Protect Your Rights After a Motor Vehicle Crash Injury
At Sutten Law Group, LLC, we are champions for the victims of motor vehicle crashes from our office in Albuquerque. We know to what extent victims rely on compensation to move forward. While a car crash can be disorienting, seeking justice does not have to be. You should know what you are up against and what to do in the days and weeks following the accident. Here are some common questions and answers to review before attending a free consultation.
I Was Told New Mexico Is An ‘At-Fault’ State. What Does That Mean?
In at-fault states, the driver who caused the crash is responsible for paying damages. If the other driver is at fault, you can file a claim with their insurance company to recover compensation. Another option is to file a claim with your own insurance company. When you file a claim with your own insurance company, they will seek reimbursement from the at-fault driver and/or their liability insurance company. You also have the option of filing a lawsuit to recover damages.
How Much Time Do I Have To File A Lawsuit?
The statute of limitations in New Mexico to file a personal injury lawsuit is three years. That is, you have three years from the date of the crash to conclude your claim or file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver for your injuries and damages. There’s often delays in the courts, and the sooner you file a lawsuit the quicker we can start to fight for compensation. Filing in a timely manner is also important to ensuring that evidence and memories remain intact.
The Other Driver’s Insurance Company Is Calling Me. Should I Talk To Them?
No. After the crash, you may receive calls from the other driver’s insurance company requesting you make a recorded or unrecorded statement. Do not make any statements to anyone, other than police officers, before speaking with an attorney. You may make a statement that appears to be incriminating that the insurance company can use against you.