Large commercial trucks are bigger, heavier, and generate more force than any other vehicle on the road. This is particularly true on interstates or highways like I-40, I-25, and I-10. Box trucks and 18 wheelers can cause significant damage to smaller passenger vehicles and the occupants inside. This means that victims can be seriously hurt and, in many instances, wrongfully killed. There are many reasons why fatal New Mexico trucking crashes occur. Many of these reasons are negligent and allow victims and their families to recover compensation for their losses.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or wrongfully killed in a fatal New Mexico trucking crash, call our Albuquerque trucking accident attorney to learn what your rights to compensation may be. This area of law is more complicated than a simple car accident, and victims should call a firm that handles trucking wrecks like the NM Truck Accident Attorneys by dialing (505) 883-5000. The call and the appointment is FREE to learn how we may be able to get you the compensation you and your family deserve.
As long as there are large commercial trucks like semi tractor trailers and double trailers shipping goods coast-to-coast, there will be negligent reasons causing trucking accidents. Here are some of the most common reasons for 18 wheeler wrecks due to the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company:
Districted Driving – It should be no surprised that distracted driving is one of the most common reasons for a fatal trucking accident. The advent of technology has certainly made our lives easier in many regards, but it as also made them more dangerous on the roadways, Truck drivers playing with the music radio, GPS, their handheld radio, and their cell phone can turn a large box truck into an unguided missile. The collision is very likely to result in a fatality.
Speeding – The traffic laws imposing a maximum speed limit are there to protect us. But to many trucking companies and trucking drivers, those same speed limits are seen as preventing truckers from making money. This is because the slower that a truck drives means the slower that deliveries are made, which translates into less money the trucking company can earn. But these laws are here to determine the reasonable speed for the stretch of roadway. Truck drivers driving above the speed limit are both not operating their vehicle in a reasonable manner and are violating the vehicle and traffic law. When a truck driver loses control or cannot stop in time and causes a trucking crash due to excessive speed, it is very likely that the truck driver and trucking company will be liable for negligence.
Improper lane changes – Box trucks are large and long. Some truck drivers, particularly inexperienced truckers, will no gauge the amount of time they have to make a lane merge or turn. Because of this, improper lane changes can result in very serious and fatal trucking crashes.
Fatigued driving and falling asleep at the wheel – This is such a common problem that federal regulations create hours of service rules which actually require that truck drivers sleep and rest for a certain period of time over a span a a day and week. But because this means the truck is not driving and thus not making deliveries, many truck drivers cheat their logbooks and continue to drive on no sleep or deprived sleep. Other truck drivers will use drugs like caffeine pills, alertness aids, or even cocaine to stay awake. These are clearly unreasonable and dangerous practices. When a truck driver falls asleep while driving and turns his or her truck into a battering ram, it can cause the wrongful death of an innocent person on or near the roadway.
Here at the NM Truck Accident Attorneys, our lawyers focus on trucking accidents and our staff is trained to work on complex medical and trucking cases. We have the experience and knowledge necessary to prove liability and demonstrate your damages to a court in order to obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call us today to schedule a FREE consultation by dialing today (505) 883-5000 You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.