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If you have been hit from behind in New Mexico and injured, it’s time to contact an Albuquerque rear-end car accident lawyer from Law Giant Injury Lawyers. Our rear-end car accident attorneys will support you because you shouldn’t have to navigate this distressing time alone.

We will help you understand your rights and fight for compensation to pay for your damages. Contact us today or call 505-900-0000 to schedule a consultation. We offer 100% free case evaluations, and there’s no cost unless you recover compensation.

What to Do After a Rear-End Accident

After being rear-ended, take the following steps to protect your well-being and legal interests.

Get Driver Information

Exchange information with the driver who rear-ended you. Get their full name, address, telephone number, insurance information, and driver’s license number. Take a photo of the car and its license plate if possible.

See A Doctor

Even if you don’t feel you were hurt, it’s important to get medical attention. Whiplash, concussions, back injuries, and other harm are common in rear-end crashes. These injuries can appear days or weeks after being hit from behind. Your medical records are also significant evidence in a rear-end accident insurance claim.

Notify Your Insurance Company

Let your insurer know about the accident immediately, even if you didn’t cause it. When you speak with your insurance company, stick to the facts and avoid giving unnecessary details. Remember that if you say the wrong thing to an insurer—even your own–it could be used against you later.

Consult a Rear-End Accident Lawyer

There’s often a lot of finger-pointing after a rear-end collision. The best thing to do is contact a lawyer with experience handling rear-end car accidents about what happened. They can better evaluate the factors and explain your legal options, from pursuing an insurance claim or lawsuit.

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Rear-End Accident Liability in New Mexico

In most rear-end collisions in Albuquerque, drivers who hit other vehicles from behind are presumed to be at fault. Drivers who cause these dangerous crashes may be texting, following too closely, driving too fast, under the influence of alcohol, or driving while fatigued. Or they may simply not be paying attention to the flow of traffic.

Determining Fault for a Rear-End Crash

Assigning fault for a rear-end crash is not always cut-and-dry. Situations that add more complexity to determining liability include if the car that was hit suddenly stopped for no reason. Or if a rear-end chain reaction occurred. Sometimes, bad weather or poor road conditions contribute to these crashes. Defective car parts, such as malfunctioning brakes, may also be a factor.

Every rear-end accident has its nuances. To get advice tailored to your case, speak with a knowledgeable rear-end accident lawyer. We will investigate the evidence, work to establish the liability of all at-fault parties, and help you assess your damages and case value.

How Much Is Rear-End Crash Worth?

What your case is worth depends upon several things. They include:

  • The severity of your injuries
  • The damages you’ve suffered
  • The available insurance coverage of the at-fault driver
  • The degree of negligence of the at-fault driver
  • Whether any other parties can be named in the claim.

Common Rear-End Accident Damages

There are two general types of damages in car accident cases. Economic losses are those that are easily quantified, such as lost wages. Non-economic damages are not as easy to assess but are genuine losses, such as how injuries affect your life emotionally.

Damages to pursue in your claim may include:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost income and benefits
  • Lost future income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Auto repair costs

In accidents involving recklessness or gross negligence, you could potentially seek punitive damages. While uncommon, punitive damages are meant to punish at-fault parties and deter similar bad behavior in the future.

How to Avoid Low-Ball Offers after a Rear-End Crash

Sometimes, insurers consider rear-end crashes to be minor accidents. They may not consider the very real pain and trauma, both physical and emotional, that can result from these crashes. Insurers may make low-ball settlement offers or deny claims outright for these reasons. If this has happened to you, we will fight for your right to fair compensation for your injuries and damages.

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Rear-End Car Accident FAQ’s.

What If the Driver Who Rear-Ended Me Was Uninsured?

If the at-fault driver was uninsured, you may have to pay for your own uninsured motorist coverage. If you do not have this coverage, or if it does not adequately cover your damages, the at-fault party may have assets that could be pursued in a lawsuit.

Should I Accept the Insurance Offer for the Accident?

Typically, you should not accept an offer without consulting an attorney. Insurers often start with the lowest possible offer to save themselves money. If you are unsure whether a settlement offer is fair, speak to one of our skilled car insurance lawyers.

What If the Insurer Does Not Provide a Fair Offer?

If the evidence of negligence by the at-fault party is strong, we may seek to resolve your claim in court. While most rear-ended accidents are resolved through insurance negotiations, this is not always true.

What If I Was Partly At Fault for A Rear-End Accident?

New Mexico follows a pure comparative negligence standard. If you are proven to be partly at fault, your recovery will be reduced by your percentage of liability. So, if you are 10% liable and your recovery is $50,000, you would receive $45,000.

Do I Need a Lawyer for a Rear-End Accident?

You probably don’t need a lawyer if you weren’t injured and had minor property damage. However, suppose you suffered injuries, or your car was heavily damaged. In that case, having a skilled New Mexico rear-end collision attorney who understands the intricacies of these accidents can help get you a positive outcome.

The Driver Who Hit Me Took Off—What Can I Do?

If you were the victim of a hit-and-run rear-end crash, provide as much information as possible to the police. You may have noticed the car’s make, model, or color. Or even details about the person driving it. Also, contact an attorney who can investigate and try to help identify the driver.

Contact The Law Giant for Help

If you or a loved one were injured in a rear-end auto collision, it’s essential to know that you have options and help is available. But you need a plan and an experienced personal injury lawyer in Albuquerque, NM.

Let The Law Giant explain your rights, review your insurance coverage, and explore how to hold the right driver accountable and recover maximum compensation. Our lawyers offer a free, no-risk consultation. We will discuss your case and immediately begin working to get you justice. Call 505-900-0000 to get started.