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Spinal Cord Injuries After a Rear End Albuquerque Truck Crash

Rear End Albuquerque Truck Crash Causing Spinal Cord Injuries

Your spinal cord is one of the most important structures in your body that most people do not consider until they have an injury. This is the longest segment of your central nervous system, and originates at the base of your brain/skull and extends down into your lumbar back (lower back). This is the major signal highway between your peripheral nerves and your brain. Your spinal cord is encased in a column of hardened bone which is meant to protect it from the most powerful of impacts. Unfortunately, even a low speed rear end Albuquerque truck crash could result in significant injury to your spinal cord. This could be due to a whiplash injury, or the sheer impact of a heavy 18 wheeler. Coupled with the fact that a rear end auto accident places undue stress on the spine, when a large big rig is involved the likelihood of serious injury if high.

Are my Medical Records Protected by HIPAA in a New Mexico Auto Accident?

Understanding HIPAA and a New Mexico Auto Accident: What Medical Records You Need to Disclose

We all know that our medical records are protected under HIPAA.  This is why we sign waivers when we sign in with doctor’s offices that allow that office to send your medical records to other providers, like your primary care physician or a laboratory for testing.  While HIPAA is very strong and important, many people wonder are surprised to learn that in a New Mexico auto accident case they need to disclose their health records to the other party.  Some people may be embarrassed what is in their medical records, and others do not want the invasion of privacy.  Many clients and victims of personal injury accidents ask why they must disclose their personal information.

Thanksgiving Auto Accidents: New Mexico Trucking Accident Lawyer Explains Dangers

New Mexico Trucking Accident Lawyer Shares Dangers of Thanksgiving Auto Accidents

This Thanksgiving was dangerous and deadly on the roadways throughout the United States, particularly Connecticut which is reporting over 200 separate motor vehicle crashes. In New Mexico, a deadly pedestrian crash and a fatal motor vehicle accident involving a bicyclist are at the top of the news. This should be no surprise to New Mexicans, as a recent study found that New Mexico is the 9th most dangerous state for Thanksgiving travel.

New Mexico Auto Accidents on Thanksgiving: Deadly Roads

Deadly Holiday Roads: New Mexico Auto Accidents on Thanksgiving Explained

New Mexico auto accidents on Thanksgiving are horrible and deadly.  This is because Thanksgiving is one of—if not the—deadliest holidays for traffic crashes.  It starts tonight, Wednesday, when many people are coming home for the holidays and want to meet up with family and friends before the big day tomorrow.  This is particularly true of college students, who are prone to go out for drinks to catch up with their friends at other schools.  Then Thanksgiving is a major travel day which is understood to cause roadway congestion.  Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Sunday are the largest shopping days of the year which bring many people out to stores to start their Christmas shopping.  Simply put, the roads are more congested, people are celebrating and unfortunately may be with alcohol, and people who may not usually go out will be forced out for the holiday or to get their shopping completed.  

Signs and Symptoms of a Brain Injury: Albuquerque Trucking Accident Lawyer Explains TBIs

Understanding TBIs: Our Albuquerque Trucking Accident Lawyer Explains Signs and Symptoms of a Brain Injury

A brain injury is a very serious personal injury that a person could suffer in an 18 wheeler wreck. Our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyer knows that these are horrific and debilitating injuries. Besides wrongful death, a traumatic brain injury may be the worst type of injury that a person could sustain. These could be catastrophic injuries which affect a person's daily living and activities, from memory and focus ability, affecting speech, to even causing debilitating headaches. Unfortunately, large commercial trucks like 18 wheelers, big rigs, tankers, random trailers, double trailers, semi tractor trailers, and other large box trucks are more likely to cause these very serious injuries.

Reasons Why Pickup Trucks are More Dangerous: New Mexico Pickup Truck Crash Lawyer

New Mexico Pickup Truck Crash Lawyer: Reasons Why Pickup Trucks are More Dangerous

One of the more dangerous vehicles to be involved in a New Mexico auto accident is with a pickup truck.  This is because pickup trucks are larger and weigh more than a standard passenger vehicle due to their their larger engine block and heavier frame.  In addition, when pickup trucks are carrying cargo, they can be much heavier and more difficult to control.  This added weight inherent to a pickup truck, plus any additional weight from cargo, means that pickup trucks generate significant force and momentum when they collide with another vehicle.  This could result in very serious personal injuries or the wrongful death in a New Mexico pickup truck crash.


