Because many residents and visitors in New Mexico like to enjoy a motorcycle ride, there are many initiatives that highlight the importance of driving cautiously around motorcyclist. While these campaigns often asked motorists to check twice for motorcyclists, this does not always prevent motorcycle crashes from occurring. Each year, thousands of motorcyclists suffer serious and fatal injuries following a wreck caused by a negligent motorist.
Based on statistics from 2018, fatal motorcycle accidents have shown a declining trend. This is based on the fact that roughly 5,000 individuals were killed in motorcycle collisions in 2017, which is almost 300 less than the number killed in 2016. This data indicates that there was a 5.6% decrease, and it is projected that this decrease is to continue.
Despite the fact that the fatality rate has been declining, the fact is that fatal motorcycle accidents are 28 times more likely to occur when compared to passenger vehicles. This makes travel via motorcycles risker compared to other vehicles primarily because they are small and have the ability to hide in blind spots. When a motorist fails to check their blind spots or yield to their right-of-way, this could result in a serious and even fatal collision.
The aftermath of a fatal motorcycle accident can be challenging for surviving family members to navigate. The grief of one's loss can be overwhelming as the losses and damages associated with the crash continue to pile up. Thus, it is important to explore available legal recourses, such as a wrongful death action. This could help address losses such as medical bills, funeral costs, loss of companionship, lost wages and other related damages.