Areas of Practice
Automobile accidents can be caused due to a collision with an object such as another vehicle, a pedestrian, an animal, a ditch, a utility pole, road debris, etc. Many factors can be involved in an auto collision such as the driver, the vehicle, the speed of the vehicle, road conditions or the driver's impairment. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 6,064,000 crashes reported in 2014; 9,068 of those crashes were due to alcohol impairment and resulted in fatalities. If you were injured in an auto collision or know of a family member who has died due to an auto collision, please call our office or fill out our online consultation form for your free case evaluation.
18 Wheeler Accidents
18 wheeler trucks are involved in some of the worst accidents and can have life-altering consequences to those involved. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 3,903 fatalities and 111,000 people were injured in 2014 alone due to crashes involving large trucks. These crashes can cause undue stress and burdens on families involved due to serious injuries such as head injuries, herniated discs, fractures and even death. All resulting in enormous expense. Mr. Saenz can help you to receive fair compensation and determine the damages that you are entitled to.
Like 18 wheeler accidents, motorcycle accidents can be equally devastating. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics for 2014, there were 4,586 fatalities of which 1,716 were not wearing helmets and there were 92,000 motorcyclists injured. Medical expenses can add up very quickly and fair compensation is due to those involved. Mr. Saenz has handled numerous motorcycle accident cases which highly qualifies him to assess your case.
An estimated 4.7 million dog bites occur in the U.S. each year and nearly 800,000 dog bites require medical care, according to statistics from Centers for Disease Control the Humane Society of the United States. Dog bites can cause serious harm for the victim, often a child and can cause permanent injury, scarring and emotional trauma. Dog owners are responsible for injuries caused by their pet. They may be held liable for medical bills and other financial losses resulting from dog bite trauma and liable for pain and suffering caused by the dog attack.
Uninsured or Underinsured Motorists
According to New Mexico MVD, “In New Mexico, drivers are expected to operate their motor vehicles with a minimum of liability auto insurance. Minimum auto liability insurance amounts required in New Mexico are:
$25,000 for bodily injury to or death of one person,
$50,000 for bodily injury to or death of two or more persons, and $10,000 for property damage in any one accident.”
Sadly, due to lack of employment and the economy, many New Mexico drivers are uninsured. The Insurance Research Council reports that New Mexico ranks number 4 in the top 10 highest states based on an estimated percentage of uninsured motorists for 2012 with a percentage of 21.6 being uninsured.
Fortunately for you, an uninsured or underinsured motorist claim could be available to help you recover damages. Please call or fill in the online confidential consultation form for a free consultation.
Dram Shop (Liquor Liability)
New Mexico Dram Shop laws assign liability to persons or establishments that serve alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person. If the intoxicated individual later causes personal injury or property damage because of their intoxication, such as driving drunk, the establishment can be found liable for serving them alcohol. Under the New Mexico Dram Shop Liability Act, plaintiffs must prove that the establishment served alcohol to a patron when it was “reasonably apparent” to the establishment that the patron was intoxicated.
Insurance Bad Faith
The law of insurance bad faith requires an insurance company to act fairly and in good faith towards its policyholders and to consider the interests of its policyholders equal to its own interests. It also prohibits an insurance company from denying or denying a claim unreasonably or without proper cause. If an insurance company acts in bad faith it may be subjective to punitive damages. A policyholder can collect more than what is contractually owed under policy if an insurance company breaks this law.