Facts About Auto Accidents in New Mexico
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Rear-end collisions sometimes happen on the highway, but they are more common on busy streets and areas where traffic slows down, such as work zones. They also happen at crosswalks - one driver stops for a pedestrian, but the driver behind doesn't. A growing number of rear-end accidents are caused by drivers who are distracted or texting, even through texting while driving is against the law in New Mexico.
Your rear-end collision may seem straightforward. The driver who hit you from behind might appear to be automatically at fault. But insurance companies often see things differently and will do everything they can to avoid paying your claim. They may argue that because the accident happened at a low speed, there's no way you were seriously injured. That's why you need attorney Andras Szantho on your side. He will aggressively investigate your rear-end accident and stand up to the insurance companies.
All drivers have a responsibility to keep their eyes on the road and keep themselves and others safe. In recent years, we've seen thousands of drivers fail in that responsibility by texting and driving, often leading to rear-end collisions. Drivers also cause accidents while talking on their cell phones, adjusting the radio or eating behind the wheel, to name a few common distractions.
In order to collect damages (financial compensation) in an accident involving a distracted driver, you may need to prove that the other motorist was distracted. Our legal team can thoroughly investigate your case, using eyewitness reports, the other driver's own statements and any documents such as cell phone records that might show that distracted driving was a contributing factor in your accident. We'll help you hold the irresponsible driver who hurt you accountable.
Speed limits exist for a reason. At high speeds, vehicles become harder to stop and turn, making collisions more likely. A high-speed crash is also more likely to cause massive property damage and crippling injuries than low-speed accidents. That's why speeding remains one of the leading causes of death in car accidents in New Mexico. One-third (129 deaths) of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Mexico in 2014 involved speeding drivers.
Showing that the other driver was speeding can be the key to collecting damages (financial compensation) in a car accident case. As your attorney, we'll aggressively investigate your accident in search of the truth - from gathering eyewitness accounts to reviewing police reports, analyzing road conditions and other important information that proves the other driver was driving too fast. If necessary, we're even prepared to take your case to trial on your behalf.
The term "T-bone" refers to a type of side-impact car crash in which one vehicle hits another at a right angle, forming a T. These accidents often happen at intersections when one driver runs a red light or stop sign, hitting another vehicle in the side. In many instances, broadside accidents such as T-bone collisions result in serious injuries or death.
At Szantho Law Firm, we know how to prove that the driver who hit you was at fault. We then use that information to help you collect all of the compensation you're owed. Even after an accident as serious as a T-bone collision, your insurance company might try to argue that your injuries were due to a preexisting condition or pressure you to accept a smaller settlement that doesn't even come close to covering the costs of your accident. Insurance companies don't scare us. We'll stand up to them and aggressively fight for your rights.
The dangers of driving drunk have been well-documented for decades. Even so, some drivers choose to get behind the wheel while drunk or under the influence of drugs. Drunk drivers often erratically change speeds, weave in and out of traffic and even drive on the wrong side of the road, putting everyone on the road at serious risk. Drunk drivers also frequently cause fatal car accidents. Each year, roughly 30 percent of traffic fatalities in New Mexico are caused by drunk drivers.
Drunk driving accidents might seem straightforward. But they often turn out to be much more complicated than many people first expected. That's because you often need to prove that the drunk driver was responsible for your accident. That's why you need us on your side, fighting for your rights. Our investigation often includes eyewitness reports, police reports and anything in the other driver's statements that indicates that he or she was intoxicated at the time of the accident. We also often track down the the person who supplied the driver with alcohol. And depending on the circumstances, that individual may be liable for damages as well. Simply contact us. We'll take care of everything.
Auto insurance is mandatory in New Mexico and throughout most of the United States. Even so, millions of people choose to put themselves and others at risk by driving without insurance. Each year, an estimated 12 percent of car accidents are caused by uninsured drivers nationwide. That's especially true in New Mexico, which regularly ranks among the states with the highest percentage of uninsured motorists. And even if the driver who hit you does have insurance, he or she may not have enough coverage to pay all of your expenses.
After an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver, your legal situation can quickly become very complicated. If you have uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage, you should be covered by your own insurance. But getting the money you rightfully deserve for such claims can often be very difficult. Insurance companies often do everything they can to avoid compensating drivers. Another possible complication - the other driver might be covered under a family member's or employer's insurance. Cut through the confusion. Contact attorney Andras Szantho. He knows how to win.
Leaving the scene of an accident is a serious crime in New Mexico, and there's never a good reason to do so. Still, some drivers choose to drive away instead of stopping to exchange insurance information as required by law. Why would another driver flee the scene of an accident? Sometimes, it's because the don't have a driver's license. Other times, they have an outstanding arrest warrant or they're in the midst of some other illegal activity.
Fortunately, you have legal options, even if the driver who hit your car is never found. By law, hit-and-run drivers are considered uninsured by default, so you should be covered under your uninsured motorist coverage if you have it. Our legal team can help you review all your options and fight for the compensation you deserve in the wake of a hit-and-run accident. If it wasn't your fault, you shouldn't have to pay, even if the responsible party gets away. Simply contact our law firm right now. We're prepared to do the hard work that needs to be done to build a strong legal case.
Intersections are common places for many different types of accidents. Side-impact crashes often take place when one vehicle runs a red light or stop sign, colliding into the side of another vehicle. Drivers turning left at an intersection are sometimes hit by an oncoming car. Rear-end collisions are also common, especially when a driver stops for a red light or a pedestrian and the driver behind does not slow down.
If you were obeying the traffic laws at an intersection and were hit due to someone else's negligence, you deserve justice. We have years of experience handling complicated intersection accidents. As your attorney, we can investigate the circumstances surrounding your crash and gather evidence proving the other driver was at fault. We take an aggressive approach towards every accident. We'll stand up to the insurance companies and make sure you receive all of the compensation you're owed after your collision.