May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

Every year, too many motorcyclists are killed in Albuquerque and throughout the nation. May is Motorcycle Awareness Month, and the perfect time to think about motorcyclists’ safety - whether you are a motorcyclist yourself or the driver of a standard motor vehicle.

Motorcycle Accidents, Injuries, and Deaths

Being a motorcyclist in New Mexico is incredibly dangerous. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclist deaths occurred 28 times more frequently than did deaths in other accidents in a single year in the U.S. In 2018 in New Mexico, there were 47 motorcycle fatalities recorded. This number does not include the number of motorcycle accidents or injury-causing crashes.

Motorcycle accidents occur for many reasons, including driver distraction, motorcyclists riding in drivers’ blind spots, speeding, dangerous road conditions, and more. Data shows that alcohol also plays a role in motorcycle accidents: 37% of motorcycle riders killed in crashes in 2016 were alcohol-impaired. Not wearing a helmet also increases the risk of severe injury or death in the event of a collision.

Keeping Motorcyclists Safe

Both drivers and motorcyclists need to take precautions when on the road in Albuquerque. Here are some safety tips for motorcyclists and drivers alike that can help to reduce the number of motorcycle-car collisions:

Driver sober: Whenever you get behind the wheel of a car or on a motorcycle, make sure you have not had anything to drink.

Slow your speed: The faster you are traveling, the greater the risk of an accident, and the greater the chances are that injuries will be serious.

Watch blind spots: Motorcyclists should take caution when passing larger vehicles, and never spend an excessive amount of time in a driver’s blind spots. Drivers should always double check blind spots before changing lanes.

Be courteous: We could all benefit from a little more civility on the roads. Remember that the goal is everyone’s safety - slow down, give other drivers room, stop tailgating, and signal your intentions.

Wear a helmet and proper riding gear: If you are a motorcyclist, it is of critical importance that you wear a helmet when riding, as well as other gear designed to reduce injuries.

What to do if You are Involved in a Motorcycle Crash

If you are involved in a motorcycle crash Albuquerque, you deserve to be compensated. As soon as possible after a crash, seek medical care, file a police report, and document your injuries and any details of the accident that you can remember. Then, call an experienced New Mexico injury attorney who can guide you through your legal options.

Contact The Law Offices of Edward Chavez, Jr. Today

Being involved in a motorcycle crash can be a terrifying experience. With safer riding and driving and more attention to what is going on around us, we can all do our part to reduce the number of motorcycle collisions and motorcyclist injuries and fatalities.

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month, but we all have a responsibility to operate our vehicles safely every day of the year.

If you are involved in a motorcycle crash, reach out to our motorcycle accident lawyer in New Mexico for a free consultation. We are committed to helping you.