Albuquerque

Chain Crashes and Interstate Pileups in New Mexico Motor Vehicle Accidents

- Mark Caruso

New Mexico Motor Vehicle Accidents Causing Large Chain Crashes or Interstate Pileups is Usually Caused by Negligence

Even just a single vehicle accident is dangerous enough, and the most common type of motor vehicle accident is a two vehicle accident.  But large chain crashes or interstate pileups involving five, ten, fifteen, or even more vehicles can be outright deadly.  This is particularly true on some of New Mexico’s interstates such as I-10, I-25, and I-40, which are major tractor trailer and trucking routes throughout the United States.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced New Mexico motor vehicle accident attorneys know that chain crashes and large interstate pileup accidents can cause serious injury or death.  Victims of these accidents are entitled to compensation, and should call us for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000.

Common Causes of Chain Crashes and Interstate Pileup Crashes

There are many causes to any type of motor vehicle accident, but interstate chain crashes and highway pileups are almost always caused by negligence.  And usually the negligence of several different parties.  Some common causes include the following:

– Speeding or driving excessively fast;

– Failing to yield;

– Dust storms or other weather events;

– Failing to guard against ice or other slippery conditions;

– Failing to slow down as reasonable in a dust storm;

– Road rage;

– Drowsy driving or driving while fatigued;

– Drunk driving;

-Drugged driving;

– Improper lane changes;

– Following too closely or tailgating;

– Slamming on the brakes;

– Tire blowouts; and

– Many other causes.

Liability in Chain Crashes or Interstate Pileups

Determining who is at fault for an interstate chain crash or a massive pileup is always very difficult.  Generally, the rule is that the vehicle who rear ends another vehicle will almost always be liable.  There are exceptions, but that is the general rule and a good place to start in the analysis of a pileup car accident.

While it is also obvious to say that the first few cases who may have “started” the pileup may be liable, other vehicles in the back of the pack may also be liable for not stopping in time.  In fact, every vehicle may be liable to the next vehicle in front of it that they hit for negligence.  This is why massive pileups can be a nightmare and require strong counsel to represent your interests to ensure you get the compensation you deserve, especially with a large trucking accident.

In smaller chain crashes, liability is generally placed on the first or final vehicle.  Again, when it comes to any pileup, the general rule is that the rear ending vehicle will be negligence.  For instance, take these examples using three cars:

Example 1: The first car stops, the second car stops, and the third car rear ends the second car and pushes it into the first car.  Because the first and second car were able to stop without difficulty, the third car will be the cause of the accident and liable.  Even though the second car rear ended the first car, the second car was pushed by the third car—the second car stopped in time and did nothing wrong.

Example 2: The first car stops short for no reason, the second car cannot stop and time and rear ends the first car, the third car can also not stop in time and rear ends the second car.  Here, it is likely the first car will be liable for the entire accident.  Stopping abruptly for no reason is negligent and the proximate cause of the second car rear ended the first, and the third car rear ending the second.  Now, the third car may be liable for not stopping in time before it hit the second car for following too closely.  But that is also not likely in a chain where the first car caused the accident.

Example 3: If the first car stops short, the second car stops just in time, and the third car rear ends the second car and pushes into the first car, the third car will likely be liable for the entire crash.  This is because, even though the first car stopped short, the second car was able to stop in time thus demonstrating that a reasonable person could stop in time.  But the third car failed to do so, and will be liable.

Sounds complicated?  Think about the scenario if there are five, ten, or even twenty vehicles involved.  Imaging trying to have to dissect who is liable and taking all of the witness accounts.  It is a nightmare!  That is why you should not try to guess about liability yourself, and contact an experienced New Mexico motor vehicle crash attorney instead.

The Caruso Law Offices, P.C.: Fighting for Victims in Interstate Pileup and Chain Crash Accidents

 

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.

Family of Four Killed in Fiery Albuquerque Trucking Accident on US 550

- Mark Caruso

Tragic Accident on US 550 Involving Albuquerque, New Mexico Work Truck Explained by Counsel

In a split second, an entire family was killed in a New Mexico trucking accident.  On May 12, 2017, a family of four was in an SUV on US 550, a fast-moving highway in New Mexico.  In a work truck coming in the other direction, four men were leaving a job in Albuquerque, New Mexico after doing a landscaping job.  The work truck drifted into the oncoming lane, striking head-on the family of four in the SUV.  It resulted in a large, fiery explosion.  All four in the SUV were killed—a retired firefighter, stay-at-home-mom, and two children aged 4 and 2 and a half years old. The driver of the work truck also died, and the three other in his vehicle were seriously injured.

