Riding a motorcycle in beautiful New Mexico can be a freeing experience. Still, there is always a risk that a negligent driver will cause an Albuquerque motorcycle accident. Motorcyclists in New Mexico are injured or killed daily in New Mexico and throughout the country. Under New Mexico law, motorcyclists can seek compensation when a negligent driver causes injuries.
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Hunt Law’s experienced personal injury attorneys have stood up for motorcyclists who’ve been seriously injured in accidents. Insurance companies often blame motorcyclists unfairly or refuse to offer fair settlement amounts. When you work with Hunt Law, you can rest assured that we will fight for your rights and the best outcome in your case. Contact Hunt Law today to schedule a free case evaluation.
How Our Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Can Help You
When you trust Hunt Law to handle your claim, we will immediately begin taking action to demand maximum compensation. You will not pay legal bills or other expenses until we recover compensation for you. Our attorneys have extensive experience negotiating with insurance companies for our clients. We will work decisively, aggressively, and intelligently while pursuing the total amount of compensation you deserve for your injuries. The dedicated attorneys at Hunt Law will take all of the following steps to pursue the best outcome:
- We will manage all communication with insurance adjusters and others about your case
- We will launch an investigation to gather evidence related to your accident
- We will work to identify every at-fault party and demand appropriate compensation
- We will negotiate the best settlement possible from a position of strength
- We will go the extra mile to ensure you’re cared for so you can focus on recovering
- We will communicate effectively with you, keeping you informed along the way
Negligence Causes Many Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle drivers face numerous dangers on the road and are more likely to face severe injuries or lose their lives in a collision due to their lack of external protection. Unfortunately, many motorcycle accidents are entirely preventable. Negligent drivers are less likely to see a motorcyclist in time to avoid a collision. Some of the most common examples of negligence leading to motorcycle accidents include:
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failure to yield
- Failure to check blind spots before merging
- Lane splitting
- Not using a turn signal
- Ignoring traffic conditions
- Inexperienced motorists
To recover compensation through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit, you will need to prove that the at-fault party’s negligence caused the accident that resulted in your injury. Negligence means failure to use reasonable care under the circumstances. For example, if a driver is texting while driving and swerves into a motorcyclist’s lane, causing an accident, the driver is negligent and can be held liable. Motorcyclists can pursue compensation for the damages from the liable party.
What If the Insurance Company Is Blaming Me?
Motorists are quick to blame motorcyclists after an accident. The attorneys at Hunt Law gather evidence proving the driver’s liability, using negotiation and persuasion strategies to fight stereotypes. If you were partially at fault for the accident, you might still be entitled to compensation.
New Mexico courts follow the legal doctrine of “comparative negligence.” Every person involved in a motor vehicle accident is responsible for any action or inaction that caused the accident. However, even if you were found to have contributed to the accident, you may still be able to recover damages from the other party.
For example, suppose a court determines that a motorist was 55 percent at fault for the accident and the defendant is 45 percent at fault. The motorcyclist can still recover 45 percent of the damages he or she claims. The attorneys at Hunt Law will present evidence that negates any false accusations against you that you’re at fault for the accident so you can maximize recovery.
What to Do After Being Injured in a Motorcycle Accident
Your steps after a motorcycle accident are essential and will affect your legal compensation claim. You should first call 911, notify the police of the accident, and request medical assistance. If necessary, go to the hospital with the emergency medical personnel. Even if you weren’t severely injured, we recommend going to your doctor as soon as possible for a thorough examination.
If you can do so safely, try to document the accident by taking photos. Write down the contact information for any witnesses. Make sure you follow your doctor’s recommendations, keep all of your medical records, and take your prescription medication. Doing so will help you prove that the accident caused her injuries and that your injuries are serious. Do not accept any settlement offers from an insurance company or a defendant without speaking to an attorney first. In many cases, these offers are far too low. An attorney can negotiate on your behalf to obtain the best settlement possible.
How Much Is My Motorcycle Accident Claim Worth?
Every accident case is unique, and the best way to learn about the value of your case is to speak to an experienced attorney. Generally, the more severe a person’s injuries, the more valuable his or her claim. In personal injury cases, the plaintiff can pursue all of the following types of damages:
- Existing and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Disability or disfigurement
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
- Wrongful death
Contact a Skilled Albuquerque Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you or your loved one have been seriously injured in an Albuquerque motorcycle accident, you are likely facing costly medical bills and other monetary losses. You may be unable to return to work due to your injuries and face a lengthy recovery for a serious permanent injury. The attorneys at Hunt Law have dedicated their careers to helping motorcycle accident victims in Albuquerque and the surrounding area. Contact Hunt Law to schedule a free case evaluation and learn more about your legal rights and options.