Motorcycle accidents often occur by no fault of the motorcyclist. Know the facts and statistics about motorcycle accidents in New Mexico.
New Mexico Helmet Laws
The popular conception of motorcyclists as (unnecessary) risk takers often works against victims of motorcycle accidents in litigation and trial. However, that perception is often the result of misinformation.
Many motorcyclists in New Mexico are seen riding on roadways without helmets. This is not necessarily unlawful. Current New Mexico helmet laws only require helmet usage by riders 17 years of age and younger. Legal adult riders are only required to wear protective eyewear.
New Mexico Motorcycle Accident Statistics
New Mexico Department of Transportation and University of New Mexico compile monthly and yearly accident statistics.* In 2014, the last year for which motorcycle accident statistics are available:
- 44 motorcyclists died in crashes in New Mexico
- Motorcycle fatalities made up 11% of all vehicle accident fatalities, matching the national average
- Motorcycle accident fatalities tend to increase during warmer months (May through September) when more bikes are on the road
Statistically, most motorcycle accidents are involved in multiple-vehicle crashes. In other words, motorcycle riders by themselves are not the at-fault driver. Many motorcycle accidents result from the negligence of other drivers who fail to see motorcycles and/or acknowledge motorcyclists’ equal road-sharing rights.
Putting Statistics to Work for Your Motorcycle Accident Case
You are not a statistic, but statistics about motorcycle accidents in New Mexico can work for you. The attorneys at The Hinkle Law Office understand the rights and risks of motorcycle usage. They know the factors that contribute to accidents resulting in personal injury or death and can find out if they played a part in your accident.
Hinkle Law Offices, P.C. invests in thorough investigation and accident reconstruction of your motorcycle accident. We gather all the information we can to build a strong case to fight for the compensation to which you may be entitled.
For the TUF help you need to financially recover from a motorcycle accident, contact Hinkle Law Offices in Albuquerque. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
Call (505) TUF-HELP if you have suffered serious injury in a motorcycle accident.
Hinkle Rides. Hinkle Knows.
* New Mexico Monthly Traffic Fatality Report, 2014 http://www.unm.edu/~dgrint/reports/fatalities/web-fatallog-2014.pdf