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Causes of Holiday New Mexico Car Accidents Resulting in Personal Injuries

- Mark Caruso

New Mexico Car Accidents Cause During the Holidays Can Cause Very Serious Personal Injuries and Even Wrongful Death

The holidays are meant to be a joyous time of the year, and they usually are.  But with the increased traffic on the roadways as people commute far distances to be with family or go on vacation, there are increased opportunities for there to be serious New Mexico car accidents causing personal injuries or death.  Many of these New Mexico car accidents are caused by some of the common reasons occurring during anytime of the year.  However, many of these holiday accidents are caused by reasons unique to the holiday or enhanced by the holiday.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and happy holidays, and a safe and prosperous New Year.  But we know that many people will be injured due to the negligence of others on or near the roads this holiday season.  If you or a loved one is injured, contact our experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys to represent you and your family in your case.  We have the resources necessary to hollowly investigate your case and the experienced with proven track record to get you the results that you deserve.  Call us today for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can get you the maximum compensation you may be entitled to.

Causes of Holiday New Mexico Car Accidents

While there is almost an unlimited list of causes of a New Mexico car accident, there are some that are unique to the holidays.  This are due to the increased traffic on the roadway, people traveling in inclement weather, and people who may not drive much or long distances taking to the roadways.  There are also more distractions, such as entire families in cars, pets in cars, and obstructions in the car which limit vision.

Some common types of holiday New Mexico car accidents include the following:

  • Inexperienced driver – many drivers who drive locally or not often will commute long distances;
  • Drunk driving – holiday merriment can result in intoxicated drivers which are always dangerous;
  • Distracted driving due to kids in the car – young kids in the car can be distracting with singing or fidgeting or sitting/standing up in the vehicle;
  • Inclement weather – whether the weather is perfect or horrible, people will venture out to get to their loved ones in weather they may not be experienced or comfortable in driving which can result in serious car accidents;
  • Distracted driving with pets in the car – many people will commute to see family and will bring their pets, including dogs, but they may not properly tether them in the vehicle to ensure that they do not distract or jump on the driver;
  • Blocked vision – some drivers will overstuff their car with gifts and packing bags which can inhibit or block a driver’s vision out the back or to the mirrors which can result in larger blind spots and car accidents;
  • Using the cell phone while driving – many people will call or text while driving which can pull a driver’s attention and hands of the wheel and result in serious personal injuries;
  • Using technology like a GPS – many drivers are traveling distances or visiting friends and family they do not know where they live and will use a GPS, but entering an address while driving is very dangerous and distracted driving; and
  • Many other causes which are very dangerous.

Holiday Car Accidents in New Mexico Can be Life-Threatening

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.

Albuquerque Trucking Accidents Caused by Tire Blowouts

- Mark Caruso

When a Tire Blowout Causes an Albuquerque Trucking Accident, People Can be Hurt and These Victims Can Get Compensation

Large commercial trucks such as tankers, 18-wheelers, big rigs, flatbeds, and other trucks are very dangerous vehicles for several reasons.  Their shear size and weight makes them very dangerous vehicles.  On highways, this combination of size and weight coupled with fast speed give large commercial trucks significant momentum which can cause real damage.  But in addition to their physical characteristics, large commercial trucks are also dangerous because they have many moving parts.

One of the obvious—and literal—moving parts are the tires.  Some big rigs can have a lot of wheels and backup wheels.  The tires may not always be routinely checks and maintained well.  With so many parts, there is a great chance for there to be errors, mistakes, or for things to go wrong.  One common thing that can go wrong is a tire blowout.  This can cause damage in both the debris of the tire which launches out and hits other vehicles.  But this can also cause the large commercial truck to lose control or not be able to stop, causing another very dangerous hazard on the roadway.  Both situations can cause serious trucking accidents.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an Albuquerque trucking accident caused by a tire blowout, call the experienced Albuquerque trucking accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000.  We have the experienced necessary handling trucking accident cases throughout New Mexico to know how to do a thorough investigation of the trucking company and truck driver, as well as the trucking accident.  We will fight hard to determine whether the trucking company and truck driver properly performed tire maintenance and inspections, and whether they were negligent in allowing that truck on the road.  Call us today to learn how we can protect your rights to compensation.

