How Witness Credibility Comes into Play in New Mexico Personal Injury Cases

In most New Mexico personal injury cases, the parties do not agree on the underlying facts. For example, in a car accident involving two motorists, each motorist may claim that the accident was caused by the other driver. In many personal injury cases, this hypothetical situation creates an issue of fact that would need to be resolved by a judge or jury.

If the parties do agree on the underlying facts, and the only issues that need to be resolved are legal in nature, a judge can resolve the case through a motion for summary judgment. An example of this would be if both motorists agreed on what happened prior to the accident, but each believes that the law is on their side. In these cases, the judge resolves the legal issue, and the case is resolved.

Assuming that the parties do not agree on the underlying facts, the question then becomes which version of the facts will the jury adopt. This is where the importance of an experienced trial attorney comes into play. An attorney who is well versed in cross-examination can expose a party’s bias and may be able to establish that a witness is attempting to cover up certain facts.

Dump Truck Driver Claims Faulty Brakes Were Responsible for Accident

Earlier this month, seven people were injured when a dump truck caused a multi-car pile-up. Of the seven victims, three were critically injured and still are in local hospitals. According to a local news report, the dump truck was hauling debris away from residential lots that had been burned in a recent wildfire.

The accident occurred when the dump truck was traveling down a steep hill. At the bottom of the hill, the truck blew through a red light, crashing into several vehicles that were stopped waiting for the light. In all, seven vehicles caught fire.

After the accident, the truck driver remained on the scene and cooperated with police in their investigation, which is still ongoing. At this point, police do not believe that drugs or alcohol were involved. The speed of the dump truck at the time of the accident is not yet known. Police also told reporters that the truck driver had only been on duty for a few hours and did not appear drowsy.

Have You Been Injured in a New Mexico Truck Accident?

If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a New Mexico truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The dedicated New Mexico truck accident attorneys at the Fine Law Firm have extensive experience representing accident victims and their families in cases against the responsible parties. To learn more, and to speak with a dedicated New Mexico personal injury attorney about your case, call 505-889-FINE. Calling is free, and we will not bill you for our services unless we are able to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

More Blog Posts:

New Mexico Employees’ Rights and Remedies When Injured by a Third Party While at Work, New Mexico Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, January 25, 2018.

Court Parses Out Liability in Multi-Defendant Truck Accident Case, New Mexico Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, February 5, 2018.