Albuquerque Car Accident Lawyer
Car accidents can happen to anyone, no matter how careful he or she may be. No one is immune to them. If you were in a car accident in Albuquerque, you need an experienced lawyer. Margaret Branch is an Albuquerque car accident lawyer. She and the Branch Law Firm have been advocating for the rights of car accident victims for over forty years. Call (505) 243-3500 and schedule a free consultation today.
Why Choose Our Albuquerque Car Accident Lawyer?
- Our Albuquerque personal injury lawyers have decades of experience and possess the skills, and resources needed to help you obtain the successful outcome that you deserve.
- We will not back down. When we determine the settlement value of your case, we expect insurance companies to pay you in full.
- We help injury victims get the compensation they need to recover physically, financially, and emotionally from their injuries, as they rebuild their lives after a car accident.
Why You Need a Car Accident Attorney
If you were in a car accident in Albuquerque, you need an experienced Albuquerque car accident attorney. You know by watching or listening to the news or just by talking with family, co-workers, and friends that car accidents happen at an alarmingly high rate in Albuquerque. However, you may not know that Albuquerque is known for paying low values in car accident cases. An Albuquerque car accident attorney can increase the value of your case by gathering and providing evidence for your case and speaking with insurers on your behalf.
Important Facts about Car Accident Claims
Some of the things Margaret Branch and the Branch Law Firm have learned about car accidents:
- Insurance adjusters can take advantage of you as the victim in car accident cases. They take advantage by not giving you the maximum amount of value for your car accident.
- Reserves are placed by insurance companies on car accidents by insurance companies. In car accident cases, insurance companies place a limited value on the car accident case. When presented with your car accident information, the insurance company will look at the amount of property damage (damage to your car from the car accident), medical bills and medical records, then place a value on your car accident case.That is the reserve amount. For example, if your property damage is $3,000 and your medical bills are $5,000, the company might value the case at $10,000. The job of the car accident attorney is to evaluate the reserve value and take steps to increase the reserve value for your car accident. This can be done by giving the adjuster photographs of your property damage and photographs of your injuries (i.e. bruising, scars or burn injuries) and by helping you create a log of time missed from work due to your car accident. The car accident attorney can make a point of showing the adjuster important sections of your medical records that demonstrate your pain and suffering. Car accident attorneys can also elicit witness testimony that the adjuster might not know about or the adjuster might not try to obtain regarding your car accident. Such witnesses can testify either about how your car accident occurred or can describe their view of your damages caused by the car accident.
- Immediately seek medical attention for injuries you received in your car accident. You may have just been hit by a 6,000+ pound car or truck. No matter how busy you are, go to the prescribed treatment for injuries you sustained in your car accident. Do not put off treatment after your car accident. Your medical treatment is a legitimate expense and increases the value of your car accident case. If you do not get treatment immediately when you need it, not only is your health and recovery affected but the value of your car accident case is also significantly affected.
What are Common Causes of Car Accidents in Albuquerque?
The most common causes of car collisions in Albuquerque include:
Many people are distracted by various activities while driving, such as sending a text or making a call with their cell phone, eating, drinking, listening to the radio, daydreaming, or simply reaching to find something in the backseat.
Reckless Driving and Speeding
Failure to follow posted speed limits, or driving without regard for the safety of others, results in an increased risk of an accident occurring.
Driving While Intoxicated
Drinking and driving is one of the most recognizable causes of severe car accidents. DUI and/or DWI is illegal in every state and poses a major threat to motorists. A similar risk comes from driving while on certain prescription medications or illegal drugs.
Damaged or Defective Auto Parts
If just one part of a car is defective or was poorly installed and fails, the entire vehicle can be affected and may lead to a serious crash.
Dangerous weather conditions are a common determinant of car accidents. Heavy rain or fog can result in low-visibility, making it harder for a driver to judge their speed or the speed of nearby vehicles. Rain, ice, or snow can make roads slippery and more difficult to stop on.
What Damages Can I Recover After a Car Accident?
After a car accident caused by the negligent actions of another driver, injury victims have the right to pursue “damages.” Damages are a form of monetary compensation for the physical, financial, or emotional losses you have endured as a result of the crash. The types of damages you are entitled to, include:
Money to cover any medical expenses related to your accident injuries:
- Medical bills stemming from the accident
- Cost of future medical care
- Cost of rehabilitation therapy
- Costs of living with a disability, such as in-home care
Loss of Income
The injuries suffered in a car accident can alter the rest of your life, and may force you to take time off of work or significantly impact your ability to work at all. In these cases, you can pursue compensation for your lost wages and the loss of future earning capacity.
Pain & Suffering
Pain and suffering damages can be recovered when a person’s injuries caused them undue physical pain or emotional distress. These are considered non-economic damages, as they are incalculable losses and subjectively awarded a monetary value.
Loss of Consortium
Unfortunately, a serious car accident can affect a victim’s ability to maintain a relationship with their spouse, either physically and emotionally, or both. In these instances, the victim’s spouse can pursue damages for loss of consortium, or loss of companionship.
Things You Need to Know If You Have Been in a Car Accident
- Do not talk to the insurance company about your car accident without your attorney. Even if you haven’t contacted your attorney yet and the insurance company calls you, tell the insurance company you will wait to give your statement about your car accident with your attorney present.
- Do not post any comments or items on Facebook or other social media outlets about being in a car accident. It will hurt the value of your car accident case.
- If you lose time from work because of your car accident, make sure you document that time off (including doctor’s appointments or days you could not go to work due to pain).
We Can Help
If you were in a car accident, you need an experienced Albuquerque car accident attorney. The Branch Law Firm can help you get the maximum recovery for your car accident. For a free consultation, call us at (505) 243-3500, or fill out our online form and we will contact you.