If you’re the victim of a hit-and-run driver, you’re already in pain and possibly facing large medical bills, along with lost time at work and other complications. But there is no need to face these challenges alone. Knowing the laws concerning hit-and-run incidents can help ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve.
New Mexico’s Hit-and-Run Laws
In New Mexico, drivers involved in an accident who leave the scene for any reason except to get help are guilty of hit-and-run, which is a felony. Instead, drivers involved in accidents should remain on the scene, and offer assistance if it is feasible and reasonable to do so. Drivers must also exchange pertinent information, including names, contact information, driver’s license numbers, and insurance details.
The Rights of Hit-and-Run Victims
As the victim of a hit-and-run driver, you are entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries, damage to your car if you were driving, and lost time from work. You may also be entitled to additional damages depending on the nature of the incident.
Tips for Handling Hit-and-Run Incidents
The more information you can obtain about a hit-and-run driver, the more likely you are to be able to enforce your rights. Try to take down the license plate number. Barring that, make a note of the make, model, and color of the car, along with any distinguishing features, such as a damaged bumper or custom rims. You should also note the date and time of the incident and take photos of the scene, and of your car if you are driving. If there are witnesses, try to get their contact information along with their statements. Provide your information to the police as soon as possible and keep a copy of the police report for your records.