According to the survivors in the work truck, they admitted to drinking prior to the collision.  While the deceased driver’s toxicology report has not been completed yet, the survivors claim they did drink prior to the collision.  The deceased driver had previously been charged with DWI, but the charges were twice dismissed.  It appears likely that alcohol contributed to this accident.

An All Too Common Fact Pattern: Pieces of a Deadly Puzzle Explained

Unfortunately, alcohol is a common cause of New Mexico motor vehicle accidents.  This has been a major problem throughout the United States for years, and it is one of the most preventable types of motor vehicle accidents.

Interstates and highways like I-40, I-25, I-10, and US 550 are all very fast moving roads.  This means that drivers have less time to react and their vehicle require more distance to stop.  This is a dangerous combination, especially with large commercial trucks like big rigs, 18 wheelers, tankers, tandem trailers, flatbeds, tractor trailers, and other large trucks.

Fires and explosions is a dangerous element in highway collisions.  In very serious motor vehicle accidents, especially on the highway, a gas tank may be ruptured and result in a large explosion and fire.  Out in remote parts of the highways or interstates, this can be catastrophic as it may take first responders a significant amount of time to get to the accident scene to rescue victims and put out the fire.

Large commercial trucks are also deadly, even when operated in a reasonably safe manner.  IN this case, there was a piece of equipment on a bed behind the work truck.  This makes the vehicle heavier and harder to maneuver and stop.  This also gives the work truck much more momentum and force behind it, making a head on collisions particularly deadly.

Fiery, Highway, Truck Accidents Require the Representation of Zealous New Mexico Trucking Accident Attorneys Such As 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.

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.

Internal Injuries from New Mexico Motor Vehicle Accidents

- Mark Caruso

New Mexico Motor Vehicle Crashes Can Cause Serious Internal Injuries

Motor vehicle accidents can cause very serious personal injuries, particularly high-speed crashes or trucking collisions.  One type of very serious personal injury is an internal injury.  These types of injuries can range from brain injuries to ruptured organs, and even just internal bleeding which can be deadly.  The problem with internal injuries is that they do not always manifest symptoms, meaning that a patient can be seriously injured and leave the scene of an accident with getting treatment because he or she does not think there is an injury.  But later, there could be life-threatening complications.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a New Mexico motor vehicle accident and suffered internal injuries in Albuquerque, Law Cruces, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Roswell, Farmington, Hobbs, Gallup, or any other place in New Mexico, call the experienced New Mexico motor vehicle crash attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. to learn how we can help protect your rights to compensation for your injuries.  Receive a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000 and learn what your rights are now!

Types of Internal Injuries Caused by New Mexico Motor Vehicle Collisions

There are many different types of internal injuries which could be caused by New Mexico motor vehicle accidents.  This includes some very serious personal injuries which could kill a victim without warning.  Some common types of internal injuries following a motor vehicle crash include the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries;
  • Fractured ribs;
  • Internal hemorrhaging or bleeding;
  • Ruptured organ;
  • Liver damage;
  • Kidney damage
  • Brain bleeding or hemorrhaging;
  • Punctured lung;
  • Aorta damage, aneurysm, or rupture;
  • Crushed pelvis;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Back injuries such as narrowing of the spinal canal; and
  • Many other types of serious internal injuries.

Victims can be Compensated for Internal Injuries in New Mexico Crashes

A victim injured in a New Mexico motor vehicle crash suffering internal injuries can receive compensation for a variety of damages.  The most common is pain and suffering, which is broken down into past pain and suffering (from the point of the accident to settlement or trial) and future pain and suffering (from the point of settlement or trial to the end of a patient’s life expectancy).

Financial expenses such as lost wages is also common, which is the amount of money that a victim would have earned had he or she not been injured.  This is just lost time from work caused by the accident and the healing or treatment.  Lost earnings is also a type of injury, which is the lost earning that a victim would have earned but can no longer perform the same job and therefore has lost earnings.  Said differently, a victim can no longer perform the same job and has to take a new job at a lower pay.

Medical expenses, treatment, bills, surgeries, and other medically-related expenses is also a type of damage which can be compensated in a personal injury lawsuit.

Call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. to Learn About Your Rights to Compensation for Internal Injuries in a New Mexico Motor Vehicle Accident

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.

May is National Bike Safety Month: NM Bicycle Accident Attorney Explains

- Mark Caruso

May is National Bike Safety Month: Learn How to Avoid Danger and Hear About Your Rights If you Were Injured in a New Mexico Bicycle Crash

Many people enjoy cycling on the roads throughout the country, including New Mexico.  In fact, cycling has increased in popularity and brought many more people to the roadways.  “Share the road” is also a slogan during this time of year which is meant to bring awareness to motorists so they remember to lookout for bicyclists on the roadway.  To this extent, May is National Bike Safety Month to further bring safety tips to motorists and bicyclists alike.

