Bicycle accidents can cause serious personal injuries when they involve collisions with motorized vehicles by negligent or reckless operators of vehicles, and/or drivers under the influence of drugs or intoxicating substances.
The most common situation leading to serious bicyclist injuries involve a distracted motorist operating a car, truck, tractor-trailer, or motorcycle. These negligent operators are unable to focus on the road when they use their cell phone, attend to text messaging, or simply fail to lookout for cyclists on the road.
If you or a family member is involved in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Special Rules for Cyclists
Cyclists are required to obey all traffic laws and not create unreasonable safety risks while on the road. While not required of cyclists, wearing helmets are strongly recommended in order to minimize risks of serious injuries.
In most states including New Mexico, a motorized vehicle must maintain a distance of at least 5 feet from a cyclist when they share a common roadway and the cyclist is near the white line demarcating the highway or road boundary. Vehicles that approach cyclists within the five feet margin may be held liable for committing an act of negligence and a criminal act.
Bicycle Accident Injuries
- Bicycle accidents expose riders to risks of serious injuries such as:
- Head injuries
- Broken or fractured shoulder blades, arms, and/or legs
- Other less serious injuries that are associated with bicycle accidents include road rashes, cuts, scrapes, and bruising. In unfortunate situations, a bicyclist’s injuries can lead to death.
The nature and extent of a bicyclist’s injuries will depend on several factors such as:
- The driver’s speed
- The location of the impact
- Whether or not the cyclist was wearing a helmet
Our Bicycle Accident Experience
Our firm has extensive experience in bicycle accidents, handling numerous cases resulting in serious injuries. Mr. Samuel I. Kane is active in the local cycling community, making our firm the first choice of local cyclists who are injured due to the negligent or reckless behavior of other motorists.
Representing Injured Cyclists in Las Cruces
The Law Offices of Samuel I. Kane love the cycling sport whether on the road or on the mountains. We have years of experience in handling bicycle accident claims, helping clients obtain medical care from competent medical providers even without payment until our clients’ claims are resolved.
We aggressively pursue bicycle accident claims in order to obtain adequate compensation for our clients and shape public policies for increasing bicyclist awareness and safety.
Contact our experienced bicycle accident attorneys for a free consultation at (575) 526-5263.