Albuquerque Injury Attorneys Seek Justice for Accident Victims
Respected law firm represents clients in auto collisions, slip and fall accidents, and wrongful death actions in New Mexico
If you or a loved one is injured in an accident, it’s in your best interests to hire an experienced accident attorney. At Donald D. Vigil, PC, we focus on providing high-quality counsel to victims who’ve been injured in car and truck crashes and slip and fall accidents. We also bring wrongful death actions for families who’ve lost a loved one to negligence or misconduct. With more than 30 years of experience representing Bernalillo County residents, our lawyers know how to negotiate with insurers to maximize our clients’ recovery. No matter if you’ve lost a loved one in a truck accident or seek counsel after sustaining injury in a slip and fall, we are prepared to use our skill in and out of the courtroom to help you get the rightful compensation you deserve under the facts of your case.
Recovering damages after a motor vehicle accident
Since New Mexico is a fault insurance state, auto accident victims have a few options when seeking compensation. You can seek damages through your own insurance company, which will then attempt to recover reimbursement from the other driver’s insurer. Alternatively, you can file a claim directly with the negligent driver’s insurance company. You can also file a personal injury lawsuit against the other driver.
However, because New Mexico is also a comparative negligence state, the compensation you can receive is reduced based on your percentage of fault in the accident. When you enlist our services, we promptly review your case and determine your best strategy for recovering damages.
Determining if you have a slip and fall case
If you’re injured while on the property of another person or a business, you may have grounds for a premises liability lawsuit. Our attorneys can assess your case and determine if these conditions are met in order to prove negligence:
- The property owner had a duty to protect you from harm.
- By allowing a hazardous condition to exist, the property owner breached that duty.
- You slipped, tripped, and fell on the unsafe property.
- You suffered actual damages as a result of the slip and fall.
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New Mexico is three years from the date of your injury. If you fail to take action within this time, you won’t have another chance to file suit.
Establishing fault in truck accidents
When a semi-truck or tractor-trailer accident causes serious injury to you or a loved one, your instinct may be to blame the driver. And while the truck operator may be at fault in your accident, in some cases the trucking company or truck manufacturer is liable. Large commercial carriers are subject to federal regulations that govern vehicle safety, vehicle inspections, driver rest periods, and other aspects of trucking, so it’s essential you’re represented by attorneys who can pinpoint the liable party or parties.
Throughout Bernalillo County, our attorneys have earned a reputation for meticulously investigating 18-wheeler accidents. We interview witnesses, review the accident scene, and consult with accident reconstruction specialists to discover the cause of your accident. We also rely upon medical specialists to identify the full extent of your injuries so we can seek a settlement that fully accounts for your harm.
Filing a wrongful death action
Nothing is more painful than losing a loved one, but that pain is intensified if someone’s negligent or reckless actions led to the death. A wrongful death lawsuit can compensate family members for funeral and burial expenses, loss of inheritance, mental anguish, and other damages. In New Mexico, any wrongful death benefits awarded from a claim go to the deceased family members in the following order:
- All damages go to the spouse if there are no children.
- If there are children/grandchildren, damages are split in half between the children/grandchildren and the surviving spouse.
- If there are children/grandchildren but no surviving spouse, damages are divided among the children/grandchildren based on New Mexico’s “right of representation” laws.
If you feel helpless after losing a loved one in any type of wrongful death accident, our skilled legal team can empower you to take action to achieve justice and compensation.
Contact a dedicated personal injury law firm in Albuquerque
Donald D. Vigil, PC is committed to safeguarding the rights of personal injury victims in New Mexico. Call 505-510-3042 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with an experienced attorney at our Albuquerque office.