One of the most devastating types of motor vehicle accidents is when one vehicle crosses the center line. This is because a vehicle crossing the yellow lines may hit another vehicle going the opposition direction head on. The impact of this collision is magnified by both vehicle’s acceleration in opposite directions. Unfortunately, this usually means that one or more occupants in either vehicle may be seriously injured or wrongfully killed. If you were injured or if you lost a loved one in a New Mexico auto accident where another vehicle crossed the center line, call our experienced Albuquerque auto accident lawyer to learn what your rights to compensation may be.
When a crash occurs from a vehicle crossing the yellow lines, victims and their families may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost wages, lost earnings, property damage, future medical expenses, loss of services/consortium, and other possible claims. Call the Mark Caruso by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn what compensation you and your family may be entitled to in a FREE evaluation. We have represented victims and their families against some of the largest trucking companies in the United States, including J.B. Hunt, Swift Transportation, McLane, UPS, FedEx, Schneider National, and many others.
Crossing the yellow lines is not only dangerous for obvious reasons, but it is also against the law. Not crossing the center line is governed by New Mexico Stat. 66-7-308 which provides that “[u]pon all roadways of sufficient width a vehicle shall be driven upon the right half of the roadway and where practicable, entirely to the right of the center thereof[.]” When a vehicle leaves the right half of the roadway and comes to the center or crosses the center, that is likely a violation of New Mexico law.
If someone has been injured in a New Mexico auto accident due to another vehicle violating New Mexico law, a victim may be entitled to use legal doctrine of negligence per se to win a personal injury case. The doctrine of negligence per se holds the violator of a statute automatically liable for injuries that the statute meant to protect and harm that the statute meant to prevent. Here, it is clear that section 66-7-308 is aimed to protect both the flow of traffic but also other motorists on the other side of the yellow lines. It is common for vehicles that have crossed the centerline to be liable under this section of law.
If you or a loved one has been injured from another vehicle crossing the yellow lines, please call the experienced Albuquerque auto accident lawyers at the Mark Caruso to help. You may call us for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000, or you can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.