DRUNK DRIVING HURTS. DRUNK DRIVING KILLS.
Drunk and texting drivers take needless risks with the lives of everyone they encounter. Unfortunately, drunk driving is a sad fact of life in New Mexico. Our state ranks at the bottom in terms of drunk driving arrests, number of crashes, and fatalities. In 2014 alone, there were 10,999 drunk driving arrests in New Mexico–and those are only the ones who got caught! Thousands of other drivers went uncaught and unpunished.
SOMETIMES THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM FAILS
Unfortunately, many drunk driving arrests fall through the cracks. And sometimes, drunk drivers are able to beat the rap, and their actions go unpunished in the criminal justice system. In 2014, for example, only 7053 of the 10,999 arrested for DWI served any kind of time or had any criminal punishment for their actions in New Mexico.
SOMETIMES THE CIVIL SYSTEM CAN PUNISH DRUNK DRIVERS.
Fortunately, the criminal justice system is not our only check and balance on the bad conduct of drunk drivers. New Mexico’s insurance law is very favorable to people who have been hurt by drunk drivers, and in many cases our experienced attorneys can find ways to punish the drunk driver with money damages. While it’s not jail time, an award of money to the person injured by the drunk driver is a recognition of the pain caused by the drunk driver.
PUNITIVE DAMAGES FOR DRUNK OR TEXTING DRIVING
Everyone injured in a car crash is legally entitled to their “compensatory damages.” Compensatory damages include your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost enjoyment of life, and lost wages. But in a case involving “reckless, willful, or wanton” conduct, you may also be entitled to “punitive damages.” Punitive damages are to punish the wrongdoer, and go above and beyond the other kinds of damages to which you may be entitled.
You need a good, trustworthy lawyer to tell you whether you are entitled to claim punitive damages in your New Mexico personal injury case. Not every case rises to the level of “reckless, willful, or wanton” conduct necessary to make such a claim, but our law says that for some kinds of conduct (including drunk and texting driving), punitive damages may be awarded to the injured person. However, even if punitive damages are available, there still must be a source of recovery, i.e. insurance, to cover the damages. New Mexico’s insurance law is complex on the issue of punitive damages, and only an experienced, competent lawyer can analyze the insurance coverages of the drunk or texting driver, as well as your insurance coverages, to determine if there is money available to you to pay you for punitive damages.
BLAZEJEWSKI & HANSEN KNOW WHAT TO DO.
If you have been hurt by a drunk or texting driver, the experienced, aggressive attorneys at Blazejewski & Hansen know how to maximize your recovery and get you the money you deserve.
At Blazejewski & Hansen, we understand the importance of helping victims of drunk and texting drivers recover from their injuries, and we also understand the importance of sending a strong message to these dangerous drivers that our community doesn’t tolerate their risky actions. We can help maximize your recovery after you’ve been hurt by a dangerous, reckless, careless driver.
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