Crashes are Usually Worse for Motorcyclists than Other Drivers
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
Negligence, either on part of the motorcyclist or another driver, can cause a motorcycle crash to happen. Negligence can include:
- Using a handheld device while operating a motor vehicle
- Driving or riding while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs
- Failure to follow posted traffic rules such as the speed limit or signs designating where to stop, yield, and merge
- Driving or riding while being too tired to do so safely
There are unique ways that motorcycles can be negligent and cause crashes, including weaving in and out of traffic and failing to ensure they are visible during the evening hours. Drivers often miss motorcyclists who are traveling alongside them, especially at night.
When riding at night, motorcyclists should wear reflective clothing and use their high beams when not following or approaching another vehicle. All riders under the age of 18 in New Mexico must wear helmets under the law. New Mexico law also mandates that riders equip their motorcycles with attached windshields or wear protective eye devices, like goggles or eye protection attached to their helmets.
Why Are Crashes Worse for Motorcycles than other Drivers?
Motorcyclists have a greater chance of being injured in an accident than those traveling in a passenger vehicle because motorcycles lack protection available to other vehicles. There is little protecting them from the impact of another vehicle. Of course, vehicle occupants can be injured in a crash, but the frame of a car usually absorbs some of the impact of the accident. Cars are also equipped with seatbelts.
When a motorcycle is involved in a crash with another vehicle, there is little to prevent the rider from being ejected onto the road. A helmet can help to reduce the rider’s risk of sustaining serious head injuries if he or she is thrown from the bike.
The kinds of injuries common to motorcycle collisions include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Fractured collar bones
- Organ and tissue damage
Other Common Causes of Motorcycle Crashes
Not all motorcycle collisions are the result of negligence. Sometimes, a motorcycle may malfunction, resulting in the rider being harmed in an accident. Uneven roads and other hazards that may be insignificant to larger vehicles can be a risk to motorcycle riders. These can include:
- Uneven surfaces
- Railroad tracks
- Roadway gravel
- Sharp turns
- Broken pavement
- Slick surfaces, like spilled oil, wet leaves, and painted asphalt
New Mexico Motorcycle Accidents
Many motorcyclists choose to ride because of the sense of freedom they experience. However, there are serious risks associated with motorcycles. Motorcyclists are much more likely to sustain fatal injuries than those traveling in passenger vehicles.
More than 5,000 people were killed in motorcycle crashes in 2016. Motorcycle fatalities have been on the rise in recent years. An experienced New Mexico motorcycle crash attorney can help you recover your deserved compensation after a crash. The legal team at Will Ferguson & Associates is here to help. Give us a call today at (505) 243-5566 to discuss your case.