Commercial vehicles like semi tractor trailers, flatbeds, 18 wheelers, and other box trucks are meant to haul cargo. Sometimes that could be big cargo such as concrete barriers, large portions of bridges, machinery, or simply large objects. These types of loads are considered “oversized loads.” This means that this cargo is either wider, longer, or heaver than what is normally permitted to be hauled by a commercial vehicle. This also means these types of loads are more dangerous and deadly, meaning they are more likely to cause serious or fatal New Mexico trucking accidents in a collision, crash, or other wreck.
Rights and Liability When Oversized Loads Cause New Mexico Trucking Accidents
Here at the Mark Caruso, our New Mexico trucking accident lawyers know that oversized loads create extreme danger on our roadway. When a negligent truck driver or trucking company commit reckless or careless mistakes which result in deadly 18 wheeler accidents, victims may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or if a loved one was wrongfully killed in a New Mexico trucking accident, please call the Mark Caruso for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 833-5000 to learn what your rights may be.
Dangers of Oversized Loads
The trucking industry is meant to haul cargo. That is what a massive tractor trailer or other commercial truck is intended to do. Most times trucks safely do that, but other times they do not. When a large commercial truck fails to safely deliver oversized loads, it could result in serious personal injuries or wrongful death. This is because commercial trucks are inherently dangerous, and when cargo is wider, longer, or heavier than what is normally allowed, the danger is magnified.
Some of the most common dangers with oversized loads include the following:
- Wider cargo means clipping other vehicles in turns or while passing;
- Longer cargo means backing into objects or making it harder for other vehicles to gauge where your cargo ends; and
- Heavier cargo means more dangerous cargo that is susceptible to falling or rolling off the truck, and it also means that heavier cargo is more dangerous and deadly when it lands on a vehicle.
Common Reasons for Oversized Load Trucking Accidents in New Mexico
There are many reasons why oversized loads could result in New Mexico trucking accidents. These reasons are usually due to the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company. Some of the most basic reasons include the following:
- Truck driver inexperience;
- Improperly securing cargo;
- Defective securing equipment;
- Taking too fast of a turn;
- Failing to use escort vehicles; and
- Other common causes.
Injured by a Truck’s Oversized Load? Call Our Law Firm
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or wrongfully killed in a New Mexico trucking accident caused by an oversized load, please call our experienced New Mexico trucking accident lawyers at the Mark Caruso by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can help you. We offer FREE consultations and can dispatched experts to the scene of an accident quickly to begin collecting evidence and building a case.
We handle cases throughout New Mexico, including in Lordsburg, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Roswell, or anywhere else. Call the Mark Caruso by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can help. You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.