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Paralyzed Victims of Albuquerque Car Wrecks Are Entitled to Future Care and Suffering

- Mark Caruso

Albuquerque, New Mexico Car Accidents Can Cause Catastrophic Injuries Resulting in the Permanent Paralysis: Victims May Be Entitled to Compensation for Future Care and Pain and Suffering as a Result

One of everyone’s worst fears is a serious car wreck, especially one with a large commercial truck.  These crashes can be catastrophic and devastating, causing serious injuries and killing victims.  To those lucky enough to survive, victims may be left with rather debilitating conditions affecting them for the rest of their lives.  Unfortunately, a common debilitating and permanent injury is paralysis of a portion or large majority of a victim’s body.

Victims of Albuquerque car wrecks who are no paraplegic, quadriplegic, or otherwise paralyzed as a result of a serious motor vehicle accident should call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. immediately to learn what rights to compensation they may have.  These victims are entitled to not just their past pain and suffering and medical bills, but also compensation for their future care and future pain and suffering which many personal injury attorneys may forget or not be skilled enough to obtain.  Our experienced Albuquerque car accidents attorneys know how to prove these claims and obtain the maximum amount a victim may be entitled to.  Call us today for a FREE consultation to learn how we can help you or your loved one by dialing (505) 883-5000.

Understanding Paralysis: Paraplegia and Quadriplegia Defined

Serious motor vehicle crashes can result in life-long injuries including paraplegia and quadriplegia.  It is important that those who have suffered serious injuries know the full-extent of these medical conditions.  Some people may have one of these conditions and not know it, but may be entitled to very significant compensation for these injuries.

Paraplegia is defined as an impairment, injury, or damage to the motor or sensory function or the lower extremities usually caused by a spinal cord injury.  The spinal cord is what sends messages from the brain to the extremities to tell control them to move or receive sensation such as pain, pressure, moisture, or heat.  Paraplegia is the injury to both lower extremities.  People with paraplegia may still be able to walk, but are likely dependent and canes, wheelchairs, walkers, or other devices to assist with walking.

Quadriplegia is defined as paralysis that results in the partial or total loss of use of a person’s limbs and torso.  This loss is usually sensory and motor, which generally means a person cannot move or sense.  Thus, quadriplegia is the paralysis of all four limbs.  This is caused from a high spinal cord injury, such as in the neck or cervical spine.  Some feeling or movement may be in some locations of the body, but overall a complete lack of ability to sense or move is present.

Types of New Mexico Car Crashes Resulting in Paralysis

It is important to know that any type of motor vehicle accident can result in paralysis of any part of a person’s body.  This means any speed, any vehicle, any angle, and to any person.  Motor vehicles are large and dangerous objects moving at high speeds.  The human body, while resilient, is simply not made to withstand impacts with large metal objects.

There are certain types of motor vehicle accidents which are more likely to cause paralyzing injuries, including with large commercial trucks such as semis, tandem trailers, big rigs, 18-wheelers, and other massive vehicles.  Some common types of crashes resulting in paralysis with an explanation include the following:

Trucking accidents – these are large vehicles with a lot of force to disperse in a collision, resulting in a lot of potential for injury;

Motorcycle crashes – motorcycle riders are not protected with seatbelts, airbags, or even in a steel shell to protect them, and they are more likely to sustain serious injury to their spine in collisions;

– Interstate collisions – I-40, I-25, I-10, and the other major highways doing through New Mexico are very dangerous because high-speed collisions cause more force, which result in more serious impacts and injuries;

– T-bone crashes – Any side-impact or t-bone crash is devastating because the driver hit on the side only has a small amount of metal and protection from the large engine block of the other vehicle acting as a battering ram;

– Rear end collisions – Impacts from the rear place significant stress on the spine, particularly the cervical or neck, which can result in damage to the spinal cord and paralysis;

– Roll over accidents – when a vehicle rolls over, the passengers are thrown about inside at a high-speed in different directions which can cause serious injury to the spine;

– Ejectment accidents – if a vehicle is hit with such force that a passenger is ejected from the vehicle, it can obviously cause serious and significant injuries to an unprotected person;

– Pedestrian knockdowns – when a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle, the pedestrian is likely to suffer horrible head, neck, and back injuries for the sole reason that he or she is not protected by any safety devices; and

– Many other serious causes.

