Auto Accidents

Basic Winter Check-Up for Your Vehicle

 Give Your Car a Winter Check-Up

While it can be exciting to see snow hit our beautiful high-desert landscape (especially around the holidays), inclement weather can mean dangerous driving conditions and increased risk of accidents.

As we dive deeper into winter, here’s your reminder to give your car a basic health check. 

Check Your Car BatteryC


Most car batteries last between four to five years; however, some may only last about 3 years in warmer climates. Before we see more snow, be sure to check your car battery. If you’d rather have this completed by a professional, organizations like AutoZone and Pep Boys usually offer free battery testing.

Is it Time to Rotate or Change Your Tires?

Regardless of weather conditions, it’s important to know when tires need to be rotated or replaced. This becomes even more important when there’s a chance of driving on icy roads.

According to Pep Boys, the penny test is a reliable and easy way to check tire tread and determine if tires are due for a swap. To have adequate traction when driving on snowy roads, a tire requires a 6/32-inch deep tread at a minimum. The United States DOT recommends changing your tires when depth falls to 2/32″.

Fill Your Wiper Fluid Reservoir & Replace Wipers When Needed

If your windshield wipers aren’t functioning perfectly, it’s time to troubleshoot and/or replace them. This small investment may save a life. Be sure to fill your windshield washer reservoir with no-freeze fluid and check your antifreeze level as well.

Make a Winter Essentials Driving Kit

This is also a great time to load your trunk with a winter driving kit. Include the following items:

  • ice scraper and shovel
  • jumper cables
  • a flashlight with extra batteries
  • blankets
  • gloves
  • sand and/or kitty litter and/or gravel and/or salt
  • a spare cell phone or solar charger may come in handy and can be pulled out of your trunk in a pinch.
  • When snowfall is heavy or you’re stranded, flares and matches might also prove a good investment, especially if road trips are in your future.

Wishing you a safe holiday season!

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Tips for Safe Winter Driving

Tips for Safe Driving in Winter Conditions

For many, winter is the happiest season of all – allowing for more quality time with loved ones and some time away from the 8-to-5 grind.

Unfortunately, winter can also mean unsafe driving conditions and fatal car accidents. While living in central New Mexico often affords us little snow and ice, both do make their way into our lives here and there.

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Academy, car accidents are the number one cause of death during winter storms. Let’s review some tips to keep you and your family safe this winter.

Before Getting On the Road

Before heading out of the house or office, check for traffic and road hazard alerts. Local news and radio stations often provide this information, and app technology has provided even easier access to these alerts. Apps like Waze will alert you to accidents, traffic jams and road hazards. Checking an app like Waze before getting on the road will allow you to better plan your route. Keep in mind that bridges and overpasses will freeze first. If possible, seek an alternative route.

When You’re On the Road

While driving, keep a greater-than-normal distance between you and the car in front of you, as stopping distances are longer when roads are covered with snow and ice. Keep your headlights on for safety and avoid using cruise control. If children are in route with you, it is safest to seat them in the back. And, of course, buckle up!

If Your Car Begins to Slide or Skid

When your car begins to slide, it’s a natural instinct to pump the breaks; HOWEVER, this can actually cause you to slide further and potentially lose control of the vehicle.

If your rear tires begin to skid on ice, it is recommended to take your foot off of the gas pedal and turn the wheel in the direction that the rear of your car is sliding (where you want the front wheels to go). Doing this should help to get your vehicle back on the right track. Be very careful not to over-correct.

If your front tires begin to skid, take your foot off of the gas pedal and shift into neutral. As the car begins to slow down, steer gently. Once you have control of the car and feel traction, go back in gear and accelerate slowly. If you have a manual transmission, depress the clutch and tap the brake pedal lightly.

Stuck in the Snow?

After you turn on your hazard lights and determine that it is safe to exit (and only if it is safe to exit), turn your wheels from side to side. This will help to push out the snow. Now, this is where that winter driving essentials kit comes into play. Clear as much snow as you can from the tires and underside of your car. Pour sand, kitty litter, gravel or salt in the path of your wheels. Lightly accelerate, placing your car into a low gear.

Take it Slow!

Remember – driving at lower speeds gives you better control of your vehicle. Downshift to a lower gear if you anticipate driving onto ice. Be careful not to drive faster than 45mph if roads are icy – even highways. On black ice, any vehicle can slide off of the road at 10mph or less. If you’re fishtailing or sliding at all, slow down!

Also remember that All-Wheel-Drive does not give you more grip in corners or help you to stop. Turn slowly, accelerate gently, and brake lightly and early.

Wishing you all a safe, happy and healthy holiday season!

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What Happens if an Uninsured Driver Hits You?

What Happens if an Uninsured Motorist Hits You?

Today, we’re kicking off Video #1 of our auto accident FAQ series! The topic is one that attorney Rob Baskerville feels everyone should have knowledge of

When a collision happens, the source of financial recovery for your losses typically comes from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. So what happens if the at-fault driver is uninsured?

Watch the video to find out what happens if an accident is caused by an uninsured driver.
In this video, Rob also talks about:

  • Stats on Uninsured Drivers in New Mexico (hint: more than 1 in 5 drivers in New Mexico do not have insurance).
  • When the at-fault driver does have insurance, but not enough to fully cover all of your losses.
  • Uninsured Motorist Coverage and why it is extremely important.

Stay tuned for more FAQ videos, coming soon.

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Rob Baskerville on Good Day New Mexico – 5 Things to Do After a Collision

Our very own Rob Baskerville shares 5 important things you can do after a automobile accident on Good Day New Mexico.

 

For a more in-depth guide, see our FAQ article on what to do after a car accident.

 

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Rob Baskerville Joins The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40

The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40

 

Baskerville Law LLC is excited to announce that attorney Rob Baskerville was invited into the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 and has graciously accepted!

The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 is by invitation only.  Selection is based on a thorough, multi-phase objective process that combines peer nominations with third-party research.

This is a prestigious honor, “extended only to a select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and public profile measured by objective and uniformly applied standards, in compliance with state bar and national Rule 4-7.”

Rob is dedicated to helping injured auto accident victims and their loved ones receive justice and fair compensation for their losses, and that is why he formed Baskerville Law LLC!  This award only further demonstrates Rob’s commitment to his clients.

Congratulations to Rob!

7 Things to Consider When Hiring an Auto Accident Attorney

7 Things to Consider When Hiring an Auto Accident Attorney

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If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you’ve got a lot on your plate.  Aside from seeking appropriate medical care, hiring an attorney is one of the most important things that you can do.  So, what do you need to know when looking for a personal injury lawyer?

First things first:
Personal injury” is a term used for a variety of case types.  For example, some personal injury lawyers focus on a specific type of case – e.g., medical malpractice, auto accident, or nursing home abuse.  Other personal injury lawyers work on several different types of cases.

If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, you should consider choosing an attorney who focuses on auto accident cases.

Think about it this way:
If you wanted to be evaluated or treated for a heart issue, you would (hopefully) want to see a cardiologist and not a general practice doctor.  The same is true when choosing an attorney.

That leads us right into 7 things that you should consider when hiring an auto accident attorney.  Keep in mind that this list, in no way, is exhaustive of the items you should consider; however, this is a good starting point.

(1) Ask your prospective attorney about the scope of his or her work.
Does he/she have experience in auto accident injury cases?  Does he/she focus solely on auto accident cases, or several personal injury case types?  What percentage of the attorney’s auto accident cases have been successfully resolved?

(2) You should expect a complimentary consultation with the attorney to discuss the details of the accident. 
Albuquerque is lucky to have several qualified personal injury attorneys.  Most reputable personal injury lawyers will offer a free and non-obligatory consultation.

(3) Is it in your best interest to hire an attorney?

After consulting with you and understanding the basics of what happened, a knowledgeable car accident lawyer should be able to let you know whether it is in your best interest to hire an attorney.  Depending on what happened, you may be able to successfully resolve your claim on your own, without being subject to attorney’s fees.  However – if you or your passengers were injured in an accident caused by someone else, it is likely in your best interest to have legal representation.  Check out our article that lays out when you should hire a car accident injury lawyer for more information on this point.

(4) Most reputable auto accident attorneys will not be paid unless they win your case.
Once monetary compensation is recovered for you, the attorney is then paid a percentage of the amount. This is called a contingency fee. During your initial consultation, be sure to ask the attorney about the details of his or her fee structure, which should also be presented in writing.  The attorney’s fee depends upon each firm, though typically ranges between 33%-40% and may be a graduated fee schedule.  At Baskerville Law, we’re proud to offer high-quality legal representation at a discounted fee – and we only get paid if you get paid.

(5) Take a look at professional memberships, awards, experience, and reviews.
When researching an attorney, look for reviews that are clearly from clients.  You’ll want to get a good sense of how the attorney works with his or her clients.  Is the attorney accessible?  Is there evidence of good relationships with prior clients?  Would prior clients recommend the attorney to friends and family?  These are just some of the things to look out for and consider.  (See all client reviews submitted to Baskerville Law LLC on our Client Reviews page.)

(6) Be sure that you’re clear about what your next steps will be.
While auto accident cases can be very complex, you should have a good understanding of what the next steps are and how the overarching process will work.  If you have questions, ask them!  If you don’t quite understand something, ask for clarification.  Don’t leave things “clear as mud.”

(7) Ask who will be working on your case.

This one might seem strange to someone who is seeking an auto accident attorney.  After all, won’t the attorney who you researched and called be the one who is working on your case?  Not necessarily.  Some attorney firms may have one lawyer perform the initial consultation and, afterward, the information is passed on to another attorney who will actually work on the case.  Or, you might meet with an “intake specialist” or paralegal instead of an attorney at first.  Make sure that you know who will be working on your case, so that you know who to contact with questions.  If the attorney working on your case is not the person that you meet with, request to meet them if it would make you feel more comfortable.  In light of tip #5 on this list, you might also want to perform a little research on the attorney and see if any reviews are available.

