Accident laws change from state to state while federal laws provide an overall guideline to follow when driving across the country. However, the individual accident laws that your case may be tried under can change based on where you are and who is at fault. Consulting an auto accident lawyer like Hinkle Law Offices can provide will help you get the best possible result from your case.
How Multi-Vehicle Accident Laws Work in New Mexico
A multi-vehicle (or chain reaction) accident occurs when more than one car is involved in a collision. A car waiting in line at a stop sign that’s rear-ended by one vehicle may hit the car in front of them. This is a multi-vehicle accident, and determining fault involves gathering evidence, taking statements and examination by an objective third party.
New Mexico uses the rule of comparative negligence. In a multi-vehicle accident, the total amount of damages will be assessed and a percentage of responsibility for the accident assigned to each party considered to be at fault. This makes everyone considered at fault to be responsible for damages up to their percentage. If someone is considered to be 50% at fault for causing a chain accident, they’re required to pay up to 50% of damages.
Why an Auto Accident Lawyer Helps
Determining fault in a chain accident is difficult. There are multiple people involved and there may be multiple people considered negligent under current accident laws. Legal representation will help you get the compensation you deserve. Hinkle Law Offices has expert auto accident lawyers available to sort through the facts and present the case on your behalf.
Someone else’s negligence shouldn’t cost you more than it already has. Contact us today and we’ll begin your free case evaluation.