcyclist rode his motorcycle onto a shoulder and over an embankment. However, in doing that, the motorcycle overturned. The motorcyclist was thrown from the motorcycle, and his passenger was also ejected. The passenger was taken to a local hospital, and she remains in stable condition. Unfortunately, the motorcycle driver was declared dead at the scene of the accident. Both parties were wearing helmets when the accident occurred. New Mexico State Police are currently still investigating the crash, but no charges have yet been filed.
Motorcycle Safety in New Mexico
Motorcycle accidents and truck accidents often result in the highest number of fatalities, and when those two vehicles are combined it is highly likely that someone will end up seriously injured or killed. It is important when operating a motorcycle that both the driver and passenger are aware of the rules of the road and specifically safety rules directly related to their motorcycles.
Motorcyclists should be certain to maintain their bikes in working order. This includes inspecting the tires, brakes, and all moving parts prior to traveling. Additionally, it is suggested that the cyclist partake in some sort of safety training program. For example, there are various courses that are designed for riders of all ages. Classroom instruction paired with practical riding can greatly reduce the likelihood of accidents. These sorts of classes can teach students about the different types of motorcycles, the operation of the bikes, and generally how to be a more conscientious driver.
However, even with these types of courses and training, accidents can still occur. If an accident does occur when you are either the motorcyclist, a passenger, or someone hurt by a motorcyclist, it is important that you consider all of your options. One of the options may include bringing a suit against the wrongdoer for the damages you incurred in the accident.
Have You or a Loved One Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?
If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, either as the motorcycle driver or because of a motorcycle driver, you may consider bringing a suit against the culpable party. If you are successful, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your past medical bills, future medical expenses, and other damages related to your accident. In certain cases, punitive damages may be awarded, depending on the nature of the accident. Contact an attorney to determine what your rights and remedies are as the injured individual. Contact the Fine Law Firm at 505-889-FINE to schedule a free initial consultation.
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Skateboarder Hit and Killed in Fatal DUI Accident in New Mexico, New Mexico Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, February 25, 2015.