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Hondo, NM (May 25, 2023) — One person is dead and two others are injured after a pickup truck crashed with a commercial vehicle in Lincoln County. The accident occurred on Tuesday at around 10:50 PM on NM70 just east of Hondo. According to investigators, a 2008 Ford Truck, driven by 40-year-old Manuel Noriega of Riverside, was pulling out of a driveway near mile marker 300. There were also at least two other passengers in the truck. It was then hit by a 2014 Peterbilt CMV on the driver’s side.

Noriega was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. His two passengers, a male and a female, were flown to the hospital for their injuries. Their current conditions are unknown. So far, it is not clear why the CMV wasn’t able to stop before hitting the truck. Alcohol doesn’t appear to be a factor in the crash, and it is not known if the driver of the CMV, who remains unidentified, has any injuries.

Source: New Mexico State Police

Our Attorneys Offer Condolences to the Victims of This Fatal Crash

At Tawney, Acosta & Chaparro P.C., our hearts go out to the victims and their families. While accidents like this aren’t necessarily uncommon, they are often preventable. If investigators find that negligence played any role in the accident, we hope that the surviving victims and family members are able to find justice. Our attorneys understand the pain that losing a loved one or receiving a permanent injury causes, which is why we are dedicated to helping victims understand their legal options.

Wrongful Death Claims After a Fatal Crash

In these situations, many families don’t realize that they may have a way to hold the responsible party accountable. Much like accidents where someone receives an injury, it is possible to file a claim for damages in a crash where a loved one is killed. This type of claim is known as wrongful death. Essentially, this claim seeks damages suffered by the immediate family of the deceased due to the crash. This includes a variety of damages, such as:

  • Loss of inheritance;
  • Loss of consortium for a spouse;
  • Loss of support, guidance, and services;
  • Funeral and burial expenses;
  • Mental anguish; and
  • Pain and suffering.

Although no amount of money could replace the life of a loved one, families deserve some sort of compensation for that loss. Losing a loved one can cause emotional and financial damage to family members for years to come, so it’s important to consider the full extent of that loss.

Lost a Family Member in an Accident? You’re Not Alone

Whether your loved one died in this fatal car crash in Lincoln County or another elsewhere, you don’t need to fight alone. The attorneys at Tawney, Acosta & Chaparro P.C. understand the pain that you are going through and want to help. Our firm not only has extensive experience with serious injury and wrongful death cases, but also has a commitment to ensuring that every case receives our undivided attention. Our reviews speak for themselves. To talk to an attorney and receive a free case review, call us at 575-222-1000.

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Alejandro Acosta

Mr. Acosta is a lifelong resident of El Paso. He graduated from Cathedral High School in 2000 and graduated from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio in 2004. Mr. Acosta went on to attend Sandra Day O’ Connor College of Law (Arizona State Law School). He graduated in 2008, receiving his J.D. and his Indian Legal Certificate for his work in Indian Law and dealings with various tribal nations throughout Arizona. Alejandro has been licensed to practice law in Texas since 2008 and has been licensed in the State of New Mexico since 2011.

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