Anyone who uses New Mexico roadways knows they could potentially become harmed by another driver's negligence. However, the injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents could be more serious as a result of the lack of barriers available to protect those from more traditional and heavier vehicles. One man recently lost his foot as a result of such an accident.
Shoulder drops, uneven lanes, potholes and the like can be rather annoying to those traveling in cars or other four-wheel vehicles. However, for motorcyclists in New Mexico and elsewhere, these road hazards can be very dangerous. If one must perform an evasive maneuver while riding a motorcycle and finds one of these hazards in his or her path, what should have been a life-saving maneuver could quickly turn into quite the opposite, resulting in catastrophic injuries or even death.
Albuquerque authorities say that they had to shut down westbound traffic along Interstate 40 after a serious hit-and-run car accident involving a policeman on a motorcycle. A car struck an Albuquerque police officer while he was driving his police motorcycle. The accident caused the officer to suffer catastrophic injuries.
A man who was found guilty of causing a fatal DUI accident in 2006 was recently arrested and accused of causing another New Mexico drunk driving accident. In the previous incident, the man was charged with causing the catastrophic injuries to a motorcyclist, who ultimately died. In the most recent event, the man was involved in a head-on crash with another motorcycle, which had two people on board.
Losing a loved one in a fatal car accident is one of the hardest experiences that any person may face. On top of that, Albuquerque car accidents tend to happen when we least expect them to occur. Although most people escape unscathed or with minor injuries, tragically, people can also be killed -- especially when drinking was involved.
New Mexico drivers looking for cold, hard statistics to use while convincing their friends not to drink this New Year's Eve can find them in a recent report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA has compiled data, which proves holiday drinking costs lives. Indeed, more New Mexico drivers die from car accidents that involve alcohol during the holidays than any other time of the year.
No one ever plans to be in a car accident, this much is certain. However, whenever an individual causes a car accident that results in catastrophic injuries, he or she must remain at the accident scene to face the police, take responsibility and answer questions regarding the incident. When someone flees the scene, it hinders the legal process, and it is also against the law. Especially in the case of a hit-and-run, legal claims for those who were injured (or family of anyone killed) by the driver's actions may have a stronger case because that person fled.
State police are still investigating a serious car crash that sent four individuals to the hospital with varied injuries, according to local law enforcement. New Mexico police are piecing together the two-car accident that injured several children. Police have indicated that charges are pending once the investigation is complete.
Another life has been taken in a tragic New Mexico car accident. A sport utility vehicle was hit in the rear by a pickup truck on Highway 62. A passenger riding in the SUV, who was the husband of the female driver, was killed in the accident. Fatal car accidents like this one happen every day, and they are understandably tragic for the victims and their families.
Tragic car accidents happen every day in New Mexico, and the ones that involve motorcycles have the potential for being the worst. In car accidents where a motorcyclist collides with another vehicle, the biker is at an extreme disadvantage. Not only are bikers more difficult to see than car drivers, but they are unprotected and can easily suffer extreme injury or death when involved an accident.