Roadrunner Law Firm’s New Ad–Edgy For A Reason

When we launched our new TV ad, we were met with some raised eyebrows.  We expected that–after all, we do push the boundaries a bit!  And we understand that not everyone will understand why we’re so plain-spoken in our ad.  But the long and short of it is that here at Roadrunner Law Firm, Eva and Heather ARE pissed off, on a daily basis, by the way drivers ignore and mistreat motorcyclists, not to mention other drivers and pedestrians.  Texting drivers, distracted drivers, drunk drivers, and just plain bad drivers are a menace to our roads, and present a clear danger to all of us who use New Mexico’s roadways every day.

That’s why our ad says–in plain words–that we’re not going to take it lying down.  We fight hard for all of our clients injured by negligent, distracted, bad drivers.  Motorcyclists, motorists, and pedestrians injured by the bad acts of others on the road deserve the best representation, and that’s exactly what Roadrunner Law Firm offers.

With Roadrunner Law Firm you are assured of personal attention from your attorneys from day 1.  The attorneys work closely with you to build your case into the strongest, most compelling case it can be.  With 25 years of combined experience, we’ve handled hundreds of motor vehicle injury cases, and we don’t pull punches when it comes to fighting for you.

If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle or car crash, call us today to discuss how we can put our skills to work for you.  And remember–at Roadrunner Law Firm, we kick ***!

ROADRUNNER LAW FIRM.  (505) 444-4321.

 

SHARE THE ROAD WITH MOTORCYCLES!

Ci_LLcpWgAE75xE.jpgHere at Roadrunner Law, we’re all making summer travel plans–and for some of us, that means a summer road trip.  I’m planning on taking my family of six all the way from Albuquerque to Glacier National Park this summer via Interstate 15.  But while we’re making plans for fun summer travel, we’re also making plans for SAFE summer travel.  And being safe means sharing the road and watching for motorcycles!

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2016 “5,286 motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes—an increase of 5.1 percent from the 5,029 motorcyclists killed in 2015.”  The Motorcycle Safety Foundation provides some explanation for the increase in crashes, including fatal collisions.  Simply put, motorcycles utilize the road differently than vehicles.  For example, many drivers don’t understand how motorcycles maneuver within their lanes to avoid potholes or loose gravel, or that motorcycles don’t always use the brakes, instead downshifting or rolling off the throttle to slow for road debris.  Many drivers also have poor spatial understanding, and can’t tell how far away an approaching motorcycle is (leading to a high number of “left turn” crashes), or can’t tell the distance between the front of their vehicle and the rear of the motorcycle in front of them (leading to a high number of rear-end accidents).   Also, unfortunately many drivers fail to check their blind spots.  Since motorcycles are smaller than cars, they occupy a different blind space, and lane changes end up causing accidents more often than they should because of simple driver negligence.

Fortunately, there are easy steps drivers can take to be more aware of motorcyclists, and these simple steps also carry the added bonus of making you a safer driver generally!  Here are a few tips to help you become more aware of motorcycles on your summer road trip:

Be aware of turning motorcycles.

Because motorcycles are smaller than cars, and because they move differently in their lane, cars don’t always realize that a motorcycle is preparing to make a turn.  Watch for motorcycle signals–hand signals or lights on the bike–that let you know what a motorcyclist is planning.  Even more importantly–slow down and give them a few extra moments to make their move!  It doesn’t cost you anything to be a patient, courteous driver.

Check your blind spots!

Motorcycles don’t occupy the same space in your blind spot as a car or truck!  Don’t just rely on your mirrors.  Take a few extra seconds to look behind you by physically turning your head and looking behind your shoulder.  Ask your backseat occupants to let you know when you have motorcyclists to your rear.  Listen for the roar of a motorcycle engine–motorcycles are loud for a reason!  Turn down your stereo and become aware of your surroundings!

Motorcycles maneuver differently than cars!

Motorcycles need to move within their lanes of traffic more frequently than cars, to avoid debris and road hazards.  Give them some space!  Don’t crowd motorcycles, and DON’T TAILGATE.  Motorcyclists often have to make quick decisions with regard to navigation, so an extra car length can really mean the difference between life and death for a biker.

Pass Safely!

Use your signals!  If necessary, tap your horn to make surrounding motorcyclists aware of your intentions.  Check your blind spots carefully, and change lanes S-L-O-W-L-Y!  What’s the rush?  A few extra seconds could save a life!

Make sure you have enough time to make a left turn!

We’ve seen this scenario more times than we can count.  A driver is making a left turn.  They see a motorcycle in oncoming traffic, but it’s so small–it looks so far away!  The car thinks it has plenty of time to make the turn and then–BOOM!  Then the car usually says the motorcyclist “must have been speeding because I had plenty of space!”

