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AMPUTATIONS CAUSED BY NEW MEXICO 18 WHEELER WRECKS 2

Loss of Limb Due to Serious Rig Big Crash: New Mexico 18 Wheeler Wrecks Causing Amputations

An amputation or loss of limb is one of the most serious and debilitating injuries that an individual could sustain. While all motor vehicle accidents could result in the loss of a limb, New Mexico 18 wheeler wrecks involving large big rigs, semi tractor trailers, tankers, double tandem trailers, and other box trucks are most likely to cause amputations. This is because of the sheer force generated by these box trucks can result in catastrophic damage to smaller passenger vehicles, even at low speeds. This means that limbs can become trapped in twisted metal, sustain mutilating injuries, and even be severed in the crash.

Drunk Driving Car Accident on Halloween: Albuquerque Auto Accident Lawyer

Halloween Drunk Driving Car Accident: Albuquerque Auto Accident Lawyer

Our Albuquerque auto accident lawyer knows that, when we think about Halloween, we typically think of scary things like ghosts, goblins, and monsters.  But what might be the scariest thing of all is a car accident on Halloween.  This could be with another vehicle or pedestrians, usually children.  Indeed, Halloween is a recipe for a serious car accident with children running in between cars and crossing streets, dark costumes into the evening, and Halloween parties going into the night.  There are simply more people and children out and about then usual at this time of day.  But not only is there more opportunity and harder factors like dark costumes and at night, but also alcohol.  Many adults will go to Halloween parties the weekend before Halloween and on Halloween.  Even one drink could impair a driver enough to slow reaction speed of a trick-or-treater jetting across the road.  Multiple drinks could be catastrophe and result in a very serious drunk driving car accident on Halloween.

Hit by a Car in New Mexico? Call our Albuquerque Auto Accident Lawyer

Understanding Your Rights After You Have Been Hit by a Car in New Mexico: Albuquerque Auto Accident Lawyer Explains

No one plans to be hit by a car.  But our Albuquerque auto accident lawyer knows that when a pedestrian is hit by a car in New Mexico,  it can be life changing.  This is because pedestrian knockdown cases are cause some of the most severe and catastrophic injuries.  People who are hit by a car have no protections like airbags, seatbelts, side curtains, or even just the steel shell of a vehicle around them.  This means that a pedestrian is at the full mercy of the vehicle striking him or her. 

IS A TRUCKING COMPANY LIABLE FOR HIRING A DANGEROUS TRUCK DRIVER? ALBUQUERQUE TRUCKING ACCIDENT LAWYER

Trucking Companies are Liable for Hiring a Dangerous Truck Driver: Albuquerque Trucking Accident Lawyer Explains

You don't need to be an Albuquerque trucking accident lawyer to know that large commercial trucks like 18 wheelers, semi tractor trailers, double trailers, big rigs, and other box trucks are very large and dangerous vehicles. This is true even when they are driven by an experienced truck driver. But when an inexperienced or a dangerous truck driver takes the wheel, it could result in catastrophic New Mexico trucking accidents causing serious personal injuries or wrongful death. When this occurs, it is not the victim's fault. The trucking company is the party in the best position to avoid having inexperienced and dangerous truck drivers on the road, and will usually render the trucking company liable for your crash.

Spinal Cord Injuries Caused by Albuquerque Auto Accidents

Albuquerque Auto Accident Lawyer Explains Spinal Cord Injuries Caused by Crashes

Even though your spinal cord is well-protected because it is encased in vertebrae bone, your spinal cord is not invincible.  In fact, your spinal cord is particularly susceptible in an Albuquerque auto accident from the rear or side impacts which are devastating.  This is because of a whiplash effect which causes your neck to swing back and forth violently.  This can cause damage to the spinal cord and the nerves branching off of the spinal column.  As a result, individuals injured in a serious collision could sustain permanent and debilitating damage to their neck, back, and spinal cord.

NEW MEXICO 18 WHEELER CRASH CAUSED BY IMPROPER LANE CHANGES

Improper Lane Changes Can Cause a Very Serious New Mexico 18 Wheeler Crash

One of the most common causes of a New Mexico 18 wheeler crash is an improper lane change. Large commercial trucks like semi tractor trailers and box trucks need extra space and time to safely make a lane change. This is particularly true on fast-moving highways and interstates such as I-40, I-25, and I-10 where other vehicles will quickly make up space in that lane when 18 wheelers need that larger amount of time and space. This is a recipe for very serious truck wrecks which can leave individuals in smaller, passenger vehicles with catastrophic injuries.

High Speed Collision: Albuquerque Auto Accident Lawyer Explains Liability

Understanding High Speed Collisions Caused by Excessive Speed: Albuquerque Auto Accident Lawyer

One of the most significant and catastrophic types of auto accidents are high speed collisions.  This is because high speed collisions result in significant force and momentum.  This force is dispersed through the vehicles causing the metal of a car to twist or break.  This force is also dispersed into occupants, resulting in broken bones, ruptured organs, and other severe damages.  If you have been seriously injured in a high speed collision, our Albuquerque auto accident lawyer can explain what your rights are when the other driver was speeding or driving above the speed limit.

