Helping People Injured by Distracted Drivers in New Mexico
In New Mexico, distracted drivers could face a $25 fine for using a handheld mobile device while driving, and the fine doubles for a second offense. However, distracted driving can cost significantly more than a fine. Distracted driving has become an epidemic that costs many accident victims thousands or millions of dollars in losses, and distracted driving crashes caused more than 3,100 people to lose their lives in a single year.
Distracted drivers who cause injuries or fatalities should be responsible for much more than a fine. The law gives accident victims the right to hold distracted drivers accountable for the harm they cause including a claim for punitive damages. Though the process can be complicated, you need an experienced trial Attorney. David C. Chavez who has collected millions for our clients involved on distracted driving cases.
Common Driving Distractions
While the focus of distracted driving safety laws and awareness is often on smartphones, distracted drivers were on the road long before cell phones became so common. Distractions may or may not involve technology, and common causes of crashes include the following:
- Talking on the phone (handheld or hands-free)
- Using GPS systems
- Eating or drinking
- Personal grooming and applying makeup
- Reaching for items across the car or in the back seat
- Paying attention to children in the back seat
- Listening to podcasts or audiobooks
- Talking to passengers
Anytime a driver takes their hands off the wheel, their eyes off the road, or their mind off the task of driving, they are considered to be engaging in distracted driving.
Proving a Driver was Distracted
Unless you are a witness to a driver's actions, it can be challenging to prove that someone was distracted. Witness statements, phone records, and other evidence can help but, often, the focus is on the driving behaviors. If a driver is distracted, they will often depart from their lane, fail to stop in time, or violate other traffic laws. Types of proof of distracted driving would be the driver was driving erratic or failed to comply with the traffic laws which then can be used as proof the driver should be liable for your losses. At The Law Firm of David C. Chavez the Attorney's know and understand what type of proof is needed in your case.
Once you can prove liability, you can seek compensation for your losses, which may include:
- Past Medical bills
- The estimated cost of your future medical care and treatment
- Past and future lost income
- Permanent injuries and disabilities
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
- Other damages
New Mexico Trial Attorney David C. Chavez knows how to fight for the maximum possible compensation from insurance companies in distracted driving cases.
Discuss your case now with Attorney David C. Chavez an Experienced Distracted Driving Accident
If another driver caused you harm, you need The Law Firm of David C. Chavez, LLC Trial Attorney on your side. Case evaluations are free, and Mr. Chavez can advise you of your legal rights and options. For any particular case will be Call 505-865-9696 or contact us online so we can start standing up for you and your family.