Vast expanses and amazing scenery are among the reasons New Mexico is popular for bicyclists. However, riding along rural routes can be as hazardous as it is in towns and cities. At Sanders Law Firm, we often represent clients injured while on their bike.
There are undoubtedly times when you are driving where you are faced with a hazard created by another driver. If another motorist cuts you off, swerves into your lane or loses part of their load, you could be left to make a split-second decision to avoid a collision and, in some cases, avoidance may be impossible. At Sanders Law Firm, we are committed to educating people in New Mexico about the measures they can take to keep themselves safer on the road.
For most drivers in Roswell, sharing the road with others may not be an issue. Yet peoples' driving habits may become complacent over time as the lack of perceived dangers that can come from driving give the impression that operating a vehicle is routine. This may prompt some to forget about standard rules of the rules, as years and years of driving a certain way can convince them that their incorrect assumptions are correct.
Motor vehicle accidents involving semi-trucks or other large commercial vehicles can be some of the most horrific on New Mexico roads and highways. A person in a typical passenger vehicle, on a motorcycle or on foot does not stand much of a chance against a big rig. According to the records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, truck accident fatalities in 2017 represented more than 18 percent of all vehicular deaths in New Mexico.
People who live in New Mexico and who have purchased or leased new vehicles in the last few years have likely noticed that more and more of these vehicles are including features that allow vehicles to be more proactive in helping drivers avoid collisions. You have probably at least seen ads for cars with features like automatic emergency braking or lane departure alerts. All of these features are touted as being able to improve safety but it is important to know that some might do the opposite.
With Roswell (and the rest of New Mexico) deep in grip of the winter season, ice-covered roads may be a daily expectation. With such hazardous road conditions may come an increased need for the roadside assistance of first responders to help those who have either sild off the road or been involved in accidents. These brave individuals may often be required to put their own safety at risk in order to help others. Motorists can do their part to keep first responders safe by using added caution when passing the scene of an accident. Sadly, that does not always happen.
Roswell residents are strongly encouraged to practice defensive driving in order to avoid accidents. While such advice may certainly be sound, one cannot completely negate the potential of being involved in a collision due to the fact that they cannot control the actions of others. Indeed, it is when those actions are negligent that people are placed in the position of needing to seek compensation following a car accident. Such a decision typically does not arise from any sense of bitterness, but rather the need for assistance in dealing with the expenses associated with an accident.
People who struggle with vertigo may be negatively impacted by this condition in all sorts of ways. For example, their performance in the workplace may be adversely affected by vertigo, and they may not be able to participate in certain sports and activities that they used to enjoy. To make things worse, some may not be able to drive any longer. Unfortunately, there are many drivers who disregard the safety of themselves and others by driving with debilitating vertigo.
People in New Mexico should know by now that drinking after consuming alcohol is dangerous. On top of that, drinking and driving can put a person at risk for criminal charges and a series of unpleasant criminal penalties, including a lifelong criminal record. Unfortunately, these realities seem to be unable to stop some drivers from making what is a well-known risky and negligent choice.
If you are like most people in New Mexico, you have at least heard about accidents involving semi-trucks or other big rigs. It might seem as though these types of crashes are not common because you may not see them often, but these wrecks have the potential to be very serious. The size and weight of large trucks can put motorists in other vehicles at a serious disadvantage when a collision does happen.