Any Paralysis Injury Caused by an Albuquerque Car Accident Should be Evaluated by the Caruso Law Offices, P.C.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. 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.

Two Passengers from Roswell Killed in US 70 New Mexico Truck Crash: NM Attorney Explains

- Mark Caruso

New Mexico Rear End Truck Accident Kills Two from Roswell on US 70 near Elida, New Mexico: New Mexico Trucking Accident Attorney Explains the Rights and Liabilities

According to multiple news outlets, a horrible motor vehicle crash occurred on March 25, 2017 at about 2:15 PM on US 70 just south of Elida, New Mexico.  Alexander Horton and Leonard Padilla, both from Roswell, New Mexico were killed when the semi truck driven by Jack Pulliam of Amarillo, Texas rear ended the vehicle they were passengers in.

Alexander Horton and Leonard Padilla were passengers in the vehicle driven by Stephanie Yamteh who also is from Roswell.  She sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas.  Jack Pulliam, the young truck driver, was taken to Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales, and treated for minor injuries.

US 70 is a major highway cutting across southern New Mexico.  It crosses with some of the largest trucking highways and interstates in the county, including I-25 in Las Cruces, New Mexico and I-10 in Lordsburg, New Mexico.  Major trucking companies such as Estes, FedEx, US Parcel, Schneider International, and other companies frequently use these highways to ship cargo throughout the United States.

Our experienced New Mexico trucking accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. have seen many fatal trucking accidents in this corridor.  If you or a loved one have been serious injured or killed in this area, call us today for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000.

Wrongful Death Actions in New Mexico

There is nothing that can be said or done to bring back a life lost due to the negligence of a truck driver.  No amount of compensation and no amount of punishment for the negligent truck driver or trucking company.  Human life is just not replaceable.

New Mexico law attempts to help compensate a family such as the Hortons and the Padillas by allowing a family to commence a wrongful death lawsuit.  NM Stat. 41-2-1 defines a wrongful death as a death that was caused by a wrongful act, neglect, or default of another.  A rear end truck accident easily fits that classification.

The purpose of a wrongful death lawsuit is for two main reasons.  The first is to compensate the victim’s family for the loss of their loved one’s love and affection, services, consortium, and financial support.  A victim’s family can also seek compensation for their loved one’s pain and suffering which ultimately caused his or her death.  The second purpose is to punish the negligent party to help serve as a deterrent to stop causing accidents and injuries such as these.

Rear End Trucking Accidents on the Interstate are Almost Always Negligent

When one driver rear ends another vehicle, it is almost always negligent unless there is a non-negligent excuse.  There almost never is a non-negligent excuse in a rear end crash on the interstate.  This is because following too closely is a violation of the vehicle and traffic law.  Under NM Stat 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.”  When a truck rear ends another vehicle on an interstate, such truck is likely violating this statute and negligent as a matter of law.

This is very serious.  Large commercial vehicles such as big rigs, semi truck, tandem trailers, and other large trucks which rear end a smaller passenger vehicle almost always kill if not seriously injury passengers in the other vehicle.  Which is what occurred here on US 70 to Alexander Horton, Leonard Padilla, and Stephanie Yamteh.

From the limited facts of this case, and based on the Caruso Law Offices, P.C.’s experience handling similar cases, there could be many causes of this accident including the following:

  • Excessive speed or speeding of the truck driver;
  • Fatigued driving by the truck driver, such as violating the hours of service regulations;
  • Drunk driving of the truck driver;
  • Drugged driving by the truck driver, particularly drugs to help stay awake or stimulants;
  • Truck driver inexperience, particularly given that the truck driver was only 22 years old;
  • Inadequate training for the truck driver by the truck company;
  • Dust storms or weather requiring the truck driver to slow down;
  • Distracted driving such as on a cell phone of playing with the radio;
  • Mechanical failure of the truck such as brakes or steering wheel failure; and
  • Many other causes.

Roswell Trucking Accident Victims Should Call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for Legal Representation

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico truck accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. 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.

