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Food and grocery delivery apps have exploded in popularity over the last decade, and it is possible to have almost anything delivered through our phones. Companies now employ armies of delivery drivers driving fleets of delivery trucks. One unfortunate consequence of a large number of hurried delivery drivers being on the road is that the possibility of accidents can become higher. If you were hit by a delivery driver and sustained an injury in New Mexico, your best move may be to contact a New Mexico injury attorney.
WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER A DELIVERY DRIVER ACCIDENT?
Immediately after your accident, you may be at a bit of a loss as to what to do next. While no two cases are the same, there are a few general steps that will help most accident victims in this process:
1. Seek Medical Attention
Getting medical attention as soon as you possibly can is critical. Immediately after your accident, protecting yourself from further harm by moving to a safe location if possible and having your injuries treated by a professional is a crucial step on the road to recovery. Your medical records can serve as important evidence later in your case as you begin to seek compensation.
2. Call the Police
In some accidents, the other driver may try to convince you to handle things “under the table” and not get the police involved to make things easier. This can be especially true if they work for a delivery service and there might be penalties for getting into an accident while on the job. However, it is always in your best interest to have the police come to the scene of the accident so that you can file an official report, which can become important evidence later on in your case.
3. Document the Accident
In fighting car accident cases, it is always better to be overprepared than underprepared. This is especially true if your fight for compensation includes going up against a big company as opposed to just another driver. Documenting the accident can include taking pictures of any injuries you sustained, taking pictures of property damage, and taking note of anything else that you feel could be important later on.
4. Contact a New Mexico Delivery Driver Accident Attorney
Hiring a New Mexico personal injury lawyer could be the single best move that you make in trying to get adequate compensation for you and your family. However, you should not hire the first attorney that you find online. Your lawyer should have experience with victims who were hit by a delivery driver.
CAUSES OF DELIVERY DRIVER ACCIDENTS
Delivery driver accidents may occur at a high rate in urban city centers in larger cities like Albuquerque or college towns like Las Cruces. However, they can happen anywhere where a delivery driver might drive to, which covers most of the state of New Mexico. While delivery driver accidents can have a lot of the same causes as regular car accidents, some causes are more prevalent in these cases.
Delivery drivers who drive for certain companies, such as DoorDash or UberEats, get more money the more deliveries they can make. This creates an incentive to drive as fast as possible to complete a route and get to the next delivery. When drivers drive this way, they may tend to drive much faster than the posted speed limit and cut corners on other traffic laws, meaning that they put themselves and others at a higher risk of accidents.
Many drivers, even those who are not delivery drivers, drive while distracted by a phone or other device. This can be even more of a problem for delivery drivers who need to use their phone or GPS to navigate to locations they have never been to, or to accept new jobs while they are on the road. Distracted driving can certainly be something that causes accidents for delivery drivers.
For most drivers, the bulk of their day is not spent in the car. Driving is just meant to get us from Point A to Point B a few times per day. However, for delivery drivers, their office is their vehicle. Spending so much time in the car means that drivers can become fatigued after a long day of work. This fatigue can end up leading to not checking their mirrors before merging or failing to notice you in the intersection, which can lead to accidents and severe consequences.
HOW TO FILE A CLAIM
Though no two cases are ever the same, it is usually important for accident victims to complete the following steps to file a claim:
1. Notify Your Insurance
As soon as possible, reach out to your insurance company and let them know about the accident. This is important because the contract that you signed with the insurance company likely has requirements about when and how accidents need to be reported. Though you should notify your insurance, give conservative answers, and do not disclose more information than is necessary.
2. Speak with Your Attorney
Your New Mexico attorney will likely be your best source of information as to how to best proceed going forward with seeking compensation for your injuries. They may be able to work with you to develop a plan and inform you on what to do, and perhaps more importantly, what not to do.
3. Negotiate a Settlement
After you have hired an attorney, they may be able to begin the process of gathering the information they need and speaking with the other parties involved about a settlement deal. This step is critical given that most cases will end at the settlement stage given the large costs that go into a full-fledged trial.
4. Go to Court
In particularly contentious cases, the parties might not be able to reach an agreement at the settlement negotiation stage. If this happens, then going to trial might be your only option for seeking fair compensation. Going to trial will require the assistance of an attorney who has the necessary experience to be able to plan for and manage a trial from opening to closing arguments.
After contacting an attorney to deal with an injury after getting hit by a delivery driver, many accident victims will begin to wonder what their case could be worth in potential compensation. This is an important question because it can greatly impact accident victims and their families. Every accident, and subsequently every personal injury case, is different, but there are a few factors that can help estimate the value of your case.
Economic damages are the tangible losses that an accident victim sustains as a result of their accident. They are fairly objective and can be proven through things like receipts or bills. Common sources of economic damages include medical bills, damage to your vehicle or personal property, and lost wages from being unable to work a job.
Non-economic damages are less tangible and objective than economic damages, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t very real to the victims who are suffering. Non-economic damages generally refer to the pain and suffering experienced by accident victims. Though it is difficult to be able to estimate what the number attached to non-economic damages might be in a typical case, the worse an injury is, the more the victim may be eligible to receive in non-economic damages.
LEGAL TIME LIMITS
One important element of every personal injury case is the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is the length of time that an accident victim has to file a claim, and it starts from the date of the accident. In New Mexico, the statute of limitations that applies to car accident claims is three years. This means that accident victims have three years from the date of their accident to file a claim, and any claim that is filed outside of this time frame will likely be dismissed.
There are certain exceptions to these rules. For example, if the accident victim is a minor, then the statute might be tolled until they reach the age of 18. Also, there might be certain situations where an accident victim doesn’t discover their injuries until sometime after their accident. In this situation, the statute might be paused. Though these exceptions exist for certain categories of cases, it is advisable to speak with an attorney as quickly as possible to avoid running into problems that can be easily avoided.
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