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Auto Accident Attorney — Fighting For Victims of Car Accidents in El Paso and Las Cruces
Every year, roughly 3,500 people are killed on Texas roads. Of those accidents, the majority are caused by speeding and driving under the influence.
On a national level, approximately 1.3 million people die in roadway accidents yearly. More than half of those occur in individuals as young as 15 and up to 44. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicated that on average, 102 deaths occurred per day in 2016 as a result of vehicle accidents.
Today, those and other statistics haunt drivers and passengers alike right here in our hometown. We’ve all driven past the construction on Interstate 10, spent time in traffic on Montana Avenue, or experienced congestion on busy roadways during rush hour. As El Paso continues to grow, the roads have become increasingly busier, leading to more frequent car accidents. Our law firm has assisted numerous victims of auto accidents since 1992. Auto accident attorney Humberto Enriquez has represented victims in both El Paso and Las Cruces. He continues to do everything possible to help injured individuals receive the compensation they deserve.
Laws Regarding Vehicle and Roadway Safety in Texas
Texas has become known nationally as the “car accident capital of America.” This sad and alarming nickname is not a joke to the government as they seek new methods of keeping the roads safe. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, these are a few of the current regulations:
- Texas drivers cannot send or receive electronic messages.
- Drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using wireless communication devices.
- In school zones, drivers are prohibited from using handheld devices or texting while driving.
- The limit of alcohol a person can have in his or her system is 0.08 percent, however, a person with 0.15 percent or higher of alcohol faces higher penalties. If the driver is under 21, there cannot be any blood alcohol content.
New Mexico Vehicle and Roadway Laws
Similar to Texas, our neighboring state, New Mexico, has roadway and driver regulations in place in an effort to prevent as many collisions as possible. According to present state regulations, drivers must adhere to the following:
- Cannot drive with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher. Drivers who are 21 cannot have a 0.02 concentration, and if you drive a commercial vehicle, the percentage is 0.04.
- A person who knowingly fails to stop and comply in a car accident involving an injured or fatal person can be considered guilty of a third-degree felony.
- Cannot text while driving.
- Cannot use a hand-held device while driving.
- If you are under 18, you are prohibited from using a cell phone to text or call.
Common Causes of Accidents
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Texting while driving
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving
- Falling asleep behind the wheel
- Failing to stop at a red light or stop signs
We will help you seek the following damages:
- Current and future financial loss
- Vehicle damage
- Past and future medical bills
- Funeral and burial costs
- Lost wages
- Therapy costs
- Pain and suffering
- Rehabilitation services
What To Do If You’ve Been Involved in a Car Accident
- Call 9-1-1. Inform the operator of injured people and wait for the police or ambulance to arrive. In Texas, the law requires victims to remain at the scene of the accident.
- Collect important details. You’ll need the names, phone numbers, license plate numbers, make and model of cars, and insurance information from everyone involved in the accident. If possible, you should also write down or record on your cell phone as many facts as possible. This could include the time of day, weather, emotions, nearby objects, and other details of the scene.
- Take pictures. Gather as much visual evidence as possible. You should take pictures or video of the vehicles, your physical injuries, and other objects involved as well as nearby street signs.
- Seek medical attention. Even if the injury was minor, you should be treated by a medical professional who can fully examine the impact the crash had on your body. Most importantly, symptoms of injury may not be evident at first. An exam can reveal other internal damages, such as a head injury.
- Contact an auto accident attorney. When you contact the Enriquez Law Firm, we’ll begin addressing your initial questions. We’ll let you know the next step to securing a fair compensation and your rights as a victim.