When a New Mexico 18 wheeler wreck is caused by a fatigued truck driver, a victim of this dangerous and often deadly type of auto accident should call our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers. This is because New Mexico law and federal regulations under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) require truck drivers to have certain rests/breaks, time limits on driving, and to NOT operate any motor vehicle when feeling tired or fatigued. Any time a truck driver causes a serious or deadly New Mexico 18 wheeler wreck due to fatigue or sleepiness, victims may be entitled to compensation. Learn more about why in the post by the Caruso Law Offices, P.C.
Could the Fatal Lordsburg Trucking Accident on I-10 Been Caused by Truck Driver Fatigue?
We have been following a fatal Lordsburg trucking accident on I-10 that has been reported by several news agencies. A semi tractor trailer truck driver crossed the centerline median and hit another semi tractor trailer head on, and then hit a pickup truck. The 18 wheelers engulfed in flames. Both semi tractor trailer drivers died, as did an adult occupant of the pickup truck. A few days after the Lordsburg trucking accident, the second adult occupant of the pickup truck passed away. The only survivor is a 13-year-old girl in the pickup truck who was listed in critical condition. There are no updates on the condition of the brave, young girl. There are also no updates as to the investigation of the cause of the crash.
Hours of Service Violations for Box Truck Drivers: When Drowsy Driving Causes New Mexico Trucking Accidents
One of the most dangerous things that a truck driver could do is to drive drowsy or fatigued. Yes, that is more driving fatigued. While driving drunk or drugged is very dangerous, but drunk driving can be worse than driving at the legal limit of .08. This is according to research from the Sleep Foundation, that motorists who have been awake for 24 hours in a row drive as if they have a BAC of .10. If a driver has been up for 18 hours in a row, that is like driving with a BAC of .05 which is just below the legal limit. Thus, truck drivers who operate a large big rig, 18 wheeler, or box truck while awake fro 18 hours or longer are putting us all at risk for a New Mexico trucking accident.