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Common Types of Compensation After an Accident

Accidents happen due to a variety of causes and can leave you suffering serious personal injuries as a result. In many cases, the reckless actions of others are ultimately to blame. In this situation, you may be entitled to compensation either through an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit.

Examples of Catastrophic Injury

Accidents happen unexpectedly and due to a variety of causes. Injuries sustained as a result of even a seemingly minor mishap have the potential to be serious and even life-threatening.

Albuquerque Judge Rules Against Panhandling Law

In 2017, city officials banned panhandling inside traffic lanes and also forbade close physical contact between solicitors and motorists. The ordinance cited the high pedestrian death rate in the city as the need for the law. But in a 37-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Robert Brack sided with the American Civil Liberties Union, at least in part.

Terms to Know When Discussing Injury Claim

Few things turn life upside-down faster or more completely than an unexpected personal injury. The medical bills may cost more than several hundred thousand dollars and the pain and suffering may be almost unbearable, both for victims and their families. Many lawyers unintentionally make these things worse. They use unfamiliar terms which non-lawyers do not understand, and they assume their clients know what they mean.

Beware of These Distracted Driving Behaviors

In 2014, New Mexico lawmakers approved a hands-free cell phone law. Many believed this law would effectively end distracted driving. But according to research, using a hands-free device may be even more dangerous than using a hand-held device. Hands-free gadgets are visually and cognitively distracting. Users take their eyes off the road and take their minds off driving. Furthermore, these devices give drivers a false sense of security. As a result, they may take more risks than they would otherwise.

How Long do I Have to File an Accident Claim?

No one expects to be involved in a car accident. It is natural to be in a state of shock in the aftermath. If you suffered serious injuries, you may be in the hospital or busy attending doctor visits. If your injuries were relatively minor, you may simply be eager to put the incident behind you. However, one of the most important things you must do in the aftermath of any crash or collision is to file a claim with your insurance company. Not doing so right away could impact your rights to compensation.

Do Not Talk About an Accident on Facebook

In our social media driven culture, it is not uncommon for people to post even the most personal and intimate details about their lives. Even if you guard your privacy in your posts, there is likely plenty of information others can glean about your activities and what is going on in your life. In the aftermath of a car accident, this information can be used against you. The following explains how insurance adjusters use social media and ways you can protect yourself.

Who is Liable in a Car Accident Involving a Self-Driving Car?

It has been two years now since Albuquerque welcomed self-driving vehicles. Since that time, there have been increasing concerns about safety. When self-driving car accidents do occur, it raises legal issues in terms of liability. Depending on how and why the crash happened, both the owner of the vehicle and the manufacturer can be held liable for damages you suffer as a result.

Are Pedestrians Ever at Fault in an Accident?

In collisions involving pedestrians, the injuries sustained are often severe. In some cases, it is clearly obvious that the reckless and negligent actions of an at-fault driver are to blame. In others, the pedestrian may share responsibility for the accident and his or her own injuries. In either situation, the Law Offices of Edward Chavez, Jr. can provide the trusted legal guidance and professional representation you need to get compensation for your injuries.

The Dangers of Reckless Driving

Every year, car crashes kill or severely injure millions of Americans. In head injury and other serious injury cases, the medical bills alone often exceed $100,000. They could be 10 times that for a spinal injury or other catastrophic injury.When events like these happen, victims need money to put their lives back together. That money should not just cover hospital bills, lost wages, property damage, and other economic losses. Victims also deserve compensation for their noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering and emotional distress.

Is the County Ever Liable for Wrong Way Driving Accidents?

In some cases, a defective roadway is responsible for the crash. Some common issues include inadequate signs and faded or missing roadway stripes. In both these situations, an Albuquerque car crash lawyer may be able to obtain significant compensation for victims.

Time Frame of Settling an Injury Claim

When others are to blame, you may be entitled to compensation through a claim. It is natural to want to settle your case as soon as possible and put the incident behind you. However, it takes time to uncover the extent of your damages and the impacts your injuries could have on your future. Settling too soon could leave you short changed and may end up costing you significant amounts of money in the long run.

Determining Fault in Rear End Accidents

Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of car accidents. They often occur in heavy traffic conditions, at intersections, and in parking lots. The sudden, jarring impact of this type of crash can cause serious harm to both drivers and their vehicles. In these situations, it is not always the tailing driver's fault. Either of the drivers or even both can be held liable in a car accident claim.

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

Every year, too many motorcyclists are killed in Albuquerque and throughout the nation. May is Motorcycle Awareness Month, and the perfect time to think about motorcyclists’ safety - whether you are a motorcyclist yourself or the driver of a standard motor vehicle.

Dangers of Drowsy Driving

Most drivers know that when they get behind the wheel in Albuquerque, there are a few behaviors that they should avoid if they want to get to their destination safely.

Albuquerque Motorists Need to Know These New Mexico Texting While Driving Laws

Driving is a complex task that requires your undivided attention. Engaging in any type of distracted driving behavior puts you and other motorists at risk for serious and potentially life threatening car accidents and injuries.

Five Important Steps to Take After a Car Accident With an Uninsured Driver

When car accidents and injuries happen, insurance coverage can help offset the medical costs, property damage, and other expenses you suffer.

If I Have an Accident in a Rental Car and am Injured, Who is Responsible?

Car accidents and injuries are just as likely to occur when driving a rental as when driving your own vehicle. It is important to be aware that in this situation, your obligations as a motorist and the procedures to follow are the same.

Do I Need an Accident Report to File a Personal Injury Claim?

When unexpected mishaps occur, they can cause serious personal injuries. While often referred to as ‘accidents,’ the fact is that in many cases, it is the reckless and negligent actions of others that are to blame

Do I Have to Pay Taxes on My Personal Injury Settlement?

Personal injuries can occur in a variety of situations. Car, bike, and pedestrian accidents, slips, trips, or falls, and other types of mishaps can leave you suffering injuries that have the potential to be severe and even life-threatening.