We have seen a number of repairs come in from the New Year Snow! Accidents spiked over the holiday, keeping us busy. Do you know what to do if you are involved in an accident with injuries?
There are over 250+ million licensed drivers, and approximately 6.2 million accidents happen every year. Unfortunately, if we’re going to drive vehicles, there are going to be accidents. Knowing what to do in case of an accident can help reduce the stress and cost of the situation. It can also protect you from false claims, incorrect judgments and unjust liabilities.
Never leave the scene of an accident. This is a crime, even if the accident is not your fault. If you leave the scene, it is referred to as a “hit-and-run,” and the fines and penalties are steep in New Mexico. You can even lose your driver’s license or spend some time in jail. If someone has been injured in the accident, most state laws require you to help them. You must call for help. If you are able, you should also render first aid to the injured.
If there are injuries, Call 9-1-1 or get someone else to call 9-1-1 as soon as possible. Tell the operator if there are injuries or any circumstances that require fire services. Place roadside flares, turn on your flashers or lift your hood to warn other Albuquerque motorists that there’s been an accident.
File a police report. This can seem like a hassle when there are no injuries and only minor damage to vehicles. But you’d be surprised at the lawsuits and false claims that can arise from fender benders. You want a police report to protect yourself.
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If no one is injured, call the non-emergency Albuquerque Police number. 505-242-COPS
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