Auto Accidents

The moment your car is hit by another car, or your car barrels into a tree, or a merging vehicle bumps you off the road, your life can change instantly. These moments of impact can have a jarring effect and can cause more than just physical damage. You may be unable to get into a car without anxiety, or you may have trouble driving in the same circumstances you were injured in. The aftereffects of a car accident can be far-reaching, and you shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not you’ll be able to recover because insurance companies and negligent parties are denying responsibility.

Reporting a car accident in New Mexico.

By state law, any driver in a car accident is legally obligated to report the crash if any bodily harm is sustained, and/or the accident results in property damage. The accident needs to be reported to the police department in the city where it occurred or to the New Mexico state police.

Additionally, you must also file a written report within five days of the accident. In the wake of an auto accident, it can be difficult to reconstruct exactly what happened when filing a report. That’s why it is recommended that you report the accident to the police as soon as possible.

You can purchase an official report of your accident a few days later, which can help you when communicating with your insurance company and discussing your case with an auto accident attorney.

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Steps to Take After a Car Accident

Knowing what to do following an accident is important for accuracy, but the chaos and shock of the accident can often take over, making it difficult to gather important information. With that in mind, I have put together a list of steps to take after an accident.

  1. Inform your insurance company of the accident
  2. Keep track of your medical treatment
  3. Get a property damage evaluation
  4. Do not openly discuss the accident with anyone other than close friends/family
  5. Do not take or discuss any settlement without speaking with an experienced car accident attorney.

Insurance companies often seek early settlements in an attempt to avoid higher payouts. This is why it’s important to contact an attorney early in your case to protect yourself against manipulative parties.

Determining who is at fault.

Liability is sometimes slapped on like a sticker in order to name the other party liable and the insurance company's customer the victim. While this may be true in certain scenarios, a thorough investigation is necessary to properly establish fault. Because a thorough investigation is not always conducted, it’s important you discuss this with an experienced auto accident attorney.

In certain circumstances, the manufacturer of the vehicle may be considered the at-fault party. To prove this claim you will need evidence that:

  • A defect of the car contributed to the accident
  • The car was being used as intended when the accident occurred

If you believe the accident was caused by a defect, your claim could be extremely difficult to prove. That's why you'll need an experienced auto accident attorney to pursue a settlement.

No matter the circumstances of your auto accident, I have the knowledge and skills needed to pursue the best outcome for your case. I will work with you to determine the best strategy and to set goals. If you’ve been in an auto accident, don’t wait. Call my office today and put my expertise to work for you.

Auto Accident Attorney Serving Albuquerque, New Mexico

If you’ve been in an auto accident, you can’t rely solely on an insurance company to cover the cost of your medical expenses. With an experienced auto accident attorney representing your case, you have a better chance of recovering your losses from the responsible party even if their insurance doesn’t want to cover damages. Don’t wait. Schedule a free consultation with me today.