Being the picturesque city that it is, Albuquerque sees its fair share of pedestrians and bicyclists. While taking to foot or bike can be a great way to get some exercise, enjoy the weather, and save money on transportation costs, it can also be extremely dangerous when motorists neglect their duty of care. In these instances, a car accident can leave victims with serious injuries. The worst cases result in death.
Making matters worse, these types of wrecks may be far more common than we care to think. In 2015 alone, which is some of the most recent data available, more than 5,300 pedestrians were killed in car crashes. Another approximately 820 bicyclists were killed in these accidents. Combined, deaths from bicycle and pedestrian accidents accounted for nearly 20 percent of all traffic fatalities. Deaths from these types of accidents seem to continue to rise despite falling overall traffic fatality rates.
The number of individuals who are injured in these wrecks is shocking, too. In 2015, about 70,000 pedestrians were hurt in motor vehicle crashes, which is an increase of 15 percent over the last decade. This number may indicate that motorists are neglecting to remain aware of pedestrians and bicyclists. These drivers may be failing to yield the right of way, yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, and share the road when necessary.
Recovering from an injury suffered in a car accident is no small feat. Physical injuries can leave an individual unable to live his or her normal life, which may include going to work. This, in turn, can lead to lost wages which, when taken together with medical expenses, can rock one's finances. Fortunately, legal recourse may be available to these victims to help them in their attempt to recoup compensation for their damages.