Car Accident Lawyers in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident in Albuquerque, Zinda Law Group is here to help you recover. We know that automobile accidents can be stressful and the road to recovery can be long. If you were injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, call our Albuquerque Car Accident Lawyers. You may be entitled to compensation.  

At Zinda Law Group, we know you have many choices when it comes to who handles your claim, but our Albuquerque Car Accident Lawyers are here to help guide you through the legal process. We will work with you to not only help you recover the maximum compensation for your injuries, but we will also handle everything from the insurance companies to ensuring you get the proper medical care. Call (888) 972-7560 for a free consultation with an Albuquerque car accident attorney today. You pay nothing unless we win your case. Hablamos Español.

Car Accident Guide

Why should you hire our Albuquerque Car Accident Lawyers for your car accident case? 

Car accidents in Albuquerque can be stressful experiences for anyone. Once you begin the legal process, however, a whole new set of concerns kicks in. While the aftermath of a car accident may be new and scary for you, the experienced Albuquerque car accident attorneys at Zinda Law Group. Our car accident lawyers can help you navigate the legal process by explaining your options, dealing with insurance companies, and pursuing maximum compensation in your case.  Here are a few reasons why you should consider hiring our experienced car accident lawyers in Albuquerque: 

1. Personal injury lawyers have experience with car accident cases and can answer your questions. 

You should never have to go through the legal process alone, especially if this is your first time dealing with personal injury law. Car accidents range in severity, and your case may have several nuances that only an attorney will understand. Plus, you probably have several questions about your claim, including if you have one. The car accident lawyers at Zinda Law Group will answer all of your questions so that you can focus on your recovery.  

Experience Evaluating Claims 

First, an attorney will be able to tell you whether you have a claim that is worth pursuing.  If you are unlikely to win your case, it’s best to know immediately whether it is worth your time and effort. Zinda Law Group’s personal injury lawyers will help you explore your options to help you make the best decision moving forward. 

Learn More: Why hiring a personal injury lawyer will help your case. 

Dealing with Insurance Companies

Next, although insurance companies seem friendly and trustworthy, it is important to remember that they are a business and prioritize their financial bottom line.  Insurance adjusters are skilled in drawing you into conversations and getting you to say things that may damage your case.  An Albuquerque car accident attorney will know how to communicate and negotiate with insurance companies in a way that does not hurt your claim.

2. Albuquerque car accident attorneys handle investigations. 

Personal injury lawyers know how to conduct investigations, and they have access to investigative techniques that the average person doesn’t. For example, car accident lawyers and their investigators can use cutting-edge technology to demonstrate who may have been at fault. Oftentimes, these techniques can help you build your case and have a successful lawsuit. 

Additionally, car accidents typically come with tons of paperwork and evidence, including photos, medical records, videos, police reports, witness testimony, and more. To non-lawyers, these things often become overwhelming. However, a car accident lawyer and their investigators will know what to look for when they receive the materials involved in your case. 

3. Personal injury lawyers know legal strategy. 

In an ideal scenario, your claim would take little time to resolve and you would continue with your life as if the car accident never happened. Unfortunately, personal injury claims can often get very contentious, and some result in trial instead of settlement. If your case goes to trial, arbitration, or mediation, it is important to have an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side. 

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Trial Preparation 

Your Albuquerque car accident attorney will spend hours and hours prepping your case for trial. They will piece the evidence together into a cohesive, persuasive story to help you pursue maximum compensation. In trial, this includes the opening statement, questions for witnesses, and lessening the impact of evidence that doesn’t work in your favor. 

Rules of Evidence

People who do not practice law are surprised to learn how complicated the rules of evidence can be. An experienced car accident attorney knows how to argue for good evidence to help your case. Plus, they can prevent bad evidence from being presented in front of the judge and jury. 

Knowledge of Local Rules

With every car accident case, there are certain procedural rules in your city that must be followed. Zinda Law Group’s car accident lawyers understand the rules within your jurisdiction and will know the next steps in your case. Don’t try to figure out the legal process without an experienced professional by your side. 

