A 61-year-old motorcyclist from Farmington was killed in a crash Friday morning in Bloomfield.
A motorcycle collided with a car at the intersection of U.S. Highway 64 and South Fourth Street at about 5:45 a.m., according to a press release from the Bloomfield Police Department.
Bloomfield police Chief Randy Foster said alcohol is not suspected of playing a role in the crash, but the incident remains under investigation.
He said it appears the car was turning south onto Fourth Street and the motorcyclist collided with it while heading east on U.S. Highway 64.
Preserving Victims’ Rights in New Mexico Motorcycle Accidents
Albuquerque plaintiff’s lawyer Al Thiel of Will Ferguson and Associates is looking closely at this case. “Motorcyclists are often the victim of inattentive drivers. Motorcycle crashes in our state are often caused by a motorist’s inattention or simple negligence” says Thiel. “Because New Mexico is a comparative fault accident state, a motorcycle crash victim and their family may receive damages for accident injuries or death even if the motorcycle rider was partly responsible for the crash.”
“It especially important in motorcycle death cases that the physical evidence be preserved as soon as possible as often the at-fault driver is the only living witness and the physical signs as interpreted by a professional accident reconstructionist is the only voice the victim and his family have.”
“Physical documentation of the scene can sometimes bring additional liable parties to bear.” Al Thiel remembers a case he had in Silver City where it became clear that an illegal highway sign of a local business that the state failed to remove was a factor in the accident. The time limits to notify governmental entities can be as short as 90 days after the accident.
It is always important for victims of motorcycle accidents to consult with competent legal counsel soon after an accident. Will Ferguson and Associates is experienced in these types of accidents and has the financial resources to do an early investigation.
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