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Headlight Defects Causing New Mexico 18 Wheeler Wreck

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.

Broadside Collisions with Tractor Trailers Backing Up: Albuquerque Trucking Accident Lawyers Explain

Large commercial vehicles are dangerous no matter how they are operated.  Even very skilled and careful drivers could still cause catastrophic trucking accidents.  One of the most dangerous maneuvers that large tractor trailers, double trailers, tankers, flatbeds, and other big rigs could do is back up.  One of the most dangerous locations for backing up is on the roadway.  While it sounds like it may not make sense for a large truck to backup on a roadway into a driveway, sometimes it is even more dangerous to go head in and then have to backup on the roadway.  Unfortunately, anytime a large truck is backing up it could result in serious New Mexico trucking accidents.  When a truck is backing up across lanes of traffic, that type of trucking accident could be a broadside collision.  This is particularly true at night.  Learn more from our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers available here.

3 Reasons NM Interstate Trucking Accidents Can be Deadly

New Mexico interstate trucking accidents can be deadly for many reasons.  Inherently, large commercial trucks have more force in collisions and therefore connect with more violence.  This is due to a truck's sheer size and weight, which is magnified on highways and interstates like I-10, I-25, and I-40.  This is why interstate trucking accidents are commonly deadly in New Mexico, no matter what type of collision.  While there are many possible types of collisions and causes for 18 wheeler wrecks, our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers want to share 3 common reasons why New Mexico interstate trucking accidents can be so deadly.

New Mexico Carriage Underride Crashes

One of the most dramatic and traumatizing types of New Mexico trucking accidents is a carriage underride crash.  This is because smaller passenger vehicles and motorcycles can get swept underneath the trailer of a truck which cause catastrophic injuries and devastating damage.  Smaller vehicles could be run over and crushed, dragged and shredded, or both which result in horrific injuries to occupants and likely wrongful deaths.  Learn more about New Mexico carriage underride crashes due to the negligence of a truck driver from our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers.

Tractor Trailer's Jumping Curbs and Hitting Pedestrians

Large commercial vehicles like tractor trailers, 18 wheelers, tankers, and other box trucks are inherently more difficult to operate.  In fact, they are so difficult to operate that a special license is required which is only issued after a written test, shadowing another driver, and passing a practice test/road exam.  One of the most dangerous maneuvers is a turn, especially in a city or urban area.  This is because large tractor trailer that jumps a curb could cause significant damage to pedestrians and other motorists.  If you or a loved one have been injured in a New Mexico trucking accident due to a tractor trailer jumping curbs and hitting pedestrians, please ask our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers how we can help.

Spinal Cord Injuries in New Mexico Rear End Trucking Accidents

Rear end motor vehicle accidents are some of the most common types of motor vehicle accidents.  While some rear end motor vehicle accidents could be a mere inconvenience, rear end collisions with large commercial trucks on highways, interstates, and other fast-moving highways could be catastrophic.  Victims of New Mexico rear end trucking accidents could be seriously injured or wrongfully killed in these types of big rig crashes.  One of the most common injuries are spinal cord injuries which could result in a lifetime of pain and suffering.

How Federal Rules Protects Us From New Mexico Trucking Accidents

New Mexico state law has some pretty comprehensive vehicle and traffic laws.  Many of the statutes have safety in mind.  But when it comes to safety, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) tops them all.  This is a federal agency that has promulgated commercial vehicle regulations which governed everything from equipment to truck driver conduct, even dictating how a truck driver is allowed to spend his or her time over an 8-day period!  These regulations are overwhelmingly meant to safe people and protect them.  Learn how these federal rules protect use from New Mexico trucking accidents from our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers here.

Wide Turns Causing New Mexico Trucking Accidents

Large commercial trucks like big rigs, tankers, semi tractor trailers, double trailers, and other box trucks require additional space to maneuver.  This is obvious given their large size.  One of the most common maneuvers that big rigs need additional space to maneuver are turns.  This is why many large trucks make a looping turn which starts in the opposite direction of the turn and then loops back to the turning side.  This wide turn allows the truck's trailer to clear whatever curb or edge there is on the roadway.  But with wider turns comes greater margins for error and the possibility for a collision.  If you or a loved one have been injured in a New Mexico trucking accident due to wide turns, please ask our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers for a FREE case review.

"Didn't See You": Why Blind Spots are Not Excuses to New Mexico Trucking Accidents

Large commercial vehicles like semi tractor trailers, tankers, double tandem trailers, big rigs, and other box trucks all have one thing in common: Massive blind spots.  Yes, they have additional mirrors and some newer trucks have blind spot warning and support systems.  However, no matter the protections, blind spots on a large truck are dangerous and can result in serious personal injuries.  One of the common excuses for a blind spot trucking accident is that "I didn't see you," with "I" being the truck driver and "you" being the smaller, passenger vehicle.  Learn why this is not a defense from our New Mexico trucking accident lawyers here.

Rain Causing a New Mexico Trucking Accident: Victim Rights Explained by Our Albuquerque Trucking Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one have been injured in a New Mexico trucking accident during the rain, especially heavy rain, you may be entitled to compensation because of a truck driver's negligence.  This is because New Mexico law and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations require truck drivers to slow down or stop during inclement weather.  Thus, an 18 wheeler that is driving half the speed limit could still be driving too fast for the weather conditions.  Learn more about liability in adverse weather like rain or heavy rain from our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyer in our post here.

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