According to new sources, on March 12, 2018 a large semi-truck caused a serious personal injury accident on the Big-I exchange. Albuquerque Police are reporting that a Honda was traveling northbound on the frontage road near I-25 and had a green light. However, Police believe that the truck driver of the semi-truck had a red light going westbound and ran the red light. The Honda t-boned the truck, causing serious personal injuries to the driver of the Honda. The Albuquerque driver still remains in intensive care.
This is a very dangerous type of collision. Whenever a smaller, passenger vehicle collides with a massive big-rig like a tractor trailer or larger commercial vehicle, the potential for catastrophic injury is very high. In a t-bone collision like this, the risk is even greater. Here, the victim of the trucking crash has been in intensive care because of the incident which has likely caused significant pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages. If the truck driver is liable, the victim may be entitled to have these damages compensated.
The initial police investigation believes that the 18-wheeler ran the red light. When a driver violates a statute which causes personal injuries, the violator may be found to be automatically negligent as a matter of law. This means that a victim may be able to automatically establish liability to recover compensation. This principle is called negligence per se.
The statute in question is NM Stat. section 66-7-105, which requires “vehicular traffic facing the signal shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or if there is no crosswalk, then before entering the intersection . . . .” Here, the fact that the semi-truck drove through the red light and into the lane of traffic of the intersection indicates that the truck driver violated the statute and may be found negligent per se for the driver of the Honda in intensive care.
Since the driver of the Honda had the right-of-way, NM Stat. section 66-7-328 also applies. This section requires a vehicle approaching or entering the intersection “[t]he driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to a vehicle which as entered the intersection from a different highway.” Because the Honda had a green light and entered the intersection, it is also likely that the semi-truck violated this section of law as well and therefore would be liable for the intensive care injuries, medical bills, and lost wages of the Honda driver.
If you were injured when a large big rig ran a red light and caused your personal injuries, call our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers at the NM Truck Accident Attorneys to learn what your rights to compensation may be 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.