Traffic accidents are a common occurrence and many people will be involved in one over the course of a lifetime. If you have been in a serious car wreck, you should contact an attorney who can thoroughly review your case. The Albuquerque personal injury attorneys at the Khayoumi Law Firm have helped many people who have been in car accidents, and they can make sure that your claim is handled quickly and gets the best possible result. Here are four things you may not know about auto accident cases and lawsuits.
They don’t always settle
While a fender bender usually ends with the insurer of the driver at fault paying the driver who is not at fault for damages, not every accident case ends this way. If there is a question as to who is at fault, or if there is a question as to the extent of the damage to a vehicle or the necessity of medical treatment, the case may only be able to be resolved by a full trial. It is critical for accident victims to choose an attorney who will take a case to trial, if needed, so the accident victim will be confident that the best result was obtained.
They can be complicated
Traffic accident cases can be very complex. If a case goes to trial, the trial could last days. Accident reconstruction experts and medical experts are regularly called to testify and to be deposed. Police reports must also be analyzed, and witnesses must be found and interviewed. A good car accident attorney will be familiar with all of these different groups of people as well as be familiar with the auto insurance companies.
More than one person can be at fault
Under New Mexico law, more than one person can be found to be at fault. That means that if you are found to be partially at fault and the other driver is found to be partially at fault, your recovery will be reduced to account for your fault in the accident. An experienced auto accident attorney would be able to advise you if there was a possibility that you would be considered at fault.
The clock is ticking
New Mexico law limits the amount of time you have to file depending on the type of claim you have and depending on what type of entities the accident involves. For example, if a government entity is involved, there are strict rules in place on how and when you can bring a claim. For this reason, it is important to seek an attorney to help move your case along before it is too late to bring a lawsuit. Courts will not hear a case if the time limitations have expired.
Call an Albuquerque Car Accident Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation
The Khayoumi Law Firm is highly experienced in car accident cases. To schedule a free consultation with New Mexico lawyer Salim A. Khayoumi, call our office today at 505-333-8613 or contact us online.