Vehicle Accidents in New Mexico

Driving has become a daily routine for most of us. We think little of taking a trip on the highway or driving through a crowded New Mexico city, sometimes even trying to multitask while we do so. Too often, someone allows familiarity to progress to carelessness, and causes an accident. There are some instances in which an accident can’t be avoided—for example, when nature intervenes—but in most cases, driver error is the cause. Here are some common factors in road accidents:

  • Distraction by cell phone, radio, map, or written materials
  • Distraction by passengers in the car
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Reckless behavior such as street racing or “showing off”
  • Falling asleep behind the wheel

The accident itself is traumatic for all involved, but afterward, the victims have a long road of recovery. If injuries are permanent, the effects will follow the victim, causing loss of quality of life and great expense for years to come. Wrongful death is the most tragic consequence of roadway accidents, especially when simple negligence is to blame.

Assigning Responsibility for Traffic Accidents

In an ideal situation, the insurance company responsible for the negligent driver would immediately offer the victim of an accident a generous amount of money, enough to cover medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing needs. Of course, this is hardly ever what happens—instead, the insurance company does its best to minimize the amount it pays out, leaving the victim with little if any financial help. An important part of your personal injury lawyer’s job is to convince the responsible insurance company to pay a fair settlement by:

  • Showing that there is enough evidence to prove the negligent driver’s sole responsibility for the accident
  • Compiling an accurate prediction about how much it will cost for you to recover from your physical and emotional injuries
  • Negotiating a payment that will meet your needs

Meeting these goals is a very complex process. Many car accident victims make the mistake of hiring a discount lawyer without enough experience to do the job right, or of accepting the first offer that the insurance company makes. While these may seem like affordable choices at the moment, it doesn’t take long before these people realize that they missed the opportunity to get compensated fully.

Compensation for Accident Victims

Whether your accident was caused by a drunk driver, a trucker who fell asleep at the wheel, or someone who was trying to text and drive at the same time, you deserve to be paid a fair settlement. At Killian Davis Richter & Mayle, our goal is to win you enough money to pay for:

  • Hospital, rehabilitation, and other medical bills
  • Expenses incurred in addition to medical procedures
  • The money you would have made at work during your recovery period
  • The mental and emotional trauma caused by the accident
  • Other costs related to getting back on your feet