New Mexico Trucking Accident Involving Double Trailer Trucks: Why They Are More Dangerous

A large commercial vehicle such as a box truck, big rig, semi tractor trailer, 18 wheeler, and other large truck are very dangerous vehicles. This is because of their sheer size and weight. This means that these box trucks have more blind spots, larger blind spots, and also generate more momentum when they are moving. These large semi tractor trailers also require a great distance to stop in time to avoid rear ending other vehicles. This is particularly true on fast moving highways such as interstates like I-10, I-25, and I-40, which create a lot more speed and therefore a lot more momentum. The only thing more dangerous than a semi tractor trailer is a double tractor trailer or a tandem trailer. These are two large box truck segments tethered together with one truck head. They are very dangerous and can cause a significant New Mexico trucking accident.

Types of Auto Accidents and Why They Are Dangerous: Albuquerque Auto Accident Lawyer

Understanding the Types of Auto Accidents and Why They Are Most Dangerous: Albuquerque Auto Accident Lawyer Explains

While most people believe that high speed collisions or tractor trailer crashes are the only ways that people could be seriously injured, any type of auto accident, even low speed collisions, can cause serious personal injuries.  This depends on the unique nature of the collision, including the angle, force, and what happens after impact.  In addition, other factors such as the health of the occupants is also to be considered.  It is important to understand what types of auto accidents cause certain types of injuries and why they are dangerous to protect your health and ensure that your rights to compensation are protected.


New Mexico Trucking Accident Caused When 18 Wheeler Brakes Failed: Understanding FMCSA Liability

One of the scariest fears that a motorist could face is a large 18 wheeler which loses its brakes. This nightmare scenario turns a large, heavy, and fast-moving big rig into an unguided missile which could cause catastrophic damage in whatever it connects with. Unfortunately, 18 wheelers with brake failures are not as uncommon as you may hope. They do occur and cause serious personal injuries or wrongful death of any occupants in a vehicle that may be unfortunate enough to be involved in the collision. Usually this collision is a rear end collision at nearly full speed. These types of New Mexico trucking accidents are very serious.

Causes of New Mexico SUV Accidents: Albuquerque Auto Accident Lawyer

Understanding Causes of New Mexico SUV Accidents: Albuquerque Auto Accident Lawyer Explains

Many Americans are leaving their smaller passenger vehicles behind for larger vehicles.  One of the most common tread is an SUV on American roadways.  These vehicles are larger for allows for more storage, a great number of passengers, towing capabilities, pet friendly, and are overall safer.  Gas prices have been low and, while slowly increasing, are still very reasonable.  But while SUVs are generally safer for the drivers and occupants inside of them, they can actually be more dangerous to other people in and on the roadways.  This is because many new SUV owners are indeed leaving their smaller, passenger vehicles behind.  They may not be comfortable with a larger vehicle that has more blind spots and needs extra care in turning, braking, and maneuvering.  This leads to many mishaps which could result in New Mexico SUV accidents.


New Mexico 18 Wheeler Wreck Caused by Big Rig Cargo Falling off Truck

Every day, large commercial trucks like big rigs, semi tractor trailers, double trailers, and other 18 wheelers haul cargo across the United States. In New Mexico, the interstates I-40, I-25, and I-10 make excellent interstate hubs where trucks doing east and west can change direction to north and south, or vice versa. These hubs funnel many large box truck carrying heavy and large cargo onto our roads which makes it more dangerous for others using these roads for everyday travel. This is particularly true in Albuquerque, where the interstate hub is surrounded by New Mexico's largest city with many passenger vehicles on the roadways. Thus, when a big rig has cargo fall off the truck and onto the roadway, it could cause a very serious and deadly New Mexico 18 wheeler wreck.

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