Whether you are cruising through the mountains near Santa Fe or visiting the beautiful Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico has amazing views that make driving in this state a fun and exciting experience. Some of the interstates throughout New Mexico also have higher speed limits than other parts of the country, which some drivers enjoy.
Those higher speed limits and less crowded roads, though, may lead to driver complacency and could cause an accident to happen. If you are involved in an auto accident in New Mexico, you may be entitled to recover damages from the other driver. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 223-5115 for a free consultation with one of our representatives to talk about your case. You may benefit from working with a New Mexico car accident lawyer.
Possible Causes of Car Accidents Due to Negligence
If you are in a car accident that was caused by the negligence of another driver or road neglect, then it can be easier to recover compensation. Some of the causes of car accidents can include:
- Driver Fatigue: Operating a car while tired can cause a driver to fall asleep at the wheel, making it easier for them to cause an accident.
- Failure to Yield: Making a turn in front of oncoming traffic or failing to yield the right of way can lead to an accident.
- Running a Stop Sign or Red Light: If a driver does not follow the proper procedure at a stop sign or red light, they could end up crashing into your car.
- Driving Under the Influence: Using alcohol, marijuana, or other drugs and then driving a car reduces the ability to react quickly, which is something drivers need to be able to do.
- Improperly Loaded Commercial Trucks: If a large commercial truck’s load is not placed correctly, it can cause the truck to be off-balance, which can contribute to a collision.
- Reckless Driving: Types of reckless driving include speeding, changing lanes without a signal, weaving in and out of traffic, tailgating, and more.
- Inclement Weather: Most people think of New Mexico as a desert state, but the truth is that much of the state receives snowy and icy weather, which makes the roads more slippery.
- Road Hazards: If the local county government or the state neglects to maintain a road, a large pothole, or another road hazard could cause an accident.
Types of Car Accident Cases We Handle
Throughout New Mexico, our lawyers handle many different types of car accident cases. We help victims of auto collisions recover compensation after being involved in accidents such as:
- Rear-End Collisions
- T-Bone Accidents
- Large Truck Wrecks
- Head-On Collisions
- Single-Car Accidents
- Rollover Wrecks
How a Car Accident Lawyer Could Help with Your Case
When you speak with a New Mexico car accident lawyer, they may be able to determine the best strategies to help with your case. They will create the best game plan for you to obtain the maximum amount of compensation.
Once you decide to hire a lawyer, they will start speaking with your insurance company, the other driver’s insurance company, and any other involved parties. This helps to remove some stress from you and also eliminates the risk of these companies taking advantage of you and trying to give you a lower payout than what you deserve.
Your lawyer will also work to prove the other party’s negligence in the accident so that you can recover more compensation. New Mexico negligence laws follow pure comparative rules, according to New Mexico Statutes §41-3A-1, which means that anyone involved in the accident can recover damages from the other party despite the fault assigned to them. The amount of the award will be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned. If your total award is $300,000, but you were given 10 percent of the blame, then your damages would be reduced to $270,000.
The ways your lawyer will try to prove the negligence of the other party is by gathering ample evidence about the accident, which may include traffic camera footage, photos of your car and the other car as well as the accident scene itself, witness statements, and more. They will also ensure that your case is filed in time. According to New Mexico Statutes §37-1-8, you must have your case filed within three years.
How You May Be Compensated for the Car Accident
After a car accident, there will be financial repercussions that you should not have to be liable for because someone else was negligent. Types of compensation you may be able to include in your claim include:
- Medical Bills: You may be able to recover costs from surgery, hospital stays, doctor follow-up visits, medicines, and more.
- Future Cost of Medical Bills: You may have bills in the future for rehabilitation, physical therapy, and other costs.
- Lost Wages: Recovering from a wreck takes time and you might lose wages as a result, so you may be able to get those wages back.
- Future Earning Potential: If your injuries are severe, then you may not have a chance to return to your past job and could claim that future earning potential.
- Wrongful Death: If you tragically lost a family member in a car wreck, no amount of money will replace them. However, you can claim unexpected expenses from losing them such as funeral costs, loss of income, and more.
- Pain and Suffering: Auto accidents can cause mental and emotional trauma as well and you can claim those noneconomic damages.
Do Not Delay in Contacting Us to Learn More
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, we have helped many car crash victims recover the compensation they deserve after being involved in a wreck. You won’t have to pay us until you receive your award, and your New Mexico car accident lawyer will communicate with you throughout the case. Contact us at (800) 223-5115 today to begin your free consultation with one of our representatives.