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Motor vehicle accidents are responsible for a vast number of serious injuries and deaths annually. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 2.24 million people were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2010; another 32,885 were killed in such accidents. In New Mexico alone, 346 people lost their lives in car accidents in 2010.
Although there are many reasons car accidents occur, most involve negligence in some form or another by the driver. The most common cause of motor vehicle accidents is driver error, though automobile accidents can also occur due to defective products (i.e., tires, vehicle parts, etc.), poor street maintenance, DUI, improperly performed vehicle repairs or maintenance, and many other reasons.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a car accident, truck accident or any other motor vehicle accident that was not your fault, you may have legal right to recover money that you may have lost as a result of another driver’s negligence.
When considering how much money your claim will be worth, the following are some things to keep in mind: