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  • Understanding NM Law When a Centerline Trucking Accident in New Mexico Harms You

    Centerline trucking accidents in New Mexico are some of the most devastating types of trucking accidents.  They can also be some of the most deadly.  This is because a head on collision with a commercial vehicle such as an 18 wheeler, tankers, big rig, double trailer, or other box truck could result in explosive collisions.  These collisions could seriously injure or kill innocent people.  Catastrophic injuries are common in head on collisions, especially on fast-moving highways and interstates such as I-40, I-25, or I-10.  Most of these head on collisions are caused by preventable centerline violations.  This means that victims who have been seriously injured in a centerline trucking accident in New Mexico have been exposed to unnecessary, needless, and reckless harm.

    Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers have dedicated their practice to protecting the rights of victims who have been catastrophically injured in all types of devastating motor vehicle accidents—especially trucking accidents.  We accept cases on a contingency fee agreement meaning that we do not charge any money upfront to begin representing you.  We only get paid once you get paid in a settlement or court award.  If you or a loved one have been seriously injured, or if a loved one was wrongfully killed in a centerline trucking accident in New Mexico, call for a FREE estimate to learn what your rights to compensation may be.

    Common Causes of Centerline Violations

    It is unlawful to cross the centerline or the center yellow lines.  Under NM stat. section 66-7-308, it provides that “[u]pon all roadways of sufficient width a vehicle shall be driven upon the right half of the roadway and where practicable, entirely to the right of the center thereof[.]”  There are exceptions one where traffic signs allow it, to avoid an obstruction, turning into a private driveway, or at the direction of law enforcement.  When a vehicle crosses the centerline outside of the exceptions, it is likely a violation of this statute which can automatically impose liability on the defendant.  

    Some of the most common causes of centerline violations include the following:

    • Distracted driving, including call on a cell phone, texting on a cell phone, checking e-mails on a cellphone or tablet/computer, eating, using the GPS, playing with the radio, or using the hand-held radio
    • Drunk driving
    • Drugged driving, including using unlawful stimulants such as cocaine to stay away
    • Hours of service violations, including driving longer than allowed to make more delivers 
    • Fatigued or falling asleep at the wheel
    • Speeding
    • Aggressive driving
    • Rushing to make deliveries
    • Truck driver inexperience 
    • Mechanical failures such as tire blowouts, steering column violations, and other mechanical problems, and
    • Many other common causes.

    Injured in a Centerline Trucking Accident in New Mexico?  We Can Help

    If you or a loved one were seriously injured or if a loved one was wrongfully killed in a centerline collision occurring anywhere in New Mexico, please call our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. to learn what your rights to compensation may be under New Mexico law.  Schedule your FREE case evaluation by dialing (505) 883-5000.

    We handle causes throughout New Mexico, including Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Roswell, Cuervo, Rio Rancho, Clovis, Farmington, Hobbs, Albuquerque where our office is located, and anywhere else throughout New Mexico.  Please call to schedule for FREE appointment by dialing (505) 883-5000 or contact us through our website’s easy to use and convenient contact box available here.