NTERSTATE TRUCKING ACCIDENT IN NEW MEXICO: COMMON CAUSES EXPLAINED

by Mark J. Caruso on Oct. 13, 2020

Accident & Injury Car Accident 

Summary: Passenger car versus 85,000 tractor trailer! Guess who wins in a collision. The sheer weight and momentum of a tractor trailer is guaranteed to destroy a passenger vehicle. That's why there are specific state and federal laws regulating the operation of an interstate tractor trailer, semi truck, 18 wheeler and commercial truck.

Know the Common Causes of an Interstate Trucking Accident in New Mexico

All trucking accidents involving a big rig, 18 wheeler, box truck, or other large semi tractor trailer can result in serious personal injury or wrongful death.  This is because a truck is larger, heavier, and therefore has more momentum and force in an impact than a smaller passenger vehicle.  More momentum means more force that must be dispersed into whatever that truck hits.  One of the most dangerous things about 18 wheelers is that it can gain much more momentum on a fast moving highway or thruway like I-40, I-25, or I-10.  This means that an interstate trucking accident in New Mexico is likely to cause significant personal injury or even wrongful death.

Our experienced New Mexico trucking accident attorneys know this.  We have dedicated our practice to protecting the rights of victims and their families who have been seriously injured or wrongfully killed in an interstate trucking accident in New Mexico.  These are some of the most devastating and damaging types of motor vehicle accidents which means that victims and their families need experienced, skilled, and knowledgeable lawyers to prove their medical injuries and establish liability.  Call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. to learn how we can help you by protecting your rights to compensation under New Mexico law.  We offer a free  consultation consultation and accept cases on a contingency fee agreement, that means we do not get paid until we recover compensation for you in a settlement or court award.

Common Causes of an Interstate Trucking Accident in New Mexico

A fast-moving 18 wheeler wreck such as an interstate trucking accident in New Mexico can be catastrophic.  The amount of momentum that a large semi tractor trailer or double tandem trailer generates is alarmingly high.  This means that other vehicles like smaller passenger vehicles and motorcycles could be pulverized in a collision.  There are many common causes fo these types of crashes, with many causes being avoidable.  

However, far too many of these causes are not avoided and are instead caused by reckless, careless, or downright negligent conduct.  Some of the most common causes of an interstate trucking accident in New Mexico  include the following:

  • Speeding – since the interstate is already a road that is fast-moving, it should not surprise anyone that a common cause to an interstate trucking accident in New Mexico is speeding.  This is a very avoidable cause of a crash.  It is also a very dangerous cause, because more speed means more momentum that can be deadly.  Speed also increases stopping distance and decreases reaction time, a fatal combination
  • Improper lane change – lane changes are when one vehicle is entering into the right-of-way of another vehicle, or right into the path of another vehicle.  If a lane change is improperly done, it can result in serious personal injuries such as a rear-end collision, side-swipe, head on collision, or even running another motorist off the road.  
  • Fatigued driving – a truck driver that is fatigued is a truck driver that is dangerous.  When a truck driver is fatigued on the interstate, it could result in the driver falling asleep and the truck becoming an unguided missile.  There could be FMCSA hours of service violations which also create liability.
  • Drunk driving or drugged driving – far too many truck drivers get bored and try to pass the time by drinking and relaxing as their truck cruises during long deliveries.  That is incredibly dangerous for obvious reasons.  But what most victims do not realize is that truck drivers also use stimulants like cocaine to stay awake and be able to driver longer distances without needed sleep.
  • Mechanical failures – when a truck’s not well-maintained, as soon as it goes onto a fast-moving highways it is going to be tested and defective parts will fails causing a serious trucking accident.

Ask our New Mexico Trucking Accident Lawyers Your Questions About Interstate Crashes

If you or a loved one were seriously injured, or if a loved one was wrongfully killed, in a New Mexico trucking accident, call our experienced New Mexico trucking accident lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. to learn how we can help protect your rights to compensation under the law.  We handle cases throughout New Mexico, including in Las Cruces, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Roswell, Farmington, Hobbs, Lordsburg, or anywhere else in the state, including Albuquerque where our law office is located. Call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can help.  You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient

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