Motorcycle Accidents on the Rise in New Mexico

- Samuel Kane

The state of New Mexico is facing a serious motorcycle crash problem after preliminary data show a sharp increase in motorcycle accidents between the months of January and May this year. Twenty-two people have reportedly been killed in motorcycle crashes in the 5-month period, and the number continues to rise as motorcycle registrations grow and warmer temperatures and relatively lower gas prices prompt motorcycle use in New Mexico.

Most Common Type of Motorcycle Accidents in New Mexico

Most motorcycle crashes occur when a motor vehicle makes a left on a road where an unseen motorcyclist is traveling straight, or when the motor vehicle passes or overtakes other vehicles. Other factors linked to motorcycle crashes include speeding, driver distraction, and intoxication.

An accident involving an intoxicated driver or motorcyclist can present interesting angles for causation. In a recent New Mexico case, the appeal court issued an order that would pave the way for an injured party to present evidence that an establishment served alcoholic drinks to a visibly inebriated motorcyclist before the accident occurred.

The plaintiff in that case alleged that the defendant establishment was negligent in over-serving alcohol, which negligence was the proximate cause of the motorcycle accident and her resulting injuries. Under New Mexico dram shop laws, it is possible for a vendor of alcoholic beverages or social host to be liable for damages arising from a drunk driving accident.

Importance of Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Depending on the circumstances of a motorcycle crash, an experienced motorcycle accident attorney can determine whether an injured passenger or motorcyclist has a potential claim for compensation. A personal injury attorney can also identify the cause or causes of the accident and the person or parties who are likely responsible for the injuries or damages, as well as estimate the value of compensation that may be due under the situation.

Motorcycle accidents often cause catastrophic injuries such as brain injury, spinal cord injury, and broken bones that require medical treatment and extensive surgical procedures. If you are injured in an accident, it’s important to seek immediate treatment of your injuries and to obtain legal advice.

In Las Cruces, New Mexico, the Law Offices of Samuel I. Kane have helped numerous clients receive appropriate treatment for their injuries and obtain compensation to which they are entitled. We provide a free case evaluation of your situation and will work on contingency fee basis, allowing you to focus on your physical recovery.

We invite you to call us today at (575) 526-5263 to learn about how we can help you.