Road Crews Remove Safety Features Before Quadruple-fatal Crash on Hwy 550

Road workers employed by a Kansas City-based firm, Vance Brothers Inc., filled in centerline rumble strips on NM Hwy 550 while performing routine maintenance, according to a price agreement contract.

On the night of Aug. 8, The Miller family — Michael Miller, 47, Leann Miller, 48, Zoey Miller, 12, and Miles Miller, 7 — were driving north on the highway near Bloomfield, when their car was struck head-on by a pickup truck that had strayed across the centerline.

The entire family was killed on impact.

A New Mexico Department of Transportation spokeswoman said the contractor began replacing the rumble strips on Aug. 15, after the crash occurred.

Will Ferguson, an Albuquerque accident plaintiff’s lawyer, is aggressively investigating the details of this tragic crash. “These safety features are put into place for a reason and are non-negotiable” says Ferguson. “The Highway Department and contractor, among others, are responsible for the safety of highway travelers and have obviously failed in this case. The manner and mechanism of the failure is what we need to understand”. Ferguson will release more information on the details of this crash case as they become available.

Luna County Sherriff Involved in Crash with Injuries

A two-vehicle accident involving a Luna County Sherriff’s Deputy sent five passengers in a pick-up truck to an El Paso hospital with multiple injuries. The accident involved LCSO Deputy Donnie Daniels who was responding to a call of a pursuit that began in Hidalgo County.

Eye-witnesses indicated Daniels entered the intersection of Florida St. and Columbus Highway at a high rate of speed and t-boned a pick-up carrying two women and three children.

Four of the passengers in the pick-up truck were airlifted to University Medical Center in El Paso where they are listed in stable condition with various injuries.

Will Ferguson, an Albuquerque accident plaintiff’s lawyer, is actively monitoring circumstances surrounding this crash. “Police chase crash cases, almost without exception, involve officers operating outside their department guidelines, because of the risk we see here demonstrated so tragically. No one can outrun a radio, no arrest is worth an innocent family’s life. They would have gotten that guy without the chase, probably sooner rather than later” says Ferguson. More information will be forthcoming as we continue to evaluate this case.

Fatal Semi-Truck Crash on I-40 Near Laguna

Authorities say part of Interstate 40 at Laguna Pueblo was closed early on September 10th due to a fatal crash involving two tractor-trailers. The 59 year-old driver of one of the trucks was killed in the accident.

They say both vehicles were in eastbound lanes. Heavy rain and speed may have been factors. The investigation is ongoing.

Will Ferguson, an Albuquerque trucking accident plaintiff’s lawyer, is actively looking into the circumstances surrounding this crash. “Most fatal trucking accidents are completely avoidable and the investigation is likely to identify negligence” by at least one of the parties involved, he states. His investigators will continue to monitor the details as they are released. More information will be forthcoming on this case.

Will Ferguson & Associates Welcomes TrialMetrix, New Mexico’s Most Advanced Focus Group and Mock Trial Venue

Located on Gulton Court in  northeast Albuquerque, Trialmetrix : The Science of Advocacy, is the newest cutting-edge resource for New Mexico’s trial attorneys.  TrialMetrix is a one stop venue that offers services from full mock juries through focus groups and issue identification panels down to a  realistic witness preparation platform. This capability allows attorneys to spot issues and develop the unique aspects of their cases to an unprecedented degree. With its expansive presentation area, audited deliberation rooms and technology center, the facility offers every amenity for attorneys to achieve the best possible outcome from a given set of facts.    Continue reading

Insurance Bad Faith: Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Claims

After a car accident, one of the first questions an injured person asks is, “Does the other driver have car insurance?”  Per the Insurance Research Council (IRC), a non-profit organization funded by insurance companies to compile and study vehicle and hit-and-run accidents, New Mexico has the dubious distinction of being in the top five states with the highest percentage of uninsured motorist accidents. Continue reading

$6 Million Dollar Wrongful Death Verdict in Police Shooting

If you reside within the Albuquerque, New Mexico area you cannot help but see in the news the many cases of individuals killed by the Albuquerque Police Department (APD). From 2009 to 2014 the APD was involved in over thirty-five shootings, resulting in twenty-three deaths. It was, however, the shooting death of James Boyd, an unauthorized camper, that grabbed national headlines. This incident was captured on video and was viewed on the internet by the general public. This sparked a protest of over three hundred Albuquerque residents who called for an end to the excessive force of Albuquerque’s police department.

 

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Ferguson Firm Spots Evidence Tampering in Oilfield Case

AV-rated Lawyer David M. Houliston Finds Spoliation on Eve of Trial

Destroying, hiding or altering evidence before or during a lawsuit, known as “spoliation,” is a serious ethical breach; determining whether evidence has been tampered with can be a frustrating and time-consuming task for the other side.

David M. Houliston of Will Ferguson & Associates, New Mexico’s largest personal injury law firm, recently uncovered irrefutable evidence of spoliation in a case involving an injured oilfield worker. More than four years after the accident occurred, Houliston, and the law firm, the fourth law firm to represent the plaintiff, were the first and only attorneys to comb through the case files and spot the intentional evidence tampering. Continue reading