Recover damages from insurance companies and negligent drivers
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 353 people died in motor vehicle accidents in New Mexico in 2011. The tragedy is compounded by the fact that almost all traffic fatalities are preventable. During the 25 years since our founding, the lawyers at Revo Smith Law have witnessed time and time again the anguish a family endures because another driver or corporation disregarded the safety of others on New Mexico’s roadways and killed or seriously injured a loved one.
If you suffered the loss of your loved one, our accident attorneys hold the negligent parties accountable for the fatal accident. We know you are grieving, and we do all we can to minimize the time and stress that can accompany a wrongful death lawsuit. Our team efficiently handles every aspect of the investigation and preparation of your claim involving your loved one’s car, truck or motorcycle fatality. Our compassionate staff and lawyers treat your family with respect and consideration throughout the legal process.
Causes of fatal accidents
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it best: “It’s important to remember that crashes are preventable.” This might seem like common sense, but the many negligent motorists who drive while speeding, distracted or impaired do not seem to comprehend the severe, unnecessary risks they pose to others. Likewise, manufacturers that release defective auto parts often put their own profitability before the safety of consumers.
Compensation for your family
For many families, the death of a breadwinner can result in financial struggles. Our firm pursues economic compensation to cover these losses and pay special attention to the grief and loss issues our clients suffer. However, you are also entitled to economic damages for the death of any family member in a fatal car wreck. In addition to economic recovery, you may also obtain noneconomic damages. Depending on the facts of your individual case, your damages and losses
- Funeral and burial costs
- Medical bills
- Diminished household income
- Lost benefits — such as Social Security, pensions and health insurance
- Loss of services — including child care, cooking, landscaping, housecleaning and accounting
- Loss of love, companionship, guidance, friendship, protection and moral support
- Your pain and suffering
- Your emotional distress, depression and anxiety caused by the death
The emotional loss of companionship is what the law calls, “loss of consortium.” This cause of action was created in New Mexico in 1994 in a case brought by Mr. Revo to the New Mexico Supreme Court.