4. We work with you to pursue maximum compensation. 

There are a lot of factors that determine how much you can recover in a personal injury case, and a personal injury lawyer can work with you to help you receive maximum compensation for your injuries and suffering.  We can help you recover: 

  • Lost wages 
  • Medical bills 
  • Losses due to pain and suffering


Car accident checklist 

Accidents can happen in a blink of an eye, so it is important to know what to in the event of a crash. Below are recommended steps on what to do when you are involved in a car accident in Albuquerque.

At the Time of the Accident

1. Try not to block traffic — move if safe to do so.

Some people believe that you must stay at the exact spot of the collision until the police arrive. However, if the accident did not result in a serious injury or death, pulling to the side of the roadway can prevent additional accidents. Make sure to tell or signal to the other party that you are moving out of the way of traffic and that you are not leaving the scene. Failing to stop or render aid in an accident is a criminal violation.

2. Check for injuries.

Airbags do not have to be deployed before you call the ambulance. If you or anyone involved has sustained serious injuries, contact 9-1-1 or emergency services immediately. Make sure to follow any given instructions from emergency services to prevent further injury. Under New Mexico law, the involved drivers have a duty to give reasonable help to a person injured from the accident.

3. Call the police.

To make sure a record or report of the accident is made, call the Albuquerque police department by dialing 9-1-1; if it is a minor accident, you can call the non-emergency number. New Mexico law requires a driver involved in an accident that results in an injury, death, or damage to a vehicle that appears to be $500 or more to immediately call the police. Some 9-1-1 emergency centers may have Spanish speakers or a translation service available.

When you call emergency services, the location of the accident and your current location (if different) are key to prevent delays from getting you help. Most emergency centers do not have GPS tracking capabilities to know your exact location. If you do not remember what road you are on, look for helpful markers that can give a more precise location, such as cross-streets, restaurants, retail stores, or exits on the highway. If you do not know which direction you are going, it may be helpful to tell the dispatcher where you were coming from and where you were headed.

4. Exchange information with the other driver.

Under New Mexico law, both drivers have a duty to give their names, addresses, and registration number of the vehicle driven when the accident results in an injury, death, or damage to a vehicle. Drivers should also be ready to show their driver’s license if asked. If you hit a vehicle that is not occupied, you have a duty to either find and tell the vehicle owner or driver or leave your information in an obvious place.

In a hit-and-run accident or in the case of an uninsured motorist, it is important to pay attention to the details of the other vehicle, such as the make, model, license plate, and color. These details can be useful to the police and insurance agencies, but you should not put yourself or others at risk to get this information.

