Every action instituted by virtue of the provisions of this and the preceding section [41-2-1 NMSA 1978] must be brought within three years after the cause of action accrues. The cause of action accrues as of the date of death.   

  History: Laws 1882, ch. 61, § 9; C.L. 1884, § 2316; Code 1915, § 1822; C.S. 1929, § 36-103; 1941 Comp., § 24-102; Laws 1953, ch. 30, § 1; 1953 Comp., § 22-20-2; Laws 1961, ch. 202, § 1.