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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. 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 us. You may be entitled to compensation. At Zinda Law Group, not only help you recover the maximum compensation for your injuries, but we can handle everything from the insurance companies to ensuring you get the proper medical care. Call (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with an Albuquerque accident attorney today. You pay nothing unless we win your case. Hablamos Español.
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 speak Spanish, our Spanish speaking 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 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.
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 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
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, 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.
COMMON CAUSES OF CAR ACCIDENTS IN ALBUQUERQUE
- Impaired Driving
- Distracted Driving
- Failing to Yield
- Driving While Intoxicated
- Head and neck injuries
- Scrapes, Cuts and Bruises
- Broken Bones