Causes of Tire Blowouts in Albuquerque Trucking Accidents 

When a tire blowout occurs in an Albuquerque trucking accident, there can be two different types of accident.  The first is the debris from the tire.  Most people do not realize, trucking tires are massive, thick, and very heavy.  Even small pieces of tire debris can be heavy another to break through a windshield and serious injury or kill a vehicle occupant.  This pieces can be exploded off the tire and literally launched at other cars causing damage.  Or these pieces could have exploded and then scattered across the roadway when another vehicle runs over the debris and launching it at another vehicle.

Another cause of Albuquerque trucking accidents in tire blowouts if when the large commercial truck loses a trie or several tires and is unable to keep control.  Sometimes this can result in the loss of control for a vehicle which ends up making it very difficult to maintain in a lane and away for other hazards.  On a highway going 65 MPH or more, this can turn a tractor trailer into an unguided missile.  A tire blowout can also cause a truck to be unable to stop or slow down, which is also very dangerous and cause result in very serious personal injuries.

Albuquerque Trucking Accidents Caused by Tire Blowouts are Very Dangerous

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.

Fractured Hip in Albuquerque Hit by Car Accident

- Mark Caruso

When a Pedestrian is Hit by a Car in an Albuquerque Car Accident, A Fractured Hip is a Common Injury and Very Serious Potentially Devastating

A lot of people fear getting hit with a car, and for good reason.  A pedestrian is not protected with airbags, a seatbelt, side curtains, or in a steel shell of a car to protect them.  Many times a pedestrian may not even see the car coming which can result in even worse injuries, particularly to the neck or back.  Fractured bones are very common, no matter what age the victim is.  A common bone which is fractured in an Albuquerque car accident hitting a pedestrian is the pelvis or hip.  This is because the hip is at the level his is commonly first impacted by the car, thus it is an area of trauma.  But the hip and pelvis is also an area of the body which is usually thrown to the ground and absorbs the impact of falling.  As a result, this very strong and sturdy bone become injured and breaks.

If you or a loved one have been injured after being hit by a car in an Albuquerque car accident, call the experienced Albuquerque car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. by dialing (505) 883-5000.  We offer a FREE case evaluation for all injured in New Mexico accidents, and we can help protect your rights to compensation.  We understand how painful the injuries for a fracture hip can be, and we know what is reasonable compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, future medical expenses, and we can calculate your lost earnings and income.  Learn how we can help you today by calling our experienced team today.

Fractured Hip After Being Hit by a Car

A fractured hip is a very serious type of fracture.  This type of injury is no joke, no matter how old the victim is.  For young children, a fractured hip and lead to a life-long complication with the child’s legs.  It can lead to early arthritis and limit a child’s athletic ability.  It can even damage growth plates slowly a child’s development or permanent cause imbalances.

For an elderly victim, unfortunately a fractured hip can be the beginning of the end.  This type of injury can greatly impact an elderly victim’s life and mobility, and greatly effect a victim’s emotional well-being.  Infections from surgeries to repair the damage are common, and if a hip replacement is required, it can seriously cause life-threatening complications.

But for all patients, a fractured hip can result in very complicated surgeries.  This can be surgery with painful hardware being installed which includes rods, pins, screws, and plates.  This type of surgery is invasive, painful, and may result in future surgeries to adjust what was done.  It will also cause very large scars and injuries.  For very bad fractured hips, a partial or total hip replacement may be required.  It goes without saying that this is a very bad injury which can be a life-long problem.

Liability in Albuquerque Car Accidents After Being Hit by a Car

Drivers owe a duty of care to use reasonable care in the use and operation of their motor vehicle.  This includes a duty to see what there is to be seen.  This does not just include other motor vehicles, but also pedestrians in and around the roadway.  Even if a pedestrian is cutting out into the street between two cars, drivers must guard against this if a reasonable driver would have.  That is, a driver must prevent hitting a pedestrian in a car accident.

