Albuquerque Car Accident Attorney
Helping Victims of Auto Accidents Financially Recover
Have you recently been injured in a New Mexico car crash? Are you suddenly dealing with medical bills, losing wages from missed work, vehicle repairs, and more? Insurance companies trying to get you to admit fault or accept a low settlement offer?
Instead of dealing with this headache yourself, hire someone else to do it. At The Lawyers O’Reilly PC, our Albuquerque car accident lawyer is an experienced, motivated, and easy going guy who likes taking motor vehicle injury claims off his client’s hands so they can focus on what’s important. When you’re trying to recover from painful, sudden injuries the last thing you want—or should be responsible for doing—is handling legal paperwork and settlement negotiations. And who could blame you??
In New Mexico, victims of personal injuries have up to three years from the date of their accident to file a claim. Victims of personal injuries may benefit from consulting a skilled personal injury attorney who can advise victims of their opportunities for financial recovery and what important steps should be taken. In the days following your accident there may be documents or evidence that can be helpful in your case. If a negligent or reckless driver caused you to suffer physical injuries or if the bad driver’s actions killed a loved one, Attorney Brendan O’Reilly has the knowledge and the experience to maximize the financial recovery you can receive under New Mexico law.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents can be hard to predict because there are so many potential causes. Bad weather, heavy traffic, road rage, a meteor crashing into the road—they’re unpredictable is what we’re trying to say. Yet when it comes to personal injury claims, the cause comes down to one thing—human error.
Factors that often lead to car accident injury claims include:
- Driving while intoxicated and/or on drugs
- Distracted driving, such as texting and driving
- Poor road construction, design, and/or maintenance
- Speeding, tailgating, or other reckless driving
- Failure to follow traffic laws, signs, and signals (e.g., running a red light)
We know everyone makes mistakes, but when a mistake causes someone else to suffer injuries, the at-fault party can—and should—be held accountable under the law. Especially if the victim suffers serious harm, such as a totaled vehicle, painful injury or death.
Car accidents often result in injuries such as:
- Head and back injuries
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Bruises, cuts, and scrapes
- Soft tissue injuries
- Back and spinal cord injury
- Wrongful death
- Torn muscles, ligaments, or tendons
Fortunately, you can fight back against the at-fault party by filing a car accident claim. If that fails to yield a fair settlement offer, then we can help you file a lawsuit and will even fight for your right to fair compensation in court. Whatever it takes!
What to Do After a Car Accident (If You Can)
We’d like to preface this list by saying the first and only thing you absolutely should do following a car crash is to see to your health. If you have suffered serious injuries and need to get to a hospital right away, go. If you’re in pain but it’s manageable and you’re able to move easily enough, we recommend doing the following and then heading to your doctor right after for a checkup.
Even if you don’t feel like you’re in much pain, we recommend visiting the doc anyway—just in case. You could have suffered internal injuries, such as a minor concussion or a back sprain, without realizing it. If you don’t seek medical attention quickly, such injuries can worsen and start to show symptoms after you’ve already settled your case, meaning you won’t get any insurance money to help you treat it. Bad news. Better to be safe than sorry and go to urgent care or schedule that checkup ASAP!
Now that that’s out of the way, here are some things you should always take care of as soon as possible after a car accident:
- Check on yourself and passengers and seek medical attention if needed (yes, we said it again).
- Call 911 and ask for the police and an ambulance.
- Take video and pictures of the crash scene and capture EVERYTHING in the vicinity—the vehicles involved, the damage taken by them, any bodily injuries or other property damage, tire skid marks on the road, nearby signage, the weather conditions, and more. Photograph the crash scene from as many angles as you can.
- Talk to any other motorists involved in the crash, find witnesses at the scene, and write down their names, contact information, auto insurance details, and license plate number.
- DO NOT APOLOGIZE AND DO NOT TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE CRASH. The police and your lawyer will handle the accident investigation and will determine fault.
- Call the police to the scene if you haven’t already and remain until they have filed an accident report. Give them the fact. Don’t omit any details when they interview you but remember not to take blame.
- Contact your insurance company and inform them of the crash. Don’t sign or finalize any settlement agreements yet.
- DO NOT speak to the at-fault driver’s insurance agent if they call you. Do not give a recorded statement to the other side's insurance carrier. Tell them to talk to your lawyer instead (our number is (505) 591-0808) or just hang up. They can and will use anything you say to try and place the blame for the accident on you or to discredit your claim.
- Visit the doctor if you haven’t yet. Make sure to explain in detail your accident and how you were hurt. Also, do everything your doctor tells you. If you’re found not to be following your doctor’s orders for your recovery, this could jeopardize your claim.
- Save any and all receipts, bills, correspondence (hard copies of emails and texts are great), and any other documentation related to your crash. This will help your attorney prove liability and the amount of money to compensate you for your injuries.
- Consult with a local car accident attorney in your area. Like Brendan!
Lawyer Up! Call The Lawyers O’Reilly PC Today
When you hire Brendan, he handles your and the bad driver’s insurance adjusters so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries instead of arguing with a claim’s adjuster. We will also build your claim, investigate your accident, collect evidence, and negotiate for your right to fair compensation.
After a wreck, don’t wait! While you're mendin', call Brendan at (505) 591-0808. Free consultations today and every day!