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Bernalillo County, NM (April 11, 2023) — The New Mexico State Police are currently investigating a crash in Bernalillo County that left one person dead and one injured on Sunday afternoon. The accident occurred at around 12:10 PM on I-40 near mile marker 153, just outside Albuquerque.

According to authorities, a 2021 Freightliner CMV was driving eastbound on I-40 with two occupants. For reasons that are still unknown, the driver left the interstate, causing the semi-truck to roll. Both the passenger and the driver were ejected during the crash. The passenger, identified as 39-year-old Eric Remaly of San Bernardino, CA, was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver, an unnamed 42-year-old female, was sent to an area hospital and is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. 

So far, alcohol does not seem to be a factor in the accident. However, it appears that neither the driver nor the passenger were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Source: New Mexico State Police

Our Attorneys Offer Their Condolences to Those Affected by this Semi-Truck Crash

Our hearts go out to the victim as well as the friends and family members affected by this tragic accident. We hope that New Mexico State Police are able to find out the cause of the crash. If it is found that negligence played a role in this devastating incident, the responsible party should be held accountable for their actions. Unfortunately, many accidents like this are often preventable.

The Rights of Family Members of Deceased Victims

When a loved one tragically loses their life in a semi-truck accident, it’s important to know your family’s options. In many cases, surviving family members are able to file a wrongful death claim against the party responsible for their loved one’s death. This type of claim allows families to claim damages from their loss, including but not limited to:

  • Funeral and burial expenses,
  • Loss of inheritance,
  • Loss of financial support,
  • Mental anguish, and
  • Pain and suffering.

While no amount of money can replace a human life, the goal of a wrongful death suit is to provide the family of the deceased with the financial means to deal with such a tragedy. This requires looking at the deceased’s career trajectory, their contributions to the household, and the impact they had on the lives of their spouse, children, parents, etc.

Tawney, Acosta & Chaparro P.C. Is Here to Help Victims

Whether you lost a loved one in this semi-truck crash in New Mexico or one similar, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced wrongful death attorney. At Tawney, Acosta & Chaparro P.C., our attorneys understand what is at stake for accident victims and the ways that losing a family member changes lives. With recognitions of excellence from Super Lawyers, The National Advocates, and other industry organizations, we aren’t afraid to fight for the recovery of clients, even if that means going to trial. To schedule a free case review, call us at 505-587-1719. We proudly serve New Mexico families from our offices in Albuquerque, Carlsbad, and Las Cruces.

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James Tawney

James Tawney is a native of the Southwest dedicated to serving his community. He was born and raised in Arizona where he attended Northern Arizona University where he received his undergraduate degree. James then went on to attend Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock, Texas. In 2016, he, along with fellow plaintiff’s attorney Alejandro Acosta, founded Flores, Tawney & Acosta, P.C. with offices located in Las Cruces and Carlsbad, New Mexico, and El Paso, Texas.

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