At Baskerville Law LLC, you’ll always meet with our owner attorney, Rob Baskerville, and Rob will always be the attorney working on your case.

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Baskerville Law LLC is a car accident law firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Rob Baskerville – our auto accident attorney and founder – is honored to help individuals who have been injured in accidents caused by the carelessness of someone else.

Call us at 505-247-2774 to schedule your complimentary, no-strings-attached consultation. You can also fill out the contact form below and we’ll contact you at a time that works well for you.

If you’re unable to come into our office for any reason, our auto accident lawyer can come to you!  That is just one of the many ways that we try to make the process as easy as possible for our valued clients.

 

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What is the “Textalyzer”?

What is the “Textalyzer”?

It’s no surprise that distracted driving is one of the leading causes of auto accident related injuries and death.  And, when you think of distracted driving, texting is likely one of the first things that come to mind.

It’s no wonder that many states have specifically banned texting while driving. Unfortunately, efforts to prevent this have not proven to be so effective.

Case in point:
-Are you guilty of texting while driving?
-Have you texted or emailed while at a stop sign or red light?
-Or, maybe you’ve held your phone at just the right spot so that you can quickly glance between that addicting bright screen and the road?

Odds are that you’ve probably done something of the sort.

Unlike drunk driving, and despite driving laws created to stop texting behind the wheel, it remains (for many) socially acceptable.

So, here’s another reason to drop your phone “like it’s hot” until your drive is complete.

A new law regarding a test called the Textalyzer (yes, a spin on the “Breathalyzer”) has been proposed in the state of New York.

Here’s the skim of it:
A car accident happens. The police officer goes through their normal process of investigating what happened. But now, in addition, the officer asks for all involved drivers to hand over their phones.

The Textalyzer is then used to search for recent activity on the phone – texts, emails, or any other activity not allowed under New York law when driving.  This is done by getting into the phone’s operating system.

And…The proposed law states that a driver’s failure to hand over his or her phone could result in a suspended driver’s license.

I know what you’re thinking:
“What about our privacy rights?”

That stands to be a large barrier for the proposed law. Apparently, however, the Textalyzer would not give officers access to any real content of texts and emails identified.  Instead, the test would simply identify if there was recent activity on the phone.

This will certainly be an interesting one to watch. Stay tuned!

 

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How Insurance Claims Became a Profit-Making Process

How Insurance Claims Became a Profit-Making Process

We’ve written before about insurance companies and their priority to increase profits as much as possible.

We explained how this often leaves victims of accidents to receive much less money than they are deserving of while wasting valuable time.   And, in many cases, how they need to hire a personal injury attorney to recover the compensation that they deserve.

It gets worse:
Many people do not have the expertise to know whether the amount offered by the insurance company is fair.  If you haven’t read the post, I recommend catching up here first.

Today, we’re digging a little deeper for you.

Specifically, we’ll touch on the history of the insurance industry’s business model. If you read our post on insurance companies, then you saw Anderson Cooper investigate the poor behavior of auto insurance companies.  And, you may have been pretty surprised.

Now, we’ll recap an article from the Huffington Post, which straightforwardly reported on:
the profit-hungry model of insurance companies,
combined with weak regulation,
despite the industry’s requirement by law to act in good faith. (Read about bad faith insurance here.)

Buckle your seat belt, because you’re in for a shock.

Russ Roberts is a New Mexico-based management consultant who is well-versed in the evolution of the insurance industry. Roberts told the Huffington Post that insurance “claims have been converted into a money-making process.”

…For the insurance companies, of course.

 

THE BACKSTORY

In order to better understand what exactly is going on here, I’d like to start at the center of the story with McKinsey & Company. Does the name sound familiar to you?  If not, then bear with me. This is an important piece of the story.

A 2013 article from MarketWatch states:

“Over the years, McKinsey’s advice has been blamed for billions’ worth of missteps at companies from General Motors to General Electric … And some of its former top executives have committed infamous white-collar crimes.”

Here are some major examples:
Anil Kumar, former senior partner at McKinsey & Company, pleaded guilty in 2010 to releasing insider information to Raj Rajaratnam, former hedge fund billionaire.

Rajat Gupta, prior top executive at McKinsey, was convicted of insider trading charges in the same Rajaratnam scandal in 2012.

One of McKinsey’s previous partners, Jeffrey Skilling, became CEO of Enron.

Hmm…there might be a pattern here. Right?

Nonetheless, McKinsey & Company reportedly made in excess of $8 billion in profits in 2014.

 

WHERE IT ALL WENT WRONG FOR CONSUMERS

So, here’s the big deal:
In the mid-1990’s, McKinsey & Company consulted with large, leading insurance players (like Allstate) to reevaluate their business model.

The consulting giant sold these big-name insurance companies a completely new system. The concept was to move the traditional claims adjusting process to a computer-driven model.

On its face, this may not seem terrible. But here’s the problem:
The real strategy was taking away the wide autonomy that claims managers had to serve clients and, instead, using the computer-driven model to output offers that are purposefully low.

You’re probably thinking:
“Well how can that align with their legal obligation to act in good faith?”

Great question! It doesn’t.

However, this was just the start of the new, profit-driven process, which created a vicious road map, leading one of two ways:
1) If claimants accepted the purposefully low offer, they would receive speedy service.
2) If claimants did not accept the purposefully low offer, they would not only receive delayed service, but also be required to file suit in order to fight for their rights to fair compensation.

It gets worse:
The Huffington Post included an eye-opening quote in their article from a former Allstate agent, Shannon Kmatz. Kmatz told the American Association for Justice that the insurance company’s new strategy was to make the claims process “so expensive and so time-consuming that lawyers would start refusing to help clients.”

Yes, you read that correctly.

 

WHERE ARE THE REGULATORS?

If you didn’t think it was bad enough, here’s the kicker:
While consumers (yep – you and I) are left to struggle with the malicious process of insurance companies, industry giants like Allstate have gained tremendous profit advantages since shifting business models.

According to the Huffington Post, Allstate made $4.6 billion in profits in the year 2007, which was double its earnings in the 1990’s (when the business model shift occurred).

Roberts explains that this is due to the new strategy and driving down loss values to an average of 30 percent below the actual market cost.”

Let me just repeat that last part:
Their strategy involves driving down loss values (i.e., the amount that you deserve) by an average of 30% below market cost.

And, Allstate isn’t the only insurance company taking advantage of consumers in this way.  The large change in profits realized by Allstate only encouraged other big-name insurance companies, like State Farm, to take on the same model.

So, where are the regulators? How can this be happening at such a large and calculated scale?

Well, this is the worst part.
Insurance regulators are closer to the issue than you think… just not in the way we’d all expect. According to the Huffington Post, 11 out of the past 15 presidents of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners became employed by the insurance industry after leaving office with the NAIC.  State-level commissioners followed suit, with approximately half of insurance commissioners receiving positions by insurance companies.

See the issue?
The people that should be protecting consumers through keeping insurance companies in check are often employed by those very insurance companies after their regulation gig is over. When your insurance company acts in bad faith, the solution should be to file a complaint with state regulators; however, the proof of effectiveness is lacking.

To heighten the issue even further, a large portion of state revenue comes from insurance tax.

THE SAD TRUTH: OUR PERSONAL INJURY FIRM SEES THE RESULTS EVERY DAY.

Unfortunately, the profit-hungry model of insurance companies is evident in our everyday work at Baskerville Law LLC.

In large part, the malicious model of insurance companies has caused our founding attorney, Rob Baskerville, to focus exclusively on auto accident cases, holding insurance companies accountable for their duty to act in good faith.  We refuse to be discouraged enough to stop helping people get the fair compensation that they deserve.

 

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What is MedPay?

What is MedPay?

What is MedPay?

Medical Payments insurance, commonly referred to as MedPay coverage, is designed to pay for medical expenses incurred as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident. This coverage is available through most auto insurance providers and pays out for auto accident-related injuries regardless of who was at fault, up to the policy limit that you selected.

Who is covered under MedPay?

MedPay covers you and your passengers if you’re in an accident in your own vehicle; it may also cover you if you are hit by a car while walking, riding in another person’s vehicle, and more. In general, if you are in an accident that involves a vehicle and you have MedPay insurance coverage, then your MedPay coverage should kick in, up to the coverage amount that you paid for.

Example:
You were injured in an accident, which was your fault.
Your medical bills totaled $5,000.
You have MedPay coverage of $5,000.

In this case, MedPay should pay all of your accident-related medical bills.

Is MedPay coverage expensive?

You’re probably wondering if MedPay insurance coverage will clean you out. Likely, you’ll be surprised at how affordable the coverage can be. Compared to health insurance, for which many families pay thousands per year, MedPay coverage is relatively cheap. While MedPay is in no way a substitute for health insurance, the price tag is well worth it if you or your passengers wind up in an accident. While health insurance often requires copays or coinsurance, MedPay is designed to cover the entire amount, up to the amount of coverage that you selected.

The reimbursement provision of your policy.

Like most things in the insurance realm, you’ll want to pay close attention to the fine print of your policy as, in some cases, you may be required to reimburse your insurance carrier if your MedPay insurance carrier pays for your medical bills. If you are at fault for the accident and, therefore, do not submit an insurance claim against the other driver involved, then you should not have to pay back your carrier. If you are not at fault and do pursue a claim against the driver who was at fault, you may be required to pay back your insurance provider out of any settlement or award amount.

It’s important to consult with a car accident attorney as soon as possible following an accident, so that you can understand how to best proceed.

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Albuquerque Construction Zone Accident Attorney

Albuquerque Construction Zone Accident Attorney

Construction Zone Accidents

Is it safe to say that many of us are looking forward to the warmer weather sticking? While I am looking forward to continuous sunny and warm days, better weather typically also means more construction projects. Why is that worth mentioning? Well, unfortunately, construction zones can be a hot spot for injuries and death.

Construction, an already dangerous occupation, becomes even riskier when the job is on the roadway. In addition, these zones present an increased risk for severe auto accidents, and the numbers prove it. However, construction workers are not the only ones at risk for serious injury. A press release from the New Mexico Department of Transportation in 2014 states:

“Approximately 85 percent of those killed in work zones are drivers and their passengers.”

