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Hire the Truck Accident Attorneys in New Mexico
Facing a serious injury after a truck accident?
Getting pressure from an insurance company to settle your case?
We understand how it feels – and we want to help.
Don’t talk to anyone about your case without talking to us first.
The personal injury lawyers at Tawney, Acosta & Chaparro P.C. have years of experience handling cases just like yours. We know how important it is to you – and we won’t leave you wondering what the next step is.
Reach out for a free consultation with a truck accident lawyer today.
We Want to Hear Your Story – and We Want to Help
Finding a Truck Accident Lawyer in New Mexico
Semi-trailer trucks cause far more than their fair share of devastating highway accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 13.9 percent of deadly accidents in New Mexico involved a semi-truck. This is true despite the fact that just 3 percent of all accidents include a semi-trailer.
The bottom line: large trucks are inherently dangerous. They must operate with the absolute highest level of safety in mind. The big trucking companies cannot put profits over people. Yet, far too often, trucking operations fail to live up to their legal duties.
A New Mexico truck accident lawyer can ensure they do just that. The team at Tawney, Acosta & Chaparro P.C. are ready to help.
Call us today and we’ll set up a free consultation to discuss your case.
Were You Injured in an 18-Wheeler Accident? The Four-Step Checklist to Protect Your Rights
Unfortunately, many truck accident victims are unable to obtain a full settlement offer because they make mistakes soon after their crash or during the early stages of the claims process.
To protect yourself from these errors, please follow our four-step truck accident checklist:
- Get medical attention: After an accident, you must seek professional medical assistance. Not only do you need to do this to protect your health, but it is important to preserve your right to file a personal injury claim.
- Secure evidence: Successful claims require strong supporting evidence. Try to take proactive measures to secure all evidence that is relevant to your claim. This includes taking photographs and getting witness contact information.
- Never admit fault: When speaking to an insurance adjuster, do not admit fault (even partial fault) for your commercial truck crash. Let your attorney deal with the issue of fault.
- Get legal help: Finally, the semi-trailer truck accident claims process is notoriously complex. You should not go through it on your own. Get assistance from a qualified truck accident lawyer.
New Mexico Statute of Limitations for Truck Accidents
New Mexico law (New Mexico Statutes § 37-1-8) requires the filing of a commercial truck accident lawsuit within three years of the wreck.
This is a strict deadline. After facing an injury from a semi-truck accident in New Mexico, act quickly. If you fail to initiate your lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires, your case will likely face dismissal.
To protect your rights, call a Las Cruces, NM truck accident lawyer immediately after a crash.
How to Prove Liability in New Mexico
New Mexico is a fault-based motor vehicle accident state.
Under New Mexico law, plaintiffs must prove that the trucking company’s negligence contributed, at least in part, to an accident. Commercial trucking operations have high safety standards. Truck companies must comply with a wide range of state and federal safety regulations. So, if they fail to do so and a crash occurs as a result, they can and should be financially liable for any damages.
Note that truck companies cannot avoid responsibility by simply blaming their workers. Commercial truck companies must ensure that they have licensed, trained, and safe drivers behind the wheel.
Some common examples of trucker and trucking company negligence that can cause accidents in New Mexico include:
- Speeding truckers;
- Distracted driving;
- Truck driver fatigue;
- Violations of state/federal safety rules;
- Undertrained drivers;
- Poor hiring standards;
- Improperly loaded trailers;
- Inadequate truck inspection or maintenance; and
- Truck/trailer manufacturer errors.
Ultimately, all successful semi-truck accident claims require a strong foundation of reliable evidence.
After a semi-truck accident, it is critically important that you speak to a qualified New Mexico personal injury lawyer. They can conduct a thorough investigation of your crash and protect your rights. In most cases, the truck companies hold key evidence that you or your attorney should review.
The process is much easier with an attorney’s assistance.
Injured Victims Deserve Financial Support
In New Mexico, injured victims may be eligible to recover compensation for the full value of their damages. That means both economic and noneconomic.
Sadly, in the real world, it is often difficult for injured truck accident victims to get the full financial support they deserve. Large truck companies and their insurance carriers fight claims hard.
No matter the circumstances of your case, it is likely that the defendant will try to settle your case for the lowest amount possible. They may even try to escape liability outright.
Our experienced New Mexico semi-truck accident attorneys have the skills and dedication to help victims maximize their offer or verdict.
If you or your loved one was hurt in an 18- wheeler accident in New Mexico, you may be able to get financial damages for:
- Ambulance fees;
- Emergency medical care;
- Other medical/hospital bills;
- Physical therapy;
- Loss of wages;
- Diminished earning power;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress;
- Loss of limb;
- Permanent disability; and
- Wrongful death.
What are your attorney's fees when I hire you?
You do not pay anything unless we win. We work on a contingency fee basis and receive a percentage of the monetary amount that you receive. This type of fee structure ensures we have as much skin in the game as you do.
What makes your firm a premier truck accident firm?
Our lawyers have managed hundreds of truck accident cases and represents most of our litigation. If you’re looking for the top truck accident firm in New Mexico, you’ve come to the right place.
What is the best way to contact you?
Time is very important so it is important to contact us as soon as possible. We will take care of the investigations while you focus on healing. For immediate assistance call us at (855) 931-1345.
How do I pay for my immediate medical expenses?
New Mexico is an at-fault state. This means the state places blame on whoever caused the accident. The financial burden of any medical and other related costs is the responsibility of the at-fault party or parties.
We are still grateful to Tawney, Acosta & Chaparro for getting us through a challenging time with professionalism and expertise. Our case was handled with care and precision. This is a firm our family trusts and recommends without reservations.- Amy C.
Ms Chaparro is definitely a go getter and a person of her word. I was with another attorney who did nothing for the first couple of months, so I changed law firm. Ms Chaparro took my trucking case even during the difficult covid situation. She work tirelessly on my case and got me my 6 figure settlement she promised me. Definitely recommend her and her law firm.- Jackie Arms
Alejandro Acosta is a great lawyer. He gave us peace of mind and handled our case pretty seamlessly. No issues and just solid answers. No runaround and he settled our case with the outcome he predicted. I have sent his info to a few friends and family. Great lawyer!- Madison Hernandez