Vehicle Safety for Drivers
In New Mexico, drivers must safely operate and keep control of their vehicles at all times to prevent an accident. This responsibility means driving the speed limit, not texting and driving, obeying traffic signals, not racing, or running red lights and driving into traffic. Every driver has to follow these safety rules to avoid placing the driver or others in danger and to prevent an accident.
Here at Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C., our team has over 100-years of combined experience handling every type of car accident. We have seen the damage caused by negligent drivers firsthand and have the expertise to handle your car accident claim whether it was caused by a negligent individual, a corporate driver, or a government employee.
Types of Drivers on New Mexico’s Roads
Drivers in New Mexico auto accident cases fall into different categories or types. The process for submitting insurance claims, negotiating settlements, or even filing a lawsuit varies depending the type of negligent driver who caused your auto mobile crash.
- Individuals (Insured/Underinsured Drivers): The majority of car crashes in New Mexico involve claims and lawsuits against at-fault drivers operating their own personal, non-commercial vehicles. If the at-fault driver has car insurance, his or her auto insurance provider is obligated to promptly investigate and handle the claim made against the at-fault driver. If liability is reasonably clear, the auto insurance provider is obligated to pay for any damages up to the at-fault driver’s limits of insurance coverage under their automobile policy. One of the main issues with this these types of drivers is making sure the auto insurance carrier fairly investigates, handles, and evaluates your personal injuries. Another main issue is determining whether the at-fault driver has sufficient liability insurance coverage to pay for your personal injuries and property damages Our team at Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C. is ready to start working on your claim to ensure the at-fault driver’s insurance company treats you fairly and compensates you for your personal injuries.
- Individuals (Uninsured Drivers): New Mexico law requires every driver to maintain minimum liability coverage in the amount of $25,000 per person/$50,000 per accident for bodily injuries and $10,000 for property damage. A frustrating reality is that many drivers in New Mexico violate the law by not carrying any auto mobile insurance coverage. Additionally, many insurance companies claim they do not provide coverage for reckless driving, such as drunk driving or racing. Our team at Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C. has a wealth of expertise to investigate ALL available insurance coverages to maximize your recovery.
- Semi-Truck Drivers: Throughout New Mexico’s highways are commercial tractor-trailer trucks, also often referred to as 18-wheelers, semi-trucks, or big-rigs. Through their enormous size and speed, commercial tractor-trailer trucks have the immediate potential of causing great and severe injuries, including death. Car accident cases caused by semi-truck drivers are different from cases involving individual at-fault drivers. First and foremost, because of the great harm that can result from the enormous size and speed of the semi-truck, the semi-truck driver must equal owes a great duty of care to all other drivers and passengers who may be hurt by the semi-truck. There exist professional standards and federal regulations that govern semi-truck drivers to ensure they drive safely. Our team at Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C. has successfully handled many claims against large and national trucking companies, and we are ready to listen and stand up for you.
- Commercial Drivers: Another important and common type of driver on New Mexico roadways are commercial drivers.A commercial driver is someone who caused an auto accident while driving a vehicle as a part of their job or business. For example, commercial drivers, while may generally include semi-truck drivers, can also include delivery trucks (e.g. FedEx or UPS), taxi cabs (e.g. Uber or Lyft), or a company vehicle to and from a job site (e.g. construction workers operating dump trucks or medical delivery supply driver). While commercial drivers still have to follow the same safety rules every driver must follow, these types of claims are different because both the driver and their employer/company can be held responsible. Our team at Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C. has successfully handled many claims against commercial drivers and their employer/company, and we are ready to listen and stand up for you.
- Government/Public Employee Drivers: Behind the wheel of many vehicles throughout New Mexico are government/public employee drivers, which include drivers of school buses, city buses, U.S. Postal mail trucks, and emergency vehicles such as police squad cars. These claims are different from individual or commercial claims for two important reasons. First, claims against government/public employees carry shortened filing deadline known as a statute of limitations, which require legal expertise to analyze. Second, before recovering against the government for the public employee’s negligence, the injured party must first prove the driver was acting within the course and scope of his or her employment with the government. Sometimes this is an issue, which requires expertise to analyze and prove. Our team at Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C. has successfully handled many claims against the government on a variety of different car crashes. We are ready to listen and stand up for you.
Safe Driving Saves Lives
Sadly, far too many drivers are unwilling to take the proper steps to preserve safety. If you have the bad luck of running across such a driver, Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C. is here ready to listen and lend our support.
Please contact us today for more information so we can get started on your injury case.