Understanding Back Injuries After New Mexico Rear End Trucking Accidents
Commercial vehicles like 18 wheelers, tankers, semi tractor trailers, and other large trucks are very dangerous vehicles. There are many factors which make them dangerous, with their large size and heavy weight being the most obvious. Due to these factors, a truck requires more stopping distance before it will hit another vehicle. While most truck drivers are able to successfully do this, far too many truck drivers are not. As a result, many truck drivers rear end innocent victims and cause serious personal injuries. When this happens, one of the most common injuries are back injuries from New Mexico rear end trucking accidents.
Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers have dedicated their career to serving victims and their families who have been seriously injured by the negligence of others, particularly truck drivers and trucking companies. This includes disabling and permanent back injuries which are commonly caused in New Mexico rear end trucking accidents. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured, please learn how our dedicated law firm can protect your rights to compensation.
Liability for New Mexico Rear End Trucking Accidents
Rear end trucking accidents are almost always the fault of the vehicle hitting from behind. The most common reasons are following too slowly, distracted driving, speeding, or other common causes of negligence. Victims who are hit from behind commonly suffer neck and back injuries due to whiplash. This can be a very serious type of injury, especially lumbar (lower) or thoracic (middle) back injuries.
Liability in New Mexico rear end trucking accidents is usually a non-issue because the violation of a statute that causes a victim harm could result in an automatic finding of negligence. The statute that is commonly violated is NM stat section 66-7-318 that provides “[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.” Therefore, when a truck driver rear ends a passenger vehicle, the truck driver likely violated this statute and is likely liable.
Back Injuries from New Mexico Rear End Trucking Accidents
Victims who are seriously injured in a rear end trucking accident commonly have back injuries. There are many different types of back injuries, all being serious and some being potentially debilitating and requiring surgery. Some of the most common back injuries from New Mexico rear end trucking accidents include the following:
- Disc herniations
- Sciatic nerve pain
- Annular tears
- Compression fractures
- Disc bulges
- Nerve damage
- Spinal cord damage
- Wrongful death when blood vessels are damaged, the spinal cord is severed high, or damage results in a stroke, and
- Other serious back injuries.
Did You Suffer a Back Injury? Learn How We Can Help
If you suffered a back injury from any type of New Mexico trucking accident, big rig crash, 18 wheeler wreck, or other type of box truck collision, ask our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers how we can help protect your rights to compensation. Call to schedule your FREE appointment with our lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. by dialing (505) 883-5000.
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