Your right to compensation from drivers who refuse to share the roads
New Mexico’s roadways remain among the most dangerous in the country, especially for bicyclists and pedestrians. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ranked New Mexico as having the highest pedestrian death rate per capita in the United States in its 2008 National Pedestrian Crash Report — amounting to 41 pedestrian fatalities in 2011.
Revo Smith Law has devoted 30 years to seeking justice for people in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Los Lunas, Belen, Bernallilo, Santa Fe and throughout New Mexico. Our legal team wants to see New Mexico come in last in NHTSA’s next crash report. Yet, we know it will take a combination of legislation and public awareness to improve these alarming fatality statistics. By holding drivers responsible in the civil courts for their careless actions, we can at least make drivers think twice before they disregard the safety of others. Our firm recovers the maximum compensation possible from the negligent driver who injured you or killed your loved one. We deal with the insurance companies to make sure you are treated fairly and you receive fair and reasonable compensation.
Avoiding bicycle and pedestrian accidents in New Mexico
Accidents can happen anywhere. From the larger cities of Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Santa Fe to the rural stretches of roadways that crisscross New Mexico, you are at risk of being hit by a distracted driver or a drunk driver. Because bicyclists and pedestrians lack the protections that motorists have, even a slow-speed crash can result in serious harm, such as head injuries, spinal damages or amputations.
The best way to prevent serious injuries is to avoid being hit by a car. Do not engage in distracted walking or biking — remain alert and put away the smartphone and the music player. Whether you walk or bike, always follow the traffic laws. On a bike, this means making hand signals to indicate turns, using bike lanes when possible and riding with the flow of traffic. Pedestrians should cross only at designated walkways, use sidewalks when available and stay close to the shoulder facing traffic when forced to walk on the road. Also, drivers can see you better if you wear bright, reflective clothing and put on lights at night.
Corporate liability for bike crash injuries
Although New Mexico law only requires bikers under the age of 18 to wear helmets, people of all ages should consider it. However, a defective bike helmet may actually be worse than no helmet. If your or your child’s helmet failed during a bike crash, you may have a cause of action against the manufacturer.