Our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers have seen many different types of crashes, but some of the most frustrating types of crashes are those caused by mechanical defects. This is because truck drivers and trucking companies have these issues under their control and should be on top of their maintenance. One of the more dangerous types of defects is a headlight defect. Not only could this be due to the lack of a headlight which can cloak an oncoming truck, but also improperly adjusted lights could blind oncoming vehicles with extreme glare. Learn how these dangerous headlight defects could cause a New Mexico 18 wheeler wreck.
Headlight defects are dangerous for several reasons. First, headlight defects where the light is out completely make it harder for other vehicles to see the large trucks during inclement weather, rain, fog, snow, dust storms, and other weather conditions. Second, headlight defects where the light is out completely also make it harder for other vehicles to see tractor trailers at night. This can be particularly dangerous on fast-moving highways or interstates such as I-25, I-10, and I-40.
Third, headlight defects could also be misguiding or misdirecting the beams. This means that headlight defects could be aimed into the eyes of other motorists, including oncoming motorists. This is dangerous because it could produce a blinding glare that makes it harder to see. This could cause serious collisions and crashes due to the landing effect and decreased visibility.
New Mexico law requires all motor vehicles to have working headlights or headlamps. The onus is on the driver to ensure that their headlights are in proper working order. If they are not, the driver is the one who is liable for the defect whether or not the driver knew about the defect.
Pertaining to large commercial trucks and the trucking industry, a truck driver’s failure to ensure his or her headlight was in proper working order will also bring about vicarious liability on the part of the trucking company. This means that the trucking company may also be liable for the headlight defects.
This allows victims injured in New Mexico 18 wheeler wrecks to recover damage against the employee or the employer, which is usually who the insurance is covering to pay for medical bills, damages, lost wages, and other expenses.
Here at the Mark Caruso, our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers know how dangerous and deadly headlight defects can be. While it may seem unimportant or even frustrating to get a headlight fix-it ticket, headlight defects in large commercial trucks can easily have deadly consequences. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a trucking accident case, please call to schedule your FREE appointment with our lawyers at the Mark Caruso by dialing (505) 883-5000.
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