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How long do I have to file a car accident lawsuit in New Mexico?

Being severely injured in a car accident turned your life upside down. While you were focused on your medical appointments and your recovery, you didn't have the mental energy to deal with the insurance companies or focus on the legal aspects of your accident. But now that you're well on your road to recovery, you'd like to explore your options for a lawsuit for your injuries.

New Mexico's statute of limitations gives you three years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit. This is a strict time limit that cannot be extended. If you are already near that deadline, or if you are feeling overwhelmed and not sure where to start, consulting with a personal injury attorney would be the first best step.

Reporting your car accident in New Mexico

In any accident that leaves someone injured, the accident needs to be orally reported to law enforcement as soon as possible according to state law. Additionally, within five days, the accident needs to be reported in writing to the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

You've already likely taken these steps. Documenting or reporting your accident is important when it comes to your lawsuit, as it can help with evidence of your injuries that resulted from the accident.

Who can be held accountable for my injuries?

Although you are on a better path to recovery from your injuries, you still have a long way to go. The long-term impact on your life is very clear. You wish someone could be held accountable for the damage they caused to you and your health.

A personal injury attorney experienced in car accident cases can do just that. Parties that can be held responsible for your injuries may include:

  • Negligent drivers
  • Insurance companies
  • Car companies or manufacturers in cases where there was a dangerous defect

Your costly medical treatment doesn't need to put you behind financially when the accident wasn't your fault. A skilled attorney can help recover damages and stand up for you as you focus on your health and recovery.

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