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News outlets are reporting a fatal Lordsburg, NM trucking accident on I-10. This is a horrible trucking accident in Lordsburg involving two semi tractor trailers and a pickup truck. Three people were killed and two people were critically injured in this fiery trucking accident on Interstate 10 near Lordsburg. According to initial reports, an eastbound tractor trailer crossed the central median and collided head on with a westbound tractor trailer. The trailer from the eastbound vehicle hit a pickup truck also traveling westbound. As a result of the collision, both semi tractor trailers caught on fire. The drivers of both trucks were killed, and one passenger from the pickup truck was killed.
Our New Mexico trucking accident lawyer knows how horrible this crash is for all involved and their families. There are a lot of issues related here because it appears the pickup truck had occupants from Arizona. This creates an issue where a case should be filed considering the crash occurred in New Mexico but the occupants are nonresidents. But no matter where the filing should take place (most likely New Mexico), what is important is hiring an experienced trucking accident lawyer to handle the matter. All trucking accident cases are more difficult than regular auto accident cases. In fact, the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys recognizes the skill and experience required to handle these types of crashes and has invited, tested, and awarded our attorney Mark Caruso with membership, which only 500 lawyers in the entire United States can say that. Questions about this crash? Ask Mark in a FREE evaluation by dialing (505) 883-5000.
The initial investigation is that there was a tractor trailer which crossed the centerline. Not only is this a violation of the well-articulate principles of common law (judge-made law), but it is also a clear statutory violation (legislatively-made law). Specifically, New Mexico Stat. 66-7-308 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[.]” If a vehicle like the eastbound tractor trailer crosses the centerline, there is likely a violation of this vehicle and traffic statute.
This is important because the violation of a statute can be used to automatically prove negligence against the party who violated the statute under the doctrine of negligence per se. This doctrine automatically finds a violator negligent when the victim has been harmed by the violation of a statute that is meant to protect the victim from the exact harm he or she has sustained. If the investigation reveals that this Lordsburg, NM trucking accident on I-10 was caused by a statutory violation, a victim may be entitled to considerable compensation.
In this case both truck drivers passed away. The circumstances of the crash are still being investigated, but alcohol has been determined to not be a factor. We do not know what caused the eastbound truck to cross the centerline. It could be something where the eastbound truck driver was negligent such as texting while driving, fatigue/falling asleep at the wheel, or speeding. But it could be something not due to the truck driver’s fault like a mechanical failure, tire product defect, or another driver that swerved in the truck driver’s way.
Thus, truck drivers injured or killed a fiery crash like the Lordsburg I-10 crash should also call our law firm to learn what his or her rights to compensation may be. Whether the truck driver is a resident of New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, or California, particularly the Upland area, please call our law firm to learn how we can help you.
This is not a simple crash. It is horrible and catastrophic, but there are so many unique issues that just make this crash very complicated. Everything from the cause of the crash, residency of the victims, and whether the wrongful deaths occurred from impact or the secondary fire all make this significantly more complicated to assess.
But the Mark Caruso handles complicated and catastrophic trucking accidents in New Mexico. We have fought some of the largest trucking accident companies like FedEx, UPS, Swift, Schneider National, J.B. Hunt, and many other trucking carriers. We have experts available and ready to rush out to a scene to begin collecting evidence. We also have some of the most knowledgeable medical experts able to help establish damages and prove your case.
Yet, our best aspect is our lawyers and staff. Mark Caruso has been recognized as one of 500 lawyers in the entire United States as proficient in trucking accident cases. Mark has also been recognizes as an America’s Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys which only 0.5% of all lawyers are awarded such honor. If you or a loved one were injured in this Lordsburg, NM trucking accident on I-10, or any other trucking accident similar to this crash, you are in exceptional hands with the Mark Caruso Call to schedule your FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000. It is never too soon to contact a lawyer. Trucking companies will begin to download data from the truck and even suppress evidence a soon as State Police release the vehicles. Don’t let them get a head start or advantage-get Mark instead and you’ll be in good hands.