The Rights of Hit-and-Run Crash Victims
If you are injured in a hit-and-run crash, you are likely going to be in pain and facing steep medical expenses. You may also be unable to return to work, making it difficult to cover these costs. However, you do not have to face these concerns alone. Understanding hit-and-run law laws in New Mexico can help you protect your rights while making sure you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Hit-and-Run Laws in New Mexico
Drivers who are involved in a car crash in New Mexico and leave the scene for any reason -- except to seek help -- are culpable of a hit-and-run. This is a felony in the state. Drivers involved in crashes should instead remain at the scene of the accident and provide assistance if they are able to do so. Drivers are required to exchange relevant information, including names, contact information, driver’s license numbers, and auto insurance information.
Your Rights After Being Injured in a Hit-and-Run
Victims of hit-and-run collisions are eligible to recover lost monetary compensation for their sustained injuries, damage to their vehicle if they were driving at the time of the accident, and even time missed from work. Victims may also be able to recover additional damages depending on the circumstances of the crash.
How to Handle Hit-and-Run Crashes
The more information you can obtain about the at-fault driver in a hit-and-run accident, the better you will be able to safeguard your legal rights. Try to take down the license plate number of their vehicle. If not able to do so, try to document the make, model, and color of the vehicle, as well as other distinguishing traits, like any damage or custom components. You should also take down the date and time of the crash and take photographs of the scene. Take pictures of the car you were driving and any resulting damage. If there were any witnesses present, you can get their contact information and their statements. This information can be provided to the police immediately following the accident. Be sure to get a copy of the police report for your own records.
Hit-and-Run Accidents in New Mexico
Sadly, many New Mexican drivers choose to leave the scene of a serious accident. This is defined as a hit-and-run and is illegal in the state of New Mexico. Victims injured in hit-and-run accidents may be uncertain who is going to cover the costs of their mounting medical bills.
In 2015 alone, there were more than 737,100 hit-and-run accidents in the United States. The next year, in 2016, 2,049 people sustained fatal injuries due to hit-and-run drivers. Victims of these collisions are eligible to recover lost compensation with the help of a qualified Albuquerque car crash attorney.
Will Ferguson & Associates has helped countless victims injured in hit-and-runs cover the costs of their injuries. We understand that hit-and-runs are terrible situations, and we want to help. Contact our law offices at (505) 243-5566 if you or a loved one has been injured in a hit-and-run.