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June 27, 2010

Tragic New Mexico Car Accident Kills Cyclist

A 19-year old bicyclist riding cross-country to raise money for breast cancer research died after being struck by a car. He was part of a team of cyclists riding to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The car/bike collision occurred near Laguna, New Mexico, about 50 miles west of Albuquerque. Witnesses report that the truck came around a bend on the narrow, two-way State Route 124, one of New Mexico's most dangerous roadways and hit the cyclist. The SUV driver was driving on the apron when the accident occurred.

The collision is still under investigation.

Although he was treated immediately, the bicyclist's head injuries were too severe and he was declared brain dead shortly after being admitted to the hospital.

The bicyclist was a student at the University of Colorado, majoring in biological and chemical engineering. A spokesman from the University stated, "it's a tragic loss for his family and the university community."

Car accidents can happen in an instant, but may change the lives of the victims and their families forever. Here, this accident underscored the need for safety on New Mexico's roads and thoroughfares and the real dangers that face bicyclists trying to traverse through narrow stretches of roadway.

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May 10, 2010

Albuquerque Motorcycle Crash On Dangerous S Curve Underscores Need For Safety Improvements

Albuquerque's "S Curve" - the section of Universe Boulevard near Volcano Vista High School has long been known as a dangerous stretch. Sunday night's motorcycle crash, which occurred when a motorcyclist crashed into an SUV at the curve, re-ignited the debate between Albuquerque Public School and city officials over when the improvements will be made.

The curve is a dangerous stretch. It's heavily traveled - located close to an elementary school, middle school, a high school and soccer fields. It is also poorly lit and cars can have difficulty staying in one lane while negotiating the turn. If a driver fails to maneuver properly, he or she can easily end up in a head-on collision with another vehicle traveling the opposite direction. A crash can happen in an instant, but the injuries may last a lifetime.

Sunday's accident underscored the need for safety improvements along this road - including better lighting and improved signage. School board officials clashed with the Mayor's office over when these improvements will be made. Hopefully, the changes will come soon.

The S curve accident is a critical reminder that road conditions - including their design and maintenance can be significant factors in causing car accidents. As a result, those responsible for the design and maintenance, may be held liable for injuries received in automobile, trucking and motorcycle accidents, significantly affecting the compensation an injured party may recover.

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March 22, 2010

New Mexico Car Accident Ends Tragically

In a tragic car accident this past weekend, a 19-year-old Iowa man was killed and five others critically injured when the car they were riding in overturned on westbound interstate 40 near Santa Rosa.

The five injured students were flown to the University of New Mexico Hospital with critical injuries, including possible head and brain injuries.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the driver drove into the median, then overcorrected causing the 2003 Saturn to slide. The Saturn hit the median again and flipped over, ejecting 4 of the passengers. No one was wearing a seat belt.

Car crashes can happen in an instant, and can alter the course of one's life forever. One of the most serious and devastating injuries that can result from a serious car accident is a traumatic brain injury ("TBI").

A TBI is a severe blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the function of the brain. TBI's range from mild to severe. Severe injures include extended periods of unconsciousness or amnesia following the injury and can lead to short or long-term problems such as:

• Difficulty thinking
• Difficulty with language and learning
• Emotional issues

Further, TBIs have been shown to cause epilepsy and increase the risk for other conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and other brain disorders which become more common with age.

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