Albuquerque Bike Accident Lawyer
Protecting the Rights of Injured Cyclists Under the Law
New Mexico is a great place for cyclists to enjoy a ride on two wheels. But cycling can be dangerous, especially when motorists operating vehicles are unaware of the rules of the road concerning bicycles. The Lawyers O’Reilly PC’s Albuquerque bicycle accident lawyer Brendan O’Reilly is a cyclist himself who will stand up for the legal rights of injured cyclists statewide. When you’re mendin’, get Brendan!
New Mexico Bicycle Laws
Everyone should familiarize themselves with New Mexico’s state bicycle laws. Why? Not everyone may cycle, but most of us drive regularly and therefore we need to be aware of how to share the road with bicyclists to keep everyone safe. Cyclists, of course, should ensure they are following the law for safety reasons as well.
Relevant state laws include:
- Under New Mexico Statutes § 32A-24-3, all minors (individuals under the age of 18) must wear a helmet while operating or riding on a bicycle (or similar contraption, like a scooter).
- Under NM Stat § 66-3-706, “No person operating a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle or article which prevents the driver from keeping at least one hand upon the handlebar.” That’s right, the old “look ma, no hands!” trick does not fly.
- And perhaps most importantly of all, from NM Stat § 66-3-702, any person riding a bicycle on a roadway “shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle.”
That’s right, motorists—cyclists have just as much freedom to be on the road as you! Cyclists, this is a right you must treat responsibly. If both cyclists and motorists practiced vigilance (and stayed off their phones) while operating their rides, the roads would be a far safer place.
What to Do After a Bicycle Accident
First, you should seek medical attention—especially if you’ve been seriously injured. Cyclists are very likely to suffer moderate to serious injuries due to the lack of protection a bicycle affords.
Common bicycle accident injuries include:
- Scrapes, cuts, bruises
- Traumatic brain injuries, such as concussions
- Broken bones
- Face and head injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Wrongful death
If you feel relatively okay, remain on the scene of the accident until you have collected all the driver’s insurance and personal information and filed a police report. Then, head straight to the doctor for a checkup.
Next, you should talk with the driver who hit you (assuming they didn’t hit and run—if they did, call us right away) and write down their insurance and contact information.
The bad driver will often blame you, the cyclist. Pure BS. Both bicyclists and motorists can be at fault for bicycle accidents, and when it comes to a collision between a multi-ton motor vehicle and a two-wheeled, pedal-powered bicycle, it’s always the cyclist who ends up suffering more. Many motorists aren’t aware of bicycle laws and the rights of cyclists, so they may try to blame the crash on you. Don’t let them!! Keep your conversation with the driver to a minimum and call us right away. We’ll handle the legal processes with the motorist and their insurance company for you.
Finally, take pictures of the crash scene, your bike, the vehicle that hit you, and any injuries you sustained. Then, head straight to the doctor before contacting your friendly, local bicycle accident attorney.
Contact Brendan To Get Started on Your Bike Accident Claim!
Brendan’s bike-commuting wife, Amy, suffered severe injuries several years ago when a truck hit her. He cycles himself and has had a few close calls. And one of his best friends is a former Olympic cyclist and cycling coach. Brendan knows bicycles, the rules of the road, and how to hold negligent drivers accountable when they cause a cyclist to suffer injury or death.
You need a fightin’ biker attorney to maximize the financial recovery available under New Mexico law. Brendan’s experience can help you access the medical care you need to recover from your injuries.