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Shiprock, NM (May 31, 2023) — New Mexico State Police are currently investigating a motorcycle crash that left one person dead on Monday afternoon. The accident happened at around 2:20 PM on US 491 in San Juan County. According to the report, a 2012 Toyota, driven by an unidentified 23-year-old male, was heading south on the highway near mile marker 95. For unknown reasons, his vehicle struck a 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle, ridden by 65-year-old Eddie Gilmore of Crownpoint, also traveling southbound. 

While the driver of the Toyota was not injured, the motorcyclist was transported to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. A preliminary investigation has found that speed appears to be a factor in the accident. 

Source: New Mexico State Police

Our Hearts Go out to the Victim’s Family and Friends

At Tawney, Acosta & Chaparro P.C., our attorneys would like to offer their condolences to those affected by this fatal motorcycle accident. We hope that the NMSP is able to conduct a thorough investigation and find the exact cause of the crash. If they find that negligence played a role, we also hope that the responsible party is identified and held accountable. Crashes like this are often preventable, which makes it even more devastating when a life is lost.

Your Rights If a Family Member Dies in a Motorcycle Accident

After the loss of a loved one, it can be difficult to know what options you have as a surviving family member. While money can’t replace the love and support of a loved one, many families choose to file a wrongful death claim against the responsible party. This type of claim is similar, but distinct from, a personal injury claim. Instead of receiving damages for the victim’s losses, the family members make a claim for their own losses.

These types of losses are typically grouped into two categories: economic and non-economic. Economic losses are any of the financial damages your family suffers due to losing a loved one, including loss of future financial support, loss of inheritance, and funeral or burial costs. On the other hand, non-economic losses are the damages that can’t be measured financially. This includes your family’s mental anguish and suffering after the loss. Due to the personal nature of these losses, it is essential that families speak with an attorney about their wrongful death claim.

Lost a Loved One in a Fatal Motorcycle Accident? We Are Here for You

Whether you are a loved one of the motorcyclist killed in this accident or one similar, you don’t need to go through it alone. At Tawney, Acosta & Chaparro P.C., our attorneys understand the true cost of losing a family member, which is why we fiercely advocate for families who lost a loved one due to another person’s negligence. Our reviews show our commitment to our clients and their wellbeing. To schedule a free consultation and speak with an experienced New Mexico wrongful death attorney, call us at 855-934-0440.

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James Tawney

James Tawney is a native of the Southwest dedicated to serving his community. He was born and raised in Arizona, where he attended Northern Arizona University and graduated summa cum laude.

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