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Unsafe Lane Change Motorcycle Accidents in Albuquerque

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Motorcycle Crash Attorneys Serving Albuquerque Residents

Many motorcyclists are injured by drivers who make unsafe lane changes and collide with the motorcycle or force the biker off the road. Lane change collisions between motorcycles and cars can cause serious injuries, especially to the riders who are have less protection. That unsafe driver who carelessly changed lanes and caused your injuries may be held responsible for paying for your pain and suffering if the driver’s negligence caused the accident.

Attorney Bert Parnall has dedicated his law practice to helping accident victims in Albuquerque and surrounding Central New Mexico. The Parnall Law Firm’s five core values are: Team, Talent, Truth, Tenacity, Triumph. The Parnall Law legal teams stands up aggressively for motorcyclists injured in lane change crashes. We have won more than $65 million for people who have been hurt. We want to help you obtain compensation for your injuries. We are aggressive in our pursuit of justice on behalf of our clients. If you have been hurt, call Bert!

How Motorcycles Are Hit During Lane Changes

motorcyclesMotorcycle riders are often hit by drivers who make sudden, unsafe lane changes and do not use turn signals to show their intention. The driver may be switching from one lane to another, weaving between lanes or merging onto a roadway from an entrance ramp or shoulder when the collision occurs.

Drivers often fail to pick out motorcyclists on busy Albuquerque roadways filled with sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks and tractor trailers. Motorcycles are low and have a narrow profile. Some drivers are distracted and not paying careful attention to surrounding traffic. Sometimes, cars drift out of their lane into another lane of traffic because a driver is talking or texting on a cell phone and not paying attention. These distracted drivers should be held accountable for the injuries they cause.

When drivers attempt to switch lanes and fail to see a motorcycle in the adjoining lane, the motorcyclist may be injured in a sideswipe accident or blind spot accident. Cars and trucks have blind spots that are not visible from the rearview and side view mirrors. A driver who does not turn and look over his or her shoulder may fail to see a motorcycle in a blind spot and cause a crash by attempting to move into a lane occupied by a motorcyclist. A motorcyclist may attempt to avoid the vehicle crowding into its lane, but be unable to avoid a crash.

Who is at Fault After an Unsafe Lane Change Collision?

As Albuquerque injury attorneys, we frequently hear motorcyclists say, “A car merged into me or a car hit me while changing lanes.”

Drivers who make unsafe lane changes are responsible for paying for your pain and may be held legally liable when their disregard for safety causes serious injuries to motorcyclists. An injured motorcyclist may file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver and seek compensation for the injuries and other expenses.

These careless drivers are responsible for the injuries they cause. Yet, we have seen insurance companies try to blame motorcyclists when another driver clearly changed lanes and caused the accident. You need an experienced attorney who knows how to counter insurance company tactics.

If you are injured in a merging accident or unsafe lane change collision, you may have the right to file a New Mexico injury claim against the at-fault driver.

A driver is negligent when he or she fails to use the caution that a prudent driver would use in similar circumstances. Drivers in New Mexico including motorcyclists have to use reasonable care behind the wheel. That includes not attempting unsafe lane changes that risk the safety of other drivers.

motorcycle and car accidentIf your own actions contributed to the crash, you may still be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries from others who are partly at fault. New Mexico follows a legal doctrine of pure comparative fault in determining damages from accidents. A jury will decide how much each motorist contributed to an accident and assign their portion of fault. If a jury determined that you were 25 percent at fault and awarded $100,000 in damages, then the amount you received would be reduced by 25 percent and you would be entitled to receive $75,000 in damages.

The share of fault is often a matter of dispute during settlement negotiation and if the case goes to trial. You need an experienced Albuquerque attorney who will fight for your interests.

How Can an Albuquerque Lane Change Crash Attorney Help?

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When you call Parnall Law for help after a motorcycle lane change accident, our compassionate attorneys will answer your questions and explain your legal options. We will discuss whether we believe you have a valid personal injury claim.
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If Parnall Law represents you, our attorneys will analyze how the lane change accident occurred and determine all the parties who should be held accountable for your injuries. In some accidents, more than one motorist may be liable for your injuries. That can increase the amount of insurance compensation available to you.
We will calculate the extent of your losses including any future losses if your injuries will leave you with a permanent disability and limit your ability to work. We will work with your doctors to estimate your future medical needs and those costs that should be factored into the settlement.
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If you have been injured in a lane change accident, the at-fault driver’s insurance company may try to bully you into accepting an unfair settlement. They will try to take advantage of you while you are injured and under financial stress, if you do not have a lawyer who will stand up strongly for you.
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The attorneys at Parnall Law will fight for maximum compensation from the insurance companies. Our attorneys are tough and seasoned negotiators who know how to deal with bullies.
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The Parnall Law motorcycle accident attorneys are successful in settling most lane change accident claims without a trial. That allows our clients to collect compensation more quickly and avoid the risk and stress of a courtroom trial.

Albuquerque Lawyers Dedicated to Helping Injured Motorcyclists

Our experienced injury attorneys have handled a wide range of accident claims including claims involving motorcyclists injured by unsafe lane changes. We are available to discuss the circumstances surrounding your accident, answer your questions and review your legal options. Call our office today at 505-268-6500 for a free consultation. You can also contact us using our online contact form.
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