Backing Up Without Looking: Dangerous and Deadly Albuquerque Trucking Crashes
When we think of a trucking wreck, we think of a high-speed collision which twists and churns metal. We think of jackknifed trucks and rolled over passenger vehicles. And we think of powerful impacts like explosions on the roadway. But what we do not think of is backing up truck accidents. However, due to their sheer size and weight, a large commercial truck which is backing up has a lot of momentum and force behind it. Whatever it hits will be significantly damaged, even at a low speed.
Victims of trucking crashes caused by a large commercial truck backing up in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Roswell, and anywhere else in New Mexico should call the experienced Albuquerque trucking crash attorneys at the Mark Caruso to learn how we can help protect your rights to compensation by dialing (505) 883-5000 for a FREE consultation.
Proving Liability When a Truck Backs Into Your Vehicle and Causes Serious Injury
There are two main ways to prove liability when a large commercial truck backs into your vehicle and causes serious personal injuries in a New Mexico trucking crash.
The first is under the common law doctrine of negligence, which is judge-made law. A victim of a trucking wreck will be able to recover compensation when he or she is injured due to the negligence of a truck driver who causes the injuries. Negligence occurs when a defendant does not drive with reasonable care under the circumstances. Backing into another vehicle is not using reasonable care.
The second way to prove liability in a New Mexico trucking crash is under the theory of negligence per se. This is when a defendant violates a statute which is meant to protect the victim, and the defendant’s violation ends up causing injuries. Under New Mexico law, NM Stat. 66-7-354 (a) provides that “[t]he driver of a vehicle shall not back it unless the movement can be made with reasonably safety and without interfering with other traffic.” When a truck driver backs up and cases a trucking crash, he or she will have violated the statute and be negligent per se. This allows the victim to recover compensation for all injuries directly caused by the crash.
Common Injuries in an Albuquerque Trucking Crash Caused by Backing Up
When an 18 wheeler, big rig, tractor trailer, semi, or other large commercial truck backs into another vehicle, there can be very serious injuries even in a low speed collision. Some common injuries include the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Organ ruptures or injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Significant deformities;
- Loss of vision;
- Orbital blowout fractures;
- Nerve injuries;
- Wrongful death; and
- Many other types of injuries.
Victims of Albuquerque Trucking Wrecks Caused When a Truck Backs Into Him or Her Need to Call the Mark Caruso
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Mark Caruso today by dialing (505) 883-5000 You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.