This is because a cyclist can be very serious injured in a motor vehicle accident, particularly with a large commercial truck such as a trailer truck, tanker, 18 wheeler, big rig, or other truck.  A cyclists lacks the protections of others on the roadway.  Motorists in cars have steel walls and airbags to protect them.  Truck drivers sit up high in a cabin and also surrounded in a steel shell.  Even motorcyclists have roll cage and slide bars to help prevent some serious injury.

The statistics show that cycling is a very dangerous sport on the roadways.  In fact, according to the National Safety Council, over 500,000 people were treated in an emergency department for injuries while riding a bicycle.  For reference, football had almost 400,000.  If you or a loved one were injured in a New Mexico bicycle crash, call our experienced personal injury attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. by calling (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can protect your rights.

Safety Tips for Bicyclists

There are some tips and advice that every bicyclists should know to help lower the risks of being involved in a New Mexico bicycle accident.  These include the following types:

  • Be visible and use bright colors that do not blend in with your surroundings;
  • Know how to ride your bike and know its capabilities;
  • Always stop at intersections and when crossing, especially at stop signs or traffic lights;
  • Make sure your bicycle is equipped with reflectors on the sides and back;
  • Never hitch onto vehicles;
  • Use hand signals when turning;
  • Ride single file—never double up;
  • Ride in the direction of traffic;
  • Always be aware of pedestrians coming out of parked cars or at intersections;
  • Watch for car door opening;
  • Know the traffic laws for cyclists;
  • Use a headlight and rear light;
  • Have a horn or bell loud enough to get the attention of a driver; and
  • Many others.

Common Injuries from New Mexico Bicycle Crashes

When a bicyclists is hit by a motor vehicle, the injuries can be catastrophic.  A victim may be entitled to compensation for injured caused by a negligent driver to help a victim recover.  Some common injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents include the following:

  • Broken bones;
  • Traumatic brain injuries;
  • Nerve damage/brachial plexus injuries;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Back injuries;
  • Organ damage;
  • Permanent scarring;
  • Massive lacerations;
  • Paralysis;
  • Permanent nerve damage;
  • Orbital blowout fractures;
  • Concussions;
  • Depression and/or anxiety;
  • Hip replacements;
  • Shoulder replacements;
  • Torn ACL or MCL or PCL or LCL;
  • Torn rotator cuff or labrum;
  • Broken pelvis or hip
  • TMJ;
  • Road rash;
  • Wrongful death; and
  • Many other injuries.

Injured in a Bicycle Accident?  Call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for Legal Representation to get the Compensation you Deserve!

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.

From Ontario but Hurt in New Mexico Trucking Accident: Where Can I Sue?

- Mark Caruso

Drivers From Ontario, Upland, and Rancho Cucamonga Hurt in New Mexico Trucking Accidents Have Options Where to Commence an Action

The trucking industry is one of the largest interstate businesses in the United States.  It is one of if not the most dangerous one as well.  Many truck drivers are seriously injured or killed each year in serious trucking wrecks  This is because driving can be very dangerous, especially on fast interstates and in large commercial trucks such as big rigs, tankers, flatbeds, tandem trailers, and other large trucks.  Given this danger and the vast travel throughout the United States, it is likely that there may be a trucking crash in a state other than the state of the truck driver.

But what happens when a California trucker from Ontario, CA, Upland, CA, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, or another out-of-state driver gets in a New Mexico trucking crash?

Where can an out-of-state truck driver sue for injuries caused by a New Mexico trucking accident?

Can I choose where to commence a personal injury lawsuit?

These are common questions that many injured truck drivers ask when they are seriously injured or harmed in New Mexico trucking accidents caused by the negligence of another driver.  Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced New Mexico trucking accident attorney handle many big rig crashes and trailer collisions involving serious or fatal injuries.  Call us today for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can protect your rights to compensation.

Where Can an Out-of-State Driver Sue After a Serious Trucking Crash?

If you are an out-of-state driver and injured in New Mexico, you can sue in New Mexico.  This is established by both statutory (legislature-made law) and in the common law (judge-made law).  The major concept is known as “jurisdiction.”  There are different types of jurisdiction in the context of law.  Jurisdiction is merely the power of the court to hear a particularly matter.

The most important type of jurisdiction to be aware of is personal jurisdiction, or the power of the   court to hear a matter involving a certain person.  It is the power of the court over the person.  This type of jurisdiction is when that person avails himself or herself to the jurisdiction, meaning he or she brings himself or herself to the state.

