Las Cruces Legal Blog

Even after a crash that causes a minor bump to the head, medical attention is important

You're driving down the street at a leisurely pace. As you approach the stop sign ahead of you, you begin to slow down. Unfortunately, the distracted driver behind you doesn't notice the stop sign--and rear-ends you.

You might be annoyed by the ding in your bumper or the scraped paint, but at least it was nothing serious. However, even in low-speed collisions where you don't notice any injuries, it's always worthwhile to get a medical evaluation--just to be sure. Here's why:

Why should I hire an attorney after a car accident?

On your way home from work, a truck side-swiped you. Your car is totaled, and now you're laid up in bed with a broken leg. You wonder to yourself whether it's worthwhile to contact an attorney about your case. What's the benefit?

If you've never been in a car accident before, you might be tempted to just contact the insurance company directly and be done with it. However, it's important to understand that the insurance company is not on your side, and an attorney can handle matters that you likely would not be able to handle on your own. Here are some key benefits:

Tips for minimizing injury during a fall

In a recent post, we discussed some of the serious dangers of slip-and-fall accidents for older adults. Slip-and-falls are the most common cause of emergency room visits, and such injuries disproportionately affect adults age 65 and over. In addition, slip-and-falls create an increased risk of traumatic brain injury in this subset of the population.

While you can take certain steps to minimize slip and trip hazards in your own home, you can't totally eliminate the possibility of a tumble. However, knowing the safest way to fall can help you minimize injury in the event of such an accident.

What were the most dangerous toys of 2018?

The holidays have passed, but the danger posed by children's toys has not. Every year in the U.S., millions of children receive presents for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and other celebrations. Unfortunately, some children will suffer injuries due to dangerous toys or other products. Recently, the consumer watchdog group U.S. PIRG released its annual guide of potentially hazardous children's toys. Did your child receive something on the list?

Common hazards and dangerous toys

Understanding New Mexico's distracted driving laws

You may have heard of the texting ban that New Mexico's legislature passed a few years ago in an attempt to curb distracted driving. However, the term "texting ban" is a bit misleading, as the law actually prohibits more than just texting.

In today's post, we examine the full of extent of New Mexico's distracted driving legislation and how it may relate to your case in the event of a car accident.

Why a slip and fall could be life threatening for an older adult

When you were young, you could handle almost anything. If you took a tumble while riding your bike, you'd just pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and move on with your life.

But as you've grown older, you've become less resilient. Your bones are more brittle than they used to be. If you slip on a wet floor at the grocery store, you could likely break a bone or even suffer a brain injury.

After a car accident, always consult a lawyer before settling

You're driving home from work one Thursday afternoon. Suddenly, another car plows into you from the side--sending you spinning into oncoming traffic. Miraculously, you survive--but the damage to your car and your person is considerable.

You're taken to the hospital, and the full impact of the incident begins to sink in. You have a broken leg and collarbone. You're in immense pain. And you're left wondering who will pick up your kids from school--or how you'll pay the bills while you're out of work.

How partial fault impacts accident compensation in New Mexico

It's dawn, and the roads are clear. You decide to take your Harley out for an early morning joy ride. As you coast down the highway--enjoying the sun rise--you notice a car approaching in the lane to your left. As the driver passes you, they simultaneously drift into your lane--forcing you to go tumbling off the road.

Fortunately, you were wearing a helmet--and you survive. But you've suffered considerable injuries--broken bones, road rash and even damage to your eyes from flying debris. You sue the other driver for the damage to your bike, your medical bills and your inability to work.

Understanding motorcycle safety laws in New Mexico

The Land of Enchantment is an attractive state for bikers. If you like long roads and beautiful vistas, you and your hog have probably found your way through the Southwest before.

Motorcycle laws vary dramatically by state, so whether you live in New Mexico or are just passing through, it's important to understand the expectations that law enforcement has of motorcyclists. In this article, we outline a few core requirements of bikers in New Mexico:

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