A previous post on this blog discussed how motorcycle accidents in New Mexico are caused not only by negligent drivers but also by defective motorcycles which fail at a critical time. In either situation, though, the end result is still that the motorcyclists get severely injured or die.
One advantage that our Albuquerque, New Mexico, law office offers is that we have experience with both straight-up motor vehicle accident cases as well as product liability cases. In practice, this means that we are able to explore multiple avenues under which our clients can recover compensation for their injuries.
For instance, a negligent driver may well be at fault for a motorcycle accident, but he or she may not have enough in insurance coverage or assets to be able to pay all of the victim's bills. In these cases, it is sometimes possible that other people or businesses, including the manufacturer of the motorcycle, can be held accountable. Moreover, even if there are no other people who can be held responsible for a motorcycle accident victim's injury, a motorcyclist may still have the option of pursuing a claim against his or her own insurance carrier for uninsured or underinsured motorist benefits.
Motorcyclists have the same rights as all other motorists to be on the road, and other motorists must respect this fact and be aware of motorcyclists in their vicinity. Unfortunately, this will not stop motorcycle accidents from happening. Motorcyclists may have a number of potential options after a crash for seeking the compensation they need, but pursuing these options often takes some legal knowledge and skill. In this respect, our office is available to assist clients and navigating all viable roads to recovery.