Were You Injured by a Drunk Driver over the Holidays?

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With the holiday season behind us, many of us are looking forward to a new year and new opportunities. Unfortunately, for some, this opportunity for a fresh start has been ruined by the actions of a drunk driver that had one too many and got behind the wheel during the holidays. If you have found yourself in this situation, it’s in your best interest to contact an attorney right away.

Drunk Driving Accident Typically Entitle Victims to Compensation

Under New Mexico law, if you are hurt by a driver that is breaking the law, you can usually recover compensation for your accident-related injuries. Some examples of the damages you may be able to recover in a drunk driving accident claim include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Property damage
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering
  • Lost quality of life

Our skilled legal team can determine how much your claim may be worth and attempt to negotiate a fair settlement offer or represent you in court.

The Insurance Company is Not going to Pay You Without a Fight

You may be thinking to yourself, “the other driver was drunk, so the case is closed, right?” Unfortunately, this is not the case when it comes to getting the compensation you deserve. While the insurance company may accept liability, the fact is that they are going to try and settle your case for as little as possible Some of the things they may do include:

  • Make an overbroad request to dig through your medical records in an effort to find anything in your past that can be used to call your injuries pre-existing
  • Start with an unreasonably low initial offer in an effort to make later offers look better
  • Misinform you regarding your legal rights
  • Delay your claim while your bills pile up
  • Make an offer before you have had a chance to talk to an attorney
  • Advise against retaining a lawyer

Fortunately, when you work with an attorney that knows the insurance company’s tactics, you can rest assured that your rights will be protected. A lawyer will conduct an analysis of your case and determine how much compensation you should expect to recover. In addition, your lawyer will represent you in settlement negotiations in an attempt to get the insurance company to pay up. If the insurance company refuses to make an acceptable offer, your lawyer will likely file a lawsuit and take your case to court.

Call Us Today to Speak to a New Mexico Car Accident Lawyer

If you were injured in an accident by a drunk driver over the holiday season, you should retain an attorney immediately. At Salam & Associates, we are dedicated to helping victims like you get the compensation they deserve under New Mexico law. In addition, our lawyers are licensed in Texas, New Mexico, Michigan and D.C., and we will never collect legal fees unless we get you compensation for your losses. To schedule your free case evaluation, call our office today or send us an email at [email protected].


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