Motorcycles are a great way to enjoy the beautiful landscape of New Mexico while traveling, but they can also be a hazard as they are smaller and less visible to other drivers on the road. This puts many motorcyclists in a vulnerable position compared to other drivers. This shouldn’t, however, deter you from enjoying your motorcycle, but it is important to know what to be on the lookout for and how to keep yourself safe while on the road with other motorists. And if you happen to be involved in an accident involving your motorcycle, it’s important to reach out to those attorneys you can rely on at The Dinelli Law Firm in Albuquerque.
Motorcycle Crashes in New Mexico
According to the New Mexico Department of Transportation, in 2019 alone, there were a total of 1,094 crashes involving motorcycles, with 369 of them being fatal. Motorcycles are known for being small and easily missed if another motorist isn’t paying proper attention to the road. It’s vital to be on the defense while driving your motorcycle, as you never know when someone may not be paying full attention—and if you’re paying attention, it’s easier to maneuver and correct yourself in case of a reckless driver.
Tips to Stay Safe
- One of the most, if not the most, important things you can do to protect yourself while driving your motorcycle is to wear a helmet and other protective gear. In 2019, 11.5 percent of unprotected motorcyclists were killed when involved in an accident. While it may seem like fun to ride without the extra weight, in the event of an accident, this decision can prove to be fatal. Always wear your protective gear when you go out for a ride, even if it’s just around the corner.
- Another important safety tip is to obey all traffic laws and rules of the road. Motorcycles are easier to maneuver, and during a traffic jam, it can be tempting to weave around other vehicles on the road, but this is extremely dangerous and illegal. Waiting in line with the rest of the vehicles on the road can save you from being seriously harmed.
- Increasing your visibility while you ride is also important, especially at night. It can be easy to miss a motorcyclist at night if they’re wearing all black. Wearing reflective or brightly colored clothes can help let other motorists know you’re there.
We’re proud to represent motorcyclists in their time of need. If you or a loved one are involved in an accident while riding your motorcycle, don’t let it go to the wayside—we’re here and ready to help you with your case. We’ll fight for you, and get you the compensation you deserve! Call us today at (505) 582-2157 to get help now.