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May is National Bike Safety Month: NM Bicycle Accident Attorney Explains

- Mark Caruso

May is National Bike Safety Month: Learn How to Avoid Danger and Hear About Your Rights If you Were Injured in a New Mexico Bicycle Crash

Many people enjoy cycling on the roads throughout the country, including New Mexico.  In fact, cycling has increased in popularity and brought many more people to the roadways.  “Share the road” is also a slogan during this time of year which is meant to bring awareness to motorists so they remember to lookout for bicyclists on the roadway.  To this extent, May is National Bike Safety Month to further bring safety tips to motorists and bicyclists alike.

This is because a cyclist can be very serious injured in a motor vehicle accident, particularly with a large commercial truck such as a trailer truck, tanker, 18 wheeler, big rig, or other truck.  A cyclists lacks the protections of others on the roadway.  Motorists in cars have steel walls and airbags to protect them.  Truck drivers sit up high in a cabin and also surrounded in a steel shell.  Even motorcyclists have roll cage and slide bars to help prevent some serious injury.

The statistics show that cycling is a very dangerous sport on the roadways.  In fact, according to the National Safety Council, over 500,000 people were treated in an emergency department for injuries while riding a bicycle.  For reference, football had almost 400,000.  If you or a loved one were injured in a New Mexico bicycle crash, call our experienced personal injury attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. by calling (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can protect your rights.

Safety Tips for Bicyclists

There are some tips and advice that every bicyclists should know to help lower the risks of being involved in a New Mexico bicycle accident.  These include the following types:

  • Be visible and use bright colors that do not blend in with your surroundings;
  • Know how to ride your bike and know its capabilities;
  • Always stop at intersections and when crossing, especially at stop signs or traffic lights;
  • Make sure your bicycle is equipped with reflectors on the sides and back;
  • Never hitch onto vehicles;
  • Use hand signals when turning;
  • Ride single file—never double up;
  • Ride in the direction of traffic;
  • Always be aware of pedestrians coming out of parked cars or at intersections;
  • Watch for car door opening;
  • Know the traffic laws for cyclists;
  • Use a headlight and rear light;
  • Have a horn or bell loud enough to get the attention of a driver; and
  • Many others.

Common Injuries from New Mexico Bicycle Crashes

When a bicyclists is hit by a motor vehicle, the injuries can be catastrophic.  A victim may be entitled to compensation for injured caused by a negligent driver to help a victim recover.  Some common injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents include the following:

  • Broken bones;
  • Traumatic brain injuries;
  • Nerve damage/brachial plexus injuries;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Back injuries;
  • Organ damage;
  • Permanent scarring;
  • Massive lacerations;
  • Paralysis;
  • Permanent nerve damage;
  • Orbital blowout fractures;
  • Concussions;
  • Depression and/or anxiety;
  • Hip replacements;
  • Shoulder replacements;
  • Torn ACL or MCL or PCL or LCL;
  • Torn rotator cuff or labrum;
  • Broken pelvis or hip
  • TMJ;
  • Road rash;
  • Wrongful death; and
  • Many other injuries.

Injured in a Bicycle Accident?  Call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for Legal Representation to get the Compensation you Deserve!

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 883-5000 You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

Traumatic Brain Injuries Caused by Albuquerque Motor Vehicle Accidents

- Mark Caruso

Albuquerque Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys Explain How Easily Motor Vehicles can Cause Serious Injuries 

Any motor vehicle accident can cause a traumatic brain injury, no matter how small the vehicles involved are or how low the speed of the impact.  This is particularly true of tractor trailer truck accidents on the interstate, where these large, bulky vehicle have significant weight and speed to them.  Pedestrians hit by motor vehicles are also very vulnerable to sustaining brain injuries, particularly because they have no protection around them to protect their heads in the form of a vehicle shell or a helmet.  Similarly, bicyclists and motorcyclists are also vulnerable to traumatic brain injuries even if they are wearing a helmet because they are not protected by airbags or enclosed in a steel shell like other motorists.

Even a mild traumatic brain injury can have significant ramifications and cause debilitating conditions affecting an entire family.  These traumatic brain injuries can take months if not years to heal, and sometimes they never do heal.  Traumatic brain injuries are also difficult to treat and diagnose, and often cost a lot of money out of pocket to help the victim.

Here are the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced Albuquerque traumatic brain injury attorneys have the medical and legal knowledge necessary to protect the rights of a traumatic brain injury victim.  Contact us today for a FREE case evaluation by calling (505) 883-5000!