If a person comes to New Mexico to transact business, live in New Mexico, or is even just driving through New Mexico, he or she will have been said to be within the State’s personal jurisdiction if there is a trucking crash in New Mexico.  Meaning, by virtue of causing a trucking collision in New Mexico, the defendant will typically be found to have availed himself or herself to the personal jurisdiction of a New Mexico court.  This means the victim of a New Mexico trucking accident who lives in Ontario, Upland, or Rancho Cucamonga can sue in New Mexico.

Businesses can also avail itself to New Mexico by transacting business in New Mexico, registering with the New Mexico secretary of state, or owning property, offices, or brick-and-mortar stores in New Mexico.

An out-of-state driver may also be able to commence a lawsuit in his or her home state if the defendant also has some presence in that state.  Meaning, if the defendant avails himself to the victim’s home state, the victim can also commence an action there.

Call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. if you Live Out-of-State and are Hurt in a New Mexico Trucking Accident

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 Hurt by Other Negligent Truck Drivers in New Mexico Trucking Accidents

- Mark Caruso

When Negligent Truck Drivers Hurt Other Truckers in New Mexico Trucking Accidents: Common Accidents in Ontario, Upland, and Rancho Cucamonga

Large commercial trucks such as big rigs, 18 wheelers, tankers, tandem trailers, flatbeds, and other large trucks can cause serious injury and damage to occupants of smaller passenger vehicles.  But it is commonly overlooked that large commercial trucks can also cause very serious injuries and even more damage to the drivers of other large commercial vehicles.  Even though most truck drivers sit high up in a cabin which is well-protected, on the high speed interstates there can be catastrophic damages in a truck versus truck collision.

Some common interstates producing serious New Mexico trucking accidents involving other trucks are I-40 and I-10.  Both of interstates lead through New Mexico and Arizona to what may be the largest hub in the southwest United States for trucking companies and truck drivers.  That is after combining with I-15, these interstates lead to Ontario, California.  This area includes Upland, California and Rancho Cucamonga, California.  Many truck drivers consider this their home base in the southwest United States.

When they get hurt in New Mexico trucking accidents, they turn to the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for our experienced New Mexico trucking accident attorneys to help them receive the compensation they deserve.  If you or a loved one were injured in a trucking accident, call us today for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can protect your rights to compensation.

Causes of Trucking Accidents Involving Other Trucks

Other truck drivers can be serious injured in a trucking accident when another negligent truck driver causes an accident.  This is because large commercial trucks can be difficult to maneuver when it comes to making a split-second decision to avoid a collision.  Sometimes it is just impossible to avoid the collision.

Some common causes of trucking accidents involving other trucks and hurting truck drivers includes the following:

  • Excessive speed;
  • Improper lane change;
  • Failing to marge onto the interstate or highway properly;
  • Distracted driving on cellphone;
  • Drunk driving;
  • Drugged driving;
  • Following too closely;
  • Braking too hard;
  • Jackknifing;
  • Failure to provide enough turning room;
  • Tire blowout;
  • Brake failure;
  • Steering wheel failure;
  • Falling asleep at the wheel;
  • Failure to stay in one’s lane;
  • Running a stop sign or red light;
  • Failing to yield;
  • Negligent hiring or training;
  • Overloaded truck;
  • Rear end collision;
  • Unsecured cargo; and
  • Many other cases.

Truck Drivers From Ontario, Upland, and Rancho Cucamonga Hurt in New Mexico Trucking Accidents Must Call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for Zealous Legal Representation

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.

Cervical Injuries Caused in New Mexico Motor Vehicle Accidents

- Mark Caruso

Cervical Neck Injuries are Painful and Debilitating, and Can be Caused by Any New Mexico Motor Vehicle Accidents

The neck is one of the most important parts of the human body.  It holds your heads and spinal cord which essentially gives power to your entire body.  It is the pathway for air, which is essential to stay alive.  It is also where your food and water comes in, which is also essential for life.  You also move your neck constantly and it is involved in almost every movement you can possible make and any activity from sitting down to driving a car.

If your neck is damaged, not only can it easily kill you, but it can completely incapacitate you.  Even non-permanent injuries can result in prolonged pain and suffering, as well as debilitating conditions.  Unfortunately, neck injuries are more likely to be permanent and debilitating than to be not.  This is particularly true in any New Mexico motor vehicle accident, particularly New Mexico trucking accidents.