Injured in the Cab of a Truck: New Mexico Trucking Accident Injuries to Co-Drivers

- Mark Caruso

When a Co-Driver in a Truck is Injured by the Driver in a New Mexico Trucking Crash, He or She May Be Entitled to Compensation

Some of the largest trucking companies use New Mexico’s busy interstates to transport cargo throughout the United States.  Indeed, companies such as US Parcel, Schneider, and FedEx us I-40, I-25, and I-10 to ship goods north and south, and east and west, through New Mexico and to different ends of the country.  In long and large shipping deliveries, trucking companies may use two drivers to help transport their goods in a faster timetable.  This allows one driver to sleep and rest in the cabin while another driver focuses on the road.  Then they can switch when the hours of operation regulations require rest.

While this can be a safe practice, unfortunately sometimes it is not.  The sleeping driver is completely at the whim of another truck driver and defenseless to any negligence.  Large commercial trucks such as big rigs, tankers, 18 wheelers, tandem trailers, tractor trailers, and other large trucks are always very dangerous.  A sleeping driver could be involved in a serious trucking accident and never wake up.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident attorneys know how devastating it can be for a loved one to perish in a catastrophic trucking crash.  We have the experience and knowledge necessary to zealously represent a victim and his or her family to ensure they get the maximum compensation they deserve.  Call us today by dialing (505) 883-5000 for a FREE consultation.  We represent many drivers in Ontario, Upland, and the surrounding area in serious trucking accidents which they did not cause, and we help them receive the compensation they deserve.

Rights of a Sleeping Co-Pilot in a Trucking Collision

When another driver is sleeping in the cabin while a coworker drives and causes a serious New Mexico trucking accident, the sleeping driver can easily be seriously injured.  The sleeping driver is not doing anything wrong and cannot be liable for the accident.  Thus, he or she has rights to compensation against the negligent part.

If the negligent party is the other truck driver – When the co-driver is the negligent party, the sleeping driver will have rights to commence a lawsuit against the negligent co-worker and his employer.  However, this is only where the employer does not comply with New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Act which requires an employer to carry workers’ compensation insurance.  If an employer does NOT comply with the Workers’ Compensation Act, an injured driver can commence and action.  Otherwise, it is unlikely an employee will be able to sue an employer.  However, it should be noted that if the employee is really an independent contractor and not an employee, the injured employee CAN sue!

If the negligent party is another driver – When the co-driver is not the negligent party but rather another driver on the roadway causes the serious New Mexico trucking accident, the sleeping driver can commence a personal injury lawsuit against the other driver.  The other driver will likely commence a third party action against your co-driver, employer, and even you, but that may have little effect on your recovery.

New Mexico Trucking Accidents Injuring or Killing Co-Drivers

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. 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.

Burn Injuries from New Mexico Trucking Accidents

- Mark Caruso

New Mexico Trucking Crashes Can Cause Serious Burn Injuries

While all motor vehicle accidents can obviously cause serious trauma, such as broken bones, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, and ruptured organs, sometimes it is not the impact trauma which is the cause of injury or death.  That is, besides the initial impact in the motor vehicle accident, there can be secondary events which cause serious personal injuries.  One of the most devastating type of secondary event is an explosion of fire.  While less common with smaller motor vehicles, large commercial trucks such as big rigs, 18-wheelers, tandem trailers, and other trucks—especially tankers—can result in very significant fires.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a New Mexico trucking accidents causing serious, permanent, and debilitating scarring, call our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can protect your rights to compensation.  We know how difficult it can be for a victim to recover after a serious motor vehicle accident, and we will help take the burdens off your shoulders to focus on your recovery.

Burn Injuries in Trucking Crashes on Interstates

The most common place for an explosion or fire to occur following an Albuquerque trucking accident is on an interstate like I-40, I-25, and I-10.  These high-speed interstates carve through New Mexico and support the entire country through its trucking routes.  In fact, some of the largest trucking companies such as Estes, Schneider, US Parcel, Swift, and McLane.  The reason is the force of the impact at a high speed is more likely to rupture a gas tank or cause sparks and a fire.  These types of accidents are dangerous for this reason.  Further, patients trapped in vehicles could also burn alive without a way to escape which his also a very serious situation.

