Boating can seem like a peaceful activity, especially on New Mexico's beautiful waterways. Though boating may seem like a harmless pastime, it can also be the cause of accidents that result in injury or death. In some cases, a fatality that results from a negligent boater may legally be considered a wrongful death.
No one anticipates losing a family member to an accidental drowning. Even for families who live near bodies of water, engage in water activities or have jobs involving waterways, a drowning comes as a tragic shock. Drowning deaths are nearly always accidental, but that does not necessarily mean that the deceased is at fault. Some drownings are the result of another party's negligent or reckless actions. In these cases, the family of the decedent may seek legal recourse through a wrongful death lawsuit.
Wrongful death lawsuits are often fraught with emotion-- not only has your loved one passed away, but you must now attempt to seek justice for their death. As much as you and your family may wish to take your time and grieve, it is important to act quickly. When it comes to wrongful death lawsuits, timing could affect your ability to seek justice.
Reports of New Mexico civilians being mistreated and even shot by police officers have become all too common. Just some of the misconduct allegations that have been raised against New Mexico's police force include false arrest, racial profiling, false imprisonment and manufacturing evidence. In some cases, unarmed citizens have even been shot.
A recent meta-analysis of 15 prior studies and reports found that off-road vehicle (ORV) use is associated with asbestos exposure. That means there is a risk that riders could develop mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, and other diseases.
The family of Mary Hawkes, the 19-year-old who was shot down by police in 2014, has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the City of Albuquerque. They claim a series of unlawful searches and seizures, along with Albuquerque Police Department negligence, led to the young woman's wrongful death.
Preliminary estimates sow U.S. traffic fatalities were slightly lower during the first half of 2017 than over the same period last year. Unfortunately, they remained 8 percent higher than in 2015. Worse, the 2016 number was a 6-percent jump over 2015 and represented the largest two-year increase since 1964. Moreover, the fatality rate typically goes up in the second half of the year.