Truck Accident Lawyer in Albuquerque, New Mexico
State laws and federal regulations require truck drivers to follow strict rules about rest, avoiding distractions, and maintaining their rig. If they fail to follow any of these rules or break general traffic laws, and an accident occurs, you have the right to recover compensation for injuries you suffered, and damage sustained to your property.
An Albuquerque truck accident lawyer at Ron Bell Injury Lawyers can explain your rights under New Mexico’s personal injury laws. We can help you understand the process and go to bat for you. We will fight to help you recover full compensation for your damages. Our consultations are always free, and we handle all truck accident cases on a contingency basis. You pay us no attorney’s fees unless we get money on your behalf.
Recoverable Damages in a Truck Accident Case
We cannot tell you how much your case might be worth until we conduct a full investigation and understand the strength of your case against the trucking company, the severity of your injuries, and the total value of your damages. However, we can offer you a look at the most common types of damages available in a successful Albuquerque truck accident case.
The economic damages available to you may include:
- Medical care costs
- Prescription costs
- Physical, occupational, and other therapies
- Ongoing care costs
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Repair or replacement of your vehicle
- Replacement of other damaged personal property
- Out-of-pocket costs
In addition to compensation for your expenses related to the accident and your injuries, we will also try to recover compensation for other losses, known as noneconomic damages. These include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Other emotional damages
Wrongful Death Damages
If your loved one passed away due to injuries from the accident, you are eligible to collect compensation by means of a wrongful death action. This type of lawsuit allows you to recover money to cover your own losses and expenses related to your family member’s death. This may include:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of household services
- Your mental anguish caused by the loss
- Other emotional damages
When a truck driver causes a wreck in New Mexico, a unique legal doctrine comes into play. Known as vicarious liability, this rule allows us to hold the driver’s employer liable for the damages suffered by the accident victims. This is true as long as the driver:
- Is an employee and not an independent contractor;
- Was working at the time of the accident; and
- Was actively engaged in work-related tasks (in this case, driving)
While filing a claim or lawsuit against the trucking company means we likely need to go head-to-head with its team of corporate lawyers, it also means we may have access to its much larger business liability insurance policy. This can be a lifesaver for clients who suffered catastrophic injuries and will likely require ongoing care.
Let Us Handle Your Albuquerque Truck Accident Case
Our personal injury lawyers have experience handling big truck accidents. Give us a call, and we can navigate the entire process for you. We will protect your rights and take care of all communication with the trucking company and its insurer. We will conduct a full investigation, collect all available evidence, and build a robust case that allows us to fight for the full value of your damages.
Collecting Evidence to Build Your Case
Investigating a truck accident case is complex. Not only do we need to do routine tasks such as requesting a copy of the accident report filed by the Police Department, but we also need to keep tabs on the evidence the trucking company possesses.
Early in the process, we will send a spoliation letter to the trucking company. This letter demands they protect the evidence in your case, including:
- The trucker’s logs
- Digital data from the truck’s onboard computer
- Results of post-accident drug and alcohol tests
- The trucker’s personnel file
- The damaged truck and/or trailer
- Other evidence that could play a role in your case
We also often partner with experts for help investigating truck accident cases. This may include:
- Accident reconstruction specialists
- Trucking industry experts
- Medical experts
Filing Your Claim or Personal Injury Lawsuit
We can often negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company on behalf of our clients without ever needing to file a lawsuit and litigate their case.
However, if the trucking company or its insurer refuses this type of agreement, we will not hesitate to file a lawsuit in a New Mexico civil court and fight for the full value of your claim. We will represent you in court, present your case to the judge, and ask for the compensation you deserve.
Talk to a Truck Accident Lawyer for FREE
If you need help getting the compensation you are owed after an Albuquerque truck accident, get serious – Ron Bell Injury Lawyers serious. The Ron Bell Injury Lawyers team will evaluate your truck accident case for free and help you hold the trucking company accountable for their driver’s negligent actions and get the money you need.
Call our office today at 505-898-2355 to schedule a free case review.