Liability in New Mexico Truck Rollover Accidents
Car accidents involving oversized commercial vehicles can have serious consequences for other smaller vehicles involved. In fact, one of the most dangerous types of situations occurs in vehicle rollovers, where large commercial trucks are upended, falling onto their side. If you have been involved in a trucking wreck, contact our New Mexico truck rollover accident attorney at the NM Truck Accident Attorneys to find out about your potential claim against the other driver by dialing (505) 883-5000.
A truck rollover can potentially block multiple lanes of traffic, endangering numerous other vehicles traveling behind the fallen truck. Oftentimes, a rollover will cause a chain reaction of car collisions. The size and weight of these trucks can lead to devastating consequences in an accident by itself, in addition to other risky scenarios, such as when the truck’s cargo is spilled out onto the road. Those who have been seriously injured as the result of a truck rollover will likely face extensive medical bills, as well as property damage.
Common Causes of Truck Rollovers
Large commercial vehicles are more susceptible to rollovers than the average car due to their size, weight, and the large amount of cargo that they carry. Because of this, truck drivers must possess a higher degree of skill when driving in order to safely maneuver their vehicle. However, even the most skilled truck driver can cause a potentially life threatening accident under the right circumstances. Some common causes of truck rollovers that our New Mexico truck rollover accident attorneys have seen include:
- Dangerous road conditions: Extreme weather or improperly maintained roadways may cause the truck’s wheels to lose their grip on the road, causing a rollover.
- Improperly maintained trucks: There is an increased chance of a rollover when truck drivers fail to maintain their vehicle. Here, the driver may be traveling at a high rate of speed on faulty tires or worn down brake pedals.
- Cargo: Cargo must be loaded properly and securely. If not, the loaded items may be thrown about the trailer, throwing off the trucks equilibrium.
- Driver Error: Distracted, inebriated or over tired driving may lead to mistakes when changing lanes, turning, or speeding that may cause a rollover.
Liability in a Truck Rollover Accident
In order to be successful in a trucking accident case, the plaintiff will need to establish that the truck driver deviated from the standard of care which resulted in damages. Victims of New Mexico trucking rollover crashes will be able to establish that there was likely negligence in the way the truck was handled and maneuvered which resulted in the rollover crash. This is because rollover crashes typically do not occur in the absence of negligence.
After you have been involved in a truck rollover accident, you will want to identify any party whose negligence may have led to the crash. In addition to the driver himself, there may be other liable parties such as:
- Vehicle manufactures who have installed or failed to notice defective truck parts;
- Other drivers in the event of a multiple vehicle crash;
- Municipalities who have failed in their duty to properly maintain roadways;
- Other employees of the trucking company who may have failed to properly load or secure the cargo; and
- Other possible parties.
Victims of Large Commercial Truck Rollovers Should Call the NM Truck Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico trucking accident attorneys at the NM Truck Accident Attorneys 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.