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Zinda Law Group is amazing! My husband was in an accident and they made the process super easy and hassle free. They took care of everything, we are so appreciative for them! They exceeded our expectations. We will definitely be telling everyone we know about them. Thank you Zinda Law for everything!
Zinda Law Group is an amazing firm! My case was not without its challenges, but they handled it all in stride. They kept me up to date, kept me informed every step of the way, and ensured I understood the process and all of my options. Burgess, Ryan and their extremely capable staff of Paralegals made a very challenging process as painless as possible. They were kind, compassionate, and patient, and just a real pleasure to work with. I would, and will, recommend them highly to anyone needing an attorney.
My experience with Zinda Law Group was pretty awesome. I definitely would recommend their Law firm. Brendan and his team were very friendly, helpful and informative about my case and were able to win as well. I really appreciate all of their hard work and dedication, I highly recommend.Thank you all again for your help and your time.Sincerely,Pat.b
I was very satisfied with the professionalism of my attorney and the paralegals, they helped me threw this accident and got me a great settlement, all while keeping me involved and informed. Zinda law group made me feel comfortable and I trusted them to fight for me. The trust was well placed! Thank Yous, I appreciate all that Yous done for me and my family!!
I’ve had such a great experience with Zinda law group! They’ve handled everything relatively quickly and professionally. They really have made my life a lot easier. I recommend anyone dealing with auto accidents (or similarly) to Zinda Law group.I felt I was very important to them and that my feelings and thoughts were validated. They treated me with much care and respect, not like “just another client”. I couldn’t have asked for a better team.
I truly recommend Zinda law group they truly helped me and my family during such a hard hard time. Very accommodating they work extremely hard to make sure that you are compensated from start to finish they made it happen and made a rough time a lot smoother than I could of ever imagined thank you all for everything if you are looking for a lawyer that goes above beyond look no further Michael will get you taken care of!
Zinda Law did an excellent job for us from start to finish. They communicated clearly and their staff was great! My son Nic was in a car accident and had an injury to his eye. Zinda Law took care of everything start to finish and obtained the maximum amount possible from insurance for his injury.
I am so glad I called Zinda law group. being hit by a drink driver was the worst experience of my life physically and emotionally. As soon as I reached out they got the ball rolling with all my medical needs. They were in contact with all of my appointments and made my recovery as smooth as possible. I would definitely without a doubt recommend them. A huge shout out to Shivangi for taking over and fighting for what my family and I deserved.
My experience with Zinda Law Group has been OUTSTANDING! Big shoutout to Joe Caputo and his team!I was the passenger in a terrible car accident that left me needing medical attention. The person at faults insurance company reassured me that my medical bills would be taken care of. However, that was not the case. I started receiving multiple calls from debt collectors, and bill after bill by mail. The driver’s insurance company no longer returned my calls, and emails went unanswered. I was so stressed and over my head with how to handle the situation. It was time to call the pros! As soon as I made the call to Zinda Law Group, Joe and his team I were on it! I no longer received calls from debt collectors, so I knew action was taken immediately. I was informed every step of the way, and every call/email was answered. Had I called sooner, I would have never gone through all that stress. I was treated like a friend, not just a client.Thank you Zinda Law Group!
I hired Zinda for a crazy situation involving an 18 wheeler where an object flew off a trailer and blasted through my windshield.I reached out to Zinda and spoke with Michael Cupero, my attorney at Zinda, after the accident once I realized this is affecting my day to day life in a significant way (PTSD from a "Final Destination" type of incident) and Michael was nothing short of fantastic through the entire process.The Zinda team, including Michael and Mary-Catherine Holt and several others, guided me through the entire process from initial settlement offers, filing the lawsuit, depositions, the whole 9.They listened to my concerns, provided clarity and perspective when needed, and not once did I feel that my best interest was not at the forefront of their actions and behavior through my experience as a client.Thank you Michael, Mary-Catherine and Zinda!If you want a team that will treat you with professionalism, respect, and understanding then do yourself a favor and reach out to Zinda!
Extremely professional and communicative . They explained the process as we went along and made it very clear weighting pros and cons. They understood my pain and my worries but kept their expertise always on the top of things finding elements for me to win my case. I am thankful to have had Zinda Law Group to support me during those two years as it finalized and I can keep on living.
My experience with Zinda law group has been wonderful from start to finish. Natasha and Emily explained everything very well and answered any questions I had, communicated well throughout the whole process , and handled the case very professionally, they worked very hard on my case I would definitely highly recommend to friends and family.
