A New Mexico head on trucking collision is a catastrophic type of 18 wheeler wreck. In most instances there is very little chance that the occupants of a smaller passenger vehicle or motorcycle could survive the impact. This is particularly true on New Mexico’s interstates like I-40, I-25, and I-10 around Las Cruces and Albuquerque. These these common trucking routes, large commercial trucking companies can direct drivers and cargo to go anywhere in the country. This results in many large box trucks and 18 wheelers in the region which increases the unfortunate chance for head on collisions.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or wrongfully killed due to a New Mexico head on trucking collision, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and for the wrongful death of a loved one. Call one of our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers to learn what your rights may be and how to protect them by dialing (505) 883-5000 for a FREE appointment. We have handled cases against some of the largest trucking companies in the United States, including FedEx, J.B. Hunt, Schneider National, Swift Transportation, United Parcel Service (UPS), and many others.
This devastating type of trucking collision is usually cased due to the careless, reckless, and negligent acts of a defendant truck driver. The vast majority of these types of collisions can be and should have been completely avoided. Thus, many of the common causes of head on trucking collisions are causes that are unreasonable and even frustrating. This is particularly true when there are serious injuries or the loss of life of a loved one due to the unreasonable and careless conduct of another.
Some common causes of a New Mexico head on trucking collision include the following:
Fatigued Driver/Falling asleep at the wheeler – The trucking industry is renown for pushing drivers to forego sleep to make additional deliveries all for the purposes of making more money quicker. This is so prolific that federal regulations have enacted hours of services rules that dictate how much a driver must sleep for hours driven. Yet, many truck drivers and trucking companies still do not follow or actually lie about these regulations. This is one of the most reckless and negligent ways that a large truck can cross the center line to strike another vehicle head on.
Speeding/Excessive Speed – The faster any vehicle goes, the longer it takes to stop, the less time the driver has to react (to stop), and the more difficult the vehicle is to control. These factors are all magnified for large commercial trucks like 18 wheelers or tandem trailers. These are a major factor in head on collisions, and due to the increased speed the momentum of force of the truck also increase which means it is significantly more deadly.
Driver inexperience – All truck drivers are required to obtain a CDL, or commercial driver’s license, which requires both a paper test and practical test. Even though a driver passes these tests, it does not meant that the truck driver has the requisite skill necessary to safely operate a large commercial truck. Trucking companies are responsible for continuing to train drivers and ensure they are able to handle the big road and the big rig. When a truck driver is inexperienced and takes a curve too fast, for example, he or she may cross the center line and cause a head on collision. This is a common example and very dangerous.
Improper left turns – Like for all other motorists, a left turn is a very dangerous maneuver-particularly at a busy intersection. But for a truck driver, it can be a very deadly maneuver. Large commercial trucks take longer to move and when moved imprudently, they can result in a head on collision with oncoming traffic.
Head on trucking collisions are very likely to be deadly and cause the wrongful death of a victim. 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.