The police have confirmed that a wrong-way driver caused a fatal crash on I-40 shortly after midnight on Sunday, January 31. According to Bernalillo County deputies, a thirty-eight-year-old Danielle Archuleta was going westbound in the eastbound lanes when she collided with another vehicle on I-40 near 98th Street.
The other driver was killed on the scene and Archuleta was transported to the University of New Mexico Hospital. The deputies found what appeared like marijuana in the car, so they ordered a blood test. Archuleta is facing charges for homicide by vehicle over the fatal crash on I-40.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is considered illegal in all states. If you happen to cause an accident while driving after drinking, taking drugs or smoking marijuana, and if another person died in the accident you will likely face harsh charges.
If you have lost a loved one in an accident caused by a DUI driver, you have the right to get legal assistance and seek damages for your loss.
Such cases are complex but aren’t unsolvable.
The family’s victim will file for a claim and usually, they will get a settlement that will cover the expenses the victim had while in hospital. Also, the family will collect a claim for funeral and burial fees, damages and other expenses. This settlement will help them continue with their lives.
It’s important that the family of the victim acts fast; filing for a compensation claim must be done within three years (New Mexico’s statute of limitations for death that occurred in a car accident) from the date of the accident.
Are you looking for legal assistance? FBD Law is here to answer all your questions and help you with everything; schedule your first consultation with a New Mexico car accident attorney today.