Albuquerque Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Although riding a motorcycle is exhilarating, an Albuquerque motorcycle accident can cause severe injuries due to riders’ lack of protection. Nearly 5,000 motorcyclists were killed in crashes throughout 2018. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle crash caused by the negligence of someone else, contact the Branch Law Firm. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Albuquerque personal injury attorneys, call (505) 243-3500 or message us online today.

Why Choose Our Albuquerque Motorcycle Accident Attorney?

Why You Need a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Physical recovery from a serious motorcycle accident takes time and extensive medical care. Some injuries require long-term medical treatment and repeat surgeries. Accident compensation makes it possible for injury victims to obtain the medical care they need to heal. Insurance companies often refuse to pay maximum compensation to injured riders, and adjusters have an incentive to delay, mislead, and wear down injury victims so that they will accept a smaller settlement than they deserve. This reduced settlement may not cover the medical bills you or a loved one require.

Our Albuquerque motorcycle accident lawyers have years of experience negotiating with insurance adjusters, and we know when a settlement offer is unfairly low. We ensure you have the evidence you need to hold the negligent driver responsible, so that you will receive justice and be fully compensated.

Common Causes and Injuries of Motorcycle Accidents in Albuquerque

The most common causes of Albuquerque motorcycle accidents are:

The injuries caused by motorcycle accidents can be catastrophic. Common injuries suffered due to an Albuquerque motorcycle accident include brain injuries, road rash, muscle damage, bone fractures, nerve damage, spinal cord injuries, and in the most severe cases, a loss of life.

How is Fault Determined in a New Mexico Motorcycle Accident?

The state of New Mexico follows a pure comparative negligence system when it comes to determining fault in a motorcycle crash. This means that every motorist involved in a collision is held responsible for their role in the crash. The driver or motorcyclist responsible for the crash is liable for the damages and medical expenses incurred by the other injured parties. It’s important to note that fault may be shared between motorists, and you may legally collect compensation proportionate to your fault in causing the crash. For example, if you’re found to be 10% at fault for an Albuquerque motorcycle accident, you can collect 90% in damages from the other driver(s).

To determine fault, the following five elements will be considered:

  1. Drivers owe each other a legal duty: When you get behind the wheel of a car or start your motorcycle, you are legally obligated to protect other motorists and use reasonable caution to avoid accidents. This duty extends to pedestrians, bicyclists, and other motorists.
  2. The other driver breached their legal duty:  If another driver breaches their duty, for example by being on their phone while driving, there may be a presumption of fault.
  3. The breach directly caused the accident: Even the most careful and safe drivers or motorcyclists may make an unintentional mistake that leads to a collision. However, if our legal team can prove that a specific breach of duty caused an an Albuquerque motorcycle crash, you may be entitled to damages.
  4. You or a loved one were injured due solely to the accident: Once it’s proven that the other motorist had a legal duty to you that they failed to uphold, it’s necessary to prove that injuries were suffered in the crash. This can be challenging, as an insurance company or opposing lawyer may attempt to prove that your injuries existed prior to the collision. We review your medical records, account of the accident, and consult with medical experts to help you prove your case.
  5. The extent of injury/damages: Did you suffer serious injuries in the crash, or was your motorcycle damaged beyond repair? We strive to ensure you receive the maximum compensation for your accident.

What Types of Compensation Can I Recover after a Motorcycle Accident?

Compensation after a motorcycle accident is meant to restore the victim, or make the person “whole” again after the crash. There are many types of economic damages and punitive damages that our legal team pursues to help with this, including:

Speak to an Experienced Albuquerque Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

If you or someone you love has been harmed in a motorcycle accident, contact the Branch Law Firm. We will protect your rights and demand the maximum compensation that you deserve. Call (505) 243-3500 to schedule your free consultation today.