Two people died Tuesday morning after the vehicle they were traveling in rolled in a single-car crash on Interstate 25 between Hatch and Las Cruces, New Mexico. A sport utility vehicle carrying a group of relatives was traveling southbound on the way to Chihuahua, Mexico when it reportedly blew a tire and left the roadway. Four of the six passengers traveling in the SUV were ejected from the vehicle. One man, 50-year-old Daniel Chavez, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Another passenger, Elsa Hernandez of Albuquerque, later died as a result of her injuries. Emergency responders transported the four survivors to University Medical Center in El Paso. At least two of the survivors were taken to the hospital via medical helicopter. According to New Mexico State Police, none of the vehicle’s passengers was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
Tragically, people are killed in motor vehicle accidents while traveling on New Mexico roads each and every day. Crashes may be caused by any number of factors including driver inattention, drunken or reckless driving, hazardous road conditions, or automobile defects. Those hurt in a car accident may be eligible to receive compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, and any disability that resulted from the crash. Additionally, those who lose a close relative in a New Mexico auto accident may be able to collect damages for loss of support and funeral expenses. If you lost a beloved family member in a car crash, a qualified Albuquerque wrongful death attorney can answer any questions you may have.
In some cases, a defective product such as a tire or vehicle may cause someone to become injured. Products are generally defective when they are poorly or negligently designed, manufactured, or tested and someone is injured as a result. A design defect can occur if someone is injured by a product such as a sport utility vehicle even where it was manufactured according to specifications. Additionally, a manufacturing defect may occur where an individual is hurt as a result of errors made during the manufacturing process. If you were the victim in a New Mexico product liability case, you may have the right to receive compensation for your injuries from the manufacturer or the distributor of the faulty product.
If you were hurt or a loved one was killed in a New Mexico automobile accident, contact the Fine Law Firm today. Our skilled Las Cruces product liability lawyers have more than 100 years of combined experience helping the victims of unexpected and tragic injuries receive the compensation they deserve. Our knowledgeable attorneys are available to assist clients located throughout the State of New Mexico. To schedule a free case evaluation with a committed lawyer today, contact the Fine Law Firm through our website or give us a call at (505) 889-3463.
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