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Albuquerque Truck Accident Lawyer

While the trucking industry distributes goods and services all across the country, negligent truckers are the cause of thousands of accidents just in New Mexico every year. 

According to the New Mexico Department of Transportation, heavy trucks were involved in 5.5% of all crashes in 2017; however, those accidents accounted for 18.7% of all traffic-related fatalities. In total, there were 45,906 truck accidents. The majority resulted in serious and catastrophic injuries.

If you’ve been injured in a crash and are looking to recover from what you were wrongfully put through, an Albuquerque truck accident lawyer from our firm can help you take legal action.

It’s not always easy to stand up for yourself, especially when it involves litigation. Fortunately, our attorneys have years of experience representing all types of accident victims. We’ll provide the same representation and guidance for you. In order to file a successful claim, you first need to understand how truck accidents are unique from other common types of auto crashes.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you should reach out immediately to one of our dedicated attorneys. Our consultations are always free and confidential!

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Our Results Make a Difference

Explore How We Have Helped Our Clients
  • $2 Million Truck Accident

    Buckingham & Vega Law Firm secured $2 million after a wrongful death that occurred after a trucking collision.

  • 13 Million Truck Accident

    Our team secured a 13 million settlement in a truck accident case. An eighteen-wheeler made an unsafe turn in front of a car driven by a grandmother and her family. The grandmother was killed and the family suffered severe injuries.

  • $16 Million Truck Accident

    Buckingham & Vega obtained a $16 million settlement in a truck accident case. The truck driver was speeding and inattentive (texting) and crashed into the rear of a pickup truck stopped at a stoplight.

  • $2 Million Truck Accident

    The Buckingham & Vega team obtained a $2 million wrongful death settlement on behalf of a client who was killed in a truck accident collision.

The Benefits of Working with Buckingham & Vega Law Firm

We hear it all the time, “Why would I have needed an attorney? The trucking company compensated me almost instantly.” In instances where the responsible trucking company offers a pretty penny for the damages, even fatalities, incurred on behalf of the fault of their employee or company, it is often not even close to the amount they should have paid. Trucking companies have high liability insurance, so high that they don’t want to spend an extra cent on anything they don’t have to. When it comes to compensation, they know what the owe. They also know that if an experienced attorney is not handling the case, the average person would see the offer and swipe it up as soon as they could. In reality, it’s nothing in comparison to what they’re owed.

Being at fault for a crash or collision is a huge expense. Once you add medical expenses and damages into the mix, the number gets even bigger. Trucking companies are masters of denial. They will avoid taking responsibility at any and all cost. When dealing with a big rig trucking accident, it is best to seek professional guidance and advice on opening a case.

Here are three reasons you should hire an attorney in a trucking accident, rather than handling it yourself:

1. Trucking Companies Will Undervalue You

Just as previously stated, trucking companies will do their best to give as little monetary compensation as possible. They want to write you a check that is way less than you’re due and be on their way. Trucking companies want to do their best to remain under the radar and off the grid when it comes to accidents.

With an experienced attorney, we can accurately add up all the damages and compensation due. What most people don’t take into consideration are all the losses that do not have a price tag. Car damages and medical bills both have a clear and definitive cost. Quality of life and inability to work are losses that cannot always be accurately priced. With the help of a professional attorney with a history of working with trucking accidents, they will know exactly how much your case is worth, and do everything in their power to make sure you receive it.

2. Take The Time You Need

Anytime a crash or collision occurs with an 18-wheeler or big rig truck, a necessary amount of time to recover is required. Whether it be medical treatment or attention needed or simply recovering from the trauma of the event. With an attorney, you can take the time you need to heal and be with your family rather than worrying about handling a case. At Buckingham & Vega, we respect the families we work with and care for them as our own. Trucking accidents are often not a light case. With all the damages lost along the way, it is important to remain close to your loved ones, keeping everyone as at ease and peaceful as possible. Let us handle the stressors of the accident while you care for your family.

3. We Know The Rules

Above all, we are experienced in trucking accidents. We know what questions to ask, how to find out who the responsible party is and what the appropriate duration of the case should be. As previously mentioned, post-accident is not a time to Google search how to sue a trucking company. Let a professional handle the case. We’ve seen it all and want to help.

If you’ve been injured by a negligent trucker, you deserve compensation for your injuries and losses. As you can see, however, the claims process isn’t always easy. Pursuing a successful case involves representation from an experienced law firm. At Buckingham & Vega Law Firm, our Albuquerque truck accident lawyers have access to the resources and knowledge needed to help you recover full and fair compensation.

The sooner you get started on your claim, the better your chances are of receiving the settlement you deserve. We understand how overwhelming the legal process can seem, especially when you’re trying to focus on recovering physically and emotionally. Without that settlement, however, your recovery could be delayed.

We pride ourselves on ensuring our clients receive the best representation possible. While most truck accident claims settle outside of court through negotiation, we’re not afraid to bring your case in front of a judge if that’s the only way the negligent party will be held accountable.

How To Protect Your Trucking Accident Case

Trucking companies are notorious for avoiding claims and denying liability in cases. They are essentially a large business that doesn’t want to lose money, whether they are at fault or not. First and foremost, when dealing with trucking-related accidents, do not try to handle it on your own. Even if you are being offered a pretty penny for the accident, it is often (if not always), much lower than your case deserves.

A few ways to best ensure you have an irrefutable case:

  • If possible, immediately document all damage. This can be property damage or physical damage. Take photos of both vehicles if safe to do so.
  • Take down contact information of witnesses and provide them with your contact information as well. Sometimes a key witness can be the deciding factor in a trucking related accident.
  • Keep note of any pain or physical harm that appears over time. Car accidents are notorious for delayed aching and soreness. This will help to determine medical coverage.
  • Hire an attorney sooner rather than later. If you approach the truck driver or trucking company unrepresented, they will immediately try to offer a settlement that ensures you will not sue. This is often because they know you have a case and they do not want to pay the full amount you are owed.

To learn more about the litigation process and your legal rights and options, or to get the filing process started, contact our law firm today.

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Maximizing Recovery After a Crash

There are steps you can take to improve your settlement offer from the moment the truck accident happens. Immediately following the crash, refrain from moving your car. Leave the accident scene as it is. If you can, take photographs to document what happened.

It’s likely you’ve been injured, so it’s crucial to seek medical attention immediately. If you can, call 911 and request emergency medical services. In addition to the arrival of medical professionals, police officers will arrive at the scene to take a statement from you and conduct their own investigation. Even if you feel okay, it’s important to get looked over. Not all injuries are visible, and others take time to develop. Additionally, having an accurate record of your injuries will ensure your compensation amount takes all your losses into consideration.

After you’ve had time to ground yourself, get in touch with a lawyer as soon as possible. Doing so will ensure the evidence collected on your behalf is still viable. As time passes, evidence ages and becomes less convincing. Additionally, your lawyer will be able to handle the difficult conversations with insurance adjusters, so you don’t accidentally say something that could jeopardize your claim.

When filing a personal injury claim isn’t enough, you may consider filing a lawsuit against the person or entity that caused your accident. It’s important to note, however, that you’ll be subjected to the state’s statute of limitations. This is the timeframe you have to file a lawsuit. In New Mexico, you have three years from the date of the accident to file a case in court. If you do not file within that time frame, you’ll lose your chance of recovering any amount of compensation.

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