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The trucking industry is a business bent on time is money. The faster that deliveries can be made, the faster that the truck drivers and the trucking companies can get paid. This lends to truck drivers operating commercial vehicles on highways and interstates like I-10, I-25, and I-40 at excessive speeds. While this might help a truck driver and trucking company make more money, this also could result in serious trucking accidents and crashes. In fact, speeding is a very common and very dangerous cause of New Mexico trucking accidents. Our Albuquerque, New Mexico speeding 18 wheeler wrecks lawyers explain liability of these types of crashes.
Speeding is Illegal Under New Mexico Law and Federal Regulations
It goes without saying that a truck driver going above the speed limit is breaking the law. This is true of both New Mexico state law and federal regulations under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Both bodies of law require truck drivers to operate their vehicles at or below the speed limit, or as the weather conditions allow. Under New Mexico law, NM Stat. 66-7-301, subdivision (d) the following:
“In every event, speed shall be so controlled by the driver as may be necessary: (1) to avoid colliding with a person, vehicle or other conveyance on or entering the highway; (2) to comply with legal requirements as may be established by the state highway and transportation department or the New Mexico state police division of department of public safety and the duty of all persons to use due car . . . .”
If a truck driver is operating a commercial vehicle above that speed limit and causes an Albuquerque, New Mexico 18 wheeler wreck, that truck driver may be liable for violating New Mexico law.
Statutory Violations of Speeding May Mean Liability
When a driver violates a New Mexico state statute and causes personal injuries, that driver may be found automatically liability under the doctrine of negligence per se. This doctrine makes a truck driver and trucking company liable when a truck driver hurts people by violating a violates a law that is meant to protect those people from harm. The victim may be able to prove that the truck driver was automatically liable and responsible for the crash.
Victims of Albuquerque, New Mexico 18 Wheeler Wrecks Caused by Speeding Truck Drivers Should Call Our Law Firm
Did a truck driver speeding cause your 18 wheeler wreck? Ask us how to protect your rights and ensure that your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages are protected under New Mexico law. Speeding is illegal for a reason, and when truck drivers and trucking companies choose to put profit over your safety, they must be held accountable. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a trucking accident case, please call to schedule your FREE appointment with our lawyers at the Mark Caruso by dialing (505) 883-5000.
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