Understanding Common Types of Albuquerque Motorcycle Accidents
Simply put, motorcyclists are more vulnerable than any other vehicle on the road. They are smaller in size and are not protected in a shell of metal. Basic safety protections such as seat belts, airbags, side curtains, rollover bars, or other innovations do not exist to help keep motorcyclists from harm. Because of this, motorcyclists are significantly more likely to be seriously injured or killed in even the most innocuous of motor vehicle accidents.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in an Albuquerque motorcycle accident, contact the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today for a FREE consultation by calling (505) 384-6312. We are experienced Albuquerque motorcycle accident attorneys who will fight to get you the compensation you are entitled to so you can focus on healing.
Types of Albuquerque Motorcycle Accidents
Due to the inherent disadvantages of motorcycles as opposed to larger vehicles, there are many different types of motorcycle accidents which can easily prove fatal or cause catastrophic personal injuries. Unfortunately, many of these types of motorcycle accidents are caused due to the errors of other motorists which are easily preventable. Because of this, most motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence of another motorist.
Negligence is a legal theory of liability wherein a person breaches a duty of care owed to another person, and such breach causes damages. Thus, when a motorist makes a preventable error while driving, it is very likely that he or she was negligent.
Some common types of negligent motorcycle accidents include the following:
Vehicle Turning Left in Front of You – When another vehicle fails to judge your distance and speed but still turns left in front of you, thus causing you to either t-bone such vehicle or swerve to avoid, this is generally caused by the negligence of the left turning vehicle. These types of motorcycle accidents are one of the most common, and also one of the most deadly.
Vehicle Changes Lanes Into You – When another vehicle suddenly veers into your lane or into the space next to your motorcycle, this can result in a very serious accident and personal injuries. This is particularly dangerous on the highway where both you and the other motorist will be naturally traveling at high speeds. The cause of this type of accident is usually driver inattention or failing to check the blind spots properly because merging. Unsafe lane changes are prohibited by New Mexico law and will lead to liability.
Vehicle Rear Ends You – While a rear end motor vehicle accident may not be as damaging to a passenger vehicle or truck, when a motorcycle is rear ended it can launch a rider from the bike and directly onto the ground or into a lane of oncoming traffic. Even low speed rear end collisions can cause a motorcyclist to sustain serious personal injuries. The vehicle which rear ends another vehicle is generally negligent as a matter of law.
A Parked Car Opens a Vehicle Into You – It is not just moving vehicles which can be a hazard. In narrow lanes, commonly while driving through small towns or tight shopping areas, a motorcyclists can be seriously injured when an occupant of a parked car fails to judge your distance and speed and opens a door into your lane of travel. This can cause you to fall over into the oncoming lane of travel causing even worse injuries.
Contact an Experienced Albuquerque Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an Albuquerque motorcycle accident, call the experienced Albuquerque motorcycle accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 384-6322 You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.