Motorcycles are popular in New Mexico, and why not? The sunny weather and good road conditions make driving along the state’s highways and byways a pleasant experience for many bikers. Likewise, the freedom of traveling long stretches of relatively flat, straight roads is invigorating for many New Mexico residents. As we have mentioned before, however, if something unexpected does happen, and a rider is involved in a motorcycle crash, the results can be catastrophic.
One New Mexico family is now facing the consequences of this fact. A recent motorcycle accident in Santa Fe during the Easter weekend has resulted in a man’s death. The 63-year-old man was riding his motorcycle in that city when he was struck in the rear by another driver. According to police, the accident resulted in the man’s motorcycle rolling over him, causing serious head and body injuries that eventually proved fatal.
The driver who allegedly caused the accident supposedly attempted to flee the scene, pursued by a good Samaritan. He was eventually caught due to a fence that collapsed under him. According to authorities, he smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes. His blood was drawn after he refused to take field sobriety tests. The man will reportedly be charged with vehicular manslaughter along with other charges.
While motorcycles can be a source of great pleasure, they can also be very dangerous. Because of their small size and lack of protection for riders, motorcycles involved in accidents are more likely to have their drivers killed, or severely hurt, than are other vehicles. When this happens due to another person’s negligence, the injured victim, or the families of those who died, may be awarded monetary compensation for their losses.
Source abqjournal.com, “Motorcyclist hit in DWI wreck dies; car driver charged with vehicular homicide,” Edmundo Carillo, April 25, 2017
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