Being in an accident is frustrating and there are many reasons why: you may have injuries; your property may have damages; you may not be able to work; and you may have some future related pain due to the accident. Though these things are definitely problems and disheartening, it is even more so when the person hits you or your property and flee the scene. This may make you feel as if you do not have any recourse and may have you wondering how you will be able afford the damages and injuries that were sustained; however, you have options. If you or a loved one was injured due to a hit and run accident, contact an experienced Albuquerque personal injury attorney to consult about your case.
Hit and Run Laws
Generally, when there is an accident in New Mexico and another person is at fault besides you where injuries are sustained, you are required to be compensated for those injuries which you did not cause. However, whenever a hit and run occurs, it can become very difficult to receive compensation for your injuries when you may not know who hit you. A hit and run occurs when a driver is involved in an accident with property, another driver, or a pedestrian and flees the scene without identifying who they are or rendering the necessary aid to those who many need help. When you are involved with someone and they flee the scene it is important to note any relevant details about the driver such as the make and model of their car and preferably their license tag number so that when an officer arrives you can give them a detailed description so that you may have recourse for any damages or injuries.
Many people who flee the scene after an accident usually does so due to lack of insurance or because they were under the influence while driving. However, New Mexico has laws and consequences governing hit and run accidents. In New Mexico, Statute Section 66-7-203 states that any driver who is involved in an accident that results in injury or death occurs, must give his or her name, address, and registration number to a driver, passenger, or other person who was struck and give assistance to anyone injured in the accident. For unattended vehicles that are hit, the driver must either locate and notify the owner of the vehicle or shall leave a note that is visibly seen with the name and address of the driver. If any of the above laws are not abided by, you face criminal prosecution as well as fines and the revocation of your driver’s license. Lastly, if the driver flees the scene without leaving any identifiable information, you may be able to make a claim against your own insurance company.
Need Legal Advice?
When you sustain injuries from a hit and run accident, it can be completely overwhelming. With medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage, you may feel like you have no recourse to being put whole again. Though you may feel alone, know that you are not. If you or a loved one have been injured in a hit and run accident contact an experienced Albuquerque personal injury attorney at Khayoumi Law Firm so that we can strategize about the best outcomes for your case. Contact our office today for an initial consultation.