What Rights to Passengers in the New Mexico Greyhound Bus Crash Have? New Mexico Trucking Accident Lawyer Explains
Last week in Thoreau, New Mexico, a semi tractor trailer blew a front driver's tire and lost control. The semi tractor trailer owned by JAG Transportation Inc. was sent barreling into oncoming traffic and hit a Greyhound bus head on. According to news sources, the collision caused 8 wrongful deaths and 25 passengers to be injured, including three young children. Our New Mexico trucking accident lawyer has been following this serious 18 wheeler wreck, and knows how devastating this tragedy is for all of those affected.
Here at the NM Truck Accident Attorneys, we help those injured in catastrophic box truck crashes like the Thoreau Greyhound bus crash. Our New Mexico trucking accident lawyer is licensed in New Mexico and California, where many of the passengers were from. We speak Spanish and can meet you anywhere in California, New Mexico, or elsewhere to discuss your case. We have an expert certified by the Department of Transportation and a proven-track record of multi-million dollar lawsuits. Call us today by dialing (505) 883-5000 for a FREE consultation to learn how we can help protect your rights as a passenger.
Passenger Rights in the Thoreau Greyhound Bus Crash
After a serious auto accident like the Thoreau Greyhound bus crash, insurance carriers and defense lawyers will immediately enter "damage control" and begin to shift the blame off of the truck driver and trucking company, and onto the victim. Many times the defense will argue that the passenger actually caused the injuries to himself or herself, that the passenger failed to use a seat belt, or that the passenger is not really injured and any injuries were pre-existing.
It is important as a passenger in a vehicle in New Mexico that you know the following:
- Passengers Very Rarely Have Liability - It is very rare for a passenger to have any liable in any auto accident, unless the passenger intentional grabbed the wheel or distracted the driver. In the Greyhound bus crash, it is incredibly unlikely that any passenger will have even 1% of liability given that the semi tractor trailer lose control after a blown tire, and the passengers were no driving the bus (or legally were allowed to!).
- There is no "Seat Belt Defense" in New Mexico - Some states has a "seat belt defense" which allows the defense to argue that the passenger would not have been injured in the way or to the extent he or she was if the passenger was wearing an available seat belt.
- You Can Still Collection Compensation if You Had Pre-existing Injuries - Even if you had a pre-existing injury such as a back injury, prior surgery, or related ailment, you can still collect compensation if the Thoreau Greyhound bus crash caused further injuries. You may not receive full value for your injury, but you will absolutely be able to receive compensation for the ordeal of the trucking crash.
Call Our New Mexico Trucking Accident Lawyer to Protect Your Rights as a Passenger
Here at the NM Truck Accident Attorneys, we have the experience and proven-track record of representing those seriously injured in New Mexico trucking accidents such as the Thoreau Greyhound bus crash in McKinley County, New Mexico. Call us today to come meet with you in California, New Mexico, or elsewhere to discuss your case FOR FREE. We speak Spanish and are able to send out our expert immediately to begin the investigation. Call the NM Truck Accident Attorneys by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can help protect your passenger rights today. You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.