Pedestrians in Albuquerque shouldn’t have to fear for their lives simply because they are walking to or from work or school, or because they are out for a leisurely stroll. Yet, negligent and otherwise dangerous drivers sometimes put these unsuspecting individuals at risk of harm. Too often the result is a serious pedestrian accident that leaves victims with extensive injuries. In the worst cases, victims are killed.

That was the case recently for one 28-year-old New Mexico woman who was killed in a hit-and-run accident. Reports indicate that the woman, who is fondly remembered by family and friends as being fun, was struck by a car at the intersection of Comanche and Pennsylvania in Albuquerque. The incident left her dead. The 24-year-old driver of that vehicle is currently hospitalized, but he is expected to face criminal charges upon his release.

Those criminal charges may help bring a certain sense of justice, but the truth of the matter is that even a criminal conviction will fail to provide a family with the resources it needs to cope with the damages imposed upon them by their loved one’s passing. This is why many families in this situation choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If a family is able to win one of these cases, it may be awarded extensive compensation to help alleviate damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other non-economic damages related to loss of support.

There is a lot at stake when dealing with one of these cases, which is why families need to make sure they are putting forth the strongest legal arguments they can muster under the circumstances. To assist with this, and to ensure that proper responses are made to the defense’s arguments and objections, surviving families can get more information about their legal options.