What damages can I seek if I am injured in a motorcycle accident in New Mexico?
Motorcycle accidents are some of the most dangerous crashes to occur on the roadways. Per National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data, over 72 motorcycles per every registered 100,000 motorcycles are involved in a fatal crash at some point. In contrast, just 13 out of every 100,000 cars will be in a like fatal accident. Given their smaller size and lack of protections afforded the rider, motorcycle drivers are far more likely to be seriously injured in an accident than the occupants of a motor vehicle. There are several major types of damages that can arise from a motorcycle accident, which the injured rider may be able to seek recovery for from the at-fault individual who caused the crash.
The first category of losses that you could potentially seek recovery for is damage to your motorcycle. Motorcycles can be expensive assets and you may be able to seek recovery for the needed repairs to your motorcycle. When the cost of the repairs exceeds the motorcycle’s value, then you will typically be paid the fair market value of the bike.
Some of the greatest losses you will incur involve your medical debts. Being injured in an accident can involve hospitalization, doctor’s visits, prescription medication, and many other medical costs. In a personal injury action in New Mexico, injured motorcycle riders can seek recovery for their current and future or ongoing medical bills.
Lost Wages and Loss of Earning Capacity
Motorcycle riders who are seriously injured may find themselves unable to return to work for a few days, weeks, or months. At times, grave injuries will limit or prevent the rider from ever returning to work. A personal injury plaintiff can seek recovery for their lost wages and loss of earning capacity, which includes ongoing wages lost due to the plaintiff’s inability to return to work.
Pain and Suffering
Motorcycle crashes can lead to physical, mental, and emotional pain and suffering. Being injured in an accident may leave you physically aching for some time to come, while the aftermath of the crash could lead to anxiety, depression, and other mental suffering. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you calculate the value of your personal injury claim. Contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your motorcycle accident to get started protecting your legal rights.