New Mexico's comparative negligence law may be used to find you only partially at fault for the accident. Unlike alot of other states, more than one driver can be at fault for the accident. Think of it as a pie that can be cut into portions. I believe that you may be able to show that the drunk driver has a much bigger portion of the pie than you do. Depending on the insurance company, you may be able to convince them that he has almost all of the pie. As a New Mexico attorney you need to...
You need to insist that your insurance company gets a release from the other parties so that you cannot be sued personally for the property damage. Clearly you were under-insured for this accident, but your insurance company needs to do a better job of getting you off the hook.
I wouldn't cause your employment issue Pain and Suffering. Rather it falls in the category of Lost of Earnings and Future Earnings. You need to be diagnosed by a psychologist of your fear and stress or undertake medical attention to rid you of any musculoskeletal problems.
You should contact the attorney IN WRITING. You need documentation to prove that you have made contact. Then if still not response contact your state's attorney disciplinary agency. They will want your written proof. They should contact the attorney, and then problem should be resolved. Good Luck.
only you and your attorney together can really decide the value of your case. Listen to your attorney. Your interests and his interests are the same. You don't want to incur thousands of dollars in expert and other fees and expenses if he can settle your case NOW for what you might ultimatley put in your pocket if you went to trial and paid all the costs.
Please give me a call at 505-883-5000. My name is Mark Caruso and I am a licensed attorney in Albuquerque but I am also licensed in California. I cannot give you a full answer without more details. I need to know whether you have uninsured motorist coverage on any of the vehicles that you own in New Mexico. There are some unique differences in the CA law and NM law when it comes to uninsured motorist. I look forward to hearing from you. Mark
Most likely the law in Utah deems your friend a co-owner of the car because his name is on the title. I would have expected the insurance company to write just one check with both your names on the check and let you two argue over it. I think that you may have a claim against the insurance company if they write the check exclusively to him and don't also name you as a co-owner on the title. The loan should be paid off by the insurance company, and then the balance should be paid in a single...