Motorcycle riders are among the most vulnerable people on New Mexico roads. Unlike automobile and truck drivers, motorcycle riders do not have the benefit of airbags, seat belts or the surrounding structure of a car or a truck to protect them in the event of a motorcycle accident. Motorcycle accident victims often suffer from traumatic brain injuries, neck and head injuries, spinal cord injuries, bone fractures and internal bleeding.
The state authorities have tried often to spread awareness regarding motorcycle riding safety measures, which should be followed by all motorcycle riders. In addition to following all traffic laws and regulations, such as speed limits on the road, wearing a helmet and making sure that their motorcycles are in safe operating condition, motorcycle riders are also urged to take extra precautionary measures in order to help them to remain safe on the roads.
Motorcycle riders should look into the weather conditions before getting on the road. They should also wear reflective clothing, which is more visible than plain clothes on a dark road and can also be seen in bad weather conditions like fog and rain. By making simple changes when riding motorcyclists can reduce the risk of accidents and serious injuries.
Unfortunately, even a rider who follows all the recommended safety practices can still be involved in an accident caused by a negligent car or truck driver. Many drivers simply fail to see motorcycles on the road. When a negligent driver fails to yield the right of way or turns directly in front of a motorcycle, the injured motorcyclist has the right to recover monetary compensation. At the Jaffe Law Firm we are committed to fighting for the legal rights of injured motorcyclists.