Las Cruces Legal Blog

Report: New Mexico led nation in pedestrian fatalities

When crossing a street, most people assume that drivers are paying attention. But that is not always the case.

It's true that, overall, traffic-related deaths are on the decline in the United States. But a recent report suggests that roads are becoming increasingly unsafe for pedestrians.

Compensation for Victims of Crime Resulting from Poor Security

A broken lock. A poorly-lit parking garage. A door that doesn't close properly. All these things put everyday people at risk in public places. Whether you enter an apartment complex, a bar or a convenience store, the owner of that establishment is at least in part responsible for your safety.

If a mugging, assault or other crime in a public place could have been prevented by better security, the victim may be able to obtain compensation through a negligence lawsuit.

Injured in a bar? You may have a case for negligence.

If you were injured in a bar—whether it was from slipping on a wet floor or from an alcohol-related incident—you may feel embarrassed or that it was your fault. But certain factors could actually make the bar responsible.

Slip-and-falls

Why are people so tempted to check their phones while driving?

You’re driving down I-10, heading home after a long day. Suddenly, you hear that familiar ping—your phone alerting you to a new text, email or other notification. Your hands are fixed on the wheel, but your brain begins to churn as you wonder what it could mean.

Did one of your Facebook followers like your latest post? (It was pretty funny!) Is your babysitter writing to tell you your kid has a fever? The temptation builds, and pretty soon, you find yourself reaching over to pick up your phone.

Spouses of injury victims may be owed compensation

You and your spouse have been together for a long time. You share a home, a family, friends and many hobbies together. Virtually everything in your lives is intertwined.

You rely on your spouse in ways you may not even realize. But if your husband or wife is involved in a serious accident, all the little ways your spouse once supported you suddenly become crystal clear. Under devastating circumstances such as these, what legal recourse do you—the spouse—have to receive compensation for your losses?

What is New Mexico's dram shop law and how does it work?

If you are injured by someone who was overserved at a bar, you can seek damages against the liquor seller by using New Mexico’s dram shop laws.

Most states have variations of dram shop laws—named after 18th century British establishments that sold gin by tiny a amount called a “dram.” Dram shop laws are used to hold the liquor seller liable if they continue to serve someone who is obviously intoxicated.

Seeking fair compensation after a motorcycle crash amputation

If you’re heading down the interstate at 60 miles per hour and crash, the results can be devastating—no matter what type of vehicle you’re driving. However, if you’re on a motorcycle without tons of protective metal surrounding you, the risk of suffering serious injuries is significantly higher.

A motorcycle accident could result in an arm, a leg or other part of the body being shattered beyond repair, and in such cases, amputation may become necessary.

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.

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