When a fire occurs in an interstate trucking accident crash, it can cause very serious personal injuries.  These injuries include the following:

  • Severe scarring;
  • Brain damage;
  • Lung damage;
  • Nerve damage;
  • Loss of eyesight;
  • Loss of hearing;
  • Loss of sense of smell;
  • Muscle damage;
  • Amputations;
  • Loss of fingers or toes;
  • Permanent loss of hair;
  • Need for skin grafting;
  • Organ damage;
  • Massive infection;
  • Reoccurring infection;
  • Nerve pain disorders;
  • Psychological injuries such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress;
  • Wrongful death; and
  • Many other injuries.

Injured in an Albuquerque Trucking Crash and Burned from an Explosion or Fire, Call our Experienced Attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. 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.

Truck Drivers Killed in New Mexico by Another Truck Driver’s Negligence

- Mark Caruso

Wrongful Deaths Due to a Truck Driver’s Negligence Can Result in Compensation for the Family of the Loved One Lost

Commercial trucks such as big rigs, 18 wheelers, tandem trailers, tractor trailers, tankers, flatbeds, and other large vehicles can be very dangerous and deadly when the driver behind the wheel is negligent.  New Mexico has some of the busiest trucking routes in the country, including interstate 10, interstate 40, and intestate 25.  Some of the largest trucking companies in the United States, including Schneider, FedEx, Swift, Estes, and other carriers use these routes throughout New Mexico.  Many of these truckers live in many places across the country, including in Ontario, CA and the surrounding area.

Unfortunately, even if you are a safe driver, another driver may not be.  Our experienced lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. know that very careful truck drivers driving through New Mexico can be injured by other truck drivers who are not as careful, as experienced, and as well trained for the large commercial vehicle they are driving.  This can result in catastrophic truck crashes resulting in the wrongful death of a victim.  If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed in a New Mexico trucking crash caused by a truck driver, call us today for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can protect your rights to compensation.

Trucking Crashes Causing Wrongful Deaths

Large commercial trucks are the most dangerous vehicles on the road.  They are big, move fast, have many blindspots, and can generate a lot of force.  This means they are more likely to cause a wrongful death when they are involved in a trucking crash.

Families of the loved one killed in a New Mexico trucking accident can bring what is known as a wrongful death lawsuit.  A wrongful death lawsuit is meant to compensation the family for the loss of their loved one’s contributions to the family, including love and affection, income, dependency, and other services.  A wrongful death lawsuit is also meant to punish the negligent defendant for causing such injuries.  The pain and suffering of the loved one may also be compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Wrongful Death Caused in New Mexico of an Out-of-State Driver

Unfortunately, it is a very common scenario where a truck driver kisses his or her family goodbye to go to work driving across America and never comes home because he or she is killed in a trucking accident in another state.  New Mexico is a common place for this fatal scenario to play out, because the interstates in New Mexico help transfer trucking routes north to south or east to west.

When an out-of-state driver is killed in New Mexico, he or she will be able to commence a lawsuit in New Mexico where the accident occurred.  This if true of his or her family, who may similarly commence an action for wrongful death in New Mexico.

If Your Loved One is Killed in New Mexico in a Trucking Accident, Call us Today!

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. 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.

The Statute of Limitations in New Mexico Motor Vehicle Accidents: Know How Long You Have to Sue

- Mark Caruso

Victims of New Mexico Motor Vehicle Accidents Have Three Years to Commence a Lawsuit Under the Statute of Limitations

While a victim of a serious New Mexico motor vehicle crash should be focusing on his or her recovery, there is a time limit that he or she will have to commence a lawsuit.  This is true in every state throughout the country.  This time limit is the period in which the person must start a lawsuit after the injury-causing event occurred.  This period is known as the statute of limitations period, and it can completely bar your case if you do not follow it.

The statute of limitations period is different for every offense, and varies from state to state.  If a victim fails to commence an action within the statute of limitations period, there is no way to revive the claim—even the most sympathetic of judges cannot resurrect your case.  It is the single most important part of your case, and most people have never even heard of it.

The purpose of the statute of limitations period is to prevent “stale claims.”  Meaning, it is to prevent people from coming back years after an incident to make claims.  The longer away from the time of the accident, the worse a witness’ memory will be, the less physical data there will be, and the less likely that evidence is retained.  Thus, the statute of limitations period facilities an expeditious resolution after an incident to make sure the evidence is fresh and available.

