Top Legal Representation Helping Those Injured After a Car Accident in Albuquerque
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If you have suffered injuries due to the negligence of another, you have the right to seek fair compensation. Most of the time, that means dealing with the insurance company of the at-fault driver.
You have the right to seek compensation for medical bills, car repairs, and other damages. Unfortunately, sometimes companies make the claims process difficult by undervaluing your losses or refusing to pay a valid claim.
That is when you need the help of an Albuquerque car accident lawyer. Most people know to file a personal injury claim but are unsure of how the process works.
If you wait too long, you may run out of time and miss the chance to seek restitution from the at-fault party. Learning the personal injury process can help potential plaintiff preserve their rights and make sure they get the chance at justice.
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Common Causes of Auto Accidents in New Mexico
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), New Mexico’s traffic fatality rates are well above the national average.
During the past decade, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) conducted a wide-scale survey to collect data on the major causes of automobile crashes. The primary takeaway is that most accidents (over 90%, in fact) are caused by driver error.
Distracted driving can happen for a number of reasons. Essentially, anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving can be dangerous. One major modern culprit is texting while driving.
Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds. If you are driving 55 mph, that’s equivalent to driving the length of a football field sight unseen.
Sleepy drivers are dangerous drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has made a point in recent years of bringing attention to drowsy driving.
Evidence shows that drowsy driving can impair a vehicle’s operator in a similar manner that drugs and alcohol do.
Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs
Drugs and alcohol impair a person’s ability to operate a vehicle safely. In New Mexico, a driver violates the state’s DWI laws with a blood or breath alcohol content of .08% or higher.
Reckless driving includes a number of dangerous activities such as speeding, failing to yield, unsafe lane changes, illegal turns, tailgating, and more. Unsafe driving creates accident opportunities.
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Common Auto Accident Injuries
If you have ever been in a car accident, you know that a wide range of injuries can affect any passenger. These can range from minor bumps and bruises to serious life-threatening injuries.
Sometimes the injuries are apparent, but you may not feel the effects of the impact until hours or even days afterward.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries are common in a car crash. This includes damage to the body’s muscles, ligaments, and tendons, or nerves.
Muscle injuries are common, and the victim may not feel that anything’s wrong until hours or days after the event.
Scrapes and Cuts
In a crash, loose objects inside the car can become flying objects that are thrown all around the vehicle. Cell phones, coffee mugs, and other cups, glasses, bags, and anything else that isn’t attached to something can hit you or a passenger.
Head injuries can be minor or severe, but they should never be taken lightly. Sometimes this may be just a bump or a scrape, but it is also possible to suffer a serious head injury. Car accidents can cause concussions, brain bleeds, and other serious brain trauma.
Chest injuries can be simple bruises or cuts, but in more severe cases you can suffer serious internal injuries like broken ribs, damage to organs like the liver or kidneys, and internal bleeding.
Because the driver is behind the steering wheel with little room to maneuver, they are more likely to suffer chest injuries upon impact.
If you suffer one of these injuries in a wreck, it is a good idea to contact an Albuquerque car accident attorney to assess your case.