Albuquerque Car Accident Lawyers
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Accidents happen all over the world. Getting into an accident can be terrifying, but it can be even more terrifying when you do not feel comfortable with the language of the local government. Usually, the information you have to gather and the tasks you need to accomplish after an accident are common across all states and countries, but nothing can put you more at ease like being able to communicate in your native language. At Zinda Law Group, we have Spanish-speaking lawyers in Albuquerque who can help you through an accident and guide you through the legal journey to recovery.
If you or a loved one has been injured or involved in an auto accident, call (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with an Albuquerque accident attorney today.
Accidents can happen in a blink of an eye, so it is important to know what to do beforehand so you can be ready to act. Below are recommended steps on what to do when you are involved in a car accident.
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 that resulted in a serious injury or death is treated as a criminal violation.
2. Check for injuries
Airbags do not have to be deployed before you should 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 the 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 or emergency responder 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.
After the Accident
Documenting is the main task 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 the Zinda Law Firm as soon as possible can help you avoid misplacing or throwing away important documents. If you need a Spanish speaker, our Spanish speaking attorneys in Albuquerque can help.
1. 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 be the ones who respond to your accident. It is important to know which department you filed the police report with to avoid any issues.
2. Contact your insurance company
New Mexico uses a fault-based system for car accidents, meaning that the person who is at fault is responsible to pay 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
3. 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, if you are feeling pain shortly after, contact your primary physician for an appointment. Examples of related medical costs that can be covered are appointments, medication, treatment, and physical therapy sessions.
Awards & Recognition
AWARDED TO JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA BY THE NATIONAL TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION (2016-2020)
AWARDED TO JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA BY THE NATIONAL TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION (2017-2020)
AWARDED TO JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA (2016-2020), JOE CAPUTO (2016 – 2020) & BURGESS WILLIAMS (2016-2017) BY THE NATIONAL TRIAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION
AWARDED TO JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA (2009, 2011-2012, 2014-2021), JOE CAPUTO (2019-2021), BURGESS WILLIAMS (2019-2020), NEIL SOLOMON (2020-2021), & CHRISTINA HAGEN (2021) BY SUPER LAWYERS (A THOMPSON REUTERS COMPANY)
MEMBERS JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA (2017-2020), JOE CAPUTO (2019-2020), BURGESS WILLIAMS (2019-2020), NEIL SOLOMON (2019-2020), COLE GUMM (2019-2020), CHRISTINA HAGEN (2020) & BRENDAN MCQUAID (2020)
LIFETIME MEMBERS JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA & JOE CAPUTO
AWARDED TO ZINDA LAW GROUP (2016-2019) BY THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS
AWARDED TO JOHN C. (JACK) ZINDA IN 2015, 2016, 2017, AND 2020
AWARDED TO JOE CAPUTO (2016-2019) BY THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS
AWARDED TO ZINDA LAW GROUP IN 2018 BY INC.
Awarded to John C (Jack) Zinda (2021) by the American Association for Justice
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Everyone was so professional and was very interested in helping me with my issues. They were very upfront and honest about what I could expect.
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HOW CAN A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY HELP ME AFTER MY ACCIDENT?
Not all legal help from lawyers is in the form of lawsuits and trials. An Albuquerque Spanish-speaking personal injury attorney can review settlement claims and help you seek the maximum amount of compensation.
If you are involved in an accident against an underinsured or uninsured driver, your insurance policy is required to cover the situation unless you previously rejected that coverage. Going over your insurance policy with an auto accident lawyer can be helpful to make sure it meets the standard of New Mexico law.
Negligence and Wrongful Death
Filing a lawsuit against the other driver under the claim of negligence means that he or she failed to take reasonable care. For example, the other driver could have been distracted by a GPS or not looking at the road when the accident occurred. Another example is that the driver could have noticed that her brakes had not been working normally beforehand but did not take any reasonable actions to take care of it, and that had contributed to the accident. However, the state of New Mexico uses a “comparative negligence” fault system which means that if the other driver can prove you were also negligent, that will affect the amount of money you can recover.
When an accident results in a death, eligible relatives or “survivors” who can act on the behalf of the deceased can sue under the claim of wrongful death. A wrongful death is caused by the “wrongful act, neglect, or default of another.”
In personal injury claims, there are two main types of recovery, which are sometimes referred to as economic or non-economic damages. If you schedule a free consultation with a Zinda Law Group personal injury attorney, he or she will be able to answer your questions regarding which types of damages have been successfully sought after by people who have filed accident claims similar to yours.
Economic damages are financial losses that can be calculated. These can include:
- Medical bills
- Vehicle damages
- Property damages
- Loss of wages
- Future economic losses
Non-economic damages are losses that cannot be calculated like economic damages in terms of services and item values, but they can still be awarded. These include:
- Pain and suffering (physical)
- Aggravation of preexisting condition
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of earning capacity by minor
Calculating economic damages can be complicated, especially when figuring out whether a particular bill can be repaid, whereas non-economic damages are typically harder to prove and require expertise in cases and legal arguments to articulate why a person in a specific situation deserves them. Tort law—laws related to personal injuries—can affect what compensation can be sought, deadlines to file claims, and who can be considered at fault.
Sometimes in personal injury cases, a court may award exemplary or punitive damages. One aim of punitive damages is to punish a defendant who has acted recklessly rather than negligently. Although it is possible to receive exemplary damages, it is the judge’s or jury’s choice whether or not to award this category.
Statute of Limitations
New Mexico law has a general statute of limitations of three years to file a lawsuit related to personal injuries. If a public employee or state government entity is involved in the accident, the statute of limitations against them is two years. Depending on the situation and claim, the timer for this deadline can start at different times. Contacting one of our auto accident attorneys can help you understand what claims are applicable to your situation and what options are more likely to be successful based on cases similar to yours.
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.
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