New Mexico Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Motorcycles are a fun and inexpensive form of transportation that has grown in popularity over the past decades. Many individuals enjoy the benefits of riding their motorcycles as a form of transportation as well as a recreational pastime. However, the operation of motorcycles comes with major risks for riders and their passengers. Unfortunately, motorcycle fatalities in the U.S. have reached an all-time high, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in New Mexico due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another party, you have the right to pursue compensation for your damages under the state’s personal injury laws. While that may sound straightforward, legal claims require strong evidence, precision, and aggressive negotiation or litigation skills. You will undoubtedly be going up against an insurer who will fight your claim to pay you as little as possible. With The Gorilla Law Firm on your side, you can count on dedicated advocacy backed by decades of experience in pursuing what you are owed.
Injured due to negligence? Book your free case review with a New Mexico motorcycle accident attorney by contacting The Gorilla Law Firm using our online email form or by calling (806) 375-3855.
Motorcycle Accidents in New Mexico
Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are increasing and it doesn’t appear that they will slow down anytime soon. One of the worst aspects of these accidents is that statistics show that riders’ fatalities occur more than 28 times than those for passenger car occupants. This puts you at a substantially higher risk of injury or death when riding your motorcycle.
Why are motorcycles so dangerous? The reasons include the following:
- Unlike automobiles, motorcycles offer no protections for riders. They lack the steel shell of the car surrounding your body. They also lack safety features such as airbags and seatbelts.
- Motorcycles are less stable on the road than cars because they lack four wheels. Thus, they more easily skid and, when struck, can crush riders beneath them.
- Motorcycles are less easy to see in traffic due to their smaller size. They can be lost in motorists’ blind spots, especially when you are changing lanes.
- Motorists often pay little attention to or fail to respect the rights of motorcyclists in traffic.
- Poor weather and road conditions generally adversely affect bikers more than drivers of cars and light trucks. Wind, rain, snow, and fog can be extremely hazardous to bikers.
For all the above reasons, motorcyclists must drive defensively and exercise caution when in traffic.
Motorcyclists can suffer extensive injuries when struck, ranging from severe road rash that can impact nerves which then require surgery to concussions, broken bones, torn cartilage, internal injuries, herniated discs, brain injuries, and spinal cord damage. These may require lengthy recovery periods in which you are unable to work while medical bills pile up. In the worst cases, permanent disability can result from brain damage or paralysis. These catastrophic cases commonly require ongoing medical care, personal care to perform daily tasks, and loss of earning capacity, independence, and quality of life.
Damages in Motorcycle Accidents
The damages for which you may be eligible will depend on the severity and extent of your injuries. You will need to prove these damages in your claim; our firm can provide the evidence needed to back up your case showing fault as well as the economic and non-economic losses you have sustained. Economic damages are those proven by invoices and bills. Non-economic damages are the non-tangible, such as emotional distress.
These losses and damages may include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Loss of earnings due to inability to work
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage to your bike
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of earning capacity
- Any other damages relevant to your injuries
You have three years from the date of your accident to file your injury claim. However, you should get started with your claim as soon as possible. Evidence can be lost, witnesses can move away or forget what happened, and time can erase your chances to secure a full and fair settlement. Insurers will also work against you to limit or deny the liability of their policyholders. You may need to battle your way through to a fair result. Put The Gorilla in your corner; we can take care of all the details while you concentrate on restoring your health.
Request your free consultation with a New Mexico motorcycle accident lawyer by contacting us at (806) 375-3855 today.
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