There are many possible ways that a serious or deadly motorcycle accident could occur on our roadways in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Roswell, Santa Fe, and anywhere else in New Mexico. part of this is because we have many motorcycle riders, particularly given our generally beautiful weather and long stretches of fast roadways. This includes I-10, I-40, and I-25, where some motorcyclists enjoy these high-speed interstates. But unfortunately, there are many motorcyclists who suffer catastrophic personal injuries or even wrongful death due to motorcycle accidents. This includes motorcycle accidents with other passenger vehicles, tractor trailers, and other motorists who were negligent in causing the crash. One of the most common types is a motorcycle crash caused by an improper lane change. This is mostly because motorists are harder to see and other motorists refuse to take a better look to ensure that there are no motorcyclists around them before changing lanes.
Our NM motorcycle crash lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., know just how dangerous and deadly motorcycle accidents can be. We protect everyone’s rights on the roadway if a defendant has violated them, including recovering compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, lost future earnings, medical bills, loss of consortium, and any other damages that could be caused by a serious or deadly motorcycle accident occurring in New Mexico. Learn more how we can help by scheduling a FREE consultation with our legal team, especially if you have been injured in a motorcycle crash caused by an improper lane change.
Motorcycles are smaller vehicles. This means they are harder to gauge speed and distance. It also means that motorcyclists are harder to see in mirrors and identify where they are in order to avoid collisions with them. Victims could be seriously injured when a vehicle makes an improper lane change because it could be a sideswipe and push the motorcycle into other lanes of traffic or off the roadway, it could be a rear-end where the motorcycle gets rear ended or where the motorcycle rear-ends the lane changer, or it could be a tractor trailer which results in a carriage underride accident.
New Mexico law is clear on lane changes causing motorcycle crashes. This is governed by NM Stat. 66-7-317 (A), which states “[w]henever any roadway has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic . . . a vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety” (emphasis added).
This means that a motorcyclist who is injured by a vehicle cutting in front of him or her could be seriously injured or wrongfully killed by a violation of a New Mexico statute. This may allow a victim to automatically establish negligence on the defendant who was negligent in violating this statute.
Victims who have been seriously injured in a motorcycle crash caused by improper lane change should call our New Mexico personal injury lawyers and motorcycle accident lawyers. We know how to use the violation of a statute as a tool in proving your case. Learn how we can help you if you or a loved one were seriously injured or if a loved one was wrongfully killed in a motorcycle accident in New Mexico, call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. to learn how we can help protect your rights to compensation under the law. Call to schedule your FREE appointment by dialing (505) 883-5000.
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