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All rear end collisions could be potentially dangerous and devastating, even at low speeds. This is because the body, particularly the back and neck, is put at a susceptible position and angle which could easily be injured. This is particularly true of large commercial trucks like big rigs, 18 wheelers, semi tractor trailers, and other large box trucks. New Mexico 18 wheeler wrecks causing a rear end collision generate a lot of force and powerful impact at any speed. These collisions are likely to result in serious personal injuries and should be reviewed by an Albuquerque trucking accident lawyer.
Here at the NM Truck Accident Attorneys, our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyer can review the liability and assess your damages to determine what you may be entitled to for pain and suffering, lost wages, lost earnings, medical bills, and other possible damages. Call us to schedule a FREE appointment to learn what your rights may be and how we can help you by dialing (505) 883-5000.
A rear end collision usually means that the vehicle causing the impact from behind will be liable. This is largely a component of common law precedent, or judge-made law which has evolved over years of jurisprudence. There are very few excuses to liability when a driver rear ends another vehicle.
There is also legislatively made law which governs rear ends collisions. Under NM Stat Section 66-7-318, “[t]he driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway.” Where a driver does follow another motorist too closely and cannot stop before rear ending the lead vehicle, it is likely that the driver who rear ends the other will be found negligent per se. This means that the driver will be found automatically negligent for a violation of this statute. This allows a victim in a New Mexico 18 wheeler wreck to establish liability easily.
While even low speed rear end collisions with a large box truck could result in serious personal injuries or wrongful death, it is those interstate crashes on I-10, I-25, and I-40 which will more likely cause significant injuries or wrongful death. Some common injuries from rear end collisions in New Mexico 18 wheeler wrecks include the following:
Victims of rear end collisions due to New Mexico 18 wheeler wrecks could be very seriously injured or killed. If you or a loved one has been injured in a rear end accident, call the experienced Albuquerque trucking accident lawyer at the NM Truck Accident Attorneys today by dialing (505) 355-2969. You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.