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Collisions with box trucks, 18 wheelers, big rigs, semi tractor trailers, and other large commercial trucks are always very dangerous. But these types of collisions are much worse on fact moving highways and interstates. This is particularly true of I-25, which is an integral part of both New Mexico’s highway system and the United States’ interstate commerce system. Trucking wrecks on I-25 are more likely to result in catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, and other debilitating, permanent, and disabling injuries than other non-highway roads or slower interstates.
I-25 is approximately 460 miles through New Mexico and does completely north and south through the state. It also roughly splits New Mexico into two halves because it travels up and down the middle of the state. Most notably is that is connects Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Las Cruces. These are the grouping of the largest cities in New Mexico, which also are the largest trucking hubs in the state for both in and out-of-state trucking companies. Many truck drivers from Ontario, California also use this route to delivery cargo across the country.
The speed limit is 65 MPH for most of I-25’s roadways near major cities like Las Cruces and Albuquerque, but it increases to 75 MPH in between the cities. There is an important interchange with I-10 in Las Cruces, which helps trucking companies change from north or south to east or west. I-25 also connects with I-40 in Albuquerque which is another major interchange also allow truck drivers to change directions.
Since I-25 passes through the largest cities in New Mexico, while also serving as a major trucking route, interstate 25 is incredibly dangerous because it mixes high trucking traffic with high passenger traffic. This combination of large 18 wheelers, big rigs, and tractor trailers, and smaller passenger vehicles is a recipe for trucking wrecks and wrongful deaths. This is particularly true given the high rate of speed that I-25 has posted, even around the cities. The faster the speed, the greater the force upon impact which can cause serious injuries or wrongful death.
Another reason why I-25 can be so dangerous is because there are a lot of traffic conditions caused by roadwork in and around Albuquerque and Santa Fe. This creates new traffic patterns, restricts the lane of speed, and sometimes requires a lower speed limit. However, many truck drivers do not pay attention until it is too late to the new traffic patterns, or they refuse to go slower to safely navigate these traffic conditions because time is money for the delivery business.
High-speed interstate crashes are usually deadly, and if not they cause significant personal injuries, paralysis, and debilitating or disabling health problems for the rest of a person’s life. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico trucking accident attorneys at the NM Truck Accident Attorneys today by dialing (505) 883-5000 You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.