Last weekend, a fatal motorcycle accident closed southbound Interstate 25 in Albuquerque for several hours. According to law enforcement officers, 52-year-old Fred Drake was headed south on his Harley Davidson motorcycle when he reportedly swerved and lost control near a curve in the roadway. Drake struck a pick-up truck that was parked on the shoulder to aid a stranded motorist. The motorcyclist then slid beneath and became lodged under the truck. Sadly, Drake was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. No other injuries were reported.
According to Albuquerque Police Officer Nelson Sanchez, several vehicles were involved in the crash. He stated it appears that another vehicle struck Drake’s motorcycle immediately before it left the roadway. The exact cause of the crash is currently under investigation. Although alcohol is not a suspected factor in the collision, Drake was reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed and was not wearing a protective helmet.
Whether you are riding your motorcycle, driving in your automobile, or merely walking down the street, a collision caused by a negligent driver can occur at any time. Unfortunately, the injuries sustained in a New Mexico motorcycle accident are normally catastrophic or fatal. Too often, individuals who choose to ride motorcycles face stereotypes that can have an effect on their right to recovery. If you were injured or a loved one was killed by a careless driver while riding a motorcycle, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your medical expenses, any resulting disability, pain and suffering, lost wages, funeral expenses, and other damages. If you were hurt while riding your motorcycle in New Mexico, you should contact a skilled personal injury lawyer.
According to the nation’s Department of Transportation, nearly 40,000 fatal motorcycle accidents occur throughout the United States each year. On average, less than half of those killed were wearing a safety helmet. Additionally, speed reportedly played a factor in more than 40 percent of fatal motorcycle collisions. Still, New Mexico is a comparative fault accident state. Because of this, a motorcycle accident victim may receive damages for his or her injuries even if the motorcyclist was partially responsible for the crash. It is always a good idea to contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer after any collision in New Mexico.