A New Mexico trucking crash on I-10 can result in serious injury or wrongful death. This stretch of roadway on Interstate 10 is very dangerous and known for very serious motor vehicle crashes, particularly with large commercial trucks like big rigs, 18 wheelers, and other box trucks. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or wrongfully killed in a trucking crash on I-10 in New Mexico, call the NM Truck Accident Attorneys to learn how we can help you and your family by failing (505) 883-5000.
I-10 travels west and east through New Mexico for approximately 164 miles from Arizona through New Mexico and to Texas. I-10 meets at an interchange with I-25 in Las Cruces, New Mexico, which is a heavy trucking route. The speed limit is largely 70 MPH throughout, except near the Texas end where it increased to 75 MPH.
Given the layout of I-10 and the geographic areas where I-10 cuts through, many portions of I-10 are susceptible to blowing dust and dust storms. This is particularly true on the Arizona side and near Lordsburg, New Mexico. Because of these weather conditions, many times I-10 requires a reduced speed or is closed. This can be simply due to the weather, or due to accidents caused by the weather.
There are several different factors which can result in trucking collisions on I-10 in New Mexico. These include the following:
Dust Storms – As noted above, dust storms on I-10 near Arizona account for a significant number of New Mexico trucking crashes caused the wrongful death of innocent victims. This is because many box trucks will use I-10 to transport goods from New Mexico towards Arizona and California through this corridor. Dust storms inhibit visibility or downright blocking visibility. But large commercial trucks do not like to slow down because that means it takes longer to deliver cargo and get paid, but reasonably prudent drivers will slow down in the dust storm to be safe and avoid collisions. However, 18 wheelers driving too fast and improperly will rear end slower moving cars doing the right thing with impaired visibility. This frequently results in fatal New Mexico trucking crashes.
High Speed/Speeding – Because I-10 has a speed limit of 70 MPH, and in some places 75 MPH, many truck drivers will push the limits and exceed what is safe and reasonable on I-10. Some truck drivers will go 5 MPH, 10 MPH, 15 MPH, or more above the speed limit to make it to their delivery destination faster. But this is dangerous because it lowers the ability to control the vehicle, lowers the reaction time, and increases stopping distance. New Mexico trucking crashes on I-10 caused by speeding or high speeds are very common, and they account for a great deal of fatal crashes.
Las Cruces Interstate with I-25 – The Las Cruces interchange between I-10 and I-25 is one of the busiest areas of roadway in New Mexico. This is a larger city in our state, and this is the main trucking route to switched from going east and west to north or south. Many large commercial trucking companies like J.B. Hunt, Schneider National, UPS, and the USPO rely on these interchange to send packages and cargo across the United States. Because of the increased traffic with smaller cars (being it a large city), and the increased in truck traffic (being the interchange), many fatal New Mexico trucking crashes on I-10 happen near or on the interchange in Las Cruces.
I-10 trucking crashes can cause very serious and fatal injuries to victims who are caught in the wrath of careless, reckless, and negligent truck drivers. 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.