Albuquerque Car Accidents

Albuquerque Car Accidents

More accidents occur in Albuquerque than in any other city in New Mexico. Not surprisingly, much of this has to do with the fact that not only is Albuquerque the state’s largest city, it is also where the two major interstates, I-40 and I-25 intersect. There are approximately 20,000 Albuquerque car accidents every year. This means that on average there is an accident every 26 minutes within the city of Albuquerque.

Where Albuquerque Car Accidents Occur

Although Albuquerque car accidents can occur throughout the city, there are nonetheless intersections that seem to be the site of more car accidents than anywhere else. According to a recent study, the five Albuquerque intersections that are the location of the most car accidents are: Jefferson and Paseo Del Norte, Coors and Paseo Del Norte, Montgomery and Wyoming, Montgomery and San Mateo, and Coors and Montgomery.

What Happens After an Albuquerque Car Accident

Most all the courtesy car accidents are investigated by the Albuquerque Police Department although occasionally the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department will also handle the investigation. Usually, the police will investigate the accident scene, take witness statements and prepare their accident report. Generally, accident reports take two weeks to become available. The Albuquerque Police Department recently set up a website allowing their accident reports to be requested online. If you would like to request your Albuquerque car accident report you can do so using the Albuquerque Police Department’s Service.

Depending on the severity of the Albuquerque accident anyone injured may be required to transport themselves to a medical facility, or Albuquerque Ambulance may be called in to transfer any victims. Although the nearest hospital will typically be selected, ambulance personnel typically take the very seriously injured to the University of New Mexico Hospital.

What Laws Apply to Albuquerque Car Accidents

Just like any other accident within the state, Albuquerque car accidents are governed by the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Code. Although the laws are substantially similar, the city of Albuquerque also has some municipal regulations that apply to motor vehicles and can be found within the Albuquerque Traffic Code.

In addition, in the event a lawsuit must be filed following an Albuquerque accident, is typically done so within the Bernalillo County Judicial District. One of the lesser-known rules about filing a lawsuit in Albuquerque is that it is necessary to indicate at the very beginning of the process whether the plaintiff is seeking to recover more than or less than $25,000. Depending on how the plaintiff answers this question, the case will be put on different procedural tracks that it must follow.

Hiring an Albuquerque Accident Lawyer

When it comes to hiring an injury lawyer following an Albuquerque accident there are many options. While many Albuquerque attorneys market themselves as handling a broad range of legal issues such as bankruptcy, divorce, criminal law, and others, even fewer limit their practice to Albuquerque personal injury. The Albuquerque car accident lawyers at the Fine Law Firm handle only injury cases. This means that we are familiar with the entire process ranging from proving the case, dealing with insurance companies, negotiating medical liens, and maximizing any recovery. Although any Albuquerque accident victim can expect to receive countless postcards and letters in their mailbox after they are involved with an accident from eager lawyers, we encourage anyone to take time and be cautious when hiring an Albuquerque accident lawyer. For this reason, we are welcome to discuss Albuquerque car accident cases with any potential client and tell them honestly and concisely the strengths and weaknesses of their case and answer their questions regarding how long the process will take and what an estimated recovery is.

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