New Mexico Motorcycle Safety Laws
New Mexico is a beautiful state that is extremely attractive for bikers. After all, it is the Land of Enchantment. If you enjoy long, winding roads and beautiful landscapes, you and your bike have likely traveled through the Southwest at some point.
Motorcycle laws can vary extremely from state to state. If you live in New Mexico are just traveling through, you should know what is expected of motorcyclists by local law enforcement. Some of the core requirements of motorcyclists in New Mexico will be discussed.
Many states have laws that require all motorcyclists to wear helmets. However, New Mexico only has a helmet law applying to children under the age of 18. If you are involved in a crash, a helmet can help reduce your chances of sustaining severe injuries, so it is advised to wear a helmet regardless of age.
If your motorcycle doesn’t have a windshield, you are required to have wear eye protection. This can be in the form of a helmet with a built-in shield, goggles, or safety glasses.
New Mexico mandates that all drivers and passengers sit on secured seats when traveling by motorcycle. Bikers must all have their feet on built-in footrests. Also, a passenger is not allowed to die on the same seat as the driver, unless the seat is designed to carry more than one person.
Motorcycles are required to have functioning:
- Right and left turn signals;
- A red- or amber-colored taillight;
- One to two headlights, which are required to be positioned 20-54 inches from the ground.
When late-night driving -- or in conditions that limit visibility to less than 500 feet -- a motorcyclist must have on their head and taillights. The headlight is required to illuminate at least 150 feet in front of the bike, and the taillight is required to illuminate at least 200 feet behind the bike.
The above regulations can help keep you safe when traveling on your motorcycle, as well as limit your liability if you are involved in a crash.
New Mexico Motorcycle Accidents
For those who ride them, motorcycles are more than just a form of transportation. For many, they are a way of life, associated with freedom. However, motorcyclists are at risk of being seriously injured when sharing the road with other vehicles. These accidents are often caused by drivers who fail to take the necessary precautions to prevent a serious car accident.
Unfortunately, many drivers fail to notice motorcyclists on the state’s roadways. 5,286 people were killed in motorcycle collisions in 2016. This is a 5.1 percent increase in motorcycle fatalities from the previous year. Victims of these accidents may be eligible to recover lost compensation after a serious accident.
An experienced New Mexico motorcycle crash lawyer can help you recover deserved compensation. Will Ferguson & Associates has years of experience handling personal injury cases. We can put our years of experience to work in handling your case. If you have been injured unfairly by another driver, call us today at (505) 243-5566.