When a Tragic Event Takes Place, You Need a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Who Will Stand By Your Side
There’s nothing quite like driving on the road with the wind hitting your face as you take in the sounds of the city. For many residents in El Paso and in the state of New Mexico, driving a motorcycle is a beloved pastime or a way of life. Motorcycle clubs are prominent in the Southwest with the majority of riders commuting on Interstate 10 between Las Cruces and El Paso.
As a motorcycle accident lawyer, Javier Martinez, Jr. works to provide drivers with the legal protection they need when they’re involved in an unfateful accident. Since 1999, the Law Office of Javier Martinez, Jr. has assisted victims of personal injuries to receive the compensation they need to cover medical bills and wage losses. If you or someone you know was recently injured in a motorcycle accident, do not delay giving our law firm a call. We are here to provide you and your family with answers and key information.
Important Facts Regarding Motorcycle Accidents in Texas and New Mexico
While the dangers involved with riding a motorcycle shouldn’t deter devoted drivers from hitting the roads, it should make them more alert. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, motorcycle fatalities increased by 6 percent in 2016. That same year, the city of El Paso contributed to 3 percent of the nation’s total crashes.
As an advocate for road safety, our law firm is committed to doing its part in providing justice for motorcycle drivers and helping increase awareness of the causes of accidents. Whether you drive a motorcycle or not, as a responsible driver it’s your obligation to help make the roads safer.
Significant motorcycle statistics in Texas:
- In 2016, there were 496 motorcyclists killed (including operators and passengers). Of those, El Paso experienced 34 severe motorcyclist injuries.
- Drivers under the age of 29 are more likely to be involved in accidents.
- According to TxDOT, 201 out of 459 (approximately 44 percent) victims involved in fatal crashes were wearing a helmet.
Facts about New Mexico motorcycle accidents:
- In 2014, 44 motorcyclists died in New Mexico.
- Motorcycle accidents tend to increase during warmer months such as May, June, and July.
- Approximately 41 percent of motorcycle accidents were due to speeding.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
- Driving under the influence
- Failing to check blind spots
- Motorcycle lane splitting: driving between lanes
- Sudden stops
- Cars making left-hand turns
- Hazards on the road such as loose gravel and debris
- Distracted drivers, including using a cell phone
- Extreme weather such as rain and wind
- Reckless driving
Knowing Who Is At Fault
When an accident takes place, it’s often difficult to tell who is at fault. Most damage takes place within seconds and the event can feel like a nightmare. Gathering key evidence from the scene will be extremely important to piecing the story together and finding the cause of the accident. As your legal team, we will do our part in working with key witnesses, law enforcement, and auto insurance providers to provide sufficient evidence as to who is at fault.
Any photos taken at the scene will support the case and supply key evidence necessary to exhibit damage. The impact on cars and motorcycles shows a chain reaction of who hit who first. Your insurance provider will assign a claims adjuster whose role is to determine who is at fault in the crash. It’s important that you do not admit fault to the accident. Often times people feel inclined to apologize to the other driver as a way of creating harmony during a stressful time. However, claim adjusters may see this as admitting guilt. Therefore, you should do your best to only provide key facts. If you do not feel comfortable speaking, we can represent you.
If You or a Loved One Has Been Involved in a Motorcycle Accident, Contact Us Today
At the Law Office of Javier Martinez, Jr., P.C., we know that a motorcycle accident is one of the worst types of accidents that drivers and passengers can experience. Our role is to provide victims of these accidents, including their families, with the support they need to receive sufficient compensation to cover their medical bills and other damages that resulted from the accident.
El Paso and New Mexico motorcycle drivers deserve a motorcycle accident lawyer who will provide clarity from day one. Do not delay contacting our office to begin taking steps that will secure your health and financial future.