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.
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.
It is said that the ultimate personal injury is a wrongful death. While there are some other types of personal injuries which might create more pain and suffering, disability, and agony, a wrongful death caused by a New Mexico trucking accident is irreversible. The impact is devastating to a family who loses a loved one, and the hardship on the victim's family, friends, and dependents is destructive. If you lost a loved one in any New Mexico auto accident or trucking accident, even if you do not live in New Mexico, learn why our Albuquerque wrongful death lawyers can help at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. available here.
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.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regularly studies 18 wheeler crash trends. This includes common causes and common violations. This is how new regulations, guidelines, and training can be implemented to begin reducing the dangerous trends and increasing the safety trends. Relating to the most dangerous trends which frequently cause big rig wrecks, here are is a list of the most common factors that our New Mexico trucking accident lawyers want you to know.
The power and force in New Mexico trucking accidents can cause significant and catastrophic injuries. Many times, these surgeries require significant surgeries. Sometimes there are emergency surgeries to restore function, repair damage, but also to save a victim's life. Anytime a person needs surgery it is a scary and concerning time. But when a loved one has to undergo surgery unexpectedly and due to the negligence of another person, it can be more than just scary and concerning, it can be petrifying, confusing, devastating, and even frustrating. Learn more from our New Mexico trucking accident lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C.
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.
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.
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.