In attempts to decrease the risks associated with work zones, the zones should be clearly marked and, usually, the zones require reduction in speed from the normal limit. While crashes with speeding as the top contributing factor for accidents appear to be decreasing – from 10.1% of total NM crashes in 2009 to 8.3% in 2013 (2013 NM Traffic Crash Annual Report, NM DOT) – speeding continues to be a top contributing factor in auto-related injuries and deaths in construction zones.

Becoming aware of the most common causes of work zone accidents is a good first step toward practicing a higher level of safety. Some of the common factors leading to accidents in work zones include:

  • Work zones that are not clearly marked
  • Speeding above the posted work zone speed limit
  • Road signs that are confusing or insufficient speed warnings
  • Sudden merge points
  • Lanes that are incorrectly or improperly marked
  • Debris in the roadway
  • Holes in the road

If you’ve been injured in a work zone in Albuquerque or Rio Rancho, it’s important to contact an Albuquerque personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

 

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Car Hacking & the Future of Driving

Car Hacking & the Future of Driving

A recent article from Fortune (3/2/16, Vanian) expresses concern around what many believe is the major issue of future cars – hacking. While many may think that we are still more than a decade away from our next leap toward a Jetsons lifestyle, you may be surprised to hear that experts believe self-driving cars will be mainstream just five years from now. Not just on the market – mainstream.

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With that in mind, the cause for concern is largely justified. Research experiments have proven that driverless cars are susceptible to hacking before, and not much has been released to indicate that these concerns have been squashed. Our new world – one driven by technology – has already experienced several large-scale hackings, with private information typically at the center of the attack. Now we’re talking about hacks that could compromise the physical safety of owners and passengers of self-driving cars.

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“With more cars now loaded with wireless Internet connections, hackers have more ways to break into car technology than ever before.”

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That’s a quote from a recent report released by Kelley Blue Book.

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Another topic that the Fortune article touches on is the debated issue of liability. Who would actually be considered at-fault in the case of a collision? Would it be the owner or the manufacturer of the driverless car? These are major legal questions that could impact the ability to recover appropriate compensation for injuries and deaths related to a collision.

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To boot, questions are flowing in about insurance. Would insurance be available for the case of car hacking? If so, who would offer it? Insurance companies? The manufacturer?

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Others are concerned about the safety of a computer’s ability to make driving decisions. In the recent spotlight is the Google self-driving car that hit a bus. According to an article by Engadget (2/29/16, Fingas), sand bags in the road caused the self-driving vehicle to switch into the center lane in order to make a right turn. A bus was approaching from behind, and the self-driving vehicle assumed that the bus would slow down or come to a stop, so that it could get through. These assumptions were incorrect, and the self-driving car collided with the side of the bus.

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Is it possible for a computer to anticipate all possible hazards on the road? Apparently, we’ll find out sooner than we thought.

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What is Umbrella Insurance?

What is Umbrella Insurance?

Have you heard of Umbrella Insurance? Do you think that an Umbrella policy will always cover you in the event of an accident?

Unfortunately, insurance agents and policy holders often misunderstand the ins and outs of Umbrella Insurance. While the intent of the agent may be great, leaving out a few words may leave you, understandably, steaming when dealing with the aftermath of an auto accident.

What is Umbrella Insurance?

Umbrella Insurance is often referred to as “excess” insurance. This is an insurance policy that can combine with your primary insurance policies, which includes auto, homeowner, and renter insurance policies.

 

What’s so confusing?

Unfortunately, a common misconception is that any Umbrella policy that you have will cover you in the event of an accident. In fact, regular Umbrella Insurance policies cover you only if you are sued because of an accident that you caused.

For example: You’re in an car accident for which you are deemed at-fault. The other car was transporting 4 people and they are severely injured. The claim is $1 million. Your liability coverage is $100,000. You don’t have a Umbrella policy. It’s possible that you will be responsible for the additional $900,000. If you don’t have that much money on hand, your assets could be seized.

You can likely see now why an Umbrella policy may be a life-saver if you do have assets.

 

What if the accident wasn’t my fault?

This is where that disappointment, confusion, and frustration can set in. While an insurance agent may unknowingly represent that you will be covered by your regular Umbrella policy in this case, it is not true.

If the accident was not your fault and you were injured as a result, you will not be able to recover amounts from your own regular Umbrella Insurance policy. If the at-fault driver has a Umbrella policy, you may be able to recover amounts from their policy.

 

There is an Umbrella policy that will cover you if an accident is not your fault.

Here are those few extra words that I referred to earlier: Uninsured and Under-insured Motorist coverage. If you want to be covered by your own Umbrella policy in the case of a catastrophic accident, insist that you want an Umbrella Insurance policy that contains both Uninsured and Under-insured Motorist coverage.

Doing so will insure that, if you obtain the maximum limit from a negligent driver’s insurance carrier and your primary UIM/UM insurance policy, you may also be able to recover additional amounts under your Umbrella policy depending upon the losses incurred.

 

Injured in New Mexico? Consult with a Trusted Auto Accident Attorney.

Baskerville Law LLC handles car, motorcycle, bicycle and trucking accidents in New Mexico. Call attorney Rob Baskerville at 505-247-2774 for a free case evaluation or complete the contact form below.

You can find ratings for our car accident lawyer in Albuquerque on Yelp, Google Maps, or on our testimonials page!

 

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Albuquerque Ride-share Accident Attorney

Albuquerque Ride-share Accident Attorney

Ride-Share Accidents

Ride-share services such as Uber and Lyft are revolutionizing the transportation industry, lowering wait times and decreasing costs for customers. At the same time, these new business models are bringing up interesting questions on the legal side. Since ride-share drivers are classified as independent contractors as opposed to employees, gaps in insurance coverage can create complex legal issues.

For example:
What happens if you’re in a car accident as a ride-share service customer and get hurt?
or
What happens if you’re driving your vehicle and a ride-share driver causes an accident?

Let’s take a look at Uber specifically and drill down on some possible scenarios.

 

An Overview

According to Uber’s website, in the United States, the company’s ride-sharing insurance coverage provides $1 million of liability coverage per incident. Per Uber, this is the liability limit that they’ve held since launching their ride-sharing services in 2013. This policy will be the primary policy unless the vehicle is also covered under a commercial auto insurance policy. This means that commercially licensed drivers – those who provide services through UberBLACK, UberTAXI and UberSUV – are covered by their commercial insurance policies and not Uber’s policy.

Also included in Uber’s policy is $1 million of coverage for uninsured/under-insured motorist (UM) bodily coverage, which was added in late 2013. We’ve discussed what UM insurance coverage is before and why it is so important here. In short, UM coverage is available to pursue if the at-fault driver is not insured, flees the scene (hit and run), or their policy limits are too low to compensate you appropriately for your injuries.

To put things in perspective, let’s take a look at two different scenarios.

 

Possible Ride-Share Accident Scenarios

Scenario 1:
You’re a passenger in an Uber vehicle and a collision happens. You’re hurt.

Per Uber’s statements, their insurance policy provides liability coverage of up to $1 million. This means that, if your Uber driver caused the accident, you’re covered. As of today, Uber classifies its drivers as independent contractors and not employees. Because of this, Uber maintains that the company is not responsible for damages beyond $1 million, even if the Uber driver was negligent (e.g., driving while intoxicated, distracted, etc.).

If a third-party caused the accident, your insurance claim will likely be with that person or business’ insurance company. If the at-fault third-party is uninsured or does not have sufficient coverage for the injuries that you have suffered, this is when you may be able to recover from Uber’s UM insurance.

 

Scenario 2:
You’re driving your own vehicle and an Uber driver causes the collision. You’re hurt.

This scenario can become quite complex. The primary question is whether the Uber driver who is at-fault was on a trip.

If the Uber driver was on a trip, then the collision should be covered by Uber’s policy, offering up to $1 million in liability coverage. What exactly does it mean for the driver to be on a trip? Well, according to Uber, this begins at the time the ride-share driver accepts the trip and ends at the time that the customer makes it out of the car at his or her requested destination.

If the Uber driver was not on a trip, then Uber maintains that their insurance coverage is not applicable. This means that if the driver is on-duty, but not on a trip – e.g., in an “available” status, in-between fares, etc. – then Uber’s insurance coverage is not applicable.

Instead, the Uber driver’s personal insurance policy would apply. This means that you are subject to the policy limits of his or her personal insurance policy. However – and this is a huge however – in some states, personal insurance policies are specifically prohibited from paying out on any claims for collisions that occur when a ride-share driver is logged into a ride-hailing app. In this case, the driver’s personal policy may not cover the collision.

 

Tips after a Ride-Share Accident

Regardless of who is at fault, be sure that you obtain auto insurance information from all parties who were involved in the collision and follow our handy to-do list here. If you’re injured, seek medical attention immediately.  Especially if you’ve been injured, it’s important to contact an auto accident attorney in your state to ensure that your legal rights are both preserved and protected. There are deadlines that you don’t want to miss, so be sure to consult with an attorney as soon as possible.

 

Hurt in an accident in New Mexico? Consult with an injury attorney in Albuquerque.

Whether you’re a passenger or another driver, a collision with a ride-share driver can lead to complex legal issues. If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a ride-share service driver in New Mexico, our injury attorney in Albuquerque is here to navigate you through the chaos. We’re proud to provide legal representation that you can believe in. Speak with our trusted law team today by calling (505) 247-2774 or complete the contact form below.

Overview of the Volkswagen (VW) Scandal

Overview of the Volkswagen (VW) Scandal

You’ve probably heard by now that Volkswagen is in boiling water. It seems that updated stories emerge daily regarding the recent emissions scandal by the German car company. So, what exactly did Volkswagen do, and how did they get away with it? An article from The New York Times explains what happened and includes several illustrations for clarity.

