Injured from a Car Crossing the Centerline in New Mexico


August 15, 2020

 by Caruso Law Offices, P.C. | 

Albuquerque Auto Accident Lawyer Explains What to Do if You Are Injured from a Car Crossing the Centerline in New Mexico

One of the most violent and explosive types of auto accidents is a head on crash. Our Albuquerque auto accident lawyer knows that one of the most common types of head on crashes when a car crossing the centerline hits another vehicle. Both vehicles are going in opposite directions and the vehicle that is hit from the other side usually does not expect the collision. Victims who are injured from a car crossing the centerline in New Mexico could have significant medical bills and lost wages to recover.

This is why victims and their families need to hire an Albuquerque auto accident lawyer who has the experience and knowledge necessary to protect their rights. Injuries in a head on collision caused by crossing the centerline are likely catastrophic. This means that a victim needs to have a lawyer that understands medicine and anatomy well to explain your injuries to the court and the jury. Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our dedicated bodily injury law firm has been helping victims and their families recover the compensation that they need as a result of the negligence of another. Call for a FREE consultation to learn how we can help you if you are injured from a car crossing the centerline in New Mexico.

Rights under New Mexico Law

We are taught very early that the centerline does not get crossed unless there is an emergency or to make a lawful turn. This is a basic part of driving to stay on the right side of the road at all times. This means that you have to be cognizant of your lane. If you cross the centerline, either the double yellow or a grassy median, you may be liable under New Mexico law.

This is because NM Stat section 66-7-308 requires all motorists to drive on the right side of the road and to not cross the centerline. Specifically, this section provides that “upon all roadways of sufficient width a vehicle shall be driven upon the right half of the roadway and where practicable, entirely to the right of the centerline thereof[.]”

This means that a defendant who causes the centerline and causes damage in New Mexico could be liable to the victim and his or her family due to a statutory violation.

Damages from a Car Crossing the Centerline in New Mexico

A head on collision from an accident in New Mexico could result in serious personal injuries. Head on collisions are just explosive and powerful because the impact is coming from vehicles traveling in opposite directions. This means that catastrophic injuries such as those which are life-changing, career ending, and even life-threatening could be common in a centerline accident.

Some of the most types of personal injuries in a centerline accident include the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Spinal cord injuries (SCIs)
  • Broken bones
  • Organ injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Back injuries and neck injuries
  • Dislocated joints
  • Amputations or loss of a limb, and
  • Other very serious personal injuries.

Victims Injured from a Car Crossing the Centerline in New Mexico Should Call our Albuquerque Auto Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one were seriously injured in an auto accident, or if a loved one was wrongfully killed, call our experienced Albuquerque auto accident lawyer at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. to learn how we can help protect your rights to compensation. This includes compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, lost future earnings, loss of consortium, and other damages related to the crash. We handle cases throughout New Mexico, including in Las Cruces, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Roswell, Farmington, Hobbs, Lordsburg, or anywhere else in the state, including Albuquerque where our law office is located. Call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. by dialing (505) 308-1556 to learn how we can help. You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

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