Tailgating, or following too closely, is an unnecessary and generally aggressive behavior which places people unnecessarily at risk for serious injury. It is also downright dangerous. This is because a vehicle that is tailgating reduces to time to react to the lead vehicle's actions and reduces the distance to stop or maneuver to avoid other vehicles. This is especially true when the tailgater is the driver of a large commercial vehicle like a semi tractor trailer, 18 wheeler, or tanker which already require more time to react and more distance to stop. As a result, it is common for tailgating and following too closely to result in serious or fatal New Mexico trucking accidents.
Fatal I-40 Trucking Accident in Washita County, Oklahoma has Caused the Death of a New Mexico Woman
News agencies are reporting a horrible 18 wheeler crash in Washita County, Oklahoma that has caused the wrongful death of a New Mexico woman. The crash occurred last week on Wednesday and involved two semi tractor trailers and one vehicle. According to Oklahoma State Police, one semi tractor trailer was traveling westbound. A vehicle and another semi tractor trailer were stopped for construction traffic. The semi tractor trailer struck the vehicle and forced it into the right side of the roadway. The same semi then struck another semi tractor trailer as it left the roadway. This driver of the vehicle, Greta Cox, 70, of Albuquerque, New Mexico was pronounced dead at the scene. The police report provides that the cause of the crash was due to "unsafe speed for traffic conditions." Our team and Albuquerque trucking accident lawyer believe this is a needless accident that is preventable. It is a horrible instance of an 18 wheeler crash causing a New Mexico wrongful death.
Severe New Mexico Trucking Accident Injuries Resulting in a Joint Replacement
A New Mexico trucking accident can result in catastrophic injuries. This is because a commercial vehicle like a big rig, 18 wheeler, semi tractor trailer, double trailer, and other large box truck generate a lot of force in a collision. This means individuals in smaller, passenger vehicles will be subjected to that force. This will cause extreme damage to individuals, which typically are focused on the head, spine, and joints. The joints that are most commonly injured are the shoulders, hips, and knees. When these structures are extensively injured, they could require a complete joint replacement. This is an extensive surgery which is permanent and irreversible.
Trucking Companies May be Liable for Forcing Truck Drivers to Drive Faster than the Speed Limit
The trucking business is the class "time is money" type of industry. The faster the a truck driver makes a delivery, the faster that the truck driver and trucking company make money. The more deliveries done, the more money made. This kind of mentality is dangerous because it promotes behavior from trucking companies and truck drivers which cut corners on safety. This could result in a New Mexico trucking accident. One of the most obvious ways this happens is due to speeding. While truck drivers are required under New Mexico law and FMCSA regulations to comply with the speed limit on the roadway that they are driving, trucking companies want to earn more money and force more deliveries in a shorter timespan.
Understanding Burn Injuries From Our Albuquerque Trucking Accident Lawyer
Burn injuries may not be the first thing you think of when you hear about a New Mexico trucking accident. But our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyer will tell you that burn injuries are some of the most painful, debilitating, and devastating injuries that a victim of an 18 wheeler could sustain. This is because burn injuries damage nerves and destroy tissue to a level that is unsalvageable. Burn injuries are also quite common in big rig crashes with semi tractor trailers, double trailers, 18 wheelers, and other box trucks.
Albuquerque Auto Accident Lawyer Explains Liability When a NM Trucking Accident is Caused by an Ill or Fatigued Driver
Even in the best of circumstances and situations, a large commercial vehicle like a big rig, semi tractor trailer, 18 wheeler, double trailer, or other box truck is just downright dangerous. This includes when a truck driver is in his or her best health and condition. But when a truck driver is ill or fatigued, it makes these large commercial vehicles significantly more dangerous and deadly. When an individual is injured in a NM trucking accident due to an ill or fatigued truck driver, federal regulations under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will apply and help to establish liability. This is a powerful tool for a victim of an 18 wheeler wreck and can help recover compensation for serious personal injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one.
Albuquerque Trucking Accident Lawyer Explains Distracted Truck Drivers and 18 Wheeler Wrecks
Distracted driving is now more dangerous than drunk driving, according to research. The primary cause of distracted driving is electronic device use, particularly cell phone use. No matter the reason, cell phone use while operating a motor vehicle is not acceptable. This is particularly true for truck drivers of large commercial vehicles like big rigs, 18 wheelers, semi tractor trailers, and other large box trucks. When a truck driver causes a New Mexico trucking accident due to distracted driving, it turns an already dangerous motor vehicle into an unguided missile. Results can be catastrophic and likely to lead to serious personal injuries or the wrongful death of innocent people.
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.
Can a Minor Commence a Wrongful Death Action in New Mexico? Lordsburg Trucking Accident Lawyer Explains Using the Recent Fatal Lordsburg, NM Trucking Accident on I-10 as an Example
Early last week there was a horrible and fatal Lordsburg, NM trucking accident on I-10 involving two semi tractor trailers and one pickup truck. Four people were killed, including both truck drivers and both adults in the pickup truck, according to news sources. A brave 13-year-old girl was the sole survivor of the fiery wreck, but was listed in critical condition and no update has been released. The Lordsburg trucking crash occurred when one semi tractor trailer crossed the centerline median and struck another semi tractor trailer head on. The big rig that crossed the centerline median also hit the pickup truck. Both trucks erupted into a fiery blaze. Three people died at the scene or immediately when brought to the hospital. Another died a few days later.
Albuquerque Trucking Accident Lawyer Explains Centerline Violation in Fatal Lordsburg Trucking Accident
One week ago there was a horrific Lordsburg trucking accident caused by a centerline violation. The crash ultimately resulted in four fatalities and one 13-year-old girl suffering critical injuries. News outlets are reporting that a tractor trailer crossed the centerline for unknown reasons and collided head on with another tractor trailer. The truck also blocked the roadway and collided with a pickup truck carrying three people. The collision between the trucks also caused a large fire. Both truck drivers and both front-seat passengers in the pickup truck were killed. The crash occurred in Lordsburg, NM on I-10, which has been a common stretch of roadway for serious New Mexico trucking accidents and wrongful deaths.