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Being involved in a car accident can be shocking, scary, and just downright traumatic. Car accidents often happen out of nowhere, which leaves victims feeling shocked and overwhelmed with the process of healing their injuries or recovering compensation. Beyond physical injury and property damage, the aftermath of a car accident can leave you with financial and emotional burdens that can be difficult to deal with on your own. After you or a loved one has been in an accident, it is in your best interest to reach out to an attorney to help you navigate the process.
CAR ACCIDENT STATISTICS
Based on 2016 data from the New Mexico Department of Transportation, there are a few statistics about car accidents on New Mexico roadways that may surprise you. One of the most shocking statistics is that a car accident was happening every 12 minutes and someone was injured every 26 minutes. Additionally, Las Cruces was one of the top five cities with the highest crash rates in New Mexico.
The number one cause of car accidents listed was distracted driving. While it is scary to know that most car crashes are being caused by something as simple as changing the radio, many are ultimately preventable. When you get behind the wheel, always make sure to take simple precautions like wearing a seatbelt and paying attention to the road.
COMMON INJURIES AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT
Car accidents can range from minor to catastrophic. Therefore, the injuries that result can range from mild to severe. Mild injuries may resolve themselves within mere days with little to no medical attention, while more serious injuries can result in long-lasting physical and emotional side effects. Car accident injuries can often be qualified as impact injuries or penetrating injuries. Impact injuries result from bumping into parts of your vehicle during an accident, while penetrating injuries are cuts and scrapes that can often be caused by flying objects or debris within your car.
Some common types of injuries may include:
- Soft tissue injury, such as whiplash
- Muscle soreness
- Scrapes and cuts
- Head injuries
- Chest injuries
- Arm and leg injuries
COMMON CAUSES OF CAR ACCIDENTS
There are many potential causes of motor vehicle accidents. Some accidents can be blamed on a driver, while some can be attributed to factors outside our control. If you have been in a car wreck, it is important to reach out to a Las Cruces car accident lawyer in order to determine your options and who is at fault. Your ability to seek compensation often hinges on whether your accident was caused by circumstances beyond human control, by another’s negligence, or by fault of your own.
Some common causes of collisions that can be attributed to the driver include:
Distracted driving may include texting, reaching for objects inside your car, eating, reading, or applying make-up.
Not Following the Rules of the Road
Accidents happen when drivers don’t follow the rules. Some of the more common violations include speeding, improper turns, improper lane changing, failing to stop at red lights and stop signs, and driving the wrong way.
Driving While Under the Influence
Driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol significantly impairs an individual’s ability to focus on the road.
We can’t control whether animals jut out into the road, but you may still be liable for your decision to swerve out of the way if you hit another driver.
Other common causes that are not the fault of the driver include weather conditions and mechanical issues.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT
Generally, you should follow these steps to improve the likelihood of a successful claim after you have been involved in a car accident:
Seek Medical Attention
After an accident, the first and most important thing you should do is seek medical attention for your injuries. You can’t get to work fighting for the compensation you may be entitled to until you make sure that you are healthy and well. Even when you don’t feel like you are severely injured, it is important to seek an evaluation and opinion from a medical professional. Some injuries are not always readily apparent. Moreover, obtaining an evaluation from a medical professional and keeping organized medical records can serve as an important piece of evidence for your claim.
Contact the Police
Always contact the police after being involved in an accident. At-fault drivers, especially those without adequate insurance, may try to convince you to handle the situation without getting the police involved. It is essential that you contact the police when you are able so that you can obtain an official police report on the accident.
Talk to Your Insurance
Always reach out promptly to your insurance provider and the insurance provider of the other party in order to check and see if a claim has been opened. If it hasn’t, open one yourself. An attorney can help you with this process if you would like them to. The most important thing to remember is to not offer up any more information to the insurance companies than is necessary to get your claim started. You don’t want to make a statement that could affect your later ability to seek compensation.
Contact an Attorney
Collecting damages after a car accident can feel next to impossible in a lot of situations. You can make the process easier on yourself by contacting an experienced Las Cruces attorney to help you navigate the complicated world of insurance claims. An attorney can help you organize evidence, file a claim, negotiate with the relevant parties, and help you make a decision on potential car accident settlement offers. Our attorneys at Zinda Law Group may be able to help.
DAMAGES IN A CAR ACCIDENT CASE
It is very normal after a car accident to be concerned with not only who is going to pay for your injuries and property damage, but also how much you are owed. Most people not only want to be made whole for the money they have spent at the doctor or mechanic, but they also want compensation for the consequences they will have to continue to suffer as a result of their injuries. However, without knowing the details of your claim, it is impossible to estimate how much your claim is worth.
Car accidents can cause physical injuries, but those physical injuries cause a lot of other damage as well. They may prevent you from being able to work, force you to spend money on continued medical treatment, inhibit your activity level, and cause emotional suffering and trauma. Therefore, there are various types of compensation that may be awarded to help you get your life back on track. If you have been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages include the expenses that are easily quantifiable and have a set price tag such as:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Other incidentals
Non-economic damages are a little more flexible and can include:
- Pain and suffering
- Physical impairment
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Victims seeking compensation after a wreck have the most questions about pain and suffering damages. Pain and suffering is very unique to every individual as it depends on your injuries and how they are going to impact your life moving forward. Some injuries stick around longer than others. An experienced attorney can help you calculate an appropriate amount to seek for pain and suffering by multiplying your medical expenses by a number (usually) between 1 and 5 depending on the severity of your injuries.
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STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS
Each state places time limitations on your ability to file a car accident claim. This is known as the statute of limitations. Under New Mexico law, a victim has three years from the date of his or her accident to file a claim for compensation. If you do not file a claim within that period of time, you could lose your ability to recover monetary relief altogether.
WHY CHOOSE ZINDA LAW GROUP?
At Zinda Law Group, we have helped car accident victims get their lives back on track after an accident. We may be able to help you too. Our Las Cruces car attorneys are on your side and may fight vigorously to make sure you are able to seek the maximum compensation that you may be entitled to for your injuries.
We want everyone to have access to legal representation, which is why we work on a contingency fee basis and may speak to you today to discuss your claim at no charge. Call us today at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation.
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