The Statute of Limitations Period for Motor Vehicle Crash Victims

People hurt in New Mexico motor vehicle crashes may have been in trucking accidents, car crashes, motorcycle collisions, SUV rollovers, or other serious incidents.  These types of injuries can cause very serious injuries and even the wrongful death of a victim.  It is important to commence a lawsuit on time and within the statute of limitations period to ensure a victim’s rights are preserved.

Under New Mexico law, NM Stat. 37-1-8 provides that an action for damages caused by an injury to the person is three years.  This means that an accident victim must start a lawsuit within three years from the date of the accident.  This is not the date of the injuries, or the date the person realizes there may be a lawsuit.  But this is three years from the date of the act or omission causing the serious injuries.  This applies to car accidents, motorcycle crashes, and trucking crashes all the same.

Is There a Way Around the Statute of Limitations?

There are very few ways to extend the statute of limitations.  The extensions are really known as tolls, or temporary pauses preventing the statute of limitations from running.  The most common is infancy, which is when an infant is injured in a motor vehicle accident.  The statute of limitations will toll while the child is a minor.

Another toll is disability or incompetence.  Another is where the victim is serious injured and unconscious, thus physically unable to commence the lawsuit.  This can help extend a time to commence a lawsuit, but it should not be relied on and best practice is to always commence an action within the three year time period.

Commencing a New Mexico Motor Vehicle Crash Case Most be Done on Time, and by Good Attorneys

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. 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.

New Mexico Motorcycle Accidents and Truck Collisions: Albuquerque Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney Explains this Common Fatal Type of Accident

- Mark Caruso

When Motorcycles and Trucks Collide, it Results in Very Serious Personal Injuries and Often a Wrongful Death

Take the smaller vehicle on the road, the motorcycle, which has no metal shell protecting the driver.  Now take the largest vehicle on the road, the tractor trailer or big rig with a high seated cabin and thousands of pounds of weight behind it.  What do you get when these collide?

A horrific and almost always catastrophic accident.  Motorcycles are small and light, great for commuting short distances or for thrill seekers.  While trucks are the powerhouses of the delivery and commercial industry, transporting cargo through the country.  They are complete opposite in capabilities.  These two vehicles should never meet on the road, but when they do there is often a wrongful death.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed on a motorcycle during a New Mexico trucking accident, call our experienced Albuquerque truck accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for a FREE consultation to learn how we can help protect you and your family’s rights.  Our experienced attorneys have handled many motorcycle collisions and know the unique challenges it presents, as well as even more trucking accidents and the special considerations and research to conduct therein to ensure you get the maximum compensation you may be entitled too.  Call use today to learn more by dialing (505) 883-5000.

Factors Contributing to New Mexico Motorcycle-Truck Accidents

Motorcycles have a slim and small profile.  During the day, they can often be difficult to see and keep track off in your mirrors or along your side.  Often motorcycles blend in with the surroundings and become difficult to see.

This unfortunately plays into the weakness of a large commercial truck such as a tractor trailer, tandem trailer, tanker, flatbed, and other large truck.  This is because trucks typically have several blind spots behind them and along their sides.  These blindspots are large enough to hide a van, and easily can lose a motorcycle.  A truck’s large mirrors help to mitigate the blind spots, but this also creates a large mirror where a motorcycle can easily blend in and be even more difficult to see.

Thus, the lack of visibility of motorcycles make them more dangerous around large commercial trucks.  This can result in very serious New Mexico accidents.

Common Injuries in New Mexico Collisions Between Motorcycles and Trucks

It goes without saying that the collision between a motorcycle and truck can result in very serious and devastating injuries.  Some of the most common injuries include the following:

  • Wrongful death;
  • Broken legs;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Fractured ribs;
  • Traumatic brain injuries;
  • Collapsed lungs;
  • Lacerations causing permanent scarring;
  • Back injuries resulting in fusions;
  • Neck injuries resulting in fusions;
  • Nerve damage;
  • Organ damage or organ ruptures;
  • Crushing injuries;
  • Broken arms or collarbone;
  • Road rash;
  • Massive infection;
  • Internal bleeding;
  • Wrongful death; and
  • Many more injuries.

Motorcycle and Trucking Accidents Cause Serious Personal Injuries and Can Kill

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. 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.

