Albuquerque Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Were you injured in a motorcycle accident in Albuquerque, NM? You may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault-party. The trial lawyers at Curiel & Runion Personal Injury Lawyers are ready to fight for you to recover money damages for you pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, and more. Contact an Albuquerque motorcycle accident lawyer today at (505) 594-3621 to schedule a free case evaluation.

You’ll be in good hands if you choose us to represent you. Curiel & Runion is a highly-regarded personal injury law firm with a 98% success rate in the cases we take on. Our attorneys have more than 55 years of combined experience, and we’ve obtained over $30 million in compensation for our clients from cases like car accidents in Albuquerque, truck accidents, bicycle accidents, Albuquerque Uber accidents, and pedestrian accidents, to name a few. 

Call us or contact us online today to get started. We offer a free consultation to review your case, and there are no strings attached.

How Curiel & Runion Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Motorcycle Accident in Albuquerque

How Curiel & Runion Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Motorcycle Accident in Albuquerque

New Mexico is a beautiful place to own and ride a motorcycle. Large portions of the state offer year-round riding opportunities, and the scenery is virtually unmatched. There’s arguably no better way to experience the area than on the back of a bike. But at the same time, riding a motorcycle exposes you to the elements – and an accident can have devastating consequences.

If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle crash in Albuquerque, New Mexico, one thing is certain: you deserve compensation from the at-fault party that makes up for every loss you have incurred. Curiel & Runion can handle your claim while you focus on recovering from the accident, ensuring your legal rights and interests are always maintained. We can help with your motorcycle accident case by:

  • Investigating your accident to determine your best course of action
  • Evaluating the extent of your damages with expert assistance as needed
  • Taking care of the necessary procedures, communications, and paperwork
  • Protecting you from accusations that the accident was your fault
  • Negotiating with the at-fault party to reach a settlement agreement
  • If necessary, filing a lawsuit against the opposing party and bringing your claim to court

Your initial consultation with one of our experienced Albuquerque personal injury lawyers is free of charge. Call today for more information or to begin forming an attorney-client relationship.

How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents in New Mexico?

The New Mexico Department of Transportation, Traffic Safety Division (NMDOT) creates annual traffic crash reports based on accidents across the state. The most recent report is from 2021 and states the following with regard to motorcycle accidents:

  • There were 936 motorcycle accidents in New Mexico in 2021
  • These accidents resulted in 753 injuries and 56 fatalities
  • Motorcycles were involved in 2.3% of all crashes and 13.1% of all fatal crashes 
  • Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs was the most prevalent cause of fatal motorcycle accidents at 32.8%

Based on these data, motorcycle accidents are likely to result in injury and have a higher frequency of being fatal than many other types of vehicle crashes.

What Is My Albuquerque Motorcycle Accident Case Worth?

Ultimately, the value of your Albuquerque motorcycle accident case will be based on the facts and circumstances involved. Broadly speaking, the more serious and life-altering your injuries are, the more your case will be worth. However, many other factors could also help determine your case’s value, such as:

  • Your age at the time of the crash
  • The terms of any insurance policies that pertain to the crash
  • Whether you share any of the blame for the accident
  • The nature of the at-fault party
  • Whether you are expected to make a full medical recovery
  • The strength and amount of evidence in support of your claim

When you hire our Albuquerque motorcycle accident attorneys, we can undertake a comprehensive evaluation process to ensure we demand sufficient compensation on your behalf. Otherwise, you might walk away with less than what you are owed.

We Can Pursue Compensation for All of Your Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Motorcycles offer significantly less protection than other types of motor vehicles. As a result, riders can suffer especially serious injuries in the event of an accident. Types of injuries that we can help you recover compensation for include the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Crushing injuries
  • Road rash
  • Neck injuries
  • Internal bleeding and organ damage
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Leg and foot injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Lacerations and puncture wounds
  • Chest injuries
  • And more

Even if your injuries aren’t mentioned above, we’re here to assist. Contact our motorcycle accident lawyers in Albuquerque today for a free case review.

