What To Do Immediately After a New Mexico Car Accident

CALL (800) 863-5312 IF YOU HAVE BEEN INJURED IN A CAR ACCIDENT

Motor vehicle accidents can be extremely traumatizing events. Not only will there likely be property damage, but you may also suffer from serious personal injury, resulting in hefty medical bills.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Our New Mexico car accident attorneys may be able to help you with your unique case. We may be able to help discuss your case and guide you through the difficult legal process. Call (800) 863-5312 to speak with a Zinda Law Group personal injury attorney today.  

WHAT TO DO IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING A CAR ACCIDENT

You may be wondering how to handle a car accident after one was to occur. Following these relatively simple steps may be beneficial in your car accident lawsuit. For example, you may be able to show liability by taking pictures of the accident. Further, following these steps may help keep you calm immediately following the incident.

1. Seek Medical Attention

Right after a car accident, you should always seek immediate medical attention. Even if you believe your injuries are minor, your adrenaline may be masking a more serious injury. Some injuries may also take a day or two to present any symptoms. A medical professional can also create a medical report. This report may benefit you when negotiating a settlement agreement.   

2. Call the Police

Once you have sought medical attention, you should call local law enforcement, such as the local police. Police officers will be able to document the scene and create an official police report. This report may come in handy later by showing who is at fault in your car accident lawsuit.

3. Investigate and Document

Another important step to take following a motor vehicle accident is to investigate and document the scene. This involves taking pictures of anything that may be relevant in the future. For example, take pictures of the property damage, injuries, and the entire area around the scene of the accident.

You should also write down everything you can remember about how the accident occurred and what happened immediately following the accident. Your memory may soon start to fade, so you should write down everything you can think of that might help you in your lawsuit later on.

Lastly, you should get and maintain certain documents. These documents may include:

  • The name and contact information of the other driver
  • The license plate numbers of all vehicles involved
  • The names and contact information of any witnesses
  • A copy of the official police report.

4. Negotiate a Settlement

The last step is to negotiate a favorable settlement. Insurance companies will not likely want to pay you the compensation you deserve, so it is important to contact an experienced attorney to help you. Many claims will be able to settle outside of court, which is why this step is extremely important. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, contact a Zinda Law Group personal injury attorney today to discuss your case and help negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf.

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COMMON CAUSES OF CAR ACCIDENTS

There are many different ways a car accident may occur. It is important to always drive safely, keep your eyes on the road, and refrain from excessive speeds. These relatively simple tips may prevent you from getting into a motor vehicle accident, saving yourself and others from serious injury or even death. Below are some common causes of car accidents in the United States:

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving has been the leading cause of car accidents for decades. Distracted driving is driving a motor vehicle while also engaging in another activity. For example, if you are texting, eating, or putting on makeup while driving, you are considered distracted. It is important to always pay attention to the road while behind the wheel, not your phone. If you have to send a text message, pull over to the side of the road where it is safe.

Drinking While Driving

Drinking while driving is always a bad idea. Drunk driving is one of the most dangerous causes of motor vehicle accidents in the United States. If you have been drinking, call a friend to pick you up, or use a ride-share app to get you home. Drinking and driving is never worth the risk of serious injury, or death, to yourself or others.

Speeding

Speeding may sound tempting, especially if you are running late to work or another event. However, speeding is the second most common cause of motor vehicle accidents and should be avoided. Always give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination and resist the urge to speed past the legal limit.

Running Red Lights

Although it may seem obvious, you should never run a red light while driving. You can cause serious and catastrophic accidents by running a red light, not to mention it is illegal. There are many different reasons why someone may run a red light, including being late for work, or simply being distracted. It is important to always stay alert while behind the wheel, and never run a red light.

Driving the Wrong Way or Improper Turns

If you are distracted while driving, you may accidentally begin driving the wrong way or make an improper turn. Always be aware of street signage, such as one-way or warning signs. Further, it is important to follow traffic signals, obey the proper right of way when making a turn, and always use your signals properly.

No matter the cause, if you have been the victim of a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries or property damage. Contact a car accident attorney in New Mexico today to start your claim.

COMMON TYPES OF CAR ACCIDENT INJURIES

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, you may be suffering from a wide range of possible injuries. Some of these injuries are minor, such as cuts or scrapes, while other injuries may require immediate medical treatment or surgery. Although the injuries may differ in severity, there are some types of injuries that are more common than others:

Whiplash

Whiplash occurs when there is an injury to the neck muscle, ligament, and tendon following a car accident. Sometimes, during a motor vehicle accident, your body may move suddenly, faster than you would on your own. This trauma can strain muscles and other soft tissue without breaking bones. Although painful, whiplash may usually be healed using therapy and getting massages.

Head Injuries

Head injuries may result in long-term problems with your brain function. This may cause headaches and sleeping difficulties if not properly treated. Brain injuries may also not be readily apparent and may be difficult to diagnose. It is important to have a clear and deliberate treatment plan to help avoid complications from traumatic brain injuries.

Internal Bleeding

Internal bleeding may be caused by the bumping and jostling that occurs during motor vehicle accidents. Internal injuries are extremely serious and require immediate medical attention to ensure they do not become life-threatening. The recovery time may be lengthy, but making use of therapy and rehabilitation practices may help you recover quicker.

Back Injuries

Back injuries, such as herniated discs, are one of the more common injuries associated with car accidents. A herniated disc occurs when one or more of the vertebrae in the spine ruptures or shifts out of place. These injuries may occur due to sudden jolts, bangs, and bumps that accompany car accidents. If you have back pain following a motor vehicle accident, it is important to seek medical attention from a medical professional who specializes in working with back injuries.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Not all injuries are physical. Following a motor vehicle accident, you may be suffering from mental and emotional injuries. Post-traumatic stress disorder, or “PTSD,” may make your daily life more difficult, or even impossible. Treating PTSD with calming massages has been proven to help those suffering from mental injury.

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, we may be able to help. Our experienced attorneys may be able to help investigate your case, determine who is at fault, and negotiate on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

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CONTACT A ZINDA LAW GROUP PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY TODAY

There are many different causes of car accidents. The other driver could be texting, speeding, or simply not paying attention. No matter the reason, Zinda Law Group New Mexico car accident attorneys have the experience to help. We have helped many other individuals seek compensation for their injuries, and we may be able to help you as well. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you do not pay us anything unless we win your case.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, Zinda Law Group may be able to help. Our experienced personal injury attorneys have the experience necessary to help guide you through the legal process and work to get you the compensation you deserve. Call (800) 863-5312 today to schedule your 100% free consultation.

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