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Carlsbad Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

As a form of transportation, motorcycles can be both a fun and effective alternative to traditional passenger vehicles. Sadly, all too often other drivers completely overlook motorcyclists. When a negligent or reckless driver causes a collision, a Carlsbad motorcycle accident lawyer from Buckingham & Vega Law Firm is standing by to help.

We understand the unique challenges associated with motorcycle accidents. Motorcyclists often suffer much more severe injuries compared to passengers in other vehicle types, making recovery an uphill battle. We know that all it takes is one motorcycle accident to change your life forever, but our personal injury lawyers are prepared to help you set things back on track as much as possible.

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Our Results Make a Difference

Explore How We Have Helped Our Clients
  • $73.21 Million Verdict Birth Injury

    The Buckingham & Vega legal team secured a $73.21 million verdict on behalf of a baby who was catastrophically injured due to the negligence of their doctor and medical team.

  • Record-Setting $72 Million Verdict Birth Injury

    The Buckingham & Vega team obtained a $72 Million verdict in a birth injury case when an OB/ GYN failed to properly monitor the mom during pregnancy.

  • $16 Million Truck Accident

    Buckingham & Vega obtained a $16 million settlement in a truck accident case. The truck driver was speeding and inattentive (texting) and crashed into the rear of a pickup truck stopped at a stoplight.

  • $14 Million Dram Shop Liability

    Our team obtained a $14 million dram shop verdict on behalf of a client who was injured due to negligence.

  • 13 Million Truck Accident

    Our team secured a 13 million settlement in a truck accident case. An eighteen-wheeler made an unsafe turn in front of a car driven by a grandmother and her family. The grandmother was killed and the family suffered severe injuries.

  • 13 Million Work Injury

    Buckingham & Vega represented an oilfield worker who was killed when their company failed to properly train its employees on how to safely move waste bins. Our client was killed when he became trapped between two bins.

New Mexico Motorcycle Helmet Laws

Compared to many other states, New Mexico motorcycle helmet laws are relatively lax. Individuals under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet when riding on or operating a:

  • Motorcycle
  • All-terrain vehicle (ATV)

Anyone over the age of 18 is not required to wear a helmet. However, the importance of wearing a motorcycle helmet is well-established, which is why the Carlsbad motorcycle accident lawyers from Buckingham & Vega Law Firm encourage everyone who will be riding or operating a motorcycle to wear a helmet. If you are still unconvinced, consider the following:

  • Helmets prevent 37% of deaths among motorcycle operators
  • Helmets prevent 41% of deaths among motorcycle passengers
  • Helmets are associated with a 69% reduction of head injuries

New Mexico Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is among the most popular stops for motorcycle riders in New Mexico. This attraction brings motorcyclists from all over the state, traveling along US-285, US-62, and SR-54. Unfortunately, New Mexico is not the safest state for motorcycle riders. Let’s look at motorcycle crash data from 2020:

  • Every 10 hours a motorcycle was involved in an accident
  • There were 84 deaths for every 100,000 registered motorcycles (the national average is 67)
  • 4% of all crash types and 12.6% of fatal crashes involved motorcycles
  • 4% of motorcyclists involved in an accident were seriously injured or killed

Were you injured in a motorcycle accident? Don’t miss your opportunity to recover compensation, contact a Carlsbad motorcycle accident lawyer today.

Common Motorcycle Injuries

Motorcycle accidents almost always result in injury to the motorcyclist, ranging in severity from minor to traumatic. Our Carlsbad motorcycle accident attorneys have worked with clients who have suffered life-altering injuries despite wearing a helmet and other safety gear at the time of the collision. Here are some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries we see at our law firm:

  • Amputations
  • Broken or fractured limbs
  • Broken ribs
  • Dental injuries
  • Facial disfigurement
  • Internal bleeding
  • Lacerations
  • Organ damage
  • Road rash
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)

Recovery time for even just one of these injuries can be time consuming and financially devastating. Most victims are in no condition to address the emotional and financial side of their injuries, especially if they are suffering from multiple health conditions following their motorcycle accident.

Compensation secured through a motorcycle accident claim is often the most effective way to address your damages and fully support your recovery. At Buckingham & Vega Law Firm, our Carlsbad motorcycle accident lawyers are prepared to calculate how much compensation you are rightfully owed for your injuries.

We take a unique approach by not only considering your current expenses and bills, but by also looking ahead to the future to calculate what you will need for ongoing medical care. In our efforts to ensure that all our clients receive the full compensation they deserve, we often work alongside health care professionals who are familiar with the unique needs of a motorcycle accident patient.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Human error is the number one cause of motorcycle accidents, accounting for 86% of fatal and 62% of non-fatal motorcycle crashes in New Mexico. According to the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT), the following are some of the most prevalent types of human error that cause motorcycle crashes:

  • Driver inattention
  • Excessive speed
  • Improper driving
  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Following too closely
  • Making improper turns
  • Driving left of the center line
  • Failure to yield right of way
  • Improper lane change
  • Failure to stop at a stop sign
  • Failure to follow a traffic signal
  • Cell phone use and other distractions
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