When a driver fails to exercise reasonable care, and such failure causes personal injuries, the driver can be liable for all personal injuries caused by the car accident.  This includes not only past medical expenses, such as the emergency room bill and the surgery to repair, but also future medical expenses such as future surgeries which may need to be completed.  If the victim of a car accident is killed, the defendant may be liable for lost wages, income, and consortium to an entire family.

Hit by a Car and Fractured Your Hip?  Get Represented 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.

Reasons Why Speeding Causes Very Serious New Mexico Car Accidents and Injuries

- Mark Caruso

Drivers Who Speed are Drivers Who Kill and Cause Serious Personal Injuries in New Mexico Car Accidents

As any driver knows, there are speed limits posted on the road.  When there is no speed limit posted, the speed limit is the state speed limit.  Thus, drivers know that when they are traveling above the speed limit, they are traveling above the speed rated for the road.  This rating is determined by assessing the type of road, the location, the physical shape or curvature of the road, blind spots, amount of traffic, and sometimes the condition of the road.  These are important figures and considerations, because they help to protect those on or around the roadway from serious injuries.

But many people still speed and ignore the posted speed limits.  This is a very dangerous practice and can cause serious personal injuries or even death.  If you or a loved on have been injured or seriously killed in a New Mexico car accident caused by a driver speeding, call our experienced attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C.  We represent many victims and families of victims who have been seriously injured or killed in catastrophic car accidents.  Call us today for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can protect your rights.

Reasons Why Speeding on Roadways Kills

Traveling above the speed limit creates a hazard for people on and off the road.  This can result in very dangerous circumstances which almost guarantee a serious car accident and horrific injuries when a driver is speeding.  This is because speeding does a few things which magnify the danger and the damages, which include the following:

  • Speeding reduces reaction time – this gives motorists a shorter period of time to react to an issue on the roadway which would require the motorist to turn away, brake, or swerve.  Because the reaction time is shorter, a motorist has less time to make these maneuvers and, in turn, needs to be a better driver to perform these maneuvers.  At a first speed, however, no amount of skill can avoid a collision.
  • Speeding increases stopping distance – the faster a motor vehicle goes, the more stopping time it will need to come to rest.  In driver’s ed class, this is generally taught as car lengths for stopping.  The faster a car is going, the more friction that will be required to stop the vehicle and the more stopping distance that is needed.
  • Speeding increases momentum – the higher a vehicle’s momentum, the more force it has and the more force it will need to disburse to come to a stop.  This means that a vehicle which collide with another object, all of the momentum will be transfers and will need to be disbursed to get the vehicle to stop.  The force gets transferred to the passengers and causes personal injuries them to.

Injured by a Driver Speeding?  Have Us On Speed Dial to Represent You!

If a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a New Mexico car accident, contact the experienced 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.

Evidence Needed to Prove Your Albuquerque Trucking Accident Case

- Mark Caruso

New Mexico Trials Require a lot of Evidence to Prove your Albuquerque Trucking Accident Case, Including Some Very Important Evidence

Unless you have been involved in a serious motor vehicle accident, you may not know what type of evidence is required to win such case at trial.  We all know that there is a lot of paperwork and documents needed, but most people do not recognize the vast amount of documents and the diversity of the documents.  This is important because, if you are ever involved in a serious motor vehicle accident, knowing what types of evidence may be available will help you help your attorney prepare and win your case.

When it comes to Albuquerque trucking accidents, there are some special types of evidence not necessarily available in the other types of motor vehicle cases which can be very helpful to your case.  This is why you need to retain an experienced Albuquerque trucking accident attorney to represent you and prove your case with these diverse types of evidence.  Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we have the trial experience, proven track record, and knowledgeable staff to acquire these types of evidence and present them in front of the jury.  We know how to hunt down these sources and force those holding the evidence to give us what we need to conduct a thorough investigation.  If you or a loved one have been injured in an Albuquerque trucking accident, let us fight for your rights by calling use for a FREE case evaluation by dialing (505) 883-5000.

