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In New Mexico, on average, a motor vehicle crash occurs every 11 minutes, resulting in an injury every 27 minutes. A car crash can leave victims with significant financial burdens that may include medical bills, car repairs, and pain and suffering.
Don’t pay for an accident that’s not your fault. The car accident attorneys at Zinda Law Group have experience representing car accident victims and seeking the compensation they deserve. Call us today at (800) 863-5312 for a free attorney consultation with our experienced Santa Fe car accident lawyers.
COMMON CAUSES OF CAR ACCIDENTS IN NEW MEXICO
In 2018, there were 46,786 traffic crashes reported on public roadways in New Mexico. These crashes injured 19,790 people and killed 392 individuals according to the New Mexico Department of Transportation. While many factors can contribute to a crash, some of the most common causes of car accidents in New Mexico include the following:
When drivers speed, they have less time to react. This means that a speeding car will hit crash victims with a higher impact and can cause more severe injuries. In 2018, speeding was a contributing factor in over 817 car crash injuries.
Impaired driving may result in weaving across lanes, quickly accelerating or decelerating, swerving, tailgating, or driving without headlights at night. On average, in 2018, a person was injured or killed in an alcohol-involved crash every 6 hours in New Mexico.
It only takes a few seconds for drivers to respond to a text on their phone, but those few seconds can be fatal for crash victims. If a driver’s eyes are on a phone, then they’re not focused on the road or the cars around them. In 2018, distracted driving was the leading cause of car crashes in New Mexico and injured 2,926 people.
Failing to Yield
In 2018, 2,506 people were injured in crashes because a driver failed to yield. When drivers fail to look twice, slow down, or respect the right-of-way, intersections and turns can seriously injure drivers.
Car accidents can range from minor fender-benders to high-speed collisions. As a result, there is a range of injuries that can occur. Some of the most common types of injuries from car accidents include:
Head injuries can range in severity from minor injuries, like whiplash and concussions, to serious internal brain and skull damage. It is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible if you believe you have a head injury, as untreated injuries can lead to serious long-term detrimental effects.
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Scrapes, Cuts, and Bruises
The second your car hits another object, the items inside your car can go flying and become projectiles that injure you and your passengers. This could include items such as cell phones, mugs, kids’ toys, purses, books, or any loose item in your car. If a windshield breaks, the glass from the windows can cause deep cuts and lacerations and require stitches or more serious medical attention. Seatbelts can also cause severe bruising.
The force generated by car collisions is enough to cause serious bone breaks. Drivers may be especially susceptible to broken ribs from the impact of the steering wheel. Broken arms and legs can also occur in serious car accidents.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A CAR CRASH
After leaving the scene of the accident, you may still feel shaken and overwhelmed about what to do next. The below steps outline what you should in the days and weeks following your accident.
Monitor Your Health
If you do not receive medical treatment at the scene of the accident, visit your doctor as soon as possible to determine if you need medical treatment. After you leave the hospital or doctor’s office, be sure to watch for any additional signs or symptoms that occur in the days following the accident. Don’t ignore any signs or symptoms because you can experience the effects of a car accident several days after it happens.
Document Your Damage
Right after an accident is it easy to feel overwhelmed. You may have been too injured or shaken to take photos of the damage at the scene of an accident. As soon as possible, be sure to take photos of the damage to your car and any injuries you sustained in the accident.
Obtain the Police Report
If a police officer responded to your accident, he or she will have filled out an accident report. If you were not given a copy at the scene of the accident, call the police department to ask for a copy of the accident report or how to access this report once it becomes available.
Notify Your Insurance Company
After you’ve been in a car accident, your insurance company needs to be notified. In minor cases without any injuries, you can call your insurance company and notify them yourself. However, if any party is injured, it is best to call an experienced car accident lawyer first for a few reasons.
1. You may not be prepared
After a car accident, you may still be upset, confused, and traumatized. When an insurance agent speaks with you, they may ask to record the call, hoping to find evidence that an accident was your fault. These recordings can be used in court to hurt your chances of recovering money from the other party. It is always best to have an attorney speak on your behalf when dealing with insurance companies.
2. You may not know the extent of your injuries
The effects of a car accident can be long-lasting and may not appear right away. What may have first seemed like a minor headache can turn into chronic migraines. The ongoing medical treatment that serious injuries, like brain and spinal cord trauma, can be unpredictable and expensive. You won’t know what the future holds immediately after your accident.
3. You may be pressured to settle
Insurance companies want to pay you as little as possible. They may offer you a settlement, or an amount of money that they’ve evaluated the damage to be. However, this may not be the actual value of your case and may be insufficient to cover your expenses, especially with a serious and ongoing injury. Call an experienced attorney to fight for you and help you seek a fair car accident settlement.
Document Your Expenses
A car accident can be expensive. Hospital costs, missed work, and automobile repairs can quickly add up. But you shouldn’t have to pay if the accident is not your fault. It’s important that you keep track of all receipts and paperwork related to your accident. This could include:
- Hospital and doctor bills
- Insurance coverage and payments
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractor bills
- Dental bills
- Documented time taken off from work due to any injuries
- Receipts for the repair or replacement of your car
- Receipts for a rental car while yours is being repaired
WHAT A SANTA FE CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER MAY DO FOR YOU
Our Santa Fe car accident lawyers may help walk you through every step of the process. This may include ensuring you receive proper medical treatment, investigating the accident, interviewing witnesses, collecting crash reports, negotiating with the insurance company, filing a lawsuit, and going to trial if necessary.
At Zinda Law, we may help you determine the damages you may be entitled to help you seek them aggressively. The amount of compensation you are eligible for will be affected by factors such as the extent of your injuries, the amount of your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and damage to your vehicle, among other things.
What if I Am Partially Responsible for Causing the Accident?
Even if you believe you may be partially at fault for causing the accident, you may still be entitled to recover money. In New Mexico, fault can be divided between the parties. For example, if you were found to be 30% and the other driver was 70% responsible for the accident, you could still recover some money, it would just be reduced proportionately. Determining fault and recovery can be complicated, but an experienced car accident attorney may help navigate the process for you.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?
If you were injured in a car accident and want to file a lawsuit against the other party, you need to be aware of the time limits, or statutes of limitations, that are in place. In New Mexico, you have three years from the date of your accident to file a claim for your injuries. It is best to contact a lawyer as soon as possible to make sure you receive the money you deserve.
CONTACT A LAWYER WHO HANDLES CAR ACCIDENT CASES
At Zinda Law Group, our Santa Fe car accident attorneys have helped many crash victims get the compensation they deserved after suffering an injury. We have the knowledge and resources to help put you back on the road to physical, emotional, and financial recovery. We fight for our clients’ right to compensation for hospital bills, car damage, pain and suffering, and much more.
We believe a car accident victim should never have to worry about being able to afford legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and why you pay nothing unless we win your case. That’s our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
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