People in the American West are known for their sense of rugged individualism and penchant for bucking restrictions. New Mexico's own proud history of freedom-seeking and pioneering plays into this cultural conceit quite well. One expression of this sentiment for many modern residents is the use of motorcycles for transportation or pleasure-riding. The speed, acceleration and lack of enclosure a motorcycle offers are just the things that many enthusiasts are looking for in a way to express their independence.
Drunk driving has gotten a lot of attention over the last 30 years or so. Since at least the 1980's, there has been a push to educate people about the dangers of driving while intoxicated, as well as to stiffen penalties for doing so. Things have improved, but many people would argue we still need to do more. While, in general, the number of people driving drunk appears to have dropped statistically, there are still families that are torn apart every day by these preventable accidents.
In American society, we are often taught, directly or indirectly, that getting old is something to be feared and avoided as long as possible. However, no matter what we do, it happens to all of us. Watching a loved one, like a parent or grandparent, succumb to illness that makes the person unable to properly care for him- or herself is difficult, even more so if you are not in a position to take that individual into your own care. In such cases, sometimes a nursing home facility is the best option, but it pays to be vigilant regarding the requirements such facilities must adhere to so as to be able to detect any possible neglect or abuse.
The birth of a child is an exciting and nerve-wracking time. When that child enters the world and immediately has health problems, it can be devastating to everyone involved. A newborn should have his or her entire life ahead, so any injury, especially one with long-term consequences, takes a toll on that child's potential quality of life. When such injuries are avoidable, such as those due to medical malpractice of a New Mexico doctor, the situation is all the more tragic.
Motorcyclists, through their skill and equipment, can avoid serious motorcycle accidents. Even so, a reckless or distracted driver can cause fatalities or serious injuries among cyclists, no matter how cautious a motorcyclist is.