Bicycling is usually such a care-free and enjoyable activity. It is for this reason that so many Bernalillo residents have incorporated it into their daily commute. While biking to-and-from work can be liberating, a good way to stay trim and cost effective, it can also be dangerous. Certain Bernalillo residents have discovered this fact the hard way when they were involved in a car accident while biking.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that the collision of a bicyclist and a motor-vehicle can result in serious injuries. Many bicyclists have questions related to apportionment of fault in cases where they were struck and injured while biking. While this comes down to New Mexico state law, recklessness or negligence on behalf of the motor-vehicle driver or the bicyclist can play a role. Some driver actions that can indicate negligence include speeding, failing to obey traffic signs or drifting between lanes.
Bicyclists have every right to be on the road as motor-vehicles in most instances. Motor-vehicles are always encouraged to share the road whenever possible. If a motor-vehicle driver was negligent for a crash and the resulting injuries, there are ways to hold the responsible party accountable. Personal injury suits seek damages for injured parties who were wrongfully afflicted.
Succeeding in these suits can take the brunt of the financial destruction off the injured party and their family. There are often many costs associated with bicycle accident injury. Medical bills, lost wages or other financial costs are usually associated with bicycle injuries. This can financially bury the injured and their family.
Source: injury.findlaw.com, "Bicycle Accidents," Accessed Nov. 14, 2016