Large commercial vehicles like 18 wheelers, tankers, big rigs, and other tractor trailers can be very dangerous and destructive. This is a particularly true on fast-moving highways and thruways such as I-40, I-10, and I-25. News sources are reporting that a large tractor trailer on I-40 blew a front tire and crashed into McCall’s Pumpkin Patch. The blown tire caused the truck to cross the median into the westbound lanes. This was a potentially dangerous I-40 trucking accident. The owner told reporters that he was home about an hour before dark and he heard a thud and the power went off instantly. He went to find out that the erratic tractor trailer went through McCall’s pumpkin patch and into the famous Moriarty farm’s famous pumpkin fort. The damage was significant and estimated up to $75,000.
Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident lawyer is relieved that the I-40 trucking accident only resulted in smashed gourds and not catastrophic personal injuries or the wrongful death of an innocent person. We know that all types of trucking accidents could result in serious personal injuries when a town tire cases a large commercial vehicle to become an unguided missile on our roadways. Far too many I-40 trucking accidents behind with a blown tire and a truck crossing the median. If you or a loved one are seriously injured in any type of catastrophic trucking accident, ask our Albuquerque I-40 trucking accident lawyers for help with your claim.
The damage to McCall’s farm is very significant and we have our thoughts out to Mr. McCall and employees, we are thankful that no one was seriously injured or killed. While this ended up being an I-40 tractor trailer crash that did not cause catastrophic injury, it really could have. Blown tires on I-40 can be destructive and deadly. Many times this is because large commercial trucks fail to property maintain their vehicles.
This is why there is a federal agency in charge of managing commercial vehicles throughout the United States. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has enacted regulations which apply to commercial truck drivers no matter what state they are from, driving in, or driving to. This includes governing tires.
Specifically, under 49 CFR section 293.75 (a), a truck driver and trucking company must inspect and insure that tires and wheels are well maintained and there are none of the following:
Victims who are seriously injured in any type of trucking accident have rights under New Mexico law. While the McCall pumpkin patch trucking accident only resulted in smashing pumpkins, we are thankful for this. Because a large truck that blows a front tire and crosses the centerline could cause very serious damages and wrongful death to innocent people. Victims and their families may be entitled to compensation under New Mexico law if they are injured.
Victims of any type of trucking accident should call our experience lawyers in New Mexico at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for a FREE consultation. We represent victims and they families to ensure that their rights to compensation are protected under New Mexico law. We handle cases throughout New Mexico, including in Las Cruces, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Roswell, Farmington, Hobbs, Lordsburg, or anywhere else in the state, including Albuquerque where our law office is located. Call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. 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.