There are many different types of New Mexico tractor trailer accidents. All types of trucking accidents are dangerous and can result in catastrophic personal injuries. Victims injured in trucking accidents will need to prove liability and that the victim’s damages were caused by the crash. Sometimes in trucking accidents, proving liability can be a challenge. This is particularly true in intersection trucking accidents. Intersections are the most dangerous part of a roadway because the right-of-way of one vehicle crosses over the right-of-way of other vehicles. While most intersection trucking accidents are contested, left turn New Mexico tractor trailer accidents are much easier to prove. This is because vehicles turning left must yield to the right-of-way of all other vehicles on the roadway. The failure to yield to the right-of-way of any other vehicle could result in liability to the negligent trucker.
Our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident attorneys know that proving liability in intersection auto accident cases can be difficult to prove. But our personal injury lawyers know how to use the New Mexico vehicle and traffic law to establish the fault of the truck driver. We also know how to prove the injuries and damages caused by the trucking accident with the use of experts and medical professionals. If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a New Mexico tractor trailer accident, ask our lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. how we can help.
There are two many ways to prove liability in any auto accident. The first way is through the common law, or judge-made law, which requires all motorists to use reasonable care under the circumstances in the use and operation of their motor vehicle. When a motorist fails to use reasonable care that a reasonably prudent driver would have in similar circumstances, that motorist may be found negligent. This allows a victim to recover compensation for their injuries caused by the negligence.
The second way to prove liability is through the statutory law. This is law that is legislatively-made. Regarding left turn trucking accidents, NM Stat. section 66-7-329 requires all vehicles turning left at intersections to yield to the right-of-way of all oncoming vehicles which may be an “immediate hazard” to oncoming vehicles. In addition, NM Stat. section 66-7-328 provides that all vehicles approaching an intersection must yield to the right of way of all vehicles already in the intersection.
Thus, if a truck makes an imprudent and dangerous left turn in front of other vehicles the truck driver and trucking company could be liable for the crash. An Albuquerque trucking accident lawyer could use the doctrine of negligence per se to prove this type of accident. This doctrine creates automatic liability when the violation of a statute causes personal injuries that the statute was written to avoid. Personal injuries from left turn trucking accidents would likely fit within this definition.
The damage from left turn trucking accidents could be significant. Victims involved in 18 wheeler wrecks could suffer some of the following injuries:
If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a New Mexico tractor trailer accident, please ask our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers for help today. We represent victims injured by negligent motorists, whether you are another passenger driver, motorcyclists, or truck driver. Call to schedule your FREE appointment with our lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. by dialing (505) 883-5000.
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