A recent three-vehicle accident on Airport Road near Cerrillos Road in southwestern Santa Fe reportedly sent four people to the hospital in serious condition. According to Santa Fe Police Captain Aric Wheeler, the driver of an Acura sedan struck a pick-up traveling through the intersection during rush hour. The pick-up allegedly rolled and hit a Dodge sedan. Emergency responders reportedly extracted two teen passengers from the Acura using the Jaws of Life before transporting them to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center for treatment. Paramedics also purportedly took the driver of both the pick-up and the Dodge to the same hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police stated the driver of the Acura fled the accident scene before they arrived.
Wheeler said the cause of the injury accident is currently under investigation. At this time, it is not known whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the collision. Wheeler added that it is unclear which vehicle failed to stop at a red traffic light and police do not know why the driver of the Acura fled the scene of the crash.
Each year, unexpected car accidents are one of the most common causes of personal injury claims filed in the State of New Mexico. A crash may result when a distracted, inattentive, impaired, or simply careless motorist gets behind the wheel of a car or other vehicle. In addition, car accidents frequently result from hazardous road conditions, motor vehicle defects, and any number of other factors. Too often, drivers refuse to take responsibility for their negligence and flee the accident scene.
The victim in a hit-and-run accident may be entitled to recover compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, disability, and more. Additionally, the personal representative of someone who was killed in a tragic traffic wreck may be eligible to receive financial compensation pursuant to the New Mexico Wrongful Death Act. It is important for accident victims to understand that uninsured motorist coverage in New Mexico allows individuals who were hurt by a hit-and-run motorist to recover for their damages even if the driver who caused their injury is never apprehended. A crash victim may be entitled to file a claim against the uninsured motorist policy of a family member who resides in the same household even if the insured vehicle was not involved in the collision. A skilled car accident attorney can explain your right to recovery in greater detail.