When Albuquerque residents think of motor vehicle accidents, they probably envision those that involve two cars or a car and a truck. But, car accidents can take many forms and involve a variety of different vehicles, bicycles and even pedestrians. Those who are without the protections afforded by a motor vehicle, like a car or truck, which might include air bags and structural designs, are often at an increased risk of being injured or killed in one of these crashes. This means that the physical, emotional and financial damages thrust upon them can be crippling.

This may be the case for one man after an accident here in Albuquerque. Reports indicate that the man was driving a scooter when he was struck by another vehicle. The scooter driver was critically injured. The driver of the other vehicle fled the scene, and the police are now asking for the public’s help in locating that driver.

Once found, that driver will likely face criminal charges for the role he or she played in the hit-and-run. But, such criminal charges do nothing to help an injured individual secure the compensation he or she needs to pay for unexpected medical expenses and lost wages, as well as ease pain and suffering. If the accident in question was caused by the negligent or reckless driving of another, then a personal injury lawsuit may be able to help bring relief to alleviate those damages.

Pursuing a personal injury claim isn’t always as easy as it may seem. Evidentiary issues often arise, and defense attorneys can be just as aggressive as they are portrayed on television and in the movies. So, to best protect their legal claims, motor vehicle accident victims need to do everything they can to understand the law, the legal process and how to make legal arguments to support their side of the story.