I found myself in a situation where I needed legal representation. After looking over reviews in the area, I decided to contact Natasha at Zinda law group in the hopes that she could represent me . Natasha put me at ease with her responsiveness and her ability to accommodate my last minute needs. I had no idea what to expect. It felt like a wave of relief knowing that you're working with a professional that knows what she's doing, and knows how to get things done quickly and efficiently. I appreciate the time and attention that Natasha put into my case. I hope I won't be needing their services again in the future, but I would absolutely contact them again if I do. Thanks again
I am very satisfied with the service and the outcome of my case.Since the first phone call, and every step of the way until the end, Zinda Law was on top of every detail pertaining to my auto accident case.The case is now closed, and looking back, they made every step of the process easy and manageable. They were very thorough in explaining the different scenarios, and extremely transparent with all the possible outcomes.Thank you to every person who aided in the success of my case, all of whom were exceptional in their tasks and working as a team.
The Zinda Law Group was outstanding in helping me with my aunts case. My two Attorneys Neil and Shivangi were very compassionate, kind, eager to help, and really listen carefully and attentively to my case about my aunt. My aunt got hit by a driver while crossing the street and killed. I went after the guys insurance; although, this doesn't bring back my aunt, but allows for this not to happen to other people like this in her case. These attorneys worked very hard and efficiently to bring the justice that they saw fit. When I had a question they explained in terms I understood and not above and beyond me. I appreciate it when people can come down to my level and not intimidate and use trepidation on someone in feeling like they are the fly while they're the spider waiting for the right moment for the fly to walk into its web.Neil and Shivangi always whenever they called asked me how I was at the beginning of our conversations and is there anything I needed at the end of each call. Each call they made to me, was made very professional, personable and felt heart felt as if you were part of the family. At the end of each subject matter they always asked, "Do you have any questions for me before we go to the next thing we need to talk about?" They always wanted to make sure I understood everything before the next item we needed to talk about. These guys really are good and want to please the client anyway they can I thought; when I first started talking to them. I give them above and beyond a 5-Star rating if there was such a thing. I Highly Recommend The Zinda Law Group to Anyone who needs them. This is what I give them if I could!!💯💯💯💯💯 and👍👍👍👍👍 and⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐❗❗❗THANK YOU TO NEIL, SHIVANGI, MARA AND TO EVERYONE AT THE ZINDA LAW GROUP WHO WORKED ON MY CASE!! I APPRECIATE YOU ALL!
I would like to recognize a fantastic attorney named Joe Caputo from Zinda Law Group. I was involved in an auto accident that had many complicated moving parts that were hard to navigate and understand as a victim. Joe was so gracious and spent quality time explaining what courses of action I needed to take as a victim to protect myself. Joe was also diligent in following up with me regarding my case and provided guides and checklists that were extremely helpful to keep things organized and moving. Joe was always readily available for my questions and responded promptly. Joe Caputo's excellent counsel ensured I protected myself when dealing with the opposing insurance company and ensured the best possible outcome for my case. Joe's expertise in personal injury lawsuits helped alleviate the stress and anxiety that follows the aftermath of an auto accident. Thanks again Joe! You are truly an amazing, kind person and attorney!
Zinda Law was incredibly amazing. I had the pleasure of working with Michael and his incredibly hard working team after my wreck in November. They went above and beyond keeping up with my health, bills, insurance companies, all that fun stuff I had no time for. After what felt like such a short amount of time, they were able to win every last penny from the "bad guys" insurance (loved that term). I couldn't happier, and even though I went through something traumatic, it was still the best experience I could have ever asked for. Thank you Michael and everyone that helped with my case, yall are the best!!
My attorney was Christina , she and her team gave me the best outcome for my case .I am giving an honesty review at first I was very upset because I kept getting moved around and I never knew who I was talking to because they switch attorneys and kept changing my paralegals.. I was going to go with another law firm but Christina helped me with my case from then on out and she worked around my schedule to talk to me which I appreciate. Also my last law firm took 30 percent, and this one took 33 percent which I wasn’t to happy so just a heads up. Overall I rate this 4 stars cause I’m just happy the case is over with and I get to go back to my life.Update: I just received another call from my attorney and they have worked to negotiate my case with the billing and have put more money in my pocket. All the money that I had spent while working on the case has came back to me. I can fully move on and say that I have gain every penny that was lose during those hard times. I’m so happy and thankful to Zinda law group!!!!!!
Zinda Law Group did an excellent job with my case. The staff was super friendly and super effective as far as communicating with me throughout the entire case. I highly recommend Zinda Law Group for your next case and for any of your future cases. 5 Stars across the board thank you so much for everything!