In September, the EPA discovered that many Volkswagen vehicles sold in the United States were manufactured to include what is being called a “defeat device.” Per BBC, this device can detect when the vehicle is being tested and changes the vehicle’s performance to improve results. During regular driving, however, the device is turned off, which increases emissions well above the legal limits. Since this time, Volkswagen has admitted that 11 million vehicles were furnished with this device. That’s right – 11 million vehicles fitted with a device that cheats United States emissions tests.

The New York Times article details that researchers at West Virginia University (WVU) performed on-road testing in May of 2014, testing emissions from two models that were fitted with 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel engines. The WVU researchers found that the cars emitted almost 40 times the permitted levels of nitrogen oxides, a pollutant that can cause emphysema, bronchitis, and other respiratory diseases. This research led to investigation by the California Air Resources Board.

US consumers may be waiting in excess of one year to receive remedial treatment for their vehicle. In the interim, Volkswagen indicated that the company would offer up to $1,000 to owners of diesel cars in the United States.

 

Update: 2/25/16

According to a Bloomberg News article released on February 25th, 2016, United States District Judge Charles Breyer gave VW one month to form a plan to fix the remaining 600,000 automobiles affected by the emissions scandal. Judge Breyer’s order is that Volkswagen must bring forth an answer prior to its March 24th court date.

…And if they have no viable solution at that time? Well, lead plaintiff’s attorney Elizbaeth Cabraser thinks that the vehicles which aren’t fixed will need to be removed from the road. Further, Cabraser advocates that consumers should receive buybacks for those vehicles.

 

Albuquerque Personal Injury Attorney

Baskerville Law LLC is a personal injury law office, serving injured car accident clients in the Albuquerque metro area. If you have been injured in an accident, contact us today. Auto accident injury case consultations with attorney Rob Baskerville are always 100% free.

Medical Records and Auto Accident Injury Claims

Medical Records and Auto Accident Injury Claims

Medical Records and Auto Accident Injury Claims

Recently, we wrote about some of the factors that influence how long your car accident case can take to be resolved. Among the many factors discussed was the receipt of your medical records. In this post, we’ll explain why your records are so important and how to obtain them.

So, first things first:

What are medical records?

Each medical provider that you’ve seen – whether it be within an emergency room, physician’s office, chiropractor, etc. – document the circumstances around your visit. These records provide an overview of your injuries, your pain level, and your treatment. The facilities that you went to for medical care will also have records of your medical bills.

 

How do medical records & bills tie to your auto accident insurance claim?

Here’s the deal:
Since we’re after fair compensation for your injuries, medical records are a key component in your case. Bluntly, these records are typically proof of the physical injuries that you have suffered and the treatment that you needed in order to make a full recovery.

These records allow both sides (your legal team and the at-fault person or business) to evaluate your injuries, which are closely tied to the viability of your case. The records and medical bills aid in calculating your damages. The records can also indicate whether you had any pre-existing injuries, which insurance companies often use as a primary reason to avoid paying out.

How can you get your medical bills and records?

For auto accident cases, your attorney should request these for you after your written permission is documented. Your written permission is given by way of an Authorization for Release of Medical Records form. In the form, you’ll be required to list:

– Your name
– Your social security number
– Your date of birth
– Your address
– The date range for records that you are requesting

You can also request these records yourself through filling out the Authorization form and submitting it to the facility. If you are working with an attorney,  it’s recommended that he or she handle this for you.

If you have any concerns about the release of your medical records, you should consult with your attorney as soon as possible so that he or she can take any necessary steps to protect you and your privacy.

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Have questions? Contact our trusted personal injury lawyer in Albuquerque.

If you’ve been hurt in an auto accident in New Mexico, it’s critical that you contact an injury attorney to preserve and protect your rights. Insurance companies have skilled attorneys working for them to lower their liability as much as possible.

Take action today and call our personal injury lawyer in Albuquerque.  Baskerville Law has the experience and knowledge that you want on your side.

Call 505-247-2774 or use our contact form below to request your free, no-risk consultation today.

 

 

5 Common Auto Accident Injuries

5 Common Auto Accident Injuries

Auto accidents continue to be a top cause of injuries in the United States each year, and the outcome can mean weeks, months, or even years of recovery.  Here, we’ll outline 5 common injury types sustained in auto accidents.

Neck injuries

The most common type of injury caused by motor vehicle collisions is whiplash. We’ve explained what whiplash is, the symptoms, and the impact that these injuries can have in here.

Additional neck injuries may include those that can lead to more severe issues, such as disc herniation. Some neck injuries may require a great deal of physical therapy and possibly surgical treatment.

 

Back injuries

A wide range of back injuries can occur due to a motor vehicle accident. Back injuries suffered can include strains, sprains, fractures, dislocation of discs, and serious spinal injuries. Severe back injuries can cause chronic pain and possibly a loss of mobility.

 

Cuts

When an accident happens, broken glass, severed metal, and various objects within the car may lead to lacerations (cuts). If the cut is deep, surgery may be necessary.  Scarring often occurs from cuts, particularly when lacerations are deep. Surgery may be necessary in order to minimize scarring, particularly if the scarring is on the face or neck.

 

Broken bones

When broken bones are suffered, emergency medical attention is necessary. Depending on the severity of the break – i.e., which bones have broken, where the break is, and how many breaks there are in the bone, surgical treatment may be needed. Broken arms, wrists, legs, ribs, and ankles are common following a car accident.

 

Concussions

A concussion is literally an injury to the brain. Per the Mayo Clinic, these are traumatic brain injuries that alters the way that the brain functions. While many folks associate a concussion with a loss of consciousness, many concussions occur with no loss of consciousness. This can be particularly dangerous, since a concussion can occur without even realizing it.

Concussions happen when the brain shakes rigorously inside of the skull. In a car accident, this could happen if your head hits the window or steering wheel. It could also happen if your head does not hit anything.

If the contusions are minor, the impacted person may just need to get plenty of rest, so that the bruising can heal. However, some contusions will require hospitalization and possibly surgery to stop bleeding or decrease pressure on the brain.

If you’ve lost consciousness, are nauseated, vomiting, have headaches or experience disorientation, it’s very important to seek immediate medical attention.

 

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Car Seat Safety

Car Seat Safety

There’s no doubt that you want what’s best for your child, especially when it comes to safety. So, in this world full of options, how are you to know if you’re making the best choice?

You likely already knew that there are different types of car seats, intended for differing age ranges. Did you know that the size of your child is also a critical factor? Below, we review the different types of car seats and approximate age ranges for the use of each. We’ll also share some additional resources, so that you can ensure you’re making the best choice.

 

Types of Car Seats

Rear-facing car seats are the only seats that your newborn should be fastened in and, depending upon the size of your child during this time frame, it may be the safest option up to age 3.

No, the above age range isn’t a typo. Parents Central recommends keeping your child in this seat type for as long as possible, up to the maximum weight and height limit that is allowed by the manufacturer of your specific car seat.

The reason that these seats face the rear of the vehicle is so that, in the event of a car accident, the seat will cradle your baby. This cradling movement lessens the stress of the impact on your baby’s spinal cord and neck, which are highly fragile at this stage of development.

Forward-facing seats are intended for children between the ages of 1 and 7, depending on the size of your specific child. These seats are designed to limit the forward movement of your child in the event of a crash. This limitation is due to the seat’s harness and tether.

Booster seats are designed for children between the ages of 4 and 12, depending upon your child’s size during this age range.  Boosters are intended to position your child so that the seat belt installed in your vehicle fits suitably over the sturdier body parts of your child.

The lap belt should be snug against your child’s upper thighs and not the belly. The shoulder belt must be snug across the chest and shoulder. Remember, the seat belt should never lie across your child’s face or neck.

It’s important to note that there are booster seats with a high back and those which do not. Boosters with a high back are intended to support your child’s head and neck if your car does not have head rests. Backless boosters are intended for cars that do have head rests

A regular seat belt, fastened appropriately, may be all that your child needs from age 8+, dependent upon your child’s size.

Additionally, all children under the age of 12 should be seated in the back of the vehicle at all times.

How do I calculate which option is best for my child’s age and size?

Parents Central offers a tool that can help you determine the best type of car seat for your child, based upon age, weight, and height. The great news is that this particular “calculator” offers suggestions that are based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Association’s recommendations for best practices. They also compare makes and models for you. The tool can be found here.

What next?

You’re now aware of the different types of car seats and you’ve spent hours researching the best car seat for your child. You’ve checked safety ratings and feel confident about your choice. Next comes another critical component – properly installing the seat.

Luckily, Parents Central has you covered again! You can view several car installation videos by car seat type here. You should also be sure to follow the manufacturer’s guide for installation.

 

Baskerville Law LLC: Car Accident Lawyer in Albuquerque NM

Rob Baskerville of Baskerville Law LLC is Albuquerque’s go-to auto accident injury lawyer. We hope that you and your family stay accident and injury-free. If a collision does happen, we’re here for you. Give us a call at 505-247-2774 to consult with Rob free of charge.

4 Killed in Fatal Accident Near Socorro (2/8/16)

4 Killed in Fatal Accident Near Socorro (2/8/16)

It is a sad start to the week for many families, grieving the loss of those that they love. The lives of four individuals were taken in a fatal speed-related accident in Lemitar, New Mexico (near Socorro). The accident happened close to 5:00pm on Monday, February 8th.
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The driver of the vehicle, Veronica Robles, lost control of the SUV, which rolled several times. At the time, the vehicle was holding a total of seven individuals. According to the KRQE report (2/9/16), six of the seven were not appropriately secured by seat belts. Those 6 individuals were ejected from the vehicle, including two-year-old Elijah Foulenfont, who was killed as a result of the accident. The mother of the two-year-old boy, Audriana Foulenfont (age 23) was also killed in the crash, along with Mariah Garza (age 18) and Eduardo Gutierrez (age 23).
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The only individual with a seat belt properly fastened was a one-year-old child. According to information received by KOAT (2/10/16), the one-year-old is now with family – thankfully already released from the hospital.
Robles and one other passenger are in critical condition.
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Our sincere condolences to loved ones of all involved in this awful accident.
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Per KOAT’s report, officials do not believe that alcohol or drugs were a factor in this accident.
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This is a terribly unfortunate event, and it is particularly upsetting to see premature death which could have likely been prevented by a lower rate of speed and proper use of seat belts.

