Albuquerque Motorcycle Accident Attorney

For most bikers, owning a motorcycle is not about “looking cool” or “being popular,” but rather, about freedom. Motorcycles allow individuals to be one with the wind, road, and elements in a way that a standard vehicle does not. Unfortunately, that freedom does not come without risks.

Motorcycle accidents happen all too frequently, and because motorcycles lack structure or the protections found in vehicles, victims of motorcycle accidents often sustain serious and sometimes life altering injuries. It is not uncommon for motorcycle accidents to result in fatalities. In fact, according to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association , the fatality rate for motorcyclists is 26 times higher than that of a passenger of a standard motor vehicle. For these reasons, every person who owns a motorcycle should be aware of his or her rights and responsibilities, as well as to where he or she can turn in the event that an accident does occur.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

At the Law Offices of Edward Chavez, Jr., we have over 30 years of experience representing personal injury victims against insurance companies and liable parties. During those 30 years, we have dealt with numerous motorcycle accident cases. Based on our experience, we can safely say that the majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by another driver’s mistake, inattentive driving, or just plain negligence. Despite this, insurance companies continue to try to place all or part of the blame on the victim. Our Albuquerque motorcycle accident lawyers do not let that happen, and we work hard to prove that one or more of the following common reasons caused the accident:

  • Failure of the other party to use his or her rearview or side mirrors;

  • Tailgating the motorcyclist;

  • Backing out of a driveway or parking spot into the path of the motorcycle;

  • Passing the biker without giving adequate room; and/or

  • Turning in front of the motorcycle at an intersection.

These are just the most common causes of motorcycle accidents, and a collision can be caused by any number of factors. Whatever the reason for your accident, you have the right to fight for compensation for your injuries and damages.

Common Injuries Sustained in Motorcycle Accidents

Because of the extreme vulnerability of a motorcycle, it is no surprise that when a motorcycle is involved in an accident, the biker almost always sustains injuries. The injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents are often traumatic, if not fatal. Some of the most common types of injuries sustained as a result of a motorcycle accident include the following:

  • Broken bones;

  • Road rash;

  • Degloving;

  • Amputation;

  • Burns;

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI); and

  • Wrongful death.

These injuries often require extensive medical care, ongoing therapy, and ample time for healing. During that time, the victim may be unable to work, and therefore, unable to pay for the medical expenses that he or she is undoubtedly accruing. A lawsuit settlement may be able to help the victim cover the cost of medical care, lost wages, and more. For many people, settlements are the only means by which they can sustain a comfortable lifestyle.

Contact an Albuquerque Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today

If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you have the right to try to obtain compensation for your damages from the liable party. However, do not attempt to exercise that right on your own, otherwise you may unwittingly forfeit it. The Albuquerque motorcycle accident attorneys here at the Law Offices of Edward Chavez, Jr. , can help you review your options and ensure that when you do make a move, it is one that will take you one step closer to a favorable outcome. Contact our office today to see how we can serve you.