HEAD INJURIES FROM ALBUQUERQUE BIG RIG CRASHES IN NEW MEXICO

Types of Head Injuries Caused by Albuquerque Big Rig Crashes in New Mexico

Serious Albuquerque big rig crashes could cause very serious head injuries. This is obvious based on the sheer size and weight of large big rigs like 18 wheelers, semi tractor trailers, double trailers, and other box trucks. This is particularly true on fast moving highways like interstates such as I-40, I-25, or I-10 where these big rigs can generate serious momentum due to their mass and speed. Thus, head injuries from big rig crashes in New Mexico can result in catastrophic and debilitating conditions on a victim.

How to Prove a Traumatic Brain Injury in a New Mexico Auto Accident Case

How to Prove a Traumatic Brain Injury After a New Mexico Auto Accident

Enough though a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is a very serious and catastrophic injury, it is sometimes referred to as an “invisible injury.”  This is because a traumatic brain injury may not show up on an MRI, CT-scan, or other imaging study like a broken bone.  Other times there may be no way to prove an injury to the brain, even though it is clear there are significant limitations and complications caused by the TBI after a New Mexico auto accident.  This is why  proving a traumatic brain injury can be very difficult, especially for individuals not using an experienced Albuquerque auto accident lawyer.

USING FMCSA ALCOHOL TESTING IN A NEW MEXICO TRUCKING ACCIDENT CASE

New Mexico Trucking Accident Case: How Mandatory FMCSA Alcohol Testing Can Help

Large commercial trucks like 18 wheelers, big rigs, semi tractor trailers, and other box trucks are dangerous enough by themselves. But when the truck driver uses alcohol before or during his or her shift, large trucks can now become a deadly instrument. This is particularly true on fast moving highways and interstates like I-40, I-25, and I-10 in New Mexico. This is why FMCSA regulations require post-accident alcohol testing in certain circumstances, including when there is a wrongful death or serious personal injuries that require immediate medical attention.

Winning a Rear End Albuquerque Auto Accident

How to Win a Rear End Albuquerque Auto Accident: New Mexico Auto Accident Lawyer Explains

Even if we are not a lawyer, we know that a vehicle which hits another vehicle from behind is likely at fault for the crash.  This is helpful to a victim who is hurt in a rear end auto accident because a jury of your peers will also likely know this.  This is statutorily required.  In fact, NM Stat Section 66-7-318 requires under subdivision (A) that “[t]he driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway.”  When a victim is injured in a rear end Albuquerque auto accident, he or she may be entitled to compensation for his or her injuries from the vehicle which hits him or her from behind.  

COMPARING NY LIMO CRASH AND THE NM BUS CRASH: ALBUQUERQUE TRUCKING ACCIDENT LAWYER

Understanding Deadly Commercial Vehicle Crashes: Albuquerque Trucking Accident Lawyer Explains NY Limo Crash and NM Bus Crash

A little over two months ago our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyer reported on a deadly Greyhound bus and semi tractor trailer crash which occurred in Thoreau, NM on I-40. A total of 9 people were killed, including a prematurely born baby a few days after the crash. Despite how bad this crash was, there was another serious commercial vehicle crash last weekend in upstate New York. On October 6, 2018, a modified limo crashed and killed 20 people when it ran through a stop sign at a T-intersection and continued straight into a tree line. All 17 people in the limo were killed, the driver was killed, and two pedestrians. There are many questions what happened, and initial investigations are finding that the limo driver was not properly licensed and the limo failed a department of transportation inspection last month and was deemed not roadworthy.

Who is Responsible for my Albuquerque Auto Accident Injuries?

Paying for Injuries and Bills: Who is Responsible for my Albuquerque Auto Accident Damages?

If you are injured in an Albuquerque auto accident, it could be frustrating, confusing, and emotionally overwhelming.  This is normal.  Especially if you have very serious injuries from the car wrecks.  Individuals involved in catastrophic motor vehicle accidents needs to know that they have rights to protect and may be entitled to compensation for their injuries (pain and suffering), medical bills, and lost wages.  But often times individuals who are hurt may not know who is responsible for the crash and who is liable to pay these damages.

REASONS WHY REAR END TRUCK CRASHES OCCUR: ALBUQUERQUE TRUCKING ACCIDENT LAWYER

Understanding the Reasons Why Rear End Truck Crashes Occur in New Mexico: Albuquerque Trucking Accident Lawyer Explains

Most of us know that the vehicle that rear ends another vehicle is almost always going to be at fault. This common sense logic has been distilled into the common law, or judge-made law which interprets the public policy and public opinion as to certain aspects of life. This has also been codified into statutory law, or legislatively-made law. Under NM Stat section 66-7-318, "[t]he driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway."

Surgeries for Broken Bones Due to an Albuquerque Car Accident

Albuquerque Car Accident Causing Fractures: Common Surgeries for Broken Bones

If you were injured in a serious Albuquerque car accident, it is likely that you suffered a fracture.  Also known as a broken bone, this is an injury which causes your bone to break due to the sheer pressure and force of the motor vehicle accident.  The broken ends of the bone could remain in the same place, or they could be displaced.  Sometimes broken bones could even pierce through the skin in what is known as a compound fracture.  Other times the bone could be broken into many pieces, often small pieces, which is known as a comminuted fracture.

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