Understanding Law, Damages, and Trucking Accidents from our New Mexico 18 Wheeler Wreck Lawyers
Victims who have been seriously injured in a trucking accident in New Mexico need to consult with an experienced 18 wheeler wreck lawyer. These are serious types of cases which are more complicated than other types of motor vehicle accidents. Insurance adjusters and defense lawyers know this, and will frequently prey on less experienced lawyers who do not normally handle trucking accidents. The same is true for victims who try to negotiate with the insurance company themselves, as most insurance adjusters have the support of defense lawyers behind-the-scenes. This is why victims of serious big rig wrecks in New Mexico need to contact an experienced law firm to protect their rights to compensation.
At the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we are that experienced law firm. We help victims and their families when the negligence of another person, business, or government entity causes serious harm in a negligent crash. We have handled trucking accidents in New Mexico against some of the largest trucking companies in the United States, including J.B. Hunt, Schneider National, and FedEx. We have also fought after some of the largest defense firms and insurance companies in the United States. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in an 18 wheeler wreck, learn how our law firm can help protect your rights to compensation.
Do I Have to Prove a Trucking Accident Occurred “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt” in New Mexico?
Most people know the standard or burden of proof is “beyond a reasonable doubt.” We hear this in television shows or on the news. We know this to mean that a juror needs to be nearly 100% confident that this is what happened. Some scholars and legal commenters believe this to be up 98-99% confident. This is a very high burden. But this is not the standard that a victim must prove a trucking accident case in New Mexico.
Rather, New Mexico law requires victims to prove liability in a trucking accident case that is a “preponderance of the evidence.” This standard is just that it is more likely than not that the victim is telling the truth. This means that a victim can win a trucking accident case with just 51% of the confidence level. That is a lot different than beyond a reasonable doubt.
How to File a Claim for a Trucking Accident in New Mexico
Filing a trucking accident claim requires a lot. This includes identifying who is the actual defendant besides the driver, which is usually the trucking company who shares vicarious liability with its employees. Generally, an initial investigation must have been made and the facts of the 18 wheeler wreck need to be accurately recorded. Medical records also need to be obtain to ensure that a victim has an appropriately-severe type of case to commence an action.
In order to commence an action, there must be a summons and complaint. The summons notifies the defendant of the action and brings him, her, or it (a business or government entity) to court. The complaint is the “charging” document which provides the facts and allegations which fit into a cause of action. This cause of action is what seeks a certain type of relief. These papers must be filed and a fee paid with the clerk’s office, and then the claim is served on the defendant(s).
How Much Does a Trucking Accident Lawyer in New Mexico Cost?
The cost of a lawyer can vary greatly. However, at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced New Mexico trucking accident lawyers only get paid once you get paid. This is because we accept cases on a contingency fee agreement. This means that we pay the upfront costs now and only take a percentage of what we recover for you, after we recover it. This means there is no fee until we win at court or negotiate a settlement.
There is No Upfront Financial Risk to Call Our Lawyers
Trucking accidents in New Mexico can result in serious or catastrophic personal injuries. These are very complicated types of cases that victims must ensure that their rights are protected. If you or a loved one were seriously injured or if a loved one was wrongfully killed, please contact our experienced New Mexico trucking accident lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. to learn how we can help protect your rights to compensation today. Call to schedule your FREE appointment by dialing (505) 883-5000.
We handle causes throughout New Mexico, including Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Roswell, Cuervo, Rio Rancho, Clovis, Farmington, Hobbs, Albuquerque where our office is located, and anywhere else throughout New Mexico. Please call to schedule for FREE appointment by dialing (505) 883-5000 or contact us through our website’s easy to use and convenient contact box available here.