Types of Evidence in All Motor Vehicle Accidents

There are many different types of evidence that are relevant and necessary to help prove your case.  The two most common types of evidence are the medical records demonstrating your personal injuries, and the police report or investigations.  Medical records can be from the treating providers after the accident, such as emergency department records and follow-up treatment with a specialists.  The police report and investigations can be very helpful, but sometimes not always available or completed.  Even if there is a police report, the document may be light on details.  What is really beneficial is when the police conduct an accident reconstruction or investigation as this is a free expert report for you to help prove your case.

Another very common type of evidence that most people do not realize is important is testimony.  Prior to your trial there will be depositions, or oral questions on the record, wherein the witnesses or parties will answer questions in front of a stenographer or court reporter.  The questions are asked by the opposing attorney or both attorneys.  The testimony is generally admissible at trial, particularly to box in witnesses or catch a witness in a lie.

Other testimonial evidence could come in the form of an expert.  This expert could be used to explain your injuries and future medical care, or to help explain the cause of the accident.  Expert testimony can also come in the form of an economist who can establish your lost wages and lost earnings.  Your Albuquerque trucking accident attorney may also decide that a life care planner is necessary, as this type of expert can explain what future medical needs the victim will have.

Some Evidence Unique to Trucking Accident Cases

Albuquerque trucking accident cases contain all of the evidence of other cases, but also some important additional information.  One of the most common and fought over types of evidence unique to trucking accident cases is the event data recorder, known as EDR, information.  This is a tiny chip within the truck’s computer system which keeps track of an astounding amount of information such as speed, brake use, amount of time driving, direction, whether the driver was accelerating, whether the truck was moving side-to-side, and many other types of information.  This data can be make-or-break and easily prove a case, such as where a truck driver falls asleep at the wheel and does not brake before impact.  The data is, however, easily destroyed—either intentionally or mistakenly.  It needs to be properly taken from the truck before it is erased forever.

Another common type of evidence unique to trucking accident cases is a driver’s logbook.  This keeps track of where the truck driver is coming from and going to, the time driving, and the time resting.  If a trucking accident occurs due to a fatigued or sleep deprived driver, the logbook can be used to demonstrate violations of the federal regulations requiring a certain amount of sleep per a fixed amount of driving.

Know These Types of Evidence in Your Albuquerque Trucking Accident to Help Win Your Case!

If a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a New Mexico trucking accident, contact the experienced trucking 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.

Smith System of Defensive Driving Will Save Lives in Dust Storms

- Mark Caruso

Using the Smith System of Defensive Driving Would Save Lives in Dust Storms to Avoid New Mexico Trucking Accidents 

A large commercial truck driver is required to have CDL, which is a necessary license that requires a significant amount of training, knowledge based tests, skill based tests, and experience.  The goal is to ensure that only the safest and most apt truck drivers are on the roads.  But sometimes a CDL is not enough to keep all of us safe on the roads with large commercial truck drivers.  This is why there is additional training for large commercial truck drivers, such as the Smith System of Defensive Driving, which can help protect others on the roadway.  This is particularly true in dust storms, which challenge even the most experienced of drivers.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we represent the family of a victim killed in a New Mexico trucking accident during an ongoing dust storm.  Three large commercial trucks continued to go full speed through the ongoing dust storm, and rear ended several passenger vehicles.  This causes a pileup accident, as other vehicles collided with them on the roadway.  Seven people were killed, including our client, but none of the truck drivers were even harmed.  If the trucking drivers had followed the Smith System of Defensive Driving, this accident would not have occurred.  If this sounds like the type of New Mexico trucking accident you or a loved one have been involved in, call us today for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000.

