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Motorcycle Crash

The road can be a dangerous place for motorcyclists, even when they conduct themselves responsibly. In 2020 alone, motorcyclists comprised 14% of all traffic fatalities, which was an 11% increase from the previous year.

Here at Hinkle Law Offices, LLC, we’ve seen the devastating outcomes of serious motorcycle crashes. We also know that driver negligence is often the cause of these collisions, which leaves motorcyclists vulnerable on the road. That’s why we’re so dedicated to defending the rights of motorcyclists, especially when they’re the victim of driver carelessness and inattention.

How Do Motorcycle Crashes Happen?

While numerous factors contribute to motorcycle accidents, there are quite a few common causes to be aware of. Many crashes occur because of the following factors:

  • Intersections – An alarming number of motorcycle accidents happen when a passenger vehicle attempts to make a left-hand turn when coming from the opposite direction. This can lead them right into the path of an oncoming motorcycle.
  • Distracted Driving – A far too common problem on the road, distracted drivers often fail to see motorcyclists until it’s too late. Common distractions include texting behind the wheel, changing the radio station, and talking with passengers.
  • Lack of Awareness – Many motorists simply don’t think to look for motorcyclists on the road due to their smaller size. As a result, they may not detect their presence until it’s too late to avoid a crash.

Motorcyclists typically fare worse in accidents because they lack the protection afforded by passenger vehicles. Even helmets and durable clothing are no match for a serious collision, which can lead to major injuries or even loss of life in some cases.

What Should You Do After a Crash?

The first step is to receive immediate medical attention for your injuries. Remember, even seemingly minor injuries can have significant consequences, so you must be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible.

Once your injuries are stabilized, the next step is to contact your insurance company. Your insurer can work with the other drivers’ insurance companies to determine fault and establish the appropriate amount of compensation. It’s possible for fault to be disputed or for the insurer to offer compensation that does not fully cover your injuries. In this case, you must secure legal assistance to ensure your rights are protected.

We’re Here to Defend Your Rights

The last thing you need after a serious accident is to worry about complex legal issues. In Albuquerque, our injury lawyers at Hinkle Law Offices, LLC have established a tough reputation that gets results for our clients. Along with the other legal services we provide, we can also help with things like accident reconstruction, which can establish what actually led to your accident.

Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a free initial consultation with our firm.

Hinkle Rides. Hinkle Knows.

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