car accident

Emergency Vehicles Involved in New Mexico Car Accidents: Recent Story Highlights Dangerous, Liability

- Mark Caruso

Recent Albuquerque Police Car Car Killing a Young Boy Highlights the Dangerous in  New Mexico Car Accidents with Emergency Vehicles

We are learning more from an investigation report of an April 17, 2017 motor vehicle crash in Albuquerque, New Mexico wherein an Albuquerque police officer was responding to call of a man wielding a machete in a local store.  The officer was traveling at approximately 80 MPH on his way to the scene with his lights and sirens on.  He approached an intersection where he had a green light.  Another vehicle, which also had the green light, was turning left at the intersection.  The officer applied his brakes but collided into the rear of the vehicle turning left.  A young boy, Joel Anthony Suina (6-years-old) was killed and his 9-year-old sister suffered a pelvis fracture, a head injury, lung injury, liver injury, and kidney injury.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we see too many of these types of crashes.  We honor and respect our law enforcement to the fullest, but we also recognize their jobs bring peril.  Generally, emergency vehicles are commonly involved in New Mexico car crashes not solely due to the actions of an officer, but due to the natural and inherent danger of this line of work.  Any vehicle speeding and growing through an intersection is a dangerous vehicle, even with the green light.  If you or a loved one have been injured in an emergency vehicle crash in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, or anywhere else in New Mexico, call our experienced personal injury lawyer for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn more.

Dangers of Intersections and High Speeds

The causes of car accidents can be viewed as a recipe for disaster.  Several ingredients just make car accidents much more potent to cause serious injury or wrongful death.  Intersections are the most dangerous location on the roadway because lanes of traffic are crossing over other lanes of traffic creating the potential for a collision.  Speed is also a dangerous factor, as the reaction time goes down but the braking distance increases.  The force and momentum is also greater and stronger.

Emergency vehicles commonly invoke both of these added dangerous, such as the news story from above.  In fact, intersections are known to be one of the most dangerous locations for any emergency vehicle—especially when the light is against the emergency vehicle.  Here, even though the light was not against the driver, it still lead to a very deadly accident.

Liability in Emergency Vehicle Crashes

When an emergency vehicle is involved in a motor vehicle crash in New Mexico, there could be many liable parties.  The most basic and common party is the driver of the emergency vehicle.  Another common entity that is liable is the police department or agency, which is vicariously liable for the acts of its employees within the scope of employment.  Here, the police department could absolutely be liable for the subject crash because the crash occurred within the drivers course of employment and while responding to the crash.

Unfortunately, another person who could be liable is the driver of the vehicle turning left.  The 6-year-old and the 9-year-old were passengers, and not comparatively at fault for this accident in any way.  But there could be, however, liability for the driver for not noticing the sirens or lights at an intersection.  This may be very unlikely given the facts, but it is a possibility which must be taken into consideration to protect the rights of the injured children at all cost.

Crashes with Emergency Vehicles are Very Serious: Call a New Mexico Personal Injury Lawyer if This Happened to You

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.

Labor Day Motor Vehicle Accidents: Things to be Aware Of

- Mark Caruso

New Mexico Car Accidents Increase on Labor Day: Here is Why

Happy and safe Labor Day to all.  According to the Department of Labor, Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894 and “is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.”  In modern times we mark Labor Day as a day off from work and a BBQ with family and friends.  Many people travel great distances to enjoy the unofficial end of summer as school begins and people start to focus on the end-of-year holidays.

But this holiday also has a grim factor with it.  Since there are more people on the roads and most people are going to BBQs where there is alcohol served, Labor Day car accidents are very high.  In fact, this year it is estimated that Labor Day weekend car fatalities will be at its highest since 2008.  According to other statistics, Labor Day weekend is the second highest summer holiday for traffic accident related fatalities with 308—this is begin Memorial Day and ahead of Independence Day.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we know how dangerous any holidays are for motor vehicle accidents including car accidents, trucking crashes, motorcycle collisions, pedestrian knockdowns, and other serious motor vehicle accidents.  If you or a loved one have been serious injured or wrongfully killed in a Labor Day crash, call us today for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn your rights to compensation.

Reasons Why Labor Day Car Crashes are so Dangerous

Labor Day has become a holiday of family and friend BBQs and drinking.  Getting behind the road after drinking is a known dangerous act.  But also the increased traffic on the road creates more traffic that inexperienced drivers may struggle to navigate through.  Here are some of the top reasons why Labor Day is one of the most dangerous holidays for car wrecks:

  • Drinking and driving is very common at BBQs;
  • Drugged driving has recently taken over drugged driving as the number one cause of intoxicated accidents;
  • Increased traffic due to people all going somewhere at around the same time (for the afternoon BBQ);
  • Inexperienced drivers may be traveling home or to visit friends that normally would not be driving except for a holiday, including young drivers, college drivers coming home for the day, and elderly drivers who do not normally drive;
  • Increased interstate I-40, I-25, I-10 traffic for people traveling great distances which results in more high-speed crashes;
  • Distracted driving with multiple friends or family in the motor vehicle;
  • Calling or texting for directions when not sure where to go while visiting family or friends;
  • Mechanical problems with cars; and
  • Many other causes which can serious injury or kill.

Have a Safe and Happy Labor Day!  If You are Injured in a Vehicle Wreck, Call Caruso Law Offices, P.C. To Learn Your Rights

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.

What are my Rights as a Passenger in a New Mexico Motor Vehicle Crash

- Mark Caruso

Passengers Have Different Rights and Liability Than Drivers in New Mexico Motor Vehicle Crashes: New Mexico Personal Injury Attorney Explains

Any type of motor vehicle crash can result in multiple victims being injured or killed by negligent acts or omissions of a driver.  However, all drivers could have come fault in the accident—even if one was not the actual or direct