The motorcyclist wasn’t speeding.  The driver of the car just didn’t understand the spatial dynamics involved.  The motorcycle is smaller on the horizon than the driver is used to, so the driver thinks the motorcycle is farther away than it really is, and that lapse in judgment leads to accidents more often than it should.

 

The solution is easy.  If you see a motorcycle coming when you’re making a left-hand turn–WAIT FOR THEM TO PASS.  It costs you a few seconds.  It could easily save a life.

Road Trip Games.

If you’re traveling this summer with kids, you’ll need ways to entertain them.  Most of us medicate our kids with screens these days, but a good way to help kids get in the habit of identifying motorcycles early is this game.

It’s simple–have your kids count the number of motorcycles they see.  You can assign each kid a different color to count, or a different kind of bike.  They’ll start looking for motorcycles, and it will help them become more aware of the number of bikes on the road, which can only help them when they start to drive themselves!

SLOW DOWN.  BREATHE.  ENJOY YOUR TRAVELS.

In this world of rush, rush, rush, it’s hard to slow down, even when we’re on vacation.  But just a few extra moments could truly save the life of a motorcyclist.  And by taking those few extra seconds to check your blind spot, change lanes safely, or let a motorcyclist pass before making a left turn, you could be saving a mother, a father, a brother, a sister, a friend.

 

 

Blazejewski & Hansen Learn About Motorcycle Safety

Eva and I have represented many injured motorcyclists throughout our careers as personal injury attorneys here in New Mexico.  We’ve handled all kinds of biker injuries, including debilitating fractures, road rash, soft tissue injuries, and sometimes–unfortunately–worse.

But until this weekend, neither Eva nor myself had ever ridden a real motorcycle.  We’ve both messed around on scooters and dirt bikes, but neither of us really appreciated the power of a Harley.  That changed for both of us when we took the Motorcycle Safety Foundation endorsed Basic Rider Course at Thunderbird Harley-Davidson.

The incredibly beautiful riding range at Thunderbird Harley Davidson in Albuquerque

Now, in the interest of full disclosure–I will admit right off the bat that I punked out after about a half hour on my bike during the riding range component of the course.  I was just too anxious and scared to ride safely, so I took myself out of the running and instead just observed and learned as much as possible from watching the other riders and our outstanding instructors, Matt and Maureen.

Eva stuck it out until the end, though, and passed both the written and range tests!  She now has her motorcycle endorsement, and a new expensive hobby!

Eva Blazejewski New Mexico motorcycle injury lawyer

Eva with her learning bike, a beautiful Harley-Davidson Street 500

Even though I didn’t finish the riding portion, I can’t describe how important I think this course will be to our practice.  We now have deeper knowledge, respect, and appreciation for motorcyclists and we now understand the operation of cycles in a way that will truly benefit the way we advocate for our injured biker clients.  We can now converse much more intelligently with our clients about how their bikes responded to the crash, and about their individual bike’s modifications and mechanics.  We are incredibly excited to bring our new knowledge to our client’s cases in a positive way!

We cannot say enough good things about the folks at Thunderbird.  Austin, Sean, Big Tim, Matt, and Maureen, along with everyone else we’ve met, have been absolutely incredible, taking all the time with us to answer our questions and help put our fears to rest.  And huge respect also to our wonderful classmates, all of whom were nothing but supportive and kind to both me and Eva.  If you are thinking of learning to ride, or if you’ve been riding for years and just want to get your endorsement or bone up on the fundamentals, Thunderbird’s course is for you.  A+ instruction in a safe and supportive, non-judgmental environment, offered with good humor and fun.  You can’t ask for more.

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Blazejewski & Hansen strongly supports our community of riders in New Mexico.  We support biker rights.  Our law firm is a corporate member of the New Mexico Motorcycle Rights Organization and we strongly support the NMMRO’s efforts to lobby for motorcyclist rights in our New Mexico legislature.

 

BLAZEJEWSKI & HANSEN–ALBUQUERQUE, SANTA FE, LAS CRUCES, ROSWELL, TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, TUCUMCARI, SANTA ROSA, LAS VEGAS, FARMINGTON, GALLUP, GRANTS, CARLSBAD, RUIDOSO, TAOS NEW MEXICO PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS HANDLING MOTORCYCLE CRASH CASES.  IF YOU HAVE BEEN HURT IN A MOTORCYCLE CRASH, CALL US FOR A FREE CONSULTATION.  NO FEE UNTIL WE WIN.

 

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