 

Negligence or carelessness is not an excuse for death.

If you or someone dear to you have suffered injuries or losses due to the carelessness or recklessness of another, we want to help. It’s important that you speak with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible to preserve your legal rights and begin your journey to justice. Negligence is not an excuse for injuries or death. Call (505) 247-2774 to speak directly with an attorney who focuses on auto accident and wrongful death cases.

 

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Feb 5, 2016: 3 Dead, 2 Injured as Result of High-Speed Crash (Albuquerque)

Feb 5, 2016: 3 Dead, 2 Injured as Result of High-Speed Crash (Albuquerque)

Early Friday morning, an unfortunate chain of events led to a very unfortunate outcome – 3 young individuals are dead and 2 more are injured.

The Albuquerque Journal (2/5/16, Perez) reported that before 3:00am, a vehicle transporting five individuals was heading north on Pennsylvania Ct NE toward Osuna Rd in Albuquerque.

According to KRQE (2/8/16, Velarde) and Albuquerque police, David Bowie (age 27) was driving the vehicle when his attempt to “show off” went awry. The speed of his vehicle reached over 100 miles per hour before crashing into a field.

Earlier that evening, Bowie and fellow soldier David Griffin (age 35) met with three women – Sondra Evans (age 28), Taeshieva Slowman (age 36), and Ivy Sanderson (age 27) in the parking lot of the Dirty Bourbon in NE Albuquerque.

When faced with the dead end of Pennsylvania and Osuna, Bowie failed to turn either right or left. Instead, the car, clocking 100 mph, flew through the dead end, hitting the curb of the road. Bowie’s vehicle launched into the air, over an arroyo, crashing into a field near a golf course.

KOB (2/8/16, Reed) reported that Bowie, Slowman, and Evans were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Sanderson is in critical condition. Griffin sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Reportedly, all three women, seated in the back of Bowie’s vehicle, were not secured by seatbelts. It has been stated that some of the passengers were ejected from the car during the crash landing.

While clearly speed was a contributing factor to the accident, police believe that alcohol may also be a factor in this tragic wreck. According to KOAT (2/8/16, Cruz), containers of alcohol were present at the scene of the accident.

We are incredibly sad for the loved ones of Mr. Bowie, Ms. Slowman, and Ms. Evans. Our thoughts go out to those who are left to cope with their untimely losses.  We hope for the full recovery of Ms. Sanderson and Mr. Griffin.

 

Albuquerque Wrongful Death Lawyer

At Baskerville Law LLC, we understand that absolutely no amount of money can make up for the loss of someone you love. We know that no amount of compensation can make up for serious and potentially permanent injuries.

When family members are grieving the loss of a loved one or experiencing the highly emotional wait of status updates from medical providers, the last thing they need to deal with is the insurance company.

We understand the burden that is placed on loved ones of victims who have lost their lives prematurely (wrongful death) or are suffering serious injuries due to the negligence of a third party. Our passion lies in helping victims and their loved ones through such difficult times. It is our hope to take as much burden as possible off of our clients, aiding them in any way that we can.

If you or a loved one has been impacted by the negligence of another driver, we want to help. Give us a call at (505) 247-2774.


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Injury Lawyer Albuquerque: Nissan Recalls Nearly 870,000 Vehicles

According to Reuters (1/29/16, Shepardson), Nissan has recalled nearly 870,000 2013-2015 year model Altima sedans due to hood latches that may be faulty. This is the third time since 2014 that Nissan has recalled vehicles for this exact issue.

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The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced Friday that the majority of these vehicles – 846,000 to be exact – are within the U.S. Apparently, owners of affected vehicles have submitted complaints to the agency, reporting that the hood of their vehicles opened unexpectedly.

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Nissan has stated that the previous fix may not have resolved the issue; therefore, this recall has been issued. The auto maker will notify owners of potentially affected vehicles again and will install a new hood latch at no cost to owners.

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Reuters reports that the coating of the new hood latch is intended to deter rust, which they believe will fix the issue. The prior recalls issued in years 2014 and 2015 were addressed by adjusting the hood latches and applying a lubricant.

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If you’ve been injured as a result of this defect, it’s important to contact an experienced injury lawyer as soon as possible. An attorney can preserve your legal rights and thoroughly explain your options.

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Injury Lawyer Albuquerque

At Baskerville Law, we’re not only passionate about seeking justice. We’re passionate about restoring tranquility to your life. We’re passionate about listening to your needs and concerns. We’re passionate about taking as much stress off of our clients as we can, so that they can heal and rebuild.

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Injured in an Auto Accident?

Give us a call at (505) 247-2774 for an initial consultation. We’ll discuss your rights and options, while thinking about your best interests. Don’t worry about pulling out your checkbook – our consultations are completely free, and there’s never an obligation to use our services.

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Automobile Accident Lawyer Albuquerque: Family of 10th Takata Victim Suing

Automobile Accident Lawyer Albuquerque: Family of 10th Takata Victim Suing

The family of the 52 year old gentleman who died in December after crashing into a cow in South Carolina is now suing Ford and Takata for their untimely loss. As reported over the weekend, this is the tenth death linked to the explosion of faulty Takata air bags. In this particular case, shrapnel from the ruptured air bag inflators struck the man’s neck, causing his death. Per KNBC-TV Los Angeles (1/27/16, Hogan), the preliminary autopsy report indicates that the death was due to a “fatal projectile of the neck probably from the air bag.”

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Investigation into the death of a potential eleventh victim is underway. The accident occurred in India last year. The driver of a 2007 Honda Civic was killed in the accident. Per the Associated Press (1/27/16, Krisher), Indian authorities have cited other injuries associated with a high-speed crash; however, the air bag inflator did spray metal fragments into the cabin of the vehicle.

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According to the AP, 2007 Civic inflators differ from those that are installed in India, and the United States vehicles have not been included in the recently expanded recall.

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So, how is Takata faring now? Well, their stock has already taken a plop. Now, Reuters (1/28/16, Tajitsu, Shiraki) reports that Takata CEO, Shigehisa Takada, is anticipated to depart from the company due to the massive safety scandal.

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Additional information and a list of vehicles included in the recall can be viewed here. If your vehicle has been included in the recall, please make arrangements for the issue to be corrected as soon as possible.

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Automobile Accident Lawyer Albuquerque

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If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident due to faulty Takata airbag inflators, contact an auto accident attorney as soon as possible. At Baskerville Law, we are devoted to serving the community of Albuquerque and surrounding areas through trustworthy and aggressive legal representation. Preserve your legal rights today. Call (505) 247-2774 to speak with our experienced lawyer.

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Bicycle Accident Attorney Albuquerque: 16 Year Old Cyclist in Critical Condition

Bicycle Accident Attorney Albuquerque: 16 Year Old Cyclist in Critical Condition

We’ve posted before on the common causes of bicycle accidents and how distracted drivers are certainly a threat to the safety of cyclists. Unfortunately, another terrible accident happened here in Albuquerque on Saturday, January 23rd, 2016.

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KOB Eyewitness News 4 (1/24/16, James) reported that Nathan Barkocy, just 16 years of age, was biking with a friend and his cycling coach on Saturday when he was hit by a car.  He is in critical condition, currently in an induced coma at the University of New Mexico Hospital.

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Our heartfelt thoughts go out to Nathan and his loved ones at this very trying time.

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Nathan is an experienced and accomplished cyclist, having recently won the Tour of the Gila race.

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Stephen Williamson, Nathan’s cycling coach, was also hit by the vehicle and suffered injuries to his shoulder and hip.

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Per KOB, deputies have confirmed that drugs or alcohol were not involved in the accident, though this is an incident of distracted driving. The driver is being charged with careless driving.

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Update (2/9/16): We are so incredibly happy to hear that Nathan is awake after a two-week coma. KOAT (2/8/16) reported this morning that the 16-year-old has been moved down from the ICU and is now communicating using gestures. Nathan will go through additional physical therapy and, afterward, relocated to a rehabilitation facility.

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We hope only the very best for Nathan on his journey to recovery.

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When a family member has been seriously injured due to the carelessness of someone else, the negligent party needs to be taught a valuable lesson. Insurance companies have skilled attorneys working for them to lessen the impact that an insurance claim has on the company. Who do you have fighting for your rights and best interests?

Baskerville Law is dedicated to helping injured victims and their loved ones in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and surrounding areas in New Mexico. Call (505) 247-2774 for a free consultation to see how we can help. Our trusted and experienced bicycle accident lawyer will answer your questions and provide you with guidance regarding next steps.

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Accident Attorney in Albuquerque: 10th Takata-Related Death Confirmed

Accident Attorney in Albuquerque: 10th Takata-Related Death Confirmed

Recently, we reported on the ninth death caused by faulty Takata airbags. On Friday, January 22, 2016, CBS News reported that a tenth death has now been confirmed. The victim, a 52-year-old man – Joel Knight, was driving along in South Carolina last month when a cow roamed into his path.  He hit the cow, causing the airbags to inflate. When the bags deployed, a piece of shrapnel struck his neck, causing his premature death. Knight was driving a 2006 Ford Ranger.

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This is the tenth fatality reported since 2009, nine of which occurred in the United States. As a reminder, the first known explosion of a faulty Takata airbag was more than ten years ago.

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According to the New York Times, regulators have now expanded the already massive recall considerably – adding an additional five million vehicles to the nineteen million which have already been recalled. Two additional auto makers, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen, have been added to the list.

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Per the New York Times, just over 27% of driver side airbags in the recall have been exchanged, and just under 26% of passenger side airbags have been exchanged. As mentioned in the prior report, percentages are higher in regions which have higher humidity.

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It has been reported that millions of cars have not yet been fixed. If your car has been affected by this massive recall, please be sure to arrange for appropriate service as soon as possible.

