The New Mexico motorcycle accident lawyers of Parnall Law Firm provide compassionate, experienced representation for injured motorcyclists and their families. As a motorcycle rider, you have a right to expect that other motorists will share the road with you and will exercise caution when driving.
If other drivers fail to share the road, it is likely you – not them – who will suffer the most severe injuries. We recognize this, and we’re ready to stand up for your rights and demand the compensation you need if someone else’s negligence causes you harm.
In our experience, we’ve seen countless cases where the insurance companies for negligent drivers refuse to take responsibility for the injuries their policyholders cause bikers. When companies prioritize profits over people’s health, we will be there to hold them accountable and seek the fair compensation the injured party is owed.
Our goal is to let you focus on recovering from your injuries and getting back on your feet after a motorcycle crash New Mexico. Let us handle the legal legwork necessary to make you whole again.
Call us or contact us online now to discuss your crash during a FREE confidential consultation.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in New Mexico
Every motorcycle accident is different, but our attorneys know that the root causes often fit a pattern. In most cases, negligence on the part of another driver is to blame.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle crashes in New Mexico include:
- Driver fatigue
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Distracted driving
- Left turn into the path of an oncoming motorcycle
- Failure to yield right of way
- Aggressive or reckless driving
- Improper lane change
- Defective motorcycle parts
- Faulty motorcycle repairs
- Unsafe or defective roadways
Common Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents
Only operators and passengers of motorcycles who are under 18 years of age are required to wear helmets in New Mexico. While helmets can reduce the chances of serious head injuries, the fact remains that they will not protect the rider from the other kinds of injuries that are common in motorcycle crashes. Some common injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Internal organ damage
- Facial fractures
- Spinal cord injuries, including paraplegia, quadriplegia
- Fractures (broken bones)
- Torn tendons or ligaments
- Herniated or slipped discs and other back injuries
- Head or neck injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Road rash
Proving Fault in New Mexico Motorcycle Accident Cases
You should never be surprised when the insurance company for another driver tries to shift the blame for the crash onto your shoulders. Insurance companies are interested in making money, which means that they will do all they can to deny claims or pay as little as possible to you.
Some insurers may tell you that they understand your situation and want to help make things right. You should always be skeptical of any insurance adjuster’s claims, especially when they tell you that you will not need a lawyer. You should never provide any kind of recorded statement, regardless of how harmless the representative might make it seem. Keep in mind that any initial settlement you are offered is probably far less than what is truly available to you.
Let an attorney negotiate a fair and full settlement for you. If you do end up having to take your case to court, you will have to prove that another driver caused your injuries by operating in a negligent manner.
In some cases, a lawyer may be able to preserve evidence at the scene that can be used to prove another driver’s negligence, and accidents involving distracted driving may involve subpoenas of the negligent driver’s phone records. Your attorney can also consult with experts to reconstruct the crash to determine its true cause, if necessary. Medical experts and financial experts can provide insight into the full extent of your losses.
Compensation for Injured Motorcyclists in New Mexico
Most motorcycle accident cases can be resolved through settlements, but some cases must go trial when insurance companies do not provide satisfactory offers. If a victim is able to prove that another party caused their injuries, they could be awarded various compensatory damages.
Compensatory damages are usually a combination or economic damages and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are the objective costs a victim has incurred or will incur, such as:
- Medical expenses
- Non-medical expenses
- Lost earnings or lost-earning capacity
- Property damage
Noneconomic damages are far more subjective but just as real and just as compensable. They may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
An injured person in New Mexico can recover damages for the nature, extent, and duration of their injury, which allows a jury to consider damages that do not fall under another element of other damages. Punitive damages can also be awarded in rare cases where the acts of a defendant were malicious, willful, reckless, wanton, or fraudulent.
Motorcycle Safety Tips
It is important to know of key motorcycle safety tips before riding.Try to ride a motorcycle when you feel in peak condition and avoid operating a motorcycle when you are tired or could be battling any fatigue issues.
Also be sure to give your motorcycle an inspection before hitting the road. Check the lights, brakes, and make sure there are cracks or leaks in your brake lines. It never hurts to check your tire pressure and top your fluids off.
Never assume another driver can see you and always ride defensively. A motorcycle is much smaller than other vehicles on the road and it is easy for other people to lose sight of you.
How Can Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in New Mexico at Parnall Law Help Me?
Did you sustain catastrophic injuries or was your loved one killed in a motorcycle accident in New Mexico? You need to hire a personal injury attorney who has successfully handled motorcycle accident claims in New Mexico. Your choice of legal representation matters, so choose a team that has the right experience and resources to handle your case.
Parnall Law provides a 100 percent client service satisfaction guarantee. You can have our lawyers answer all of your legal questions during a free consultation as soon as you call us or contact us online.