Worst Intersections in Albuquerque, NM: Albuquerque Car Accident Attorney Explains

- Mark Caruso

All Intersections are Deadly, but These are the Worst Intersections in Albuquerque, NM which Result in Many Serious and Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents

Intersections are the most dangerous portions of a roadway.  This is because motor vehicle traveling from one direction directly cross over the path of roadway crossing in another direction.    Uncontrolled intersections are the most dangerous, followed by intersections with more than four routes or paths.  When lights malfunction or weather conditions obscure or make visibility difficult, intersections just become more dangerous and likely to result in very serious or fatal Albuquerque trucking accidents.

New Mexico Statutory Law Warns of Dangerous Intersections

In fact, New Mexico statutory law even imposes special requirements on vehicles approaching or in intersections.  Vehicles approaching an intersection is governed by NM Stat. 66-7-328, which establishes the right of way for vehicles in intersections requiring all vehicles approaching the intersection to yield to other vehicles already in the intersection.

NM Stat. 66-7-329 governs vehicles turning left at intersections, and requires all vehicle turning left to yield to all other vehicles to not constitute an immediate hazard when turning.  Similarly under.  NM Stat. 66-7-330, vehicles governs vehicles entering an intersection from a stop or yield sign, such driver must slow down to a speed reasonable and yield to the right of way of all vehicles in the intersection or approaching which constitute an immediate hazard.

Violating these statutes can result in very serious and deadly car accidents.  This can result in liability for the victims, as these statutes are intended to prevent against those harms at intersections.  When they occur, the defendant violating the statute will likely be liable under the theory of negligence per se.  This means that the violator could be found automatically negligent for violating the statute and causing your harm.

Top Five Most Dangerous Intersections in Albuquerque, New Mexico

While all intersections are deadly and dangerous, here at the top five most dangerous and deadly intersections in New Mexico:

  1. Coors Blvd NW and Paseo del Norte Blvd NW – in a three year period approximately 380 motor vehicle accidents were reported with 29% being fatal or causing serious personal injuries.
  2. Jefferson St NE & Paseo del Norte Blvd NE – in a three year period approximately 365 crashes occurred, with 27% resulting in fatal or serious personal injuries.
  3. Montgomery Blvd NE and San Mateo Blvd NE – in a three year period approximately 260 accidents were reported with 25% being fatal or causing serious personal injury.
  4. Central Ave E & San Mateo Blvd – in three years, there were 145 total motor vehicle accidents with 48 resulting in serious personal injuries or a fatality.  What makes this intersection more dangerous is the number of pedestrian collisions which were the highest surveyed at 12 pedestrian knockdowns.
  5. Coors Blvd & Montano Rd. NW – overall ranked the 6th most dangerous in a three year study with 242 crashes and 25% being fatal or resulting in injury, this intersection remained higher on the list for not decreasing and improving its crashes while the other intersections all did.

Victims of Albuquerque Car Accident in the Top Five Dangerous Intersections in New Mexico Require Strong Legal Advocacy

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. 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.

New Mexico Drivers Ranked Second Worst in United States: New Mexico Car Accident Attorneys Explains Findings

- Mark Caruso

New Mexico Drivers are Ranked the Second Worst in the United States:  Issues Such as Drunk Driving and Cell Phones Top Causes and Many Drivers are Uninsured

The latest National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report has awarded New Mexico drivers an unfortunate and unwanted prize—second worst drivers in the United States behind only Montana according to the Albuquerque Journal.  This trend has become worst, as the previous year New Mexico was ranked 19th-worst.  As a grim statistic, most of the accidents and statistics complied evidenced more personal injuries, more serious injuries, and more wrongful deaths.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys know that traffic accidents are a real issue in our state.  We work hard with the victims of all travel accidents, including trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian knockdowns, bus accidents, and other types of collisions to ensure that these victims receive the maximum compensation they deserve.  We also offer FREE case evaluations, so call us at (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can help protect the rights of motor vehicle accident victims throughout New Mexico, including Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Taos, Roswell, Gallup, Rio Rancho, and Carlsbad.

Drunk Driving Remains a Problem – New Mexico ranks 10th for the most drunk driving arrests in the entire United States.  Naturally, this correlates to a lot of drunk drivers on the road which means a lot of drunk driving car accidents.  Drunk driving is prohibits under both New Mexico statutory law and common law, and is a major contributor to motor vehicle accidents and fatalities.