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Apparently, this tenth death is correlated to a 10% decrease in stock prices.

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Accident Attorney in Albuquerque

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Our accident attorney in Albuquerque is devoted to working for those who have suffered losses due to the negligence of another.  For your no-cost consultation with an experienced lawyer, call (505) 247-2774. We’re here for you and happy to answer any questions that you have.

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Rob M. Baskerville, Esq. is an accident attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico, serving Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and surrounding areas.

Should I Accept the Auto Insurance Company’s Offer?

Should I Accept the Auto Insurance Company’s Offer?

You’re driving down Central Ave when, all of the sudden, another car t-bones yours. A witness says that the other driver flew through a stop sign. As a result, you’re injured.

The ambulance takes you to the emergency room and you’re admitted. Hours later, the physician approves for you to be discharged. You decide to rest for the remainder of the day and plan to call your insurance company in the morning.

Before you even get to the couch, your phone rings. It’s the other driver’s insurance company. The auto insurance adjuster begins firing questions at you, wanting to know exactly what happened, the details of your vehicle, who your insurance company is, and whether you’re hurt.

A couple of months later, the insurance company finally offers you $2,000.

Should you take it?

Maybe. Maybe not.

Unfortunately, the answer to that question is unique to each individual case. There are many factors to take under consideration, including:

  • The extent of your injuries caused by the accident
  • Medical expenses you’ve incurred as a result of your accident-related injuries
  • Medical expenses you’ll likely incur in the future as a result of your accident-related injuries
  • The damage to your vehicle
  • Wages that you’ve lost, because you haven’t been able to work

These are just some of the things to consider.

While your decision to accept the offer or not depends on your unique situation, we will say this:
Don’t accept the first offer from the insurance company just because you’re worn down from dealing with the claim. Insurance adjusters have several tactics to minimize payout amounts. Insurance companies are, after all, for-profit businesses.

Insurance companies are represented by diligent lawyers. Who do you have on your side?

 

Injured in a recent auto accident in New Mexico?

At Baskerville Law LLC, our skilled auto accident lawyer will look out for your best interests. Call 505-247-2774 to schedule a free consultation. If hiring a personal injury lawyer is not in your best interest for the situation at hand, we’ll let you know and give you a few tips for handling the claim on your own.

Personal Injury Lawyer Albuquerque: New Cases of Sudden, Unintended Acceleration

Personal Injury Lawyer Albuquerque: New Cases of Sudden, Unintended Acceleration

The Herald Chronicle in Winchester, TN (1/14/2016, Stockwell) reported that on New Year’s Eve, three individuals died as a result of a fatal accident. The accident involved a 2008 year model Kia, which crashed into the rear of a minivan.

The individual driving the Kia told First Responders that the car ran away from her. The driver of the Kia and  two boys seated in the minivan – twins, just 7 years of age – died as a result.

Unfortunately, this was not an isolated incident of the day. Another fatal accident occurred in Ontario, California. A Toyota Yaris crashed into another car, resulting in 5 deaths. The individual driving the Toyota advised that the Yaris’s breaks were unresponsive to his attempts and that the gas pedal was stuck.

The California accident leads to an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). A request has been made to the NHTSA by Winchester to investigate the wreck involving the Kia as well.

Back in the 1980’s the NHTSA defined a “sudden acceleration incident” as acceleration that is unintended, high-power and unexpected from either a stand-still or low speed and involves the loss of braking effectiveness.

The cause of sudden unintended acceleration is still unclear, though possible factors for sudden unintended acceleration have been noted as failure of the electronic throttle control or failure of cruise control, faulty code within a car’s OS, driver error, and more.

You may recall the large 2009-2010 recalls by Toyota, although incidents related to Kia, Honda, Audi, Jeep and Ford models have also been reported. According to the Herald report, the highest level of sudden unintended acceleration occurred between the years 2000 and 2010, involving vehicles by carmakers Toyota and Lexus.

Hopefully further investigation will provide some answers to this reoccurring and fatal issue.

Personal Injury Lawyer Albuquerque

Baskerville Law LLC works for Albuquerque area community members who have been injured or lost a loved one due to a car accident. Call our experienced personal injury lawyer at (505) 247-2774.

 

Attorney Rob Baskerville, Personal Injury Lawyer Albuquerque

AFatal Crash Causes Death of 19 Year Old Jacob Salazar

AFatal Crash Causes Death of 19 Year Old Jacob Salazar

Albuquerque suffered another terrible car accident-related fatality over the weekend, losing Jacob Salazar at only 19 years of age. Our thoughts are with the loved ones of Mr. Salazar at this very difficult time.

The ABQ Journal (1/11/16, Barnitz) reports that Jacob Salazar was driving home from spending time with his girlfriend when a truck deviated over the median and struck Salazar’s vehicle in a fatal head-on collision. He was extracted from the smashed car, though did not make it to the hospital.

The driver of the truck who hit Salazar’s vehicle is suspected of drunk driving. According to the ABQ Journal article, the suspect was on parole at the time of the accident. He was released from prison in May of 2015 on parole after serving only 403 days of his 730 day sentence. His history includes probation violations from two previous burglary cases. He was also charged with DWI back in 2004, though the case was dismissed for unclear reasons.

Salazar’s mother stated to KOAT (1/11/2016, Ramirez), “We’ve got to realize that lives are being lost senselessly. It’s unacceptable.” And she’s right. In a large number of accident-related deaths, alcohol and/or drugs are involved.

Consult with a trustworthy injury lawyer in Albuquerque.

In this time of great loss, many decisions need to be made and many deadlines must be met. When a car accident results in the death of a loved one, it’s important to speak with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney as soon as possible to preserve your legal rights and fight for justice.

Baskerville Law: Accident Attorney Albuquerque

Baskerville Law LLC is an Albuquerque personal injury firm, dedicated to helping individuals who have been seriously injured in car accidents, and loved ones of those who have died as a result. Our experienced attorney has been trusted by hundreds of New Mexicans to fight for their rights and is committed to honest, reliable and aggressive legal representation.

Call us today at 505-247-2774 to start with a free, non-obligatory consultation. 

BAC Released for Drunk Driver in ABQ Car Accident Killing Three

BAC Released for Drunk Driver in ABQ Car Accident Killing Three

Toxicology report has been released for the driver accused of driving while intoxicated, leading to the tragic deaths of Roberto Mendez (age 27), Sergio Mendez-Aguirre (age 23), and Grace Sinfield (age 20) in November.  According to KOB (1/7/16, Miller), the impact was so great that the vehicle transporting Mendez, Mendez-Aguirre, and Sinfield rolled multiple times. This accident occurred around midnight on Sunday, November 29. The vehicles collided at the I-25 Frontage Road.

The accused ran through a red light and hit the vehicle of Mendez, Mendez-Aguirre, and Sinfield. KRQE (11/29/15) reported that Jaramillo confessed to drinking alcohol prior to the accident. Later at the hospital, he told police that he did drink, though had just one. His blood alcohol level was tested and now, the toxicology report released shows a BAC level of 0.15 at the time of the fatal accident. Jaramillo survived the accident, treated for injuries stated as non-life threatening. This was his third time being arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Apparently, this isn’t the first time Jaramillo has been in trouble. In October of last year, he was arrested for assault of a Sheriff’s Deputy at Imbibe Cigar Lounge in Nob Hill. Per KRQE, this Deputy was specifically targeted by Jaramillo because he assisted the police in finding one of his friends. The friend violated probation for a drunk driving caused accident in 2010.

Our deepest sympathies go out to the loved ones of Roberto, Sergio, and Grace.

 

Baskerville Law LLC

When a loved one is killed in an accident due to the negligence of another (wrongful death), hiring an attorney is likely the last thing on your mind. Unfortunately, there are time limits in which a claim must be filed. An experienced personal injury lawyer can fight for your rights and help you on your path to justice. At Baskerville Law LLC, we understand that compensation could never make up for the loss of a loved one. Call us at (505) 247-2774 for a complimentary wrongful death claim consultation.

The Danger of Keyless Ignition Systems

The Danger of Keyless Ignition Systems

Like rear back-up cameras, keyless ignitions are becoming standard in many vehicles today. Often, folks consider this feature as both convenient and a way to deter car theft. It appears, however, that we may have more to consider when checking the box for this feature at the dealership.

Yesterday, NBC News (1/5/16, Weisbaum) reported on keyless automobile ignition systems, which critics say are fatally flawed. Per the article, president of a safety group called KidsAndCars.org advised that at least nineteen deaths have been documented as specifically attributed to vehicles with keyless ignition systems since 2009. In the same time frame, twenty five “close calls” were logged.

You’re probably wondering how the heck a keyless system could be the cause of fatalities. Well, the danger lies in forgetting to turn the car off, since removal of the key is not required. If the car is left running in an enclosed garage, carbon monoxide emitted from the car could easily flow into the attached house. If this happens, so does an increased risk of sickness or death.

In many keyless ignition system vehicles, owners can leave the car with the fob in hand. The engine will continue to run until its fuel supply is depleted. While the fob is required to turn on the car, it typically does not have anything to do with turning the car off.

The current keyless ignition systems have “an inherent design defect,” according to Sean Kane, president of Safety Research & Strategies and a researcher and consultant for plaintiffs’ lawyers in consumer-product cases. The way he sees it, manufacturers changed the relationship between the driver and the key and without warning them of the resulting safety hazard.

In the past five years, the number of cars with keyless ignition systems has nearly doubled, from approximately 144 models in 2010 to 276 models in 2015.

 

An experienced personal injury attorney may be able to help.

If you or a loved one has suffered illness or has died in a keyless ignition related incident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your losses. As a law firm which represents the injured and loved ones of the deceased, we offer a complimentary professional evaluation of your case and explain your legal rights and options. Contact Baskerville Law, LLC at (505) 247-2774. Our personal injury attorney will answer your questions and let you know if working with an attorney is in your best interest.

