Car Accident Lawyer in Albuquerque, NM Explains Causes and Liability After Being Hit by a Car Crossing the Centerline
The most basic precept of driving a motor vehicle is to stay on your side of the road. There are times when you will be able to cross over, such as to make a left turn. But you can only do so when it is safe and you have yielded to the right of away to all other vehicles. Failing to yield to the right of way and crossing the centerline could result in a car crash. There are also many other common causes and issues when an individual is hit by a car crossing the centerline in Albuquerque, NM which could result in liability and damages awarded to an injured plaintiff.
And our experienced car accident lawyers in Albuquerque, NM could help get that compensation for you. Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our skilled team can work with your treating physicians to help build your damages claim while hiring leading experts to help prove liability when you have been hit by a car crossing the centerline. Learn more how we can help you during a FREE consultation with our lawyers.
Common Causes of Crossing the Centerline
There are several common causes for an accident due to being hit by a car crossing the centerline. They are almost always due to the negligence or another person, business, or government entity. Some of these common causes include the following:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving, such as cell phone use, texting, playing with the GPS, and other tasks
- Inclement weather
- Fatigued driving
- Drugged driving
- Improper left turn
- Unsafe passing, and
- Many other common causes.
Liability for Crossing the Centerline in New Mexico
Even a child knows not to cross the centerline, and if you do, there could be repercussions. Those repercussions are usually traffic tickets. This means that a motorist who crosses the centerline could be found to have violated NM Stat section 66-7-308 and be issued a citation or ticket. This sections provides that motorists must “upon all roadways of sufficient width a vehicle shall be driven upon the right half of the roadway and where practicable, entirely to the right of the centerline thereof[.]”
But not only is it a ticket, a victim hit by a car crossing the centerline in Albuquerque, NM may be entitled to use the violation of the traffic law against a defendant. This is known as the doctrine of negligence per se, and it allows the victim to automatically proof negligence (liability) when a statute was meant to protect the victim but it was violated and such violation caused harm.
If this is true, it means that it will result in liability against a defendant which is a huge step towards proving a case to recovering compensation.
Ask our Car Accident Lawyers in Albuquerque, NM to Help You
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured when you were hit by a car crossing the centerline in Albuquerque, NM, call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. to learn how we can help protect your rights to compensation under New Mexico law.
We offer a FREE consultation and handle cases throughout New Mexico, including in Las Cruces, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Roswell, Farmington, Hobbs, Lordsburg, or anywhere else in the state, including Albuquerque where our law office is located. Call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can help. You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact Us box located by clicking here.