New Mexico Truck Accident Attorney
Injured in a Truck Accident in New Mexico? You Have Rights.
The state of New Mexico was once a part of a large swath of territory called “Spanish New Mexico,” which included sections of Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Wyoming. In 1850, congress created the American Territory of New Mexico, which included all of what is now Arizona, and slices of land in what are now Colorado, Nevada, and Utah. In 1863 the current boundaries of the state were established, with statehood achieved in 1912.
Life in New Mexico
New Mexico offers residents and visitors a unique lifestyle, with a blend of several cultures, including Spanish, Mexican, and Native American. The natural beauty, laid-back, friendly culture, and affordability have brought floods of individuals and families who want a superior quality of life, with endless areas to explore and enjoy, including those created by nature, such as Carlsbad Caverns, Taos Gorge, Shiprock rock formations, and countless stunning locations throughout the state. Visitors and residents flock to the many fascinating and unusual historical sites, such as the Gila cliff dwellings, Acoma Pueblo, Taos Pueblo, and many more.
Truck Accidents – a Problem in the State.
The state is crisscrossed by truck routes which are heavily traveled including interstates I-10, I-25, and I-40. I-40 is among the most dangerous roadways in the state, and the location of many serious or fatal truck accidents. Highway 550 has been dubbed “The Death Highway,” and is a close second to the notorious dangers of highway I-40. Highway 285 is heavily traveled by large heavy trucks serving the oil and gas business in southeastern New Mexico and into Texas.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or died in a truck accident in New Mexico, contact Raymon Law Group at (505) 390-1040 immediately to speak with us.
Federal Trucking Regulations – Are They Working?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issues trucking regulations that cover every aspect of operating a large commercial truck, from hours of service to special training requirements, to record-keeping, and restrictions and regulations regarding transportation of hazardous materials to name a few. While these rules were established to reduce the risks to the public at large, truck drivers and trucking firms may cut corners, fail to inspect, repair, and maintain vehicles, or pressure drivers to deliver a load more quickly, and violate hours of service regulations.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents in New Mexico
Some of the most common causes of the staggering numbers of truck accidents occurring every day in New Mexico include:
- Tired driver
- Distracted driver
- Driving too fast for weather conditions
- Reckless driving conduct
- Unsafe lane changers
- Lack of required truck maintenance
- Faulty or defective truck parts
- Uneven cargo loading
- Poor driver training
- Alcohol impaired driver
- Drug intoxicated driver
Types of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are not rare in New Mexico, with 2,658 crashes in a recent year, with 60 fatalities, and 97 serious injuries, and 325 less serious injuries, as reported by the New Mexico Department of Transportation. The highest numbers of fatalities and serious injuries, according to the agency’s data, occurred in Bernalillo, Dona Ana, Eddy, Guadalupe, Lea, McKinley, Santa Fe, and San Juan counties. These accident include the following types of disasters on the highways:
- Jackknife accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Wide turn accidents
- Rear-end collisions
- Sideswipe accidents
- Underride accidents
- Runaway trailers
Injured in an Albuquerque truck accident? You have the right to seek full and fair compensation for all damages, including financial losses, pain and suffering, emotional anguish, reduced quality of life, and many others, based on the facts in your case – and our truck accident lawyer in New Mexico can speak with you about what happened and advise you how to proceed.
Contact Raymon Law Group at (505) 389-1040 to speak with a New Mexico personal injury attorney you can trust to go the distance for you.
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