Joh Harper, Priyonka Bhikha, and the rest of the team gave my case a quick and satisfactory conclusion. The attorney, Mr. Harper did an absolutely amazing job keeping me on the same page as far as the case goes. Honestly, if anybody is hurt in a car wreck or another personal injury case, I WILL STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU SPEAK TO THEM.
I was in a motor vehicle collision about two years ago. From the minute I picked up the phone to speak with a representative to the case finally settling, it was a great experience. I worked with Burgess Williams and his team (Kathy, Ryan, and Linda) throughout the process. They were all very professional and helpful when I needed them the most.
Great Firm. I was in motorcycle accident- T-boned at a full stop with my daughter riding on back. Zinda's team was instantly responsive. Christina was very compassionate, organized and scheduled time before every legal event to discuss goals and overview. The process was 2 years but during that time the lawyers and staff (John and Shane were also great) were always available and understanding. The team is focused on doing what is right and by the book. I would highly recommend this firm to anyone who is suffering from a motorcycle accident.
Jason Aldridge and his paralegal Mara did an absolutely amazing job on my case. They were very responsive to all emails, calls and even texts. They treated me with dignity and respect from start to finish. I never once felt like my case was at the back of the list or anything. Not only did they explain and walked me through everything, they got me the help I needed and a final outcome over what I had expected. I would highly recommend this law firm, Jason and Mara to anyone seeking legal assistance.
Highly Recommended-100% Satisfied!.From the initial phone call I felt confident I chose the right firm. They explained the process and I was always in the loop, even when we were at a stand still. Very grateful I was quickly referred to them by a friend who had a similar case. Both of us are happy with the end result. Thank you!
My team of lawyer were very professional and communicated extremely clearly. They kept me updated on their status and did not make me worry at all about my situation. They explained everything to me very well and put things into simple terms for my understanding. I am very satisfied with their performance.
I would recommend them to anyone that's been involved in an accident and feels skeptical in engaging an attorney.When one gets into an accident, you're traumatized, confused, angry and helpless.That was me last year, getting all kinds of advice becomes your next norm, to use or not to use an attorney.I was in so much pain from my injuries but at the same time knew I had to act fast.I called Zinda Law Group for consultation, they took my case seriously and treated me with respect, they were very professional and understanding.Elizabeth, kudos to you, you're true to your word, Integrity should be your last name.Jason Aldridge my attorney went to work immediately, he assured me that all be well and I should concentrate on my healing and he will do the rest. Thank your Sir, You did just that.His team, Mara, Zuleyma and Andrew, they all become my support system, so professional and lots of respect in each and everyphone call or email. Thank you guys.I would recommend anyone to use Zinda Law Group.
I honestly loved not dealing with the hospital bills while I was recuperating. It gave me peace of mind going through this process and Zinda took care of everything. They found awesome health providers for me and haven't had to worry about anything while they've been taking my case. I've been well informed, communicated with, responded to and understood by Zinda. They have been efficient and effective while working on my case and I'm so glad I choose to go with this law firm.
When I was injured in a car accident in March of 2020 the insurance companies were not concerned with my well being. I called Zinda Law group & spoke with Reagan, who went over my concerns & later had Jono contact me. After reviewing my information with Jono my case was immediately put in motion. I worked mainly with Sam Thomas who truly was a blessing to me, he was very supportive & genuinely concerned with my well being, everything wasn't simply about the case it was about me being healed & getting the proper treatment that I needed. Sam was also emotionally supportive when I went through several losses in my family & is a great friend. In all everyone was extremely supportive & all worked for me which was quite a different legal experience for me from Law groups in my past. I was well supported, always informed, treated with respect & made the priority in all decisions. Zinda Law Group made sure I was compensated completely & that I didn't have financial stresses over hospital bills after all was said & done. Sam, Katrina, Mary Catherine, Reagan & Jono I just want to thank you & all of Zinda for the incredible experience & the wonderful caring people that you all are, you are truly Golden in your field.
They helped me after I got into car accident, they are such a great professional business. I would honestly recommend them to anyone that would need help after a car accident for sure, they kept me up to date with everything that was happening on with my case. I had multiple people working on my said case and they were very professional and nice whenever they had called me and kept it very simple for me to understand what was actually going on. I'm extremely happy that I had found them and went with them to help me and I'm so thankful for them. 10/10 would recommend!
