Spring in New Mexico means warm sun and a slight breeze, encouraging bicyclists to take advantage of the great weather and enjoy a ride. Many popular streets, such as Tramway, begin to accumulate cyclists, as they enjoy the ideal weather and take up their hobby for spring. However, this also means that drivers need to be extremely aware of their surroundings while on Albuquerque roads. Cyclists are limited in their protection, especially compared to that of a vehicle, and on top of that, they are less visible while on the road. The negligence of a driver can mean life or death for a bicyclist, so it’s important to do your part and drive with cyclists in mind during the spring and summer seasons.
At The Dinelli Law Firm, we proudly represent New Mexican bicyclists in the event of an accident, and are dedicated to providing them with experienced representation and expert support. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident while cycling, know that The Dinelli Law Firm is on your side!
ABQ Bicycle Crash Stats
Albuquerque is a bicycle-friendly community, and was even awarded the title by the League of American Bicyclists in 2020—but despite this and Albuquerque having many cycling paths, there are still many dangers to cyclists on the roads. In 2019, there were 374 Albuquerque cyclists involved in crashes, with 329 of them resulting in injuries. Of the total crashes, driver inattention and failure to yield accounted for 47.6% of the crashes, according to the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT).
Keeping Cyclists Safe
Doing our part as drivers is crucial to keeping our local community of cyclists safe while out and about in Albuquerque. Here are a few tips for drivers to keep in mind while cruising around the city:
- Always be aware of your surroundings while driving, and keep an eye out for less-visible travelers, such as motorcycles, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
- Exercise caution and yield to cyclists when making a turn.
- Allow three feet when passing by cyclists and when behind cyclists.
- Stay out of bike lanes, especially if you are planning to pull over on the side of the road.
The Dinelli Law Firm: A Name You Can Trust
Though bicyclists and drivers do their best to be aware of one another while on the road, accidents still happen, and often result in life-altering injuries and medical costs. If you’re the victim of a bicycle crash caused by the negligence of another, don’t wait—contact the attorneys you can trust at (505) 582-2157! With years of experience handling bicycle accident cases and a dedication to helping you, we’re here to offer the support you need, while fighting aggressively to get the justice you deserve. Trust in Albuquerque’s best bicycle accident attorneys, trust The Dinelli Law Firm!