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Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in El Paso, TX, and Hobbs, NM
Law Office of Javier Martinez, Jr. and The J. Martinez Law Firm, L.L.C.
When you hop on your motorcycle for a ride down the open road, one of your worst fears is most likely being hit by a driver who didn’t take the time to ensure your safety. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are all too common and often result in rider fatalities. Those who are fortunate enough to survive these crashes are left with catastrophic, life-altering physical and emotional injuries as well as significant financial turmoil.
Since 1999, our legal team has advocated for the rights of those injured in motorcycle accidents caused by the negligence or recklessness of others. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, please do not hesitate to contact our motorcycle accident law firm for a free, no-obligation consultation — El Paso, TX: (915) 751-0896 | Hobbs, NM: (575) 393-0021
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
No matter how safely a motorcyclist rides, the reality is that even safe and defensive riding practices may not be enough to prevent accidents caused by negligent or reckless drivers. While motorcyclists are not always necessarily blameless in these situations, the majority of these collisions are actually caused by vehicle and truck drivers.
All drivers have a legal duty to keep a lookout for motorcycle riders and take the proper precautions necessary to ensure their safety. When they don’t, devastating consequences can occur in situations involving:
- Drunk or impaired driving
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
- Unsafe lane changes
- Road rage or aggressive driving
- Left-hand turns
Injuries Sustained in Texas and New Mexico Motorcycle Accidents
There really is no such thing as a “minor” motorcycle accident. This is because motorcycle riders lack physical protection around them that an enclosed vehicle provides, meaning that they are much more susceptible to sustaining catastrophic injuries in the event of a wreck.
Statistics from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) even reveal that motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in a crash than passenger vehicle occupants. Some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries we see from survivors of these crashes include:
- Bone fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Road rash and burns
- Facial and dental injuries
- Lower extremity injuries
- Internal injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Compensation in Your Motorcycle Accident Case
Medical expenses can rack up fast. When you’re injured in a motorcycle crash due to the negligence of a driver, you should not be on the hook for this type of financial responsibility. Our motorcycle accident attorney understands the stress that can arise when you are facing thousands of dollars in medical expenses amplified by the fact that you are trying to get your life back to normal after a serious crash.
At the Law Office of Javier Martinez, Jr. and The J. Martinez Law Firm, L.L.C., we will stand in your corner and build a solid motorcycle accident claim on your behalf that seeks maximum compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional damages
- Lost quality of life
- Wrongful death damages
Our motorcycle injury law firm handles motorcycle accident cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning you will not be asked to pay any up-front fees. We are only paid if and when we win your case and secure compensation on your behalf. This arrangement allows you to seek rightful damages at no risk. To learn more, contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
No one expects to be injured in a motorcycle wreck. But if you are ever in this situation, knowing the steps you should take can be the difference between getting the compensation you need to recover and being stuck with thousands of dollars of medical expenses with your name on them.
Here’s what you must do following a motorcycle collision:
- Call 911, so police and emergency medical responders are dispatched to the scene.
- Exchange information with the other parties involved as well as any eyewitnesses.
- Take photos and videos of the scene, including your motorcycle, vehicles involved, road conditions, and debris.
- Give police an accurate and detailed statement of what happened, and be sure to get a copy of the police report for your records.
- Seek medical attention immediately, even if you don’t feel injured. Also, make sure you follow all of your doctor’s orders.
- Contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney.
If you are unable to do any of some of these steps yourself, ask a bystander or someone else to do them on your behalf.
The Law Office of Javier Martinez, Jr. and The J. Martinez Law Firm, L.L.C. offer free consultations for those injured in motorcycle accidents across Texas and New Mexico. Our skilled personal injury lawyer will help you build a strong case and secure maximum compensation for the parties responsible for your crash.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I File a Motorcycle Accident Claim If I Am Partially At Fault?
Both New Mexico and Texas have variations of comparative negligence laws, meaning that two parties could be found to be partially liable in the event of a crash. In such a case, an accident victim’s total compensation would be reduced by the percentage they were found liable for the crash. So, in short, the answer is yes.
I Wasn’t Wearing a Helmet at the Time of the Crash. Does This Impact my Right to Compensation?
Insurance companies are notorious for using this type of tactic to dissuade motorcycle injury victims from filing claims. They try to make you think that, since you weren’t wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, they are not responsible for your resulting injuries because you did not take the proper precautions. This is not correct. Whether you were or were not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash has nothing to do with the negligent actions of the driver that caused your crash. Therefore, you can absolutely still file a claim for damages.
Should I Speak With the Insurance Company If They Contact Me?
Remember that the at-fault driver’s insurance company has an agenda, and that is to get you to say something that could put the blame on you and limit their liability in the crash, thus limiting the amount of compensation you receive. With this in mind, you should not speak with the at-fault driver’s insurance company until you contact an attorney who can ensure your statement won’t be twisted to be used against your claim.
Speak to a Motorcycle Accident Attorney for Free
Unfortunately, insurance adjusters are often biased against motorcycle riders who they view as lawbreakers who ride carelessly and without regard for others on the road. This bias often leads to the denial of even legitimate motorcycle accident claims. We won’t let the insurance company take advantage of you during your most vulnerable time.
For over 25 years, our personal injury attorney has been assisting those injured across Texas and New Mexico in a variety of accident cases, including motorcycle crashes. If you need help, we’re only a phone call away.