As part of its ongoing responsibility to keep the roads of both New Mexico and the rest of the country safe, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has for over a decade been involved in the Share the Road campaign, a public awareness campaign that various states use to draw attention to the dangers motorcyclists face at the hands of other divers.
More so than other drivers, motorcyclists have to be mindful of objects on the road, as even small items like rocks can cause serious motorcycle accidents.
Most people in New Mexico can point to at least one road in their area that is in poor shape. A previous post on this blog talked about how a family sued a branch of government in the State of New Mexico following a fatal accident that, at least initially, was thought to have been caused by potholes in the road.
A previous post on this blog discussed how motorcycle accidents in New Mexico are caused not only by negligent drivers but also by defective motorcycles which fail at a critical time. In either situation, though, the end result is still that the motorcyclists get severely injured or die.
Previous posts here have discussed how serious motorcycle accidents can be. These accidents can be caused by a distracted driver who is not paying attention to the road or even a driver who, while attentive, may have just not seen a motorcyclist because he or she was not anticipating one to be in the area.
A previous post on this blog reminded readers that not all motorcycle accidents in Bernalillo, New Mexico, end with a driver being paralyzed or suffering from a severe head injury.
As this blog has discussed previously, injuries to motorcyclists following an accident are often catastrophic. After a motorcycle crash, a motorcyclist in the Albuquerque area may suffer from a head injury or spinal cord injury that leaves him or her permanently disabled. In these sorts of cases, it is quite obvious to the general public that the motorcyclist needs help and financial support.
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.