Common Types of Brain Injuries Sustained

There are many different types of traumatic brain injuries which could be caused by a motor vehicle accident.  These injuries vary widely in severity, but all can cause significant and debilitating effects on a victim.  These include the following:

Concussions – These may be the most common type of traumatic brain injury from a motor vehicle accident, but one of the least predictable in how it will affect a victim.  This is because the symptoms greatly vary and the impairments can range in duration from just temporary to an entire lifetime.  A concussion is simply when the brain receivers trauma from an impact, sudden movement change, or change in momentum or acceleration.  Concussions can be caused by whiplash injuries, shaking of the head, or a direct blow to the head.  They can be difficult to diagnose because no visible physical injury may be present on the brain, i.e., no fracture, bleeding, or swelling.

Contusion – A contusion is a bruise which is bleeding on the brain.  Contusions generally are the result of a direct impact to the brain causing the injury.  The larger the contusion, the more dangerous it is and it will likely need to be surgically removed to reduce pressure in the skull.

Diffuse Axonal Injuries – These types of injuries are caused by violent shaking or rotational forces which creates tears, rips, and other damage in the brain structure as the skull shears and rubs the edges of the brain.  These types of injuries are very common in severe motor vehicle accidents, particularly rollover accidents or tractor trailer truck accidents.  The damage done to the brain can cause severe and permanent brain damage, particularly when vital structures in the brain are torn and damaged.

Contact an Experienced Albuquerque Traumatic Brain Injury Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury in an Albuquerque motor vehicle accident, call the experienced Albuquerque traumatic brain injury attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 883-5000  You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

Bicyclist Hit by Car: Albuquerque Bicycle Accident Attorney Explains Common Causes and Injuries

- Mark Caruso

Albuquerque Bicycle Accidents Can Cause Serious Injuries or Death

Many people ride bicycles on a daily basis.  Whether to commute to work, for exercise, or for pure leisure, more and more people are taking to the roads on bicycles.  However, roadways are also becoming more and more crowded due to the increasing number of motor vehicles on the roadways.  This also increases the risk of a collision between a motor vehicle driver and a bicyclist.  There are many laudable initiates such as the share the road program to bring awareness to this growing issue.

But bicycle accidents involving motor vehicles will still happen.  And they are dangerous.  Bicyclists, like motorcyclists, are without the protections of other motor vehicles such as airbags, seat belts, or even just the basic metal shell of other vehicles.  Bicyclists are also smaller in profile and more difficult to spot, particularly during inclement weather or at night.  When there is a bicycle accident with another motor vehicle, it is very likely that the bicyclists will suffer serious personal injuries or death.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, please contact the experienced bicycle accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for a FREE consultations by calling (505) 883-5000.  We have handled many motor vehicle and bicycle accidents, and understand how to protect your rights to get you the compensation you may be entitled to.

Common Causes of Albuquerque Bicycle Accidents

There are several common causes of bicycle accidents with motor vehicles, most of them are preventable and thus caused by negligence.  Some common causes of bicycle accidents include the following:

  • Failure to check mirrors before turning;
  • Failure to yield to bicyclist;
  • Failure to see bicyclist on roadway due to small size;
  • Difficulty gauging the speed and distance of a bicyclist;
  • Running a stop sign or red light;
  • Speeding and unable to stop in time;
  • Following a bicyclist too closely;
  • Failing to provide enough space between the motor vehicle and the bicyclist when overtaking;
  • Pulling out of a driveway without checking both sides for a bicyclists; and
  • Many other causes.

Common Injuries Caused in a Albuquerque Bicycle Accident

Due to the inherent lack of safety protections, bicycle accidents with motor vehicles almost always cause serious personal injuries, even at low speeds.  Some common injuries caused by bicycle accidents include the following:

  • Broken bones;
  • Nerve damage or injuries;
  • Organ damage, particularly liver, spleen, or kidney lacerations or ruptures;
  • Traumatic brain injuries;
  • Deep lacerations leaving permanent scars;
  • Torn muscles, tendons, or ligaments, including in the shoulder or knee;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Back injuries, particularly to the lower back (lumbar) or neck (cervical);
  • Paralysis;
  • Permanent disfigurement;
  • Wrongful death; and
  • Many other injuries.

Contact an Experienced Albuquerque Bicycle Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an Albuquerque bicycle accident, call the experienced Albuquerque bicycle accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 883-5000  You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.