Albuquerque Car Accident Attorneys
Fighting to Recover Compensation for Albuquerque Car Accident Victims
Even a minor accident can shoulder the victim with enormous, cascading financial burdens. If they are too injured to work, even for a short period of time, they may miss out on critical income. In addition to managing the pain and distress that comes with suffering physical injuries, they will also be saddled with costly medical expenses. If you were injured in a wreck that was not your fault, you should not be responsible for covering these losses, and you are likely entitled to compensation from the negligent driver.
At Potts Law Firm, we understand what you are going through and can provide the support you need to get your life back on track. Our Albuquerque car accident lawyers will put our power, resources, and over 250 years of combined legal experience to work for you. It’s all about getting you the possible result, and with over $1 billion already recovered for our clients, our track record speaks for itself. Let us worry about getting you the money you deserve so that you can focus on getting better.
You owe us nothing unless we prevail, so give us a call at (505) 305-1283 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation today. Our firm offers same-day appointments and provides services in English and Spanish.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in Albuquerque, NM
Some collisions and accidents happen because of factors outside of any individual driver’s control. Severe weather and auto defects can sometimes cause multi-car crashes or single-car accidents. Many other wrecks are the result of a driver failing to behave responsibly when behind the wheel.
All drivers owe a duty of care to everyone else on the road, including other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. A driver honors this duty by exercising a reasonable level of caution and following all pertinent traffic rules. They become liable for any injuries they cause when they violate this duty by driving recklessly or breaking traffic laws.
A New Mexico driver potentially becomes liable for damages when they cause an accident by:
- Running a red light or stop light
- Speeding excessively
- Driving while intoxicated
- Driving while fatigued
- Failing to signal when turning or changing lanes
- Texting while driving
For some accidents, liability will be straightforward, but in others, it may be tougher to discern. If you are not sure who was at fault for an accident and whether you have a claim, do not hesitate to reach out to our Albuquerque car accident attorneys. We can investigate what happened and help you understand your legal options.
What Should I Do Right after a Getting in a New Mexico Car Accident?
Making sure you and everyone else involved is okay should be your first priority after any kind of crash. Confirm that you, your passengers, and the occupants of the other vehicle do not need an ambulance. Be mindful of nearby traffic and any potentially dangerous debris, such as sharp automobile components or shattered glass. After confirming everyone is safe, you should take several steps that can help your personal injury case down the road.
To protect your rights after a New Mexico car accident, you should:
- Call 9-1-1. Even if you do not need an ambulance, you should still immediately get in touch with law enforcement and ask an officer to come to the scene. You are required by law to file a police report if anyone was injured, and the responding officer will create an official report that establishes the basic facts of what happened. This report will likely become a key piece of evidence in your claim.
- Stay quiet. Though you may want to assume the other driver has the best of intentions, the reality is they may use anything you say against you in subsequent court proceedings. Avoid small talk and unnecessary conversations, and do not say anything that minimizes the severity of your injuries (even something like “I’m okay” or “I’ll be okay”) or implies any level of fault (such as “I’m sorry”).
- Document as much as possible. Using your smartphone, take photos and videos of the crash scene to supplement the official police report. Be sure to capture your injuries, damage to your vehicle, the area where the collision occurred, and any notable weather conditions. The more evidence you get before you leave, the better.
- Get the other driver’s information. You will need their name, phone number, address, insurance information, and license information. If there were any witnesses who saw what happened, do not be afraid to ask for their contact information, as well.
- Schedule a doctor’s appointment. Try to see your doctor as soon as you can and explain to them you were in an accident. Ask for a full evaluation even if you feel relatively okay, as there may be injuries you are not yet aware of that a medical professional can detect. Promptly getting checked out will establish an important link between the accident and any injuries the doctor finds.
- Reach out to Potts Law Firm. Even if it seemed like the other driver was obviously at fault, you should assume they will attempt to fight any claim made against them. Consequently, you should retain legal representation as soon as possible. We are ready to get to work on your case and will fight to secure full and fair compensation.
Get the attentive legal support you deserve after a car accident. Contact us online or call (505) 305-1283 today.
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To recover compensation for your injuries, you must start the legal process before the statute of limitations expires. In New Mexico, you have three years from the date of the car accident to file a claim.
If someone perishes because of injuries sustained in a car accident, the personal representative named in the victim’s will has the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party. They will have three years from the victim’s date of death to bring a claim.
Our Albuquerque car accident lawyers will work to get you compensation for all economic and non-economic losses, including:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Trucking Accident $1.05 Million
Potts Law Firm served as lead counsel for the family of Kook Oh who was killed by an 18-wheeler in Alvarado, Texas. Mr. Dortch sued the driver of the 18-wheeler and his employer. Following a week-long jury trial, Micah’s client received a verdict awarding over one million dollars in damages and a finding of punitive liability on the part of each of the defendants. I
Pedestrian Accident $652,000
Potts Law Firm represented a client who was run over by a drunk driver at a truck stop in Missouri. The client, a truck driver at the time, was walking from his parked truck toward the truck stop showers using a clearly marked crosswalk. As he was walking across the crosswalk, a speeding drunk driver ran him over.