Albuquerque and Mesa Auto Accident Lawyer
Wood Injury Law, PLLC advocates for victims of automobile accidents.
Auto Accident Lawyer in New Mexico and Arizona
If you’ve been in a car accident, you know how hard it is to put the pieces back together and move forward. Your car might be destroyed, and even worse, you could be dealing with painful injuries that require ongoing treatment. Additionally, the financial ramifications are enough to make you stay up at night. Our auto accident lawyer understands the economic and physical toll accidents take and realizes that you can’t just “get over it,” as some suggest. Instead, you need to file a claim to receive compensation to pay for your medical bills, replace your lost wages, and more. Additionally, you want to hold the at-fault party accountable for the impact on your life.
Our firm advocates for victims and helps hold people accountable. Contact us today to discuss your case with our auto accident lawyer.
Common Causes of Auto Accidents
Our Mesa and Albuquerque car accident lawyer investigates the cause of these accidents. Common causes include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- Driver fatigue
- Poor weather conditions
- Hazardous road conditions
- Reckless driving
- Running red lights and stop signs
Steps To Take After An Auto Accident In Arizona Or New Mexico
If you’ve been in an accident, it’s important to take steps to protect your health, well-being, and legal claim. First, move your car to a safe area on the side of the road, if possible. However, do not attempt to move your car if it’s not drivable or if you’re significantly injured. Next, call 911 if you’re seriously injured. If you don’t need an ambulance, you should still call the police to report the accident. While waiting for the police, you can exchange information with the other driver but do not engage in conversation.
When the police arrive, answer questions matter-of-factly but do not admit fault, even if you think you’re partially responsible. Your feelings of guilt and responsibility might not match the laws, meaning you could be completely innocent. However, if you admit guilt, the insurance company might use that statement to deny your claim.
Take photographs or videos for evidence, including any damage and road conditions. Also, if witnesses are present, get their information. After you have the information, contact an auto accident lawyer to discuss your case. The attorney can speak to the insurance company on your behalf.
Insurance Adjusters And Car Accidents
If you don’t hire an auto accident lawyer, the insurance adjuster will contact you directly if you’re seeking damages. Unfortunately, insurance adjusters use numerous tactics to get accident victims to accept low settlements that won’t help them if they need long-term medical care. Often, the adjusters pretend to be friends with the accident victim, lowering the person’s defenses. They also might attempt to get the victim to make recorded statements that can be used as evidence against them. This can hurt your case, even if you don’t admit fault. Thus, it’s wise to consult with an attorney before speaking to the insurance company.
Why Choose Wood Injury Law?
What If You’re Partially Responsible?
In some accidents, one driver is clearly at fault. That person holds all the responsibility for the accident. However, sometimes, more than one driver is responsible. Fortunately, you can still file a claim and recover damages in Mesa or Albuquerque if you’re partially at fault for the accident. Both follow comparative negligence law, meaning you can recover damages, but the amount is reduced based on your degree of fault. Under this doctrine, you can file a claim if you are 99 percent or less responsible. Consult with an auto accident lawyer if you think you might be partially responsible but would still like to file a claim.
Do You Have A Case?
Your auto accident lawyer will need to consult with you and review the evidence to determine if you have a claim. There are various components involved in car accident claims. Someone must have owed you a duty of care and breached it, causing an injury or other damages. After seeing if your case meets the criteria, your attorney can file the necessary paperwork to start the claim. First, contact an attorney for a free consultation. Then you can find out if you can move forward with your case.
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