Excessive Speed and Deaths – New Mexico ranks 12th in the county for speeding tickets or citations.  In codifying the vehicle and traffic law, the Legislature made speed restrictions the very first section of law under NM Stat 66-7-301.  While enforcement is up and New Mexico police are very good, this is a massive epidemic which has resulted in many needless motor vehicle accidents and wrongful deaths.  This is particularly true in our interstates, including I-10, I-25, and I-40.

Distracted Driving Accidents Increases Throughout the County, Including New Mexico – Cell phones and technology in general have caused significantly more motor vehicle accidents than any other cause—including drunk driving.  This is an issue that affects all motorists from the younger to the old, especially young drivers and those under 30 years of age.  Too many accidents are being causing by distracted driving which effectively renders a motor vehicle into an unguided missile.

Uninsured Driving Making Recovery Harder – With all of these additional causes of motor vehicle accidents, New Mexico unfortunately ranks very high in the number of uninsured motorists.  While the national average is 12.6% of motorists are uninsured, New Mexico is 21.6%.  This makes recovery after a serious car accident even more difficult, but not impossible.

Dangerous Driving in New Mexico Requires Strong Legal Advocacy like the Caruso Law Offices, P.C.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico truck accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. 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.

Injuries to Children in New Mexico Trucking Accidents

- Mark Caruso

New Mexico Trucking Accidents Causing Serious Injuries to Children

Whether you are an adult or child, a New Mexico trucking accident can cause serious injuries or even death.  This is due to the sheer size, weight, and force in a large commercial truck, particularly tandem trailers, tankers, flatbeds, and other trucks.  Trucking accidents are also more catastrophic on highways and interstates, particularly Interstate 10, Interstate 25, and Interstate 40 which all have high speed limits.  The faster a large truck goes, the more momentum it has, and the more devastating the impact will be.

To a child, any impact in a vehicle will be significant.  When this is a large commercial truck on an interstate, it is very likely the impact will cause permanent and debilitating injuries, if not the wrongful death, of the child.  If you or someone you know has had a child seriously injured or killed in a New Mexico trucking accident, call the experienced Albuquerque trucking accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000.  Our experienced personal injury attorneys have handled many severe trucking accident causes involving children, and we know how to fight for the maximum compensation you and your child may be entitled to.

Common Injuries to Children in New Mexico Trucking Accidents

Unfortunately, when a child is a passenger in a New Mexico trucking accident it does not bode well.  Children’s bodies are not developed and are lacking certain features that adult bodies have.  Commonly this is stronger bodies, more muscle, and thicker frames.  This helps “pad” and protect an adult’s body.  Because of these, there are certain injuries which a child will commonly have following a trucking accident:

  • Ruptured or lacerated organs;
  • Brain bleeds;
  • Fractured bones, particularly ribs, femur, and the humerus;
  • Nerve injuries, particularly brachial plexus injuries;
  • Injuries to veins or arteries;
  • Eye injuries, including optical nerve injuries;
  • Mouth and teeth injuries;
  • Facial injuries;
  • Severe seatbelt injuries;
  • Broken knees or ankles;
  • Crushing injuries;
  • Lacerations during to foreign debris or broken glass;
  • Growth plate injuries, particularly to ankles or wrists;
  • Wrongful death; and
  • Many more similar injuries.

Injuries to Children can be Complicated

When a child is injured in a New Mexico trucking accident, it can also be more difficult to evaluate injuries.  This is partially because children do not always know how to articulate their pains and aches.  This is also due to the fact that children are still growing, and it may be very difficult to assess how the injuries will impact the child’s life and development.  This is particularly true in cases involving broken bones, growth plate injuries, lacerations, and organ injuries.

Further, children who require future surgery as they get older will also be harder to gauge the amount of compensation they deserve.  Meaning, if a child needs a surgery every 20 years, the child may need to undergo 3-4 surgeries in his or her lifetime.  In the 60 to 80 years this spans, the costs of surgery, the alternatives and likely developments in surgery, and the life expectancy are all variables that need to be addressed.

Children Injured in New Mexico Interstate Trucking Accidents Deserve Dedicated and Compassionate Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico truck accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. 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.