Motorcycle riders are among the most vulnerable people on New Mexico roads. Unlike automobile and truck drivers, motorcycle riders do not have the benefit of airbags, seat belts or the surrounding structure of a car or a truck to protect them in the event of a motorcycle accident. Motorcycle accident victims often suffer from traumatic brain injuries, neck and head injuries, spinal cord injuries, bone fractures and internal bleeding.
Since drunk driving or negligent driving cases are common events, lawmakers in New Mexico have made some strict laws for people who drive with children. New Mexico law requires parents or guardians to place their children in child safety seats. The law mandates that every child up to age 7, or below 60 pounds, should be in a car seat.
In New Mexico, automobile accidents sometimes occur due to a negligent driver or an overconfident driver's incautiousness. Motorists sometimes text while driving, operate a motor vehicle when drunk, drive under the influence of drugs or drive without proper training.
Bicycling is a fantastic way to keep fit. Many people in the Albuquerque area enjoy cycling since there is a good network of flat trails and mountain biking trails in the town. Many people also enjoy cycling on the roads and city streets. Cyclists must be aware, however, of the applicable traffic laws and the dangers of riding a bike on city streets.
Many people visit New Mexico for its unique culture, wilderness areas and beautiful landscapes. Many of these visitors are from neighboring states on road trips with the family and friends. They want to enjoy the land, have fun and make the most of the trip to collect memories for when they return to their routine life. However, an accident during a vacation can turn wonderful memories into tragic memories.
Many New Mexico residents like to hit the highways on their motorcycles and often with their favorite passengers behind them. Unfortunately, most motorcycle accidents have tragic results. The rider and passenger may suffer catastrophic injuries, or if the rider is not wearing protective gear, sometimes an impact may cause death.
While there are yearly reports of auto accidents in the state of New Mexico, the number and frequencies of these events could be reduced if drivers were simply more careful. Accidents may be caused by a malfunctioning traffic light, slippery roads or even a negligent driver. Furthermore, there are even those rare occasions when an accident maybe caused intentionally, like the bicycle accident that happened recently in Albuquerque.
New Mexico's motorcyclists often ride as a way to unwind or a way to efficiently travel to work or school. However, these bikers are often unsuspectingly put in harm's way by other negligent drivers. In the event of motorcycle accidents, especially with a bigger vehicle, motorcycle drivers and their passengers are more likely to suffer catastrophic injuries. These injuries may lead to permanent disability or even death.
In New Mexico each year, scores of people are killed by drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Fortunately, a new and better trend may be developing. In 2013, the number of DUI-related deaths dropped by 14 percent compared with DUI-related deaths the year before.
Many Albuquerque residents want to do their part to ease congestion on area roads and see bicycling as one way to do that while ensuring a greener future for coming generations. Safety, however, is always an issue when it comes to interactions between bicyclists and motorists.