Following eyewitness testimony, authorities suspect that driving under the influence (DUI) caused a New Mexico auto wreck in early December.
Although the accident was initially believed to be just that – an accident – both eyewitnesses and local authorities confirmed that the driver, Jacob Jaramillo, appeared to be under the influence at the time of the crash.
Reports have detailed how the allegedly intoxicated Jaramillo ran a red traffic light before slamming into another vehicle, causing it to flip. Unfortunately, all three people traveling in that vehicle were killed.
While police continue to encourage pedestrians and drivers alike to report incidents of drunk or otherwise impaired driving, DUI continues to be a major cause of injury and/or death across the country, including here in New Mexico.
Filing a Car Accident Claim in the Southwest
Despite alleged fault being determined, car accidents continue to be a highly contested claim in New Mexico state courts. For some, the headache starts right from the beginning, as many victims don’t understand that what they say at the scene of an accident may be admissible in court (known as a ‘res gestae’ statement), and can be used against them in court proceedings.
Therefore, when injuries, whether physical or psychological, are sustained in a car accident caused by another party, it is best to seek the advice of a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. It is always best to consult with legal representation before talking to insurance companies.
Because these types of claims can be increasingly delicate, victims may be hesitant or unable to collect the proper information at the time of the incident, and cases can be hampered by evolving state traffic laws.
Those who currently suffer (or who have suffered) from injuries resulting from car accidents caused by negligent parties or DUI drivers may be entitled to compensation for their injuries, pain, and suffering.
The legal team at Gilstrap & Associates, P.C. is well-versed in the nuances of traffic and other automobile laws in the southwest region, including New Mexico. Our attorneys have handled a variety of auto accident personal injury claims, especially those that involve serious personal injury. We understand that injury sustained in these types of accidents can impair you for life, and that’s why we remain committed to helping our clients reach the full and fair settlements that they deserve.
Our attorneys, who have more than 40 years combined experience in personal injury law, are here to help you today. To schedule your preliminary consultation with a member of our legal team, we welcome your today at (915) 581-0020.