Vehicles come in all shapes and sizes, from the massive freight-carrying trucks that haul goods all across the country to streamlined bicycles made for individuals to ride. On any given day a New Mexico resident may see cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles of different makes and models commuting through Albuquerque and taking their drivers and passengers to their intended destinations.
Power outages are an uncommon occurrence that can introduce confusion into the days of New Mexico residents. When individuals are at home and lose power they may fire up the flashlight functions on their smartphones and search for candles and battery operated devices to illuminate their homes. When they are out on the roads, though, dangers can quickly mount as traffic lights and street lights go dim and leave drivers without clear directions to follow.
Hospitals are busy centers where individuals of all levels of need visit while seeking necessary medical care. Emergency patients may be brought in requiring life-saving procedures, while others may be registered as inpatients for routine treatments or surgeries. Still others may utilize hospitals' services for joyous experiences such as the births of children or spending time with loved ones who are on the road to recovery.
With spring nearly over and summer quickly approaching, we will find more and more motorcyclists on the roads. Motorcycles can be dangerous for a few reasons. They are less common on the roads, so not all drivers are expecting or necessarily looking out for them. They are also smaller and may be harder to see on the roads. They are also more vulnerable to road hazards, such as gravel or potholes. And, when a motorcycle is involved in an accident, things often do not go well for the motorcyclist.
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.
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.
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.
A motorcyclist's fatality earlier this year has been the center of a police investigation by New Mexican authorities. The largest power outage in New Mexico's history occurred the night of the fatal accident, and although leaving low light conditions on New Mexico's roads, this is no excuse for distracted driving behaviors. The woman facing charges in the motorcyclist's death told authorities she was texting and driving at the time of the accident, which has prompted an investigation into her phone records. Although the woman was a distracted driver at the time of the collision, it was proven she wasn't texting and driving at the moment of impact.
Motorcyclists can get a bad reputation. Some people wrongly believe that New Mexico motorcyclists are reckless and unsafe, due to the unfair stigma surrounding motorcyclists and motorcycle accidents. The reality is that most motorcyclists operate their bike in a safe and responsible manner and drive with every caution and courtesy available to them. Motorcyclists are often involved in accidents with motor-vehicles due to motor-vehicle driver error.
The day likely began like any other for an Albuquerque motorcyclist and his juvenile passenger. A leisurely ride went awry, however, and the otherwise ordinary day turned tragic. According to reports, it looks like the motorcycle accident may have been due to an error made by a motor-vehicle driver, and, as a result, the motorcyclist and passenger were catastrophically injured.