Fundamentals of the Smith System of Defensive Driving

The Smith System of Defensive Driving helps train truck drivers how to be safer and more prepared drivers for any hazards on the roadway.  This makes the roadways safer for all of us, and helps save lives.  The basics of the Smith System of Defensive Driving includes the following:

  1. Aim High in Steering – this means that drivers should be looking further down the road to see what the traffic looks like and what hazards there are, not just what the roadway right in front of them looks like;
  2. Look for the Big Picture – drivers should always be looking around the front, back, and sides to see what hazards are present and get a full picture of the roadway around them;
  3. Don’t Zone Out – drivers should never stare and zone out, but should constantly be scanning the roadway and moving their eyes;
  4. Leave Yourself an Out – all motorists should have an “out” or safe spot on the road around their vehicle where they can immediately turn to if a hazard pops up;
  5. Make Sure Other Motorists Can See You – accidents happen usually when a motorist fails to see another motorist, so ensuring you are visible and seen is very important to avoiding accidents.

Using the Smith System in Dust Storms Saves Lives, and Could Have Saved Our Client’s Life

Dust storms are dangerous because they severely limit a driver’s visibility.  The Smith System trains drivers to use their eyes more and look forward at potential hazards by aiming forward, looking around them, constantly moving their eyes, ensuring other vehicles can see you, and living yourself an out. When a driver cannot do all of these things, the driver should slow down until all of these things can be done safely.

Thus, if during a dust storm the driver cannot see everything ahead of him or her, the driver should stop or slow down.  This is particularly true of large commercial truck drivers, who can easily case very serious personal injuries in New Mexico trucking accidents.

Smith System of Safe Driving Can Save Lives in Dust Storms

If a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a New Mexico trucking accident, contact the experienced trucking 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.

Trucking Companies Can Be Liable for New Mexico Trucking Accidents in Dust Storms

- Mark Caruso

Holding Trucking Companies Liable for New Mexico Trucking Accidents Caused by Dust Storms

When we are involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is easy for us to only blame the other driver.  That driver may have run the red light, or followed too closely, or even just failed to see us coming.  We may think that the other driver is the only one at fault, and it is easy for us to condemn only that individual.  It may seem obvious that the other driver is at fault.

However, in a motor vehicle accident there may be other parties liable for the accident.  This is particularly true in a motor vehicle accident involving a large commercial truck, semi, 18-wheeler, or other big rig truck.  That is because the driver of the truck is working for a company and thus in the scope of employment.  He or she is working to advance the interests of the company, and the law makes the company liable for any accidents caused by an employee while at work.

Therefore, if you or a loved one have been injured in a New Mexico trucking accident, contact the experienced attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. by calling (505) 883-5000 for a FREE consultation.  Currently we are preparing for trial in a matter involving a dust storm where three commercial trucks violated several federal regulations and ultimately caused a fatal pileup accident during a dust storm.  If this fact pattern sounds similar to your case, don’t delay and call us today!

Holding the Trucking Company Liable in New Mexico Dust Storm Accidents

Dust storms are very dangerous weather conditions plaguing New Mexico.  These dust storms can cause limited visibility, traction issues, and distracting conditions contributing to the likelihood of serious New Mexico trucking accidents.  This is why federal regulations by the FMCSA require certain actions by commercial trucks in conditions like dust storms.

Under FMCSR section 392.14, “[e]xtreme caution in the operation of a commercial motor vehicle shall be exercised when hazardous conditions, such as those caused by . . . dust, or smoke, adversely affect visibility or traction. Speed shall be reduced when such conditions exist. If conditions become sufficiently dangerous, the operation of the commercial motor vehicle shall be discontinued and shall not be resumed until the commercial motor vehicle can be safely operated.”

Additionally, under FMCSA section 392.22, a commercial trucking vehicle must use hazard warning signal flashers “[w]henever a commercial motor vehicle is stopped upon the traveled portion of a highway or the shoulder of a highway for any cause other than necessary traffic stops, the driver of the stopped commercial motor vehicle shall immediately activate the vehicular hazard warning signal flashers and continue the flashing until the driver places the warning devices . . . .”

