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Protecting the rights of motorcyclists on New Mexico roads

If you're a New Mexico motorcyclist, do you sometimes feel like a second-class citizen?

That is, do you feel like drivers in larger vehicles do not recognize that you have the same rights on roadways as they do?

If so, you're hardly alone. Motorcyclists everywhere know that many drivers in passenger cars and large vehicles like commercial trucks pay them little to no regard while whizzing by. They tailgate, cut in front of them and make sharp turns without looking first. They sometimes act like bikers are invisible.

The repercussions of that are obvious and dire. Motorcyclists and their passengers get hurt in motor vehicle accidents routinely across the state.

And they are seriously injured -- in many instances, fatally -- when another driver's negligent actions cause a crash. According to relevant statistics compiled by the nonprofit group Governors Highway Safety Administration, there were 35 fatal motorcycle accidents in New Mexico during the first nine months of 2014 (the most recent data made available by the GHSA).

Although it is important for any injury victim to secure proven and aggressive legal help in the wake of an accident, the need to do so can be especially great for an injured motorcyclist, because their injuries tend to be more serious.

An experienced advocate can quickly begin investigating accident details, gathering evidence, working with accident reconstructionists, identifying all potential sources of negligence (perhaps multiple defendants' wrongful acts contributed to an accident and resulting injuries), intervening with insurers, assessing damages and taking other necessary actions.

Importantly, too, a proven attorney will know how to timely file a legal claim when that is necessary to fully promote the rights of an injury victim.

In Albuquerque and throughout New Mexico, the law firm of Giddens & Gatton Law,amp; Jacobus has personal injury attorneys who handle motor vehicle accident cases and can specifically provide advice to injury victims and their families regarding how to proceed in the wake of an accident-related injury.

Contact Giddens & Gatton Law,amp; P.C., at (505) 273-3720 to set up an appointment or visit the firm's website at

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