Here are the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced New Mexico motor vehicle accident attorneys have handled many accidents involving cervical neck injuries caused by the negligence of another.  We know how it can cause permanent and prolonged pain, suffering, and therapy.  If you or a loved one have sustained a cervical neck injury due to a New Mexico motor vehicle accident, call us today for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can protect your rights to compensation.

Common Cervical and Neck Problems Caused by New Mexico Motor Vehicle Accidents

Any neck injuries can result in permanent disabilities and a lifetime of pain.  Even slow speed and low impact motor vehicle accidents can result in these type of catastrophic injuries.  Some common types of neck injuries include the following:

  • Whiplash injuries;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Bulging discs;
  • Cervical fusion;
  • Torn tendons or ligaments in the neck;
  • Brachial plexus injuries;
  • Nerve injuries;
  • Fracture vertebra;
  • Windpipe injuries;
  • Muscle strains;
  • Neck sprains;
  • Herniated discs;
  • Lacerations;
  • Cervical dislocation;
  • Decapitation;
  • Cervical radiculopathy;
  • Severe headaches;
  • Numbness, weakness, and slower reflexes;
  • Muscle spasms in your neck;
  • Wrongful death; and
  • Many other injuries.

Common Causes of New Mexico Cervical/Neck Injuries in Motor Vehicle Accidents

There are many potential causes of cervical or neck injuries in New Mexico motor vehicle accidents.  The most common is a rear-end car accident, which results in a violent back and forth motion of the neck and head.  Similarly, head on collisions result in the same forces and motion.  Side impact collisions are also very dangerous because the neck is not supported by a headrest.

Trucking accidents are also more likely to result in cervical and neck injuries.  Even a small bumper tap from a large commercial truck such as a big rig or 18-wheeler can send shockwaves through a smaller passenger vehicle which causes catastrophic neck injuries.

Severe Cervical Neck Injuries Caused by New Mexico Car Accidents

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.

Driving Under Influence of Drugs More Common Than Alcohol: New Mexico Car Accident Attorney Shares New Report

- Mark Caruso

Drugged Driving is More Likely the Cause of a New Mexico Motor Vehicle Accident Than Drunk Driving, According to New Study

We all know that drunk driving is a very serious danger to people on or new the roads.  But according to a new study and report, “drugged driving,” or driving while under the influence of drugs, is more common than drunk driving.  The report studied the deaths of motorists in motor vehicle accidents throughout the country, and found that 43% of deceased motorists had drugs in their system.  Whereas 38% of deceased motorists had alcohol in their system.  This is the first time that drugged driving was found to be more prevalent than drunk driving.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we know that driving under the influence of anything is incredibly dangerous for all on or near the roadway.  Our experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys have represented victims of serious and fatal motor vehicle accidents caused by intoxicated drivers on both drugs or alcohol.  Call us today for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can protect your rights to compensation.

Drugged Driving or Drunk Driving is Against the Law in New Mexico

Under New Mexico law, NM Stat. 66-8-102 makes it “unlawful for a person who is under the influence of intoxicating liquor to drive a vehicle within this state.”  It is further “illegal for a person who is under the influence of any drug to a degree that renders the person incapable of safety driving a vehicle to drive a vehicle in this state.”  Violating this statute and causing a motor vehicle accident will render a defendant negligent per se, or automatically negligent for the violation of the statute.

Additionally, under the common law, or judge-made law, driving while ability impaired by drugs or alcohol and causing a motor vehicle accident is also negligent.  This is because drivers owe a duty of care to others on or near the roadway to drive sober.  When a driver breaches that duty and drives while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and causes a motor vehicle accident, he or she will be found negligent.

Truck Drivers are Likely to Use Drugs While Driving and Cause New Mexico Trucking Accidents

With trucking, time is money.  The faster a shipment can be made, the faster a trucking company and truck driver can make money.  This almost coerces truck drivers into cheating sleep to drive more and deliver more to make more money.  Many truck drivers, unfortunately, turn to controlled substances and drugs to help them stay awake.  Infamously would be speed or cocaine, which are stimulants.

However, the FCMSA has regulations which apply throughout the United States and prohibit this conduct.  Under section 392.4, no driver is permitted to operate a commercial vehicle while in possession of or under the influence of certain drugs, kindling speed and cocaine, as well as any other drug which may render a driver incapable of safely operating a commercial vehicle.
Additionally, section 392.5 prohibits the use of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle or being under the influence of alcohol.

As noted above, violations here are against the common law.  A violation of the regulation which causes a New Mexico trucking accident is not automatically negligence like the violation of a statute, but it is evidence of negligence which can help prove your case.

Drugged Driving and Drunk Driving Cause New Mexico Trucking Accidents, and Are Dangerous!

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