Jan 4, 2016: Local Physician Teodora Konstantinova Killed in Accident

Jan 4, 2016: Local Physician Teodora Konstantinova Killed in Accident

A terrible accident which occurred over the weekend took the life of a highly respected local physician, Dr. Teodora Konstantinova. According to the KOB report released yesterday evening (January 4, 2016), Dr. Konstantinova was stopped in her vehicle at a red light at the intersection of Louisiana and Constitution on Saturday morning around 7:00am when a truck ran into her car from behind. She was rushed to the hospital with catastrophic injuries. Very unfortunately, she died from injuries sustained from the accident later that day.

Per statements given by the police, the cause of the accident has not yet been determined. It has been stated that drugs and alcohol were not a factor in this tragic accident, though speed is being investigated. Police also say that the driver who crashed into Dr. Konstantinova’s stationary vehicle may have been having a medical condition when the crash occurred.

Our very sincere condolences to Dr. Konstantinova’s loved ones. This is a terribly upsetting loss for the Albuquerque community.

 

It’s important to consult with a respected, experienced injury lawyer.

Our legal team understands that the time following a tragic accident such as this one is heavily devastating for family and friends. The last thing that loved ones need after this time is responding to an insurance adjuster, who is seeking to close out the case as quickly as possible.

 

Attorney Rob Baskerville has been trusted by hundreds of injured individuals and their families.

Our Albuquerque injury lawyer handles serious cases involving injuries and fatalities occurring as a result of car accidents. We believe in legal representation that is honest, reliable, and aggressive. Attorney Rob Baskerville is an honored member of an elite trial lawyer group, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a prestigious group of attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar results. He is honored to help victims of motor vehicle accidents and their loved ones to get justice.

Personal Injury Attorney in Albuquerque: Honda Confirms Ninth Death Linked to Takata Airbags

 

According to automotive and business reporter for MLive Media Group, Honda Motor Co. confirmed Thursday that a ninth death has been linked to faulty Takata airbags.

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Per Reuters, this ninth death was confirmed by Honda on Thursday. The accident involved a boy, just thirteen years of age, who was driving near Pittsburgh in a 2001 year model Honda Accord. The driver lost control of the vehicle, ending up down a ridge and crashed into a tree which had fallen. Unfortunately, the thirteen year old driver suffered from fatal injuries, passing away just a few days after the wreck occurred.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration declared in December that the Takata airbag recalls have been sped up. The approximate impact to date is no less than 19 million motor vehicles within the United States. Additionally, the below listed models have been added to the recall list:

  • 2005-2008 Mazda Mazda6
  • 2002-2004 Honda CR-V
  • 2005-2008 Subaru Legacy and Outback

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Takata is facing the music with hefty fines – a $70 million fine imposed by the United States DOT. An additional $130 million could be imposed if the settlement that Takata has with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is violated.ls.

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An ongoing investigation is attempting to figure out how exactly these defects have occurred. Investigators and regulators believe that the propellant which is responsible for igniting the inflators may be impaired if subject to moisture over a period of time. Apparently, all affected cars which have been linked to fatalities have been within humid environments.

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If you suspect that your vehicle is included in the recall, entere your vehicle identification number into NHTSA’s VIN lookup at the following website: vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/.

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Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney in Albuquerque

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Baskerville Law, LLC has hundreds of reasons for the work that we do, and they all have names. It is the faithful mission of our personal injury attorney in Albuquerque to provide trustworthy, reliable and aggressive legal representation to injured victims of negligence. Contact our experienced accident attorney today for a free consultation by calling (505) 247-2774, and see why so many individuals in Albuquerque have trusted Rob M. Baskerville, personal injury attorney in Albuquerque, with their auto injury cases.

 

Albuquerque Accident Lawyer: Safety Tips for a Happy New Years Eve

Albuquerque Accident Lawyer: Safety Tips for a Happy New Years Eve

Albuquerque accident lawyer Rob M. Baskerville and team wish you a safe and happy New Year.

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It’s hard to believe that it’s time to say “so long” to 2015. Where does the time go? Tonight, we look forward to a fresh year full of new memories. While you toast away those bad habits, keep these safety tips in mind for a happy, healthy New Year’s Eve.

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  1. Don’t drink and drive. While drunk driving is an issue all year long, countless parties and beverages lead to an increased risk around the holidays.  A DWI would make a terribly foul start for the New Year.  Making arrangements ahead of time will help to eliminate an urge to drive after drinking, because you won’t be in a bind.  Have a plan for getting home that does not involve driving after drinks.  Thinking about the following options:
    • Agree on a designated driver.
    • Request a car through  a share-ride service such as Uber or Lyft, take a cab.
    • Make accommodations at the hotel where you’ll be enjoying the night with friends and family, or perhaps in your host’s guest room (just don’t forget to ask first).

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  1. Biking and walking under the influence can be just as dangerous as drunk driving, especially when others on the road may be intoxicated. If you’re going to walk or bike, do so in a sober fashion. If you are the designated driver, be on high alert for bikers and pedestrians.

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  1. If driving, avoid distractions. When having a good time with friends and family, a car ride can mean several different conversations going on at the same time or loud music. You might also be following directions from your navigation system or texting your host for their address. All of these scenarios involve distractions that could place you in an accident in moments. Keep the sound volume low, have one of your passengers send texts or place calls on your behalf, and ask one of your passengers to be the navigator.

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  1. Other Tips. Alternate water or other non-alcoholic beverages with those that do contain alcohol. At a minimum, drink one glass of water before and after drinking an alcoholic beverage. Be sure to eat before you drink, and continue to munch while drinking. If out at a restaurant or bar, be sure to stay in a group and never wander off alone.

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Wishing you a safe, happy and healthy New Year!

-Your trusted legal team at Baskerville Law, LLC

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Baskerville Law, LLC is focused on helping victims of driving negligence. Call our experienced Albuquerque accident lawyer today and you’ll see why Rob is trusted by so many members of the Albuquerque community.

Accident Lawyer: Tragic Death of Pedestrian on Westbound I-40

Accident Lawyer: Tragic Death of Pedestrian on Westbound I-40

Local news reported yesterday evening that a pedestrian traveling eastbound on westbound I-40 was killed in a tragic accident on December 28, 2015. According to KOAT, police advised that this was one of the most freakish accidents that they have ever seen.

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Per APD, the pedestrian was walking along the shoulder of westbound I-40 when a set of dual wheels along with the rim separated from a semi truck’s trailer. The wheels hit the pedestrian, who suffered severe injuries and died at the scene. The pedestrian is unidentified at this time.

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I-40 westbound at Coors Blvd was closed for several hours due to this fatal accident.

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Contact an experienced accident lawyer in Albuquerque.

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Unfortunately, accidents involving pedestrians often lead to terrible injuries or fatalities, like this tragic loss. It is imperative that the victim of the accident or his/her loved ones speak with a knowledgeable accident lawyer as soon as possible. An experienced accident lawyer will explain your legal rights and options and explain next steps.

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At Baskerville Law, we understand that no amount of money can rewrite what happened. When you’re faced with devastating injuries or the death of a loved one, the last thing that you need to worry about is the insurance company adjuster who will be calling you soon. We take as much burden as possible off of our injured clients and their loved ones, so that they can focus on what is most important – healing. Call (505) 247-2774 to speak with an accident lawyer who has been trusted by hundreds of clients in Albuquerque. We’re here for you.

Auto Accident Lawyer: Mother Pushes for New Federal Law for Rental Car Companies

An article released today by the Los Angeles Times describes how a citizen-driven initiative caused the introduction of a new bill by Congress. The introduced bill would prohibit rental car companies from renting vehicles which have been recalled, unless the appropriate repairs have occurred. This is an exciting moment for Cally Houck after tragically losing her two daughters, Raechel and Jacqueline, to a fatal car accident nearly ten years ago.

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The fatal accident happened when Raechel (age 24) and Jacqueline Houck (age 20) were driving from their mother’s home in Ojai to Santa Cruz. They were driving a rental PT Cruiser at the time.

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Halfway there, the rented vehicle swerved off of the highway, crossing the median. The vehicle carrying the Houck sisters hit a semi truck, and the car caught fire.

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Attorneys for the rental car company, Enterprise, placed blame on the driver. There were also implications that the accident was a suicide. After a brief search, parents of Raechel and Jacqueline came across information regarding a recall issued prior to the accident. The recall was regarding a defective steering hose which could possibly ignite.

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Rental car companies were not prohibited from renting vehicles under recall. Moreover, rental car companies were not required by law to disclose the recall information and lack of repair to customers renting the vehicle.

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Consult with an experienced auto accident lawyer.

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Baskerville Law is honored to help injured individuals and their loved ones who have been injured as a result of driving or manufacturer negligence. Call us today to speak directly with our trusted auto accident lawyer.

Orbit Baby Car Seat Contains Flame Retardant

As an Albuquerque personal injury lawyer, I strive to keep the Albuquerque community up-to-date on defective car-related products. Unfortunately, CBS News reported yesterday that a popular car seat by The Bay Area Company Orbit Baby has been found to contain Tris(1,3-dichloroisopropyl)phosphate (also known as TDCPP), a flame retardant chemical. This comes as a surprise, as Orbit Baby introduced their car seat as the only one manufactured without the most hazardous flame retardants.

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As many Americans strive for less toxic lives, it’s often surprising to see how many chemicals are present in our everyday lives. Many parents are turning to eco-friendly brands to lessen toxic chemical exposure for themselves and their families. Those products usually come with a big price tag.

A manufacturer declaring to produce a car seat manufactured without dangerous flame retardants was called out recently, according to KPIX News.

Why would a car seat contain any flame retardants at all? Many of these chemicals have been linked to disorders, developmental issues in children, and cancer. Well, the reason is federal law. The law requires that the foam under each car seat be flame retardant.

Orbit Baby offered the first-ever car seat manufactured without the most harmful chemicals. Naturally, parents abound with relief and many thank yous.

Some customer’s, however, wanted to double-check the tests. The owner of a non-toxic store also had hers tested, this time by researchers at Duke University. The researchers discovered that the seat contained TDCPP, a form of Tris.

