Independence Day is a Known Holiday for More Car Accidents: If You Were a Victim, Get Medical Treatment Then Call a New Mexico Car Crash Lawyer
Independence Day is one of the largest traffic days of the year. This also means it is one of the most dangerous and deadliest days to be a motorist on the road. If you were seriously injured or lost a loved one in a car crash on Independence Day, now is not the time to be a hero and “walk it off” regarding your injuries. If you are hurt, you need to get medical treatment and tell your doctors what hurts now. Do not delay. This can hurt your lawsuit.
After you get your medical treatment, you need to contact an experienced New Mexico car crash lawyer like those at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. We have handled many motor vehicle accidents occurring on or near holidays and work with families to protect the rights of their loved ones. Call us today for a FREE consultation to learn your rights to compensation by dialing (505) 883-5000.
Step One: After a Car Accidents Get Medical Attention
It should be obvious, but if you are really hurt you need to call 911 and obtain medical treatment. This needs to be done right away. Never refuse necessary medical treatment.
If you are injured but refused medical treatment, you really should reconsider for several reasons. First, this is your body and if you do not take care of your injuries now, you may not be able to repair the damage done later. Second, delaying treatment after your motor vehicle accident can actually harm your case.
For example, if you wait months to seek treatment for a back or head injury, a competent defense attorney will attack the gap in treatment between your car accident and seeking treatment. This effects the causation of the accident. Meaning that the accident may not be causally related to the accident. Said differently, the accident may not have caused your injuries. This is why you need to immediately get medical treatment when you are hurt.
Additionally, to a jury or defendant it may appear that you are just seeking money for your prior existing injuries or trying to abuse the system. If this happens you will likely end up with nothing or much lower than what you are entitled to. Do not be a hero. Explain everything that aches, even if just a little bit of pain, make sure you explain it to the doctor and get it documented in your medical records.
Step Two: After Medical Treatment, Call a New Mexico Car Crash Lawyer
After you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you should contact competent legal representation like the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. You do not have as long as you would like to commence a lawsuit. Under NM Stat. 37-1-8, you only have three years from the date of your accident to commence a lawsuit. This is known as the statute of limitations period and it is a time limit on your lawsuit. If you fail to commence a lawsuit within this time limit, your case will likely be dismissed.
Further, a personal injury lawsuit is very complicated. The defendant will blame you for the accident or claim you are not as injured as you claim. The insurance companies will try to trick you into taking less money or not give you what you desire. Lost wages will pile up and are difficult to claim. Medical insurance will want to be paid back from car insurance. The other driver may not even be insured. If you are on the job, workers’ compensation will add a nightmare. The defendant may even counter claim and sue YOU for the car accident.
These can effect both your rights to compensation and your wallet. Additionally, police and law enforcement may investigate the cause of the accident and if you are not represented, you may not be able to present your side well-enough to demonstrate you did not cause the accident. All of these claims require you to obtain experienced counsel.
Call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for Legal Representation in your New Mexico Car Crash After a July Fourth Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 883-5000 You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.