When a truck driver fails to comply with these two regulations, the trucking company can be liable under the theory of respondent superior.  This renders the trucking company vicariously liable for the negligence of an employee caused in the scope of employment.  Thus, victims of a New Mexico trucking accident caused by a dust storm may receive compensation for their injuries.

Holding Trucking Companies Liable for New Mexico Trucking Accidents

If a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a New Mexico trucking accident, contact the experienced trucking 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.

Federal Regulations Require New Mexico Trucking Companies to Exercise Extreme Caution in Dust Storms

- Mark Caruso

New Mexico Trucking Accident Attorney Discusses Safety Rules to Protect the Public in Dust Storms

We all know that operating a motor vehicle involves many rules, laws, regulations, guidelines, and other authority which govern our conduct.  From stopping at a stop sign to knowing when to yield in a roundabout, there are established rules of the road which we all know and abide by—sometimes without even thinking twice about it!  Most of these are safety rules to protect the public from harm.

Some of the most important safety rules to protect the public from harm are the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.  These regulations impose extra precautions and requirements on large commercial trucks, semi, 18-wheelers, flatbeds, tractor trailers, and other large trucks.  When a trucking company or trucking driver violate these regulations and cause a New Mexico trucking accident, this can be evidence of negligence to help a victim recover compensation for his or her injuries.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed in a New Mexico trucking accident caused by a trucking company or truck driver, contact the experienced trucking accident attorney at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. by dialing (505) 883-5000.  We will investigate your claim to determine whether a safety rule meant to protect the public has been violated by the trucking company or trucking driver.  We provide FREE consultations, so do not delay and call us today!

Safety Rules to Protect the Public in Dust Storms: Truck Drivers Must Exercise “Extreme Caution”

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, known as the FMCSR, have promulgated safety regulations for extreme weather such as dust storms.  Earlier this week we noted how dangerous haboobs (massive dust storms) can be for motorists, particularly on highways.  The results can be absolutely devastating, particularly for motorists involved in trucking accidents.

This danger is contemplated and addressed by FMCSR section 392.14, which governs hazardous conditions requiring extreme caution.  This section provides the following:

“Extreme caution in the operation of a commercial motor vehicle shall be exercised when hazardous conditions, such as those caused by . . . dust, or smoke, adversely affect visibility or traction. Speed shall be reduced when such conditions exist. If conditions become sufficiently dangerous, the operation of the commercial motor vehicle shall be discontinued and shall not be resumed until the commercial motor vehicle can be safely operated.”

Thus, this regulation requires a commercial trucking driver to slow down to help him or her handle the decreased disability and traction on the roadway.  If the reduction of speed does not help enough and the traveling is still too dangerous, the commercial trucking driver must discontinue and shall not resume driving until the truck can be safety operated.  The goal is to prevent New Mexico trucking accidents in inclement weather.

Failure to Comply with FMCSR Section 392.14 Can Result in Death!

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we represent the victim of a massive pileup on Interstate 10 who perished in a fire caused when three large commercial trucks crashed into three passenger vehicles during a dust storm.  Even though there was a massive dust storm almost completely blinding all motorists on the roadway, the three truck drivers continued to plow down the highway at full speed and into our client’s vehicle.  If the truck drivers complied with this section of law, our client would not have been killed.

Violations of Federal Trucking Regulations in Dust Storms Can Result in Liability

If a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a New Mexico trucking accident, contact the experienced trucking 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.

Can New Mexico Car Accidents During a Haboob or Dust Storm Create Liability?

- Mark Caruso

Phoenix Arizona’s Recent Massive Haboob Brings Lessons to New Mexico Car Accidents Caused By Dust Storms

It has been all over the national news that Phoenix, Arizona has just been engulfed by massive haboob.  A “haboob” is a large dust storm characterized by violent and high winds blowing sand into the area.  While its effects were not heavily felt in New Mexico, we are just as susceptible to these types of powerful weather phenomena.  These storms are dangerous for both pedestrians and motorists alike, particularly when people do not exercise the degree of caution required to handle these dangerous storms.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we know that dust storms like a haboob can create blinding walls of dust and impair a driver’s vision.  This can cause serious motor vehicle accidents resulting in debilitating and deadly injuries.  Our experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys have handled many motor vehicle accidents caused by limited or constrained vision.  If you or a loved one have been injured in a New Mexico car accident caused during a dust storm, call us today for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000.  We will help protect your rights to compensation caused by another’s negligence during a dust storm.

