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Deming, NM (July 10, 2023) — One person is dead and two others are injured after a commercial truck caused a three-vehicle accident on Sunday, July 2. The crash happened around 10:00 PM on Highway 26 near mile marker 10, north of Deming.
According to investigators, a 1993 water tanker truck was traveling east on Highway 26. At the same time, a 2016 commercial motor vehicle (CMV) was also heading east on the highway. For unknown reasons, the CMV hit the back of the water tanker truck, causing it to cross into the westbound lane and collide head-on with a 2019 Chevy SUV.
One of the passengers of the SUV, 77-year-old Kay Chandler from Deming, NM, was taken to a nearby hospital but died from her injuries. The driver of the CMV and another passenger in the Chevy SUV were also taken to a hospital. However, their current conditions are unknown. The driver of the water tanker truck was not hurt, and alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash.

Source: New Mexico State Police

Flores, Tawney & Acosta, P.C. Offers Its Sincere Condolences

Our attorneys are sad to hear that this accident has claimed the life of one of the victims. We offer our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. In addition, we hope that the other victims have a smooth recovery. While the exact cause of the accident has yet to be determined, we wish the NMSP good luck on their investigation. 

Options for Family Members Following a Fatal Car or Truck Crash

Whether you lost a loved one in this fatal car crash in Luna County or another, you may have legal options. In New Mexico, family members of the deceased may file a wrongful death claim. This type of claim, much like other civil accident claims, seeks damages for losses. However, it specifically seeks to reimburse the family for the losses related to their loved one’s death. This includes:

  • Funeral and burial costs,
  • Loss of financial support,
  • Loss of consortium for spouses 
  • Medical expenses from the cause of death,
  • Lost inheritance, and
  • Pain and suffering.

Ultimately, the cost of losing a loved one goes far beyond the financial impact. The emotional and mental devastation that their death leaves is just as destructive. While wrongful death damages cannot replace a life, they are just one of the few ways a family may seek recompense.

Get the Help You Need from Flores, Tawney & Acosta, P.C.

Dealing with the legal complexities of a wrongful death claim on your own can feel overwhelming. But you don’t have to go through it alone. Our team of New Mexico wrongful death attorneys is here to offer the support you need to navigate this difficult journey. We bring our extensive trial experience to the table, fighting tirelessly for justice on behalf of families like yours. Our proven track record reflects our unwavering commitment to our clients.

Don’t wait any longer—take the first step toward justice by scheduling a free consultation with us. Reach out today at 575-222-1000 to discuss your case.

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James Tawney

James Tawney is a native of the Southwest dedicated to serving his community. He was born and raised in Arizona where he attended Northern Arizona University where he received his undergraduate degree. James then went on to attend Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock, Texas. In 2016, he, along with fellow plaintiff’s attorney Alejandro Acosta, founded Flores, Tawney & Acosta, P.C. with offices located in Las Cruces and Carlsbad, New Mexico, and El Paso, Texas.

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