The statistics are quite worrisome. Nearly 6.8 million motorcycles are registered in the U.S. Of that group, over 5,000 riders will lose their lives in traffic related accidents. Hundreds of thousands more will be involved in debilitating accidents that will change their lives forever. With estimates like these, operating a motorcycle safely should be of paramount importance when out on the road.
However, even though an individual may take every single precaution necessary before getting on a bike and while driving, there is still a possibility that the numerous other drivers sharing the road with them will not be acting in such a cautious manner. This can lead to severe injuries due to the fact that a motorcyclist does not have the same protection as other drivers in traditional motor vehicles.
Even a minor act of recklessness or negligence by another driver has the potential to permanently affect a motorcyclist. With this being the case, if you have been seriously injured through no fault of your own while riding a motorcycle on a public road, you may be eligible for compensation to address your increasing medical and economic expenses.
El Paso Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Considering the strong possibility for injury on a motorcycle, having the number of a capable and qualified personal injury lawyer may be in your best interest. Not knowing what to do when presented with such a difficult situation will only exacerbate the problem and lead to more issues in the future. An experienced attorney can help you approach an injury case in the correct manner will allow you to efficiently argue your case and receive the compensation you deserve.
Samuel E. Sprowles has spent the years honing his ability to professionally and productively represent Texas and New Mexico residents who were injured because of another driver's behavior. His adherence to the values of honesty and integrity has given Samuel Sprowles a reputation for strong character and conviction. He is committed to protecting the rights of those he represents and will do everything in his power to make certain you are well taken care or during this stressful and life altering experience.
The Law Office of Samuel E. Sprowles has an office location in El Paso, where they proudly work with individuals throughout West Texas. This encompasses all individuals and families who have a valid personal injury claim living in and around El Paso County, including the cities of Anthony, Clint, Horizon City, Socorro, and Vinton.
Samuel E. Sprowles and staff also offer their services to individuals and families throughout Southern New Mexico. The firm is conveniently located to provide quality personal injury representation for those in and around Dona Ana County, Otero County, Lincoln County, Lea County and Chaves County. This includes, among many others, the cities of Las Cruces, Sunland Park, Alamogordo, Ruidoso, Eunice, Hobbs, Lovington and Roswell.
Call (915) 257-4726 or send an online message to schedule a free consultation to discuss your injury case in detail with Samuel E. Sprowles today. Considering the statute of limitations in New Mexico and Texas, keep in mind that you only have a certain time period after a motorcycle accident occurred in which to act. The Law Office of Samuel E. Sprowles proudly represents families in Texas and New Mexico, and also offers bilingual assistance, making the firm a strong option for Spanish speaking clients as well.
Types of Injuries in a Motorcycle Accident
Without the protection and safety of an enclosed vehicle, motorcyclists have a much higher risk for serious injury than car drivers do. Some scenarios that lead to injuries include driving too fast, failure to indicate, reckless driving, driving while under the influence and texting or talking on the phone while behind the wheel, among many others. The most common types of injuries that occur to motorcyclists include:
- Back injuries;
- Head injuries (such as concussion, blunt force trauma);
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Back injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries, including paraplegia and quadriplegia;
- Neck injuries;
- Broken or crushed bones (such as broken arms, legs, collarbones, knees, ankles and feet);
- Severed limbs;
- Torn ligaments;
- Fractured ribs;
- Internal Injuries.
Types of Damages in a Motorcycle Accident
In a motorcycle injury lawsuit, there are many factors, both economic and non-economic, that the jury will take into account in order to hand out a proper verdict. It is important to pinpoint exactly how this accident affected the injured individual in question. After developing a comprehensive list of all of the expenses involved, then it is possible to rule in favor of the plaintiff and award them damages. Damages come in many forms, including the following:
Pain and Suffering – You are eligible for compensation for physical pain and mental anguish that was suffered, or that you will have to endure in the future.
Emotional Distress – This form of damages can be looked at in two ways. In addition to emotional distress resulting from the accident, this can also be an outcome of an individual witnessing another family member being injured, even if they were not hurt themselves.
Medical Expenses – As the victim, you are eligible to receive compensation for "reasonable and necessary" medical treatment. The money required for future medical care is also recoverable.
Loss of Earnings – Any wages that you would have earned had you not been injured are recoverable. This includes time you could not work due to doctor's orders, the time where you were taking part in medical treatment, and any commission or bonuses you would have reasonably expected to receive.
Disfigurement and Permanent Impairment – If the accident caused injuries that resulted in scarring, disfigurement or impairment, you are eligible for damages. If the injury cause permanent loss of wages or employment, these are recoverable as well.
Death – Damages for wrongful death are available when they were killed due to another's negligence. New Mexico law has made it possible to be compensated for the value of life itself (total loss as a result of death in terms of wages, dependence and other factors).
Punitive Damages – These are damages for extreme cases where the offending party acted in gross negligence. Punitive damages are available strictly to punish the wrongdoer in order to keep them from partaking in similar actions in the future.
Motorcycle Accident Legal Resources
CDC Motorcycle Data – This is a link to the page that includes motorcycle crash-related data which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has compiled. It has a great deal of statistical information on the Who, What, Where, When and Why of motorcycle accidents in the United States.
El Paso County District Clerk – This is the main page for the El Paso County District Clerk. The link contains information on the roles and responsibilities of the clerk and the court they work for. There are resources about civil cases, including personal injury, as well as information on case searches, e-filing, locations and phone numbers.El Paso County District Clerk
500 E. San Antonio, Suite 103
El Paso, Texas 79901
Phone: (915) 546-2021
New Mexico Third Judicial District Court – This is the main page for the Third District Court located in Las Cruces. This is the primary court for individuals involved in personal injury and civil cases in New Mexico. The website offers information on local rules, civil rules, case lookup and contact information.Third Judicial District Court
201 W. Picacho Ave.
Las Cruces, NM 88005
Phone: (575) 523-8200
The Law Office of Samuel E. Sprowles | Las Cruces Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Nationwide, motorcycles are the most dangerous type of motor vehicle to drive. These vehicles are involved in fatal crashes at a rate of 35.0 per 100 million miles of travel, compared with a rate of 1.7 per 100 million miles of travel for passenger cars. Furthermore, motorcyclists were 35 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash in 2006, per vehicle mile traveled, and 8 times more likely to be injured.
With these statistics, the likelihood of being injured is quite high. Add a negligent driver to the mix, and a motorcyclist is presented with a very dangerous situation. If the negligent individual causes an accident which results in an injury, they are liable for the damages.
Because of this, having a capable and qualified attorney at your side is paramount in finding a favorable solution to this difficult and stressful situation. Samuel E. Sprowles has dedicated his practice to the pursuit of justice for the clients he serves and brings this commitment to work every day, relentlessly pursuing those who feel that they can act in a reckless or negligent manner without consequence. He will do everything he can to effectively represent you through every step of this complicated and difficult process.
If you would like to meet with Samuel E. Sprowles in the form of an initial consultation to go over the details of your motorcycle accident, please call (915) 257-4726 or send an online message today. The firm proudly represents individuals and families throughout Western Texas and Southern New Mexico.