Las Cruces Drunk Driving Injury Lawyers
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In New Mexico, it is illegal for anyone 21 years or older to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 % or above. Despite laws in all states prohibiting drunk driving, there are still too many people that get in the car after drinking. People who choose to drink and drive put not only themselves at risk of injury but also endanger the lives of innocent drivers everywhere.
Almost 29 people in the United States die every day in alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2016 alone, more than 1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
With the unfortunate prevalence of impaired drivers on the road at any given time, it is important to understand what to do in the event you are involved in a drunk driving accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free case evaluation with our Las Cruces drunk driving injury attorneys.
Seeking Compensation for Your Injuries
Victims of a drunk driving accident may suffer from all types of injuries, including head and neck injuries, broken bones, and everything in between. Medical bills and expenses can quickly add up, leading to financial hardship for some. An experienced drunk driving attorney can help you recover the compensation you deserve in order to reimburse you for out of pocket expenses.
In addition to medical costs, you may be able to receive damages for lost income and future wages if you are unable to work following the accident. Damages for pain and suffering may be another type of compensation available to you. Punitive damages may also be available in order to punish and deter the type of behavior in the future.
Liability of a Third Party Who Served the Alcohol
Depending on your specific situation, you may also be able to recover damages from an alcohol vendor who sold or served alcohol to the drunk driver. This is referred to as dram shop liability.
New Mexico’s dram shop statute provides civil liability if:
- The licensee sold or served alcohol to a person who was intoxicated;
- It was reasonably apparent to the licensee that the person buying or apparently receiving service of alcoholic beverages was intoxicated.
- The licensee knew from the circumstances that the person buying or receiving service of alcoholic beverages was intoxicated.
Pursuing a Wrongful Death Claim
If your loved one passed away as the result of a drunk driving accident, you may be able to bring a wrongful death action against the at-fault driver. Wrongful death is defined in the New Mexico statute as one that is “caused by the wrongful act, neglect, or default of another.”
This type of claim allows for the estate of the deceased, through the personal representative, to obtain both economic and non-economic damages. The estate holds any damages awarded for the benefit of the surviving family members. The statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim in New Mexico is three years.
Get Help from Our Las Cruces Drunk Driving Injury Lawyers
At Zinda Law Group, our Las Cruces drunk driving injury lawyers have helped countless victims pursue claims after a drunk driving collision. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you seek maximum compensation for your damages.
Our firm also believes that an accident victim should never have to worry about the ability to afford excellent legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and why you will pay nothing unless we achieve a favorable settlement, judgment, or verdict for your personal injury case. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of an intoxicated driver, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to receive your free consultation with our Las Cruces drunk driving injury lawyers.
Meetings with attorneys are available by appointment only.