Albuquerque, NM- New Mexico Department of Transportation data from 2012—the latest data available—shows us that a traffic accident occurred in the state every 13 minutes. Those accidents led to the 337 fatalities and left over 11,000 people injured and each one of those accident victims, whether they were injured or lost a loved one, has the right to seek compensation for their pain and suffering. That is why USAttorneys’ team of accident lawyers in New Mexico would like to share some of the things traffic accident victims need to know about filing an accident claim in the state.
If you plan on filing an injury claim in New Mexico, you need to be aware of the state’s statute of limitations which gives accident victims three years from the day they were injured or their loved one was killed to file an injury or wrongful death claim. Failing to file a claim before the statute of limitations expires will likely result in a claim being denied.
Accident victims in New Mexico may be entitled to compensation for their medical expenses, property damage, loss of wages, temporary or permanent disability and emotional distress. In some cases, if an at-fault party was grossly negligent, an accident victim may be entitled to punitive damages. Although many states put limits on the amount of compensation an accident victim can seek, New Mexico does not unless the action arises out of a medical malpractice claim.
Another important thing to note is that an accident victim in New Mexico may still be eligible for compensation even if they share part of the blame for a collision. New Mexico uses a comparative negligence standard in these cases. That standard dictates that the final settlement an accident victim receives must be reduced by their percentage of responsibility for an accident. For example, if an accident victim is assigned 10 percent of liability for a collision, the final settlement amount they receive will only be 90 percent of the total amount awarded. If an accident victim has been assigned 50 percent or more liability, they are not eligible to seek compensation.
If you have been in a traffic, USAttorneys urges you to contact an accident lawyer near you to discuss the cause of your accident and the value of your claim. It takes skill and experience to build a winning injury claim. Our team of personal injury attorneys in New Mexico brings both skill and experience to the table and will hard to give you a solid claim.
If you live in Albuquerque and want help with your accident claim, we recommend you contact personal injury lawyer Brian K Branch and set up a case evaluation. Attorney Brian K Branch and his exceptional legal team care about each client. You can count on him and his team to be dedicated to your case so it results in the best settlement possible.

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