Car Crashes During Dust Storms: New Mexico Car Accident Liability Under Statutory Law

While there is common law (judge-made law) that requires all motorists to see what there is to be seen in the use or operation of a motor vehicle, there are also two powerful New Mexico statutes that can help win your case.

First, there is New Mexico Stat. 66-7-301 which governs speed regulation, and requires “[i]n every event, speed shall be controlled by the driver as may be necessary to avoid colliding with a person, vehicle or other conveyance on or entering the highway.”  This means if a driver cannot see due to a dust storm such as a haboob, he or she must slow down in an effort to control his or her vehicle to avoid an accident.  If a driver continues to drive too fast and causes a car accident during a dust storm, this can result in liability entitling the victim to recover compensation.

Second, New Mexico Stat. 66-7-318 governs following too closely (tailgating), and provides that a “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.”  The phrase “condition of the highway” would include limited visibility due to a haboob or dust storm.  If a car accident is caused by a driver following too closely during a strong dust storm, he or she may be liable for the car accident and for all injuries to the victim or victims.

New Mexico Car Accidents Caused by a Haboob or Dust Storm Can Bring Liability

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident due to a dust storm or haboob, 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.

Orbital Blowout Fractures in New Mexico Car Accidents

- Mark Caruso

Understanding Orbital Blowout Fractures Caused by New Mexico Car Accidents

All injuries caused by a New Mexico car accident can cause debilitating pain, disability, and financial burdens on a victim and on a family.  None are more true than an orbital blowout fracture.  These fractures can permanently damage a victim’s eye, distort a person’s face, and require permanent hardware in a person’s face to reconstruct the damage done.

Since orbital blowout fractures require extensive treatment, including surgery and possibly multiple surgeries, there expenses are quickly stack up and overwhelm a victim and his or her family.  Therefore, if you or a loved one have been injured in a New Mexico car accident and suffered an orbital blowout fracture, contact our experienced attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for a FREE consultation by calling (505) 883-5000.  We will work to protect your rights to compensation to ensure you get the compensation you desire for your injuries.

Orbital Blowout Fractures from New Mexico Car Accidents

Orbital blowout fractures are some of the worst types of injuries a victim can sustain.  These are incredibly painful and require extensive treatment.  An orbital blowout fracture is a fracture of one or more of the facial bones surrounding the eye.  These bones create a “floor” under and around the eye.  The “orbit” is the bones surrounding the eye; it is essentially the hole in the skull where the eye sits.

Thus, an orbital blowout fracture is when the floor of the orbit fractures and loses its shape, therefore causing the eye to sit differently, not move properly, and even sink into the orbit or skull.  If an orbital blowout fracture is not repaired quickly and properly, it can lead to permit vision loss.

Treatment usually requires surgery to place plates on the orbital floor to support the eye and the damages bones.  Other surgery such as adjusting the eyelids, known as a blepharoplasty, which can be painful and take a long time to heal.

Causes of Orbital Blowout Fractures in New Mexico Car Accidents

Orbital blowout fractures take a lot of force to cause.  It is a traumatic injury to the face head-on or on the side of the skull.  Common causes of orbital blowout fractures include the following:

  • Airbag injuries;
  • Head-on collisions;
  • Ejected through the windshield;
  • Hitting the steering wheel or windshield;
  • Hitting the side of the car door;
  • Foreign objects in the car or coming through the windshield;
  • Crushing injuries in the vehicle;
  • Rollover car accidents;
  • Trucking accidents;
  • and many other types of car accidents.

Call Our New Mexico Car Accidents Attorneys if you Suffered an Orbital Blowout Fracture

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.