After a rollover accident in which you have suffered injuries or losing a loved one in an accident, you are likely overwhelmed by your situation and uncertain about your next steps. You may be facing a pile of medical bills, lost time at work, and even funeral and burial expenses for your loved one, all when you are least expecting it. Contacting an Albuquerque rollover accident lawyer may ease some of your stress and worries. While you focus on your health and your family, we can advocate on your behalf so that you can get full and fair compensation for your losses.
As your legal representatives, we can investigate your case to gather as much evidence as possible in your favor. We can immediately start the negotiations process with the appropriate insurance companies to work toward your claim settlement. Although some cases reach a settlement, we prepare from day one as if your case was going to trial. Call (800) 598-7557 to learn more about how the lawyers and staff at Ben Crump Law, PLLC can assist you with your legal matter.
Rollover Crashes Result in Injuries and Fatalities
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rollover crashes consist of only about 2.1% of the almost 9.1 million motor vehicle crashes that occur statewide each year. Nonetheless, these crashes are disproportionately fatal. People involved in these crashes make up about 35% of the deaths attributable to motor vehicle accidents. In 2010, that percentage was equivalent to more than 7,600 people.
The NHTSA also reported that in 2018 more than 93,000 rollover crashes occurred that did not involve collisions with another vehicle or an object. About 55,000 of these crashes resulted in injuries, and 2,620 of these crashes resulted in fatalities. This data indicates that rollover accidents can result in severe injuries for many people involved in them, some of which are fatal. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in this type of motor vehicle accident, getting the advice of an Albuquerque rollover accident lawyer can be an effective way to learn more about your legal rights to compensation.
Compensation for Injuries in Rollover Accidents
You might qualify for various types of compensation after you suffer injuries in a rollover accident. You also may be eligible for compensation related to property damage to repair or replace your vehicle, if necessary.
One of the most common types of compensation or damages in a car accident claim is for medical expenses. You can potentially collect damages for all expenses related to your injuries, including emergency medical services and transport, hospitalization, surgery, rehabilitation, and medical assistive devices.
Pain and Suffering
You may experience physical pain and suffering and emotional or mental trauma related to your accident. These damages may be particularly appropriate if you now suffer from ongoing medical conditions that cause pain or other permanent impairments.
If you are unable to work due to injuries that you received in a car accident, you may be eligible to collect compensation for your lost income. If your injuries prevent you from returning to work permanently, such as in the case of total disability, you also may be able to recover for loss of future income.
Deadlines for Filing Rollover Accident Claims
All state laws establish deadlines or statutes of limitations on filing personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits, including those that stem from rollover car accidents. Under New Mexico Statutes § 37-1-8, injury victims generally have three years from their accident date to file their claims in court. Likewise, New Mexico Statutes § 41-2-2 sets a three-year statute of limitations in wrongful death cases, which begins to run upon the date of death. However, state law does provide for some exceptions to those rules.
For example, if your claim is against a governmental entity, such as if you suffer injuries in a car accident that a state worker or police officer caused, you must give notice to the appropriate government office within 90 days from the date of your accident under New Mexico Statutes § 41-4-16. Furthermore, you only have two years from the date of the accident to file your claim under New Mexico Statutes § 41-4-15, as opposed to the three years that you otherwise would have to file a claim against a non-governmental person or entity.
These deadlines might seem lengthy when an accident has just occurred. However, the process of filing a claim with the insurance companies for the parties responsible for the accident begins immediately. Failing to make an insurance company aware of an accident or filing an insurance claim cannot wait. As a result, contacting legal counsel may be the most effective way to ensure that you do not miss any important deadlines for your claim. If you miss these deadlines, you could be unable to recover any compensation for your injuries, even if another party was clearly at fault.
Contact Us Today
We know that you have a lot on your mind after a severe rollover car accident. You likely are worried about your injuries, your ability to work, your finances, and your future. You may wonder how you can pay for the services of an Albuquerque rollover accident lawyer when you already have a stack of medical bills and other expenses that you may not be able to pay.
Here at Ben Crump Law, PLLC we know the unique pressures you are under after a devastating motor vehicle accident. We want you to pursue your claims, but at no out of pocket cost to you. You will pay nothing upfront to retain our services. When you receive compensation for your injuries, then you can pay our fees. Call (800) 598-7557 and get more information about how we might be able to represent your interests in your rollover accident claim.