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Carlsbad Car Accident Lawyer

A lot of traffic travels into and out of our southeastern New Mexico city of Carlsbad daily. Some individuals visit Eddy County to work in the oil and gas industry. In contrast, others come here to enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the Pecos River Flume, Carlsbad Water Park, the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, or perhaps the shooting range, Bob Forrest Youth Sports Complex, or the museum. There’s no shortage of activities, restaurants, work, and stores available in Carlsbad, NM. No wonder one of the incorporated areas of greater Eddy County is called Happy Valley.

Carlsbad is also the home to the crossroads of many important New Mexico highways. Some highways that cut off in or cross through the city center include U.S. Highways 285 and 62 and New Mexico State Roads 605 and 524, among others. These roads don’t only attract passenger car operators but also local, short-haul, and long-haul truckers carrying goods to and fro.

The abundance of things to do and expansive roadways in the area often lead to many auto accidents. The most recent 2019 data published by the New Mexico Department of Transportation lists Carlsbad as seventh among the state’s cities with the highest traffic accident rates. There were 1,056 total crashes in the city in 2019, and statistics show those numbers are steadily climbing each year.

A car crash can upend your day. The inconvenience of having to deal with not having a car is the least of your worries. Suffering an injury that you're now expected to pay for is a big one. A Carlsbad car accident attorney at Buckingham & Vega Law Firm can help you recover the maximum compensation necessary to cover medical bills.

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Explore How We Have Helped Our Clients
  • $73.21 Million Verdict Birth Injury

    The Buckingham & Vega legal team secured a $73.21 million verdict on behalf of a baby who was catastrophically injured due to the negligence of their doctor and medical team.

  • Record-Setting $72 Million Verdict Birth Injury

    The Buckingham & Vega team obtained a $72 Million verdict in a birth injury case when an OB/ GYN failed to properly monitor the mom during pregnancy.

  • $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.

  • $14 Million Dram Shop Liability

    Our team obtained a $14 million dram shop verdict on behalf of a client who was injured due to negligence.

  • 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.

  • 13 Million Work Injury

    Buckingham & Vega represented an oilfield worker who was killed when their company failed to properly train its employees on how to safely move waste bins. Our client was killed when he became trapped between two bins.

What Different Types of Carlsbad Car Accidents Are There?

There are various car accidents that occur in Carlsbad NM, including:

  • Blind spot accidents
  • Head-on collisions
  • Side-impact crashes (also known as T-bone accidents)
  • Multi-car pileups (also known as chain reaction crashes)
  • Rear-end accidents
  • Rollover crashes
  • Sideswipe accidents

While each car accident type has different appearances, some commonalities exist among them (as they would for truck crashes, motorcycle collisions, or any other type of auto-involved wreck). These motor vehicle accidents:

  • Are often caused by a negligent motorist
  • Frequently leave passenger car occupants with severe injuries
  • Cause injured motorists to incur significant medical bills and lost wages

Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident may be inconvenient, especially when you're trying to get repairs made to your vehicle or a replacement one, and you're juggling newfound medical appointment obligations. Call Buckingham & Vega Law Firm to discover how our Carlsbad car accident attorneys can help you deal with your newfound responsibilities.

What Are Common Causes of Carlsbad Auto Collisions?

Personal injury incidents like Carlsbad car accidents are most often attributable to factors such as:

Reckless Driving

While Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) guidelines apply to commercial carriers (like tractor-trailer operators), their definition of reckless driving proves valuable for understanding what vehicle operation approaches fit into this category. They include:

  • Running a stop sign or red light
  • Purposefully not yielding to other motorists’ or pedestrians’ rights of way
  • Operating a vehicle over 25 MPH over the speed limit
  • Crossing double lines into oncoming traffic within a two-lane highway
  • Street or drag racing other automobiles
  • Passing a stopped school bus
  • Texting while driving
  • Driving while intoxicated (DWI) from either alcohol, illicit, or prescription drugs
  • Attempting to evade a law enforcement officer

While statistics show that a conviction for reckless driving can result in as much as an 87.5% increase in car insurance and a potential suspension or revocation of a driver’s license, that doesn’t deter many motorists from engaging in reckless driving behaviors.

Other factors that may result in car accidents in Carlsbad are vehicle maintenance issues or car manufacturing defects.

Reckless driving is the leading cause of Carlsbad, NM car accidents. Don't carry the burden of someone else's negligent operation of a vehicle on your shoulders. Schedule a free consultation to learn how our Buckingham & Vega car accident lawyers can hold the driver who struck you accountable for their actions.

Types of Injuries Carlsbad Car Accidents Can Result In

Injuries caused by passenger car crashes can range from minor to severe. Examples of injuries that most commonly stem from motor vehicle accidents include:

  • Cuts (also known as lacerations)
  • Bruises
  • Neck injuries, including whiplash
  • Broken bones
  • Extremity or limb injuries requiring amputations
  • Compression injuries
  • Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries like concussions
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Internal organ damage and residual bleeding
  • Second or third-degree burns
  • Back and spinal cord injuries, resulting in paralysis

While some of the injuries above heal in time without any aggressive medical treatment, surgical intervention is necessary to address them. While it’s possible for a patient to recover from most of the conditions described above, some are undoubtedly life-altering.

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