Auto Injury Attorney: BMW Fined for Safety Violations

Auto Injury Attorney: BMW Fined for Safety Violations

If you have suffered injuries due to your 2014 or 2015 Mini Cooper model failing to meet side-impact crash standards, or if a loved one has been hurt or died as a result, please contact an auto injury attorney as soon as possible.

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According to the Washington Post, United States safety regulators have penalized BMW with a $40 million fine for not moving quickly enough to fix Mini Brand cars that failed to pass federal crash tests.

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Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), BMW did not send correct information regarding the recall. BMW has been ordered to pay $10 million, and another $10 million must be spent by the company to take the appropriate actions to become compliant. To boot, an additional $20 million fine may be imposed if the company slips during this “probation”. In other words, if any additional safety violations are perpetrated or if the company does not comply.

[spacer height=”20px”]According to an announcement by the NHTSA, in October 2014, a Mini Cooper did not pass an agency crash test. Per BMW’s response tot he agency, the car was not listed with the appropriate weight rating. Per the automaker, this is the reason why the vehicle did not pass. Afterward, BMW agreed to recall and fix the weight rating label. The automaker also agreed to a service campaign. Unfortunately, this didn’t happen. The NHTSA tested the vehicle again in July and the Mini Cooper failed the crash test again. Following, it was found by the NHTSA that BMW never completed the service campaign.[spacer height=”20px”]The German automaker is likely regretting that now.[spacer height=”40px”]

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If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, contact Baskerville Law today for a free consultation. Our expert auto injury attorney will talk over your specific scenario with you and discuss your legal options.

Dec 18, 2015: Fatal Accident at Coors & Tower

Dec 18, 2015: Fatal Accident at Coors & Tower

A fatal accident at Coors and Tower in Albuquerque leaves a family shattered. Kathleen Krech Courchesne, victim of a car accident yesterday afternoon, was killed immediately in the accident that occurred around 3:30pm.

Per the KOAT news report (12/18/15, Swanson), a pickup truck failed to stop at a stop sign on Tower Road. According to the police, an officer saw this happen and changed direction, intending to conduct a traffic stop. The truck then ran through a red light south of Bridge Boulevard, hitting Courchesne’s vehicle which was traveling on Coors. Her family advised that Courchesne was driving to pick up her grandson from the bus stop. She sadly died at the scene of the accident.

The individual driving the pickup truck was taken to the hospital for accident-caused injuries, where he also died.

Investigators are attempting to figure out what exactly happened. A later report from KOAT (12/18/15, Cruz) advised that a gun and drugs were found in the pickup truck, which was stolen.

Unfortunately, car accidents are a major cause of accident-related fatalities. Each time an accident happens, loved ones are left to pick up the pieces – a struggle that no one should have endure.

In this time full of pain, several important decisions must be made and certain deadlines cannot be missed. When serious injury or death occurs as a result of an accident, it’s important to consult with an experienced and trusted accident attorney as soon as possible, in order to preserve your legal rights.

 

Attorney Rob M. Baskerville is an Albuquerque car accident lawyer who is devoted to helping victims of car accidents and their loved ones. View car accident lawyer reviews for Baskerville Law LLC and you’ll see some of the many reasons why hundreds of Albuquerque community members have trusted Rob to represent them.

Accident Attorney: Hyundai Recalls Nearly 11,000 Genesis Coupe Vehicles

Accident Attorney: Hyundai Recalls Nearly 11,000 Genesis Coupe Vehicles

As an accident attorney, it’s important to stay up-to-date on manufacturer recalls resulting from a faulty parts, processes, or negligence, as these flaws may increase risk of car accidents and car accident-related fatalities.

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Recently, Hyundai recalled 10,800 manual transmission, model year 2013-2015 Genesis Coupe vehicles manufactured between December 28, 2011 to April 6, 2015. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of these vehicles may have suspension issues that could result in powertrain failure. This is due to rear suspension bolts which may be loose.

 

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If the automotive differential (designed specifically to drive your wheel pairings, while allowing them to rotate at different speeds) and the suspension rear crossmember (designed to aid in smooth operation of your suspension system and help to keep your car aligned) were not properly aligned during assembly, the bolts that lock the differential may loosen. This could cause the driveshaft to separate from the differential, which could result in loss or reduction of propulsion and, therefore, an increased risk of an auto accident.

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To date, it has not been stated whether or not this issue has been the cause of any car accidents or injuries.

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Hyundai will notify owners of potentially affected vehicles beginning January 2016, and Hyundai dealers will provide remedial assembly at no cost to the owner. The recall number is 135.

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If you are an owner of a 2013-2015 model year Hyundai Genesis Coupe, please respond to Hyundai’s notification to receive repair as soon as possible to avoid increased risk of a car accident.

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Consult with an accident attorney as soon as possible.

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If you have been involved in a car accident due to this misalignment, please consult an auto accident attorney. As an accident attorney who focuses on car accidents, I always offer free consultations to discuss your specific case.

NM Ranks 2nd in the US for Worst Drivers

NM Ranks 2nd in the US for Worst Drivers

As an auto accident personal injury law firm, it’s important to keep up with the latest driving statistics.  Car Insurance Comparison (CIC)  tracks and analyzes information concerning fatal auto accidents, including statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Recently, CIC released an updated report which ranks states in the USA for the worst drivers.

In overall rankings, the #1 state with the worst drivers is Montana.

Tied for #2 is New Mexico and South Carolina.

Spot #4 goes to Texas, and Louisiana ranked #5.

It is noteworthy that, according to the CIC report, New Mexico drivers are getting worse at an alarming rate, jumping 17 positions to break into the top 5 states with the worst drivers for the first time In the prior edition of the report, New Mexico was ranked twenty-ninth.  And, in the report published before that, New Mexico was ranked nineteenth.

According to the CIC, its ranking for the (otherwise) “Land of Enchantment” changed for two major sub-factors.  First, the dramatic change was due to New Mexico ranking fifth among states with the worst “careless drivers”.  Secondly, New Mexico ranked 10th among states with the worst drunk drivers.  Also of note, New Mexico was ranked 17th in traffic fatalities.  Other factors considered were fatalities per miles driving, speeding and other moving violations per capita.

An experienced accident attorney should be aware of the latest local driving statistics and use this information in aspects of practice to enhance representation of clients.

 

Injured in a Recent Car Accident?

If you’ve been hurt due to the careless driving of another, it’s time to take action. Baskerville Law LLC is your advocate. We go head-on with insurance companies through aggressive and reliable legal representation of our valued clients. We offer complimentary consultations with no obligation to use our services. Call (505) 247-2774 today to see how we can help.

 

Injury Attorney: Ford Issues Two Safety Recalls

Injury Attorney: Ford Issues Two Safety Recalls

Yesterday, November 23, 2015, Ford Motor Company issued two safety recalls. Per Ford, at this time, they are unaware of any accidents or injuries which have been related to these two issues – (1) a potential fuel tank issue for 2010-2011 year model Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan vehicles and (2) a steering column issue in thirteen 2016 year model Ford F-650 trucks.

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Potential fuel tank issue in 2010-2011 year model Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan vehicles

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Per Ford, some vehicles may have been manufactured with malfunctioning canister purge valves. If this is the case, internal pressure changes may occur inside of the fuel tank. If there are repeated changes in pressure inside of the fuel tank, a crack on the top of the tank could result, which may allow the fuel to leak. If fuel leaks near an ignition source, a fire could occur.

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Ford has advised a total of 451,865 vehicles in North America may be affected.

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Steering column issue in 2016 year model Ford F-650 trucks

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According to Ford, thirteen 2016 year model F-650 trucks were “built with a steering column that uses the “park” position mechanism in the automatic transmission.” If an affected vehicle is parked on a grade (such as a hill), is loaded, and the shift lever is placed in park, the truck may inadvertently move, which may increase the risk of a collision.

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Ford will notify owners of potentially affected cars for both recall instances and correct the issues at no cost to the owner.

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See the complete recall notice from Ford here.

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Contact a trusted injury attorney if you’ve been hurt.

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Baskerville Law is dedicated to helping our clients receive the maximum compensation for injuries sustained from an auto accident. We offer free consultations and never collect a free unless we are able to recover for your losses. Call our local Albuquerque office today at (505) 247-2774 to speak with our knowledgeable injury attorney.

 

Albuquerque Accident Attorney: GM Faulty Ignition Switches

General Motors (“GM”) continues to face some serious heat for faulty ignition switches which are responsible for accidents killing more than one hundred individuals. Hundreds of other individuals have been injured.

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GM detected the faulty ignition switch at issue in some of its vehicles as early as 2001. An Albuquerque accident attorney may allege that the faulty ignition switch is responsible for injuries caused in certain types of car accidents involving certain types of GM model vehicles.

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On July 1, 2009, GM filed for Chapter 11, bankruptcy.

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In 2013, GM determined that the faulty ignition switch caused at least thirty one crashes and caused at least thirteen deaths.

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In 2014, over a decade after detecting the faulty ignition switch, GM finally recalled some of the affected vehicles. Over time, GM recalls more and more affected vehicles.

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On November 10, 2015, Bankruptcy Judge Robert Gerber ruled that plaintiffs can seek punitive damages if they can show that the New GM, post-bankruptcy, knew of the faulty switches but covered it up. GM has previously admitted it knew about faulty ignition switches for at least a decade but failed to recall any cars until 2014. Accordingly, an Albuquerque accident attorney handling corresponding faulty ignition switch cases against GM may now be more likely to recover large jury verdicts.

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Consult with an experienced Albuquerque accident attorney.

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Baskerville Law never charges for a consultation and is happy to speak with you regarding your specific situation. We fight for the rights of our clients. Call our Albuquerque accident attorney today at (505) 247-2774.

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Rob M. Baskerville, Esq. is an Albuquerque accident attorney and the founder of New Mexico law firm Baskerville Law LLC. Baskerville Law is honored to serve individuals who have been injured in auto accidents in New Mexico.

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