I am so glad I got in touch with Zinda! My car accident occurred just 4 days prior to moving, during the busiest week of the year at my job, and just a week before the quarantine was declared a new reality for all of us. Everyone at Zinda remained persistent, supportive, and most of all advocated for me throughout such a chaotic time. I’ll always be grateful for the care they took to make sure my health and well-being were taken care of. So super grateful to know that a split second mistake someone else made doesn’t have to dictate my life. Thanks!
My experience with Zinda Law Group was better than expected. After an accident that totalled my car, I reached out and was paired with a wonderful attorney. She communicated frequently and responded to my calls and texts in a timely manner. She was friendly, knowledgeable, and answered all of my questions. I was kept in the loop during every step of the process. I would call Zinda Law if I ever need this type of support again.
I had an excellent experience working with the attorneys at Zinda Law Group! They were knowledgeable, professional and patient. They walked me through every step of the long process of getting treatment after my car wreck and kept me updated with timeframes and next steps. I would absolutely recommend anyone working with them!
They helped me with so much! I had a dog bite happen 2019 and it was very heart breaking! This law group made everything so easy to help me through a rough time! John Rogers and Shane Eckert were very easy to talk to and open about if I needed to talk about frustrations I had with bills. Everything got closed before Christmas and I was so blessed! I highly recommend them no matter what! Thank you guys so much!
Zinda Law Group helped me with my personal injury case after an auto accident. I was hurt pretty badly and I wasn't sure which attorney to call, I looked at reviews for Zinda Law and called right away.Kaitlin Nares and her team were so responsive and helpful. Kaitlin called me right away and helped me navigate through a very difficult process and time in my life. Being hurt in a car accident changes you!!! My case settled for more than I thought it would, and a lot quicker. I know sometimes things are more complicated, but my case was settled in only 3 months after my accident. Mary-Catherine was also so helpful in making sure everything was finalized! I have referred two people who have recently been in auto accident because it's not IF, its WHEN these days... I usually don't write reviews unless I feel strongly about sharing my experience to help others! Thank you!!!
I ended up getting hit by a car when I was at school at the age of 17. My whole life ended up changing after that accident and because of family matters I wasn't able to get help till I was 18. I found Zinda law firm and I can swear to anyone these guys will help you! I thought I wasn't gonna get justice till the members of Zinda proved me wrong. They got me all the help I needed and Justice was served because of them. I will forever be grateful!
I was referred here by a family member. Our lawyer jason and his team did and amazing job. They kept me updated in everything made sure I understood what was going on. My son was hit by a van in the hospital jason came right over. He's awesome so much down to earth straight forward. I would recommend him and his firm to everyone and I have thank you zinda but most of all thank you Jason for being there for us for being a friend
Zinda Law Group was recommended to me from another satisfied client and I certainly received excellent service. The attorneys and staff are very proactive with communication and I knew every step of the way what was happening on my case. I never felt pressured with decision making and they went above & beyond to answer questions with satifactory explanations. This is a very professional group of attorneys & support staff. In addition, they were willing to meet me at a location more convenient for me. I appreciated their concern for my time.
Could not speak highly enough of the firm. I was involved in my first accident and thankfully had Zinda Law Group supporting me through the scary time. Jono took care of me every step of the way. He made me feel like I was a priority through the entire process. A big thank you to Jono and the rest of the Zinda crew!
At this time we want to thank Zinda Law Group for taking our case and handling in a fast professional manner. During our tragic personal injury event we found comfort knowing Zinda Law was handling every detail of our case and exceeded our expectations. No one wakes up in the morning expecting tragedy to strike, but if it does we would highly recommend Zinda Law Group to anyone that should need their service. A very special thanks to everyone that worked diligently on our behalf.Sincerely,Blane and Cindy Colbert
When I come to Zinda Law Group with my case, I didn't know what to Expect. And I meet Joe Caputo, and I was unsure of his experience and that He would represent my best interest because he was . But after I Started to work with Joe and getting to know him and his staff I realize that That they truly were concern about my best interest. And through all the Doctors appointments and the travel arrangements Amanda Kenney made Sure everything was correct. I never meet Amanda In person, but we have talk so much on the phone... She is truly a Remarkable person and an asset to Zinda Law Group and Laura as well.Joe Caputo I take my hat off to you Sir. And thank you for the job you Have done you are truly a professional attorney. And I will recommend You and Zinda Law Group to anyone needing a professional attorney.May GOD continue to bless you and this Law firm.
Zinda Law Group has been in my corner and fighting for what I deserve every since my accident. Jason was my lawyer & he explained the process step by step and always kept me updated on new information. They are constantly there to help with any questions I may have had, and are extremely compassionate. I am definitely happy with my decision to choose Zinda Law Group to represent me. They are AWSOME!

