A motorcyclist was recently killed in a crash with a Cadillac on Central Avenue in Albuquerque. According to police, 31-year-old Erminio Gonzalez reportedly drove his Cadillac onto Central Avenue at Rio Grande Boulevard SW and struck a motorcycle driven by 44-year-old Ronald Queen. Queen was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. He later died as a result of his injuries. According to accident witnesses, Gonzalez allegedly attempted to run away from the scene of the crash. One witness claimed he physically dragged Gonzalez back to the location of the accident. A spokesperson for the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office stated Gonzalez was arrested on charges of failing to render aid and fleeing the scene of an accident that resulted in death. At the time of the accident, Gonzalez was reportedly on both probation and parole related to drug-trafficking charges. He was released from prison about two months before the collision occurred.
Whether riding your motorcycle, in your automobile, or simply walking down the street, an unexpected crash with an inattentive driver can occur at any time. The resulting injuries are frequently disabling. If you were hurt by an inattentive driver, you may be eligible to receive compensation for pain, suffering, lost wages, and a variety of other damages. If you lost a family member in a fatal motorcycle crash, you may also have an Albuquerque wrongful death claim against a negligent driver.
Motorcycle accidents in New Mexico are frequently caused by an automobile driver’s inattention or negligence. Unfortunately, the injuries sustained by the victim of a motorcycle accident are often much more severe than if the same accident had involved the driver of a car or truck. Sadly, motorcycle crashes are more likely to result in serious or catastrophic injuries and death.
New Mexico is a comparative fault accident state. This means even where a motorcycle driver is partially responsible for a crash the motorcyclist may be eligible to receive financial compensation for his or her injuries. After any injury accident, it is a good idea to contact an experienced Albuquerque motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as you are able.