Albuquerque, NM - Update: Elizardo Cortez Charged in Deadly Crash on Tulane Dr
Albuquerque, NM (December 20, 2021) - A man was arrested in connection with a fatal pedestrian crash in Albuquerque on Saturday afternoon, December 18. The deadly accident occurred at around 2 p.m. at the intersection of Tulane Drive and Coal Avenue.
Local reports revealed that 38-year-old Elizardo Cortez was traveling through the intersection when he hit a pedestrian. The driver fled the scene but was later apprehended by local authorities. Authorities believe that Cortez was intoxicated at the time of the fatal pedestrian crash.
Cortez was charged with homicide by vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, and driving on a revoked license. An ongoing accident investigation is underway.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.
Fatal DUI Crashes in New Mexico
Drunk driving puts everyone on the road in danger. According to official statistics, New Mexico has one of the highest rates of alcohol-related arrests in the country. Every year, an estimated 10,000 people are killed in drunk driving accidents across the United States. On average, a drunk driver kills someone every 52 minutes. This means that 28 people are killed every day in car accidents caused by drunk drivers.
Wrongful death lawsuits are intended to compensate surviving family members when the negligent actions of another party cause the death of a loved one. However, obtaining that compensation is often easier said than done. Just because the victim died, that does not mean that the at-fault party should be off the hook. The insurance companies of those at fault will often try to shift blame for a deadly crash. The defendant should instead pay compensation to the family members of the deceased after a deadly car crash in order to help with expenses associated with the accident. This can only be accomplished by partnering with an Albuquerque personal injury lawyer with years of experience helping victims pursue wrongful death claims.
Wrongful Death Lawyers in New Mexico
Bringing a lawsuit is probably the last thing on your mind after losing a family member. Fortunately, you do not have to pursue a claim on your own. Will Ferguson & Associates understands that no amount of compensation will bring back a loved one. Our car crash attorneys in Albuquerque are also aware that there are serious financial concerns associated with a deadly accident. Our legal team will fight to make sure that you recover the compensation you deserve after losing a loved one, and we will fight endlessly to ensure that the responsible party is held accountable for their actions.
Call us today at (505) 243-5566 to discuss your case with an Albuquerque wrongful death attorney.
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Disclaimer: At Will Ferguson & Associates, it is our goal to honor the victims of the nightmarish accidents that often take place in New Mexico. We would also like to familiarize the public with ways they can avoid a similar fate and what they can do, should the unthinkable happen. The information contained within this article is not to be viewed as any type of medical or legal advice. The photographs depicted in these posts are not representative of the actual accident scene.