How Do I Prove Negligence After a Motorcycle Crash in Albuquerque, NM?

Negligence is a legal term with a meaning similar to “carelessness.” It is the cause of action that most motorcycle accident cases are based on. In order to prove negligence, you must establish the following four legal elements:

  • Duty – Were you owed a duty of care at the time of the accident?
  • Breach – Did the at-fault party breach that duty of care?
  • Causation – Was the other party responsible for causing the crash, both factually and proximately?
  • Damages – Did you suffer losses (especially economic losses) as a result of the at-fault party’s actions or inaction?

You must demonstrate each of these elements “by a preponderance of the evidence,” which means showing that each is at least 50.1% likely to be true. Types of evidence you can submit in favor of your claim include medical records, expert analysis and testimony, eyewitness testimony, photos, videos, and more.

The personal injury lawyers with Curiel & Runion can help you prove negligence in even the most complex of cases. Reach out to us today to learn more about the legal advice and help we can provide you with.

What Damages Can I Recover If My Albuquerque Motorcycle Accident Claim Is Successful?

Accident victims in Albuquerque, New Mexico, can recover two types of compensatory damages: economic and non-economic. These represent your financial losses as well as those that are not as easy to convert into a dollar figure. Examples of economic and non-economic damages include, but are not limited to:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Decreased earning capacity
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Lost wages
  • Emotional distress
  • Medical bills
  • Out-of-pocket expenses
  • Rehabilitation and therapy
  • Loss of consortium
  • Decreased enjoyment of life

Punitive damages may be available too, but only in rare cases where the at-fault party acted intentionally or recklessly. These damages are meant to “punish” the defendant for their behavior rather than to compensate you. 

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Based on the 2021 Annual Traffic Crash Report from NMDOT, the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in New Mexico are:

  • Distracted driving
  • Excessive speed
  • Other improper driving behaviors
  • Avoiding contact with another vehicle
  • Speed too fast for conditions
  • Under the influence of alcohol
  • Following too closely
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Under the influence of drugs

The causes listed above are in order of relative frequency.

What If I’m Being Blamed for My Motorcycle Crash in Albuquerque?

In New Mexico, you can still recover compensation even if your motorcycle crash was partially your fault. The state currently operates under the relatively victim-friendly standard of pure comparative negligence.

With pure comparative negligence, each party is assigned a percentage of fault for the accident. You can still receive damages unless you were 100% at fault. However, your compensation award can be reduced in accordance with your assigned percentage. If you are assigned 25% of the blame, for example, your damages award can be reduced by 25%.

Even though this system is more favorable to you as an accident victim than the systems in most other states, the responsible party can still reduce their liability if they successfully blame you. But if you hire our Albuquerque personal injury lawyers, we’ll be able to fight back against these kinds of allegations on your behalf.

What Is the Time Limit for Filing a Motorcycle Accident Claim in New Mexico?

By default, New Mexico’s statute of limitations allows you three years to file a personal injury lawsuit. That means you’ll generally have three years from the date of your accident to file a claim.

However, there are exceptions for certain types of cases. If you file your claim too late, you likely won’t be able to recover compensation from the at-fault party. As a result, we recommend contacting us as soon as possible after an accident to protect your rights and confirm the appropriate deadline for your case.

Schedule a Free Consultation With an Experienced Albuquerque Motorcycle Accident Attorney

If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident in Albuquerque, NM, you deserve to be made whole again by the responsible party. Whether you need to file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit, Curiel & Runion can help every step of the way.

Our Albuquerque motorcycle accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means we only get paid if we secure compensation for you. You also don’t have to pay anything upfront to hire us.

Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation.

Visit Our Personal Injury Law Office in Albuquerque, NM

Address:
Curiel & Runion Personal Injury Lawyers
400 Gold Avenue SW Suite 650
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Phone: (505) 594-3621
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