January 2018 Archives

What are punitive damages?

If you were injured or lost someone to wrongful death in New Mexico, you may pursue legal action against the offending party whether they were an individual or a corporation. That action may result in awards exceeding the typical medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of companionship, hedonic damages or anything else associated with losses caused by the injury or death. In that case, a judge choosing to award damages well beyond the necessary for recompense can be considered punitive damages.

Airbag recall now affects nearly 40 million vehicles

The massive recall of Takata air bags is not about to go away any time soon. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced 14 additonal models of cars that are affected by the recalled air bags. The recall-one of the largest in consumer history-is estimated to affect nearly 40 million vehicles.

What can you do if you lose a loved one in a fatal car accident?

You never want to get that call. Someone you love -- a partner, friend or family member -- has been involved in a fatal car crash on a New Mexico street or highway. Their loss may impact you in many ways, from emotional trauma to the loss of companionship and loss of income or financial support. Although nothing can ease your grief, you may wish to take legal action to help your family. You may have the option to pursue a wrongful death suit and hold the other driver or their insurance company responsible for your harms and losses.

Wrongful death lawsuit names Santa Fe Senior Living Facility

Making the realization that you can no longer care for a loved one at home is not easy. Choosing the right senior living or assisted care facility can be a difficult decision. You want to make sure that your loved one is being placed in a safe, secure, and hospitable facility. You also want to make sure that your loved one's health care needs will be met.

What are the New Mexico state requirements for auto insurance?

You may know that insurance is a necessity for operating a motor vehicle with a valid driver's license, but many drivers do not know that states specify their own requirements for mandatory minimum insurance coverage in the event of an automobile accident. If you find yourself in an accident without the legally mandated minimum insurance, even if you were not at fault in the accident you may still face penalties. New Mexico is no different, and has its own mandates for minimum insurance requirements.

What are the statistics on New Mexico motor vehicle fatalities?

Driving on New Mexico's streets and highways can be dangerous, but how dangerous compared to other states? According to the CDC, the state of New Mexico's overall driver deaths and cost of death per year ranges about average out of the fifty states.

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