Albuquerque & Texas Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
HAVE YOU BEEN INJURED IN A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT?
TALK TO A MOTORCYCLE CRASH ATTORNEY TODAY
Since their invention, motorcycles have served as symbols of American freedom and the open road. Their appeal is such that there are now more than half a million registered motorcycle operators in Texas and New Mexico. Unfortunately, every year hundreds of these motorcyclists are killed in wrecks and thousands more are injured, many catastrophically. Motorcycles may have a reputation for being dangerous, but most of the time motorcycle crashes occur because operators of other motor vehicles don’t know how to safely interact with them on the road. If you or a member of your family has been involved in a severe motorcycle accident in Albuquerque or the greater Midland-Odessa area, you may be able to recover financial compensation for your injuries that can be used to address both the economic costs related to your situation (such as hospital bills and lost wages) as well as non-economic costs like your pain and suffering. Make an appointment with a reliable motorcycle crash lawyer today to learn more about your rights and your legal options following a catastrophic motorcycle accident.
TIPS FOR SHARING THE ROAD WITH MOTORCYCLES SAFELY
It’s not unusual for automobile or truck drivers to cause motorcycle accidents because they don’t know how to share the road with bikers safely. A few basic guidelines can go a long way toward making the driving experience safer for everyone.
NO LANE SHARING
Car drivers should never try to share a lane with a motorcyclist by riding alongside them, even if the biker moves over to allow them to do so. Failing to stay in one’s own lane is a recipe for disaster when motorcycles are involved. Let a biker have the whole lane.
ALWAYS CHECK MIRRORS AND BLIND SPOTS FOR BIKERS
Pay attention by always checking blind spots and mirrors for motorcyclists. The smaller size of motorcycles makes them harder to spot, especially when bad weather or other conditions are involved.
SIGNAL EARLY WHEN CHANGING LANES OR MERGING
Drivers should remember that it can take longer for motorcycles to adjust to sudden changes in road conditions. By signaling early when making lane changes or merging with traffic, you’ll be giving bikers the time they need to react appropriately.
MOTORCYCLE TURN SIGNALS MAY BE LEFT ON ACCIDENTALLY
Another thing that drivers should keep in mind is that many motorcycle turn signals don’t automatically shut off after a turn like those in cars do. If you see a motorcycle with a turn signal that has been on for a while, it’s possible that the motorcyclist forgot that it is on and won’t necessarily be turning any time soon, so drive accordingly.
GIVE EXTRA SPACE TO THE MOTORCYCLIST AHEAD OF YOU
Drivers should also exercise caution by allowing twice as much space between their vehicle and the motorcycle in front of them as they would for a passenger car. Motorcyclists can brake much more quickly than can other drivers and it’s easy for them to be rear-ended by other drivers who aren’t paying attention.
BE AWARE OF ROAD CONDITIONS
Finally, automobile users should remember that adverse road conditions like bad weather or loose gravel are much more dangerous for motorcyclists than they are for drivers of cars. When road conditions are less than ideal, be extra vigilant in looking out for motorcyclists and ensuring that you’re sharing the road with them safely.
A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LAWYER CAN ASSIST YOU WITH YOUR CLAIM
At Buckingham Barrera Law Firm, we represent motorcyclists who have suffered catastrophic injuries such as spinal cord damage or severe burns in wrecks. We have a proven reputation for success when it comes to helping motorcycle operators take on insurance companies and other parties after such accidents. By letting a dedicated motorcycle crash lawyer assist you with your personal injury case as early in the claims process as possible, you’ll be getting a head start when it comes to making your case effectively to claims examiners or a jury. We know how difficult it can be to take on the claims process when you are already contending with the financial challenges and pain and suffering a catastrophic accident can cause. Get help – call a motorcycle accident lawyer at Buckingham Barrera today.
In addition to representing operators of motorcycles, we also represent cyclists who have been severely injured because of the carelessness or recklessness of motor vehicle drivers. Bicycling is a healthy and inexpensive way to get around, but leaves cyclists exposed to the possibility of paralysis or other catastrophic injuries in the event of an accident. Bicycles provide even less protection than motorcycles do when it comes to crashes, and this dangerous situation is made worse by the behavior of car or truck drivers who text and drive, drive drunk, or engage in other reckless behavior that can increase the likelihood of a collision.
A qualified bike accident lawyer at Buckingham Barrera Law Firm can help protect your rights and guide you through the aftermath of a severe bicycle crash. We’ll also help you to fully understand your legal options and decide whether or not you should proceed with a lawsuit.