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What Options Do Those Affected by Drunk Driving Crashes Have?

Law Office of Matthew Vance, P.C.

New Mexico law makes it a crime for a driver to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking too much alcohol. The type of driver’s license and a person’s age determines the criminal consequences.

But what if that driver harmed a motorist? What rights do you have if you suffered injuries after a car crash caused by a drunk driver?

You Can File an Insurance Claim

Every driver in New Mexico is required to carry liability insurance coverage. However, even if a driver has an insurance policy, it may not provide the coverage needed to pay for catastrophic injuries. But there is another option.

You Can File a Civil Lawsuit

Those injured in auto accidents by drunk drivers in New Mexico have the ability to pursue a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. A judgment could award you compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage costs and others not covered by insurance.

You Could Hold a Business Responsible

If a drunk driver was consuming alcohol at a bar or restaurant before the crash, the business that served the individual may be liable under the theory of dram shop liability. The dram shop laws in New Mexico pass liability onto businesses if a representative of the establishment, like a server or bartender, serves a patron who is visibly drunk or under the legal age for consuming alcohol and later causes harm to another person.

For those with catastrophic losses, a dram shop claim could be a fair and appropriate way to seek compensation to pay for medical expenses and other costs related to the accident.

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I would recommend his services. They have a very informative staff as well. He helped me gather the most out of my car accident settlement and I'm most thankful that I went with Matt instead of a big name law firm you see on tv. When I was injured he was able to come to my house and do my first...

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Great and honest, helped me a lot to win my case.

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Mr. Vance was attentive, diligent and even keeled throughout the process of fighting for my case. He exhibits a quiet and calm confidence in what to do and how to prepare. He always gave me the facts and did not BS me with exaggerated promises. He always treated me and my family as people, not a...


Matt and his team are amazing. They contacted me when I needed to come into the office to sign forms, and they only bothered me when they had a question on something. They took care of everything from beginning to end. I am so appreciative of them. And would refer them to my closest friends.

C. J.

Matt and his team are absolutely amazing and helped me more than enough with my case. He is very knowledgeable and friendly. He made a very difficult situation, seamless. Thank you so much!

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