Albuquerque Lawyers Protecting The Rights of Crash Victims
People can suffer a wide range of injuries in a collision, but certain types of harm are more common than others. If you were hurt in the Albuquerque area, dedicated car accident attorney Bert Parnall and his team can help you seek damages from whoever was responsible. Since 1997, Parnall Law Firm, LLC has provided aggressive representation to New Mexico accident victims. We can assist you in taking legal action to assert your rights.
Common Car Accident Injuries
Harm suffered in auto collisions usually consists of impact or penetrating injuries. An impact injury is physical trauma that results from an individual’s body colliding with an object. In car accidents, a person can sustain this type of harm when the victim collides with the inside of the vehicle. A penetrating injury is physical trauma that occurs when an object pierces the body. For example, shattered glass may pierce a victim’s vital organ in a car crash. Impact and penetrating injuries typically lead to:
- Broken bones
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Concussions, contusions, or other brain injuries
- Neck and upper back injuries, such as whiplash
- Burn injuries
- Spinal cord damage, including paralysis
A number of factors can affect the type of harm a victim may sustain in a car accident, such as whether the victim was wearing a seat belt, the location of the impact, and the speed of the vehicles at the time of the crash.
Take Legal Action to Hold Negligent Drivers Accountable
If you were hurt in a highway collision, New Mexico gives you the right to hold an at-fault party liable for your injuries. You would have to prove that the defendant, usually another driver, was negligent.
To succeed in this type of lawsuit, you would need to establish duty, breach, causation, and damages. It is commonly accepted that all New Mexico motorists have an obligation to drive safely and to follow traffic rules. A driver may breach this duty through his or her careless actions. For instance, someone who fails to yield at an intersection likely has violated the duty of care. This breach must have directly caused your injuries. If an accident would have happened even if the other driver had acted prudently, you probably would not be able to prevail in a negligence claim.
You may not need to show duty or breach if the defendant was drunk when he or she caused the crash. The theory of negligence per se allows a victim to demonstrate those first two elements through the other driver’s violation of a statute. If a law was enacted to prevent certain types of injuries from occurring to certain groups of people, a defendant who breaks it may be negligent per se, or negligent as a matter of law. Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal in New Mexico. If the defendant in your case got behind the wheel while intoxicated, he or she likely would be found to be negligent as a matter of law. However, you would still need to show that the other driver’s violation of the statute caused your injury and that you incurred quantifiable damages as a result.
If you are successful in a negligence lawsuit, you can possibly recover compensation for your medical bills, including hospitalizations and any rehabilitative care you may need, as well as any lost income or reduced earning capacity, damage to property such as a vehicle, and pain and suffering.
Enlist a Car Accident Injury Attorney to Pursue Compensation in Albuquerque
Based in Albuquerque, Bert Parnall and the staff at Parnall Law Firm, LLC will tenaciously fight for your rights after a car accident caused by someone else’s careless conduct. We understand that a collision can have long-term physical and financial ramifications. If you sustained an injury in a car crash, our team can review the details of your situation to determine whom you may hold accountable for harming you. Call us today at (505) 268-6500, or you can reach us through our online form to arrange a free and confidential consultation.