After the Accident

Documentation is crucial after being involved in an accident. Having your papers in order keeps the process as smooth as possible. However, knowing what receipts or documents are needed for proof later can be difficult, so consulting with an accident lawyer from Zinda Law Group as soon as possible can help you avoid misplacing or throwing away important documents. If you speak Spanish, our Spanish-speaking car accident attorneys in Albuquerque can help.

1. Seek Medical Attention If Needed.

If you have been injured in a car wreck, seek medical attention immediately. Do not ignore any symptoms you may be experiencing, as they may increase over time. First and foremost, be safe!

2. Document Any Damage.

Take photos of the damage to your vehicle as well as the other cars involved. If possible, take photos of the location where the accident took place.

3. Get a copy of the police report.

The city of Albuquerque police department offers electronic and in-person options to receive the police report of your accident. If the accident location was not within Albuquerque’s city limits, the county sheriff’s office or state police might respond to your accident. It is important to know which department you filed the police report with to avoid any issues.

4. Contact your insurance company.

New Mexico uses a fault-based system for car accidents, meaning that the person who is at fault is responsible for the losses of the other person, which can include medical bills and vehicle repairs. The state also requires everyone to carry minimum insurance coverage in order to register their vehicle:

  • $25,000 for bodily injury or death of one person
  • $50,000 for bodily injury or death of two persons
  • $10,000 for property damage in any one accident

5. Keep medical and vehicle repair bills.

Keep a record of all your related medical and vehicle repair bills. Even if you did not call or need the paramedics at the time of the accident, contact your primary physician for an appointment. Examples of related medical costs that can be covered are appointments, medication, treatment, and physical therapy sessions.

Car Accident Lawyers in Albuquerque, New Mexico

What happens when I contact an Albuquerque car accident attorney? 

If you wish to pursue legal action following a car accident, contact an attorney.  Contacting a car accident attorney before talking with insurance companies helps to protect your legal rights.  As part of your initial consultation, a personal injury lawyer may speak with you in- person or over the phone to collect important information regarding your case.  For instance, the attorney may want to know how the accident occurred and what injuries you sustained.  If necessary, the attorney may then initiate the formal process of filing a car accident claim.


The next step in the car accident claim filing process is investigation.  During this period, your attorney will work with you to strengthen your claim by taking important measures such as interviewing witnesses, watching traffic camera videos, and searching for other forms of helpful evidence.  Investigation may also involve accounting for each of your damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, and property damage.

Negotiation and Case Settlement

The at-fault party or the at-fault party’s insurance company may try to settle your claim.  Settlement may involve your attorney and the insurance company communicating back and forth to reach an agreed upon settlement value.   During this step, your attorney may act on your behalf by negotiating with experienced claim adjusters.  If the insurance company refuses to pay an amount that is in your best interest, it may be necessary to litigate your claim in court.  Should your claim go to trial, your attorney may advocate for you in front of a judge and jury.

What are the common causes of car accidents in Albuquerque? 

Car accidents have many causes, but some of the most common causes of car accidents in Albuquerque are: 

  1. 1. Speeding
  2. 2. Impaired Driving
  3. 3. Distracted Driving
  4. 4. Failing to Yield
  5. 5. Driving While Intoxicated

What are the common car accident injuries in Albuquerque? 

Car accident injuries range in severity, but some of the most common car accident injuries include: 

 1. Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries involve damage to the body’s muscles, ligaments, or tendons. One of the most common soft tissue injuries after a motor vehicle accident is whiplash. Whiplash is caused by the rapid motion of the head and neck after a collision. Whiplash can also affect the spine. Some of the common symptoms of whiplash include neck pain, headache, and blurred vision. 

2. Broken Bones

Additionally, many car accidents involve broken bones. The impact of the car crashing into other vehicles or stationary objects may propel a crash victim into the dashboard, steering wheel, windows, or windshield. This force can cause mild to severe bone injuries.

3. Cuts and Scrapes

When you are involved in a car accident, you may be struck by a few objects in the vehicle. For instance, your GPS, cellphones, or coffee mugs can cause severe injuries if they hit you with enough force. Though some injuries are minor, other types of injuries may require stitches or even invasive procedures. Plus, even though your airbags are designed to protect you during a crash, they can also cause injuries, such cuts, scrapes, and bruises. 

4. Head Injury

Head injuries are perhaps some of the most severe injuries sustained in a car crash. Head injuries often result from your head hitting the window or steering wheel of the vehicle. Head injuries can range in severity, however, so it’s important to seek medical attention immediately if you even suspect that you might have hurt your head. 

5. Chest Injury

Chest injuries, like head injuries, range from superficial to life-threatening. On the lighter end, superficial chest injuries may involve bruises or scrapes. However, chest injuries can also indicate internal damage. Broken ribs, for example, are common in catastrophic car accidents. Often broken ribs can occur because the chest hits the steering wheel at a tremendous force.

6. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Car accidents can cause serious physical injuries, but some can cause other types of trauma, leading to  post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This means that the car accident affects someone so deeply, that they may not function the same way after the accident and may exhibit behavioral changes. For example, some car accident victims feel too anxious to drive, suffer flashbacks, and may require professional help.  

7. Burns

Burn injuries are a risk after an accident, especially if the vehicle catches on fire. If a car starts burning with a passenger or driver trapped inside, severe burn injuries are a huge risk. 

Learn More: Most common injuries resulting from car accidents 

Common New Mexico car accident FAQs

In 2019, almost 30% of New Mexico car crashes resulted in an injury. Car accident victims often have several questions after their accident, and what happens immediately after an accident is just the tip of the iceberg in a claim. Here are a few common questions our personal injury lawyers receive from car accident victims. 

1. Should I hire a car accident lawyer after a crash? 

Your decision to hire an attorney should account for a few factors. First, determine if anyone was injured. If no one was hurt, you may be able to settle the claim without an attorney. If you were injured in a car accident, however, an attorney can help you recover medical expenses, the cost of vehicle repairs, and money lost due to time off work. A car accident attorney will work with you to seek compensation from insurance companies who operate to pay you as little as possible.

2. Do I need to see a doctor if I am not hurt? 

Doctor’s appointments can be time-consuming, but it’s best to seek a medical evaluation after a crash even if you don’t think you’ve been hurt. Sometimes, injuries don’t present themselves until days after a car accident, so it’s important to know what you can expect physically. 

3. How much can I recover after a car accident? 

After a car accident, you may be able to seek recovery of medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, and pain and suffering. You may also be able to recover the costs for car repairs and rental car expenses during this time. If you had to take time off from work due to your injuries, then you may be able to recover the wages you missed during that period. In order to pursue maximum compensation, hang on to receipts and bills related to your car accident to strengthen your claim. 

4. How much does it cost to hire an attorney? 

If you are injured after a car wreck, you’re probably wondering how much it costs to hire a personal injury lawyer. At Zinda Law Group, we believe that the last thing you should worry about after an injury is paying for quality representation. That’s why we offer a 100% free consultations and only get paid if we win your case through a contingency fee. This is our No Win, No Fee Guarantee. 

Learn More: Common car accident FAQs

How much is my Albuquerque car accident case worth? 

When people endure a car crash and contact a personal injury lawyer, one of the first questions they ask is, “What is my case worth?” After a car accident, an attorney can help you seek compensation for medical costs, missed work, car repairs, car rental services, and property damage. The value of your case ranges with severity, but an experienced car accident lawyer in Albuquerque can walk you through what you may be entitled to.

Learn More: How to calculate the value of a personal injury claim 

How long does it take to settle a car accident claim? 

Time from injury to settlement varies from case to case. Some cases resolve in a matter of months, while others can take years. Settlement time typically depends on how soon you hire a personal injury lawyer, how long investigations take, the length of time it takes to gather relevant information from opposing parties, and more. An experienced car accident lawyer at Zinda Law Group can provide more information during your first free consultation. 

Learn More: How long does it take to settle a personal injury case? 

How much time do I have to file a lawsuit? 

The amount of time to file suit for your car accident claim varies from state to state. In New Mexico, you typically have three years from the date of a car accident to file suit. An attorney will work with you to make sure you meet legal deadlines in the legal process. 

Contact Zinda Law Group today for a free consultation

At Zinda Law firm in Albuquerque, our Spanish-speaking personal injury lawyers have a wealth of resources and experience in handling many types of personal injury cases. After your first confidential consultation, we can determine whether you should be able to seek the maximum compensation available for both economic and non-economic damages in cases like yours.

The cost of legal services is a legitimate worry and a common reason many people hesitate to reach out to a lawyer. That is the reason we offer 100% free consultations and a “No Win, No Fee Guarantee.” Our No Win, No Fee Guarantee means you do not have to pay unless we successfully obtain a favorable settlement, judgment, or verdict for your case.

If you or a loved one has been injured in Albuquerque, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free case evaluation with our personal injury attorneys.

Meetings with attorneys are available by appointment only.  

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