July 4th Trucking Accidents: New Mexico Trucking Accident Lawyer Explains Increased Risks
Independence Day is a very important holiday for our great nation. Traditionally it is marked by barbecues and celebrations with family and friends, with fireworks at night signifying the historic battles for our freedom. Most people also take vacation during this week, particularly since July 4th is on a Wednesday. All of this means a few things in terms of safety. Statistics show that there is an increased amount of fatalities and injuries due to firework accidents, physical accidents like swimming or in sports, and of course due to motor vehicle collisions. In fact, long-term research reveals that July 4th is one of the deadliest days on our roadways. This includes collisions with big rigs, making a New Mexico trucking accident more likely to be fatal.
Here at the NM Truck Accident Attorneys, we understand the important of Independence Day. But we also understand the dangers it poses to individuals on or near the roadways. Victims of a New Mexico trucking accident occurring on July 4th may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or wrongfully killed due to the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company, please call our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident lawyer by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn what rights to compensation you may have.
Causes of July 4th Trucking Accidents
We know that statistics show that July 4th is one of the deadliest and most dangerous holidays for motorists due to motor vehicle crashes and big rig wrecks. But there are many reasons why large commercial trucks like big rigs, semi tractor trailers, double trailers, 18 wheelers, tankers, tandem trailers, flatbeds, and other large box trucks are more likely to cause serious truck wrecks. This is particularly true with big rigs on fast-moving highways and interstates like I-40, I-25, and I-10.
Some of the factors contributing to these collisions include the following:
- Roadway congestion - with the holiday traveling and more people on the roadways, there is simply an increase in things to hit on the roadway. But even with more passenger traffic, many larger logistics companies and trucking companies still carry aggressive schedules to make money. This means more traffic with the same big rigs on the roadway, which is a recipe for disaster.
- Intoxication - while truck drivers are required to have no alcohol for many hours before or during a shift, many will still be tempted by the holiday to partake in alcohol consumption before hoping back into the cab of a large 18 wheeler. This is downright dangerous for all motorists on the roadway.
- Fatigued Driving and Drug Use - With added traffic on the highways, there may be delays for truck drivers making timely deliveries. This means that some truck drivers may have to work longer hours to make the same deliveries which can be a violation of hours of service rules. Other truck drivers may use over the counter drugs like caffeine, or illegal stimulants like cocaine, to stay awake for longer to make the deliveries they are running behind on.
July Fourth Trucking Accidents Could Result in Very Serious Personal Injuries and Wrongful Death
Victims of New Mexico trucking accidents who are injured on July 4th or during the July 4th week may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. Schedule a FREE appointment with our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident lawyer to learn what we can do for you. We handle cases throughout New Mexico, including in Lordsburg, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Roswell, or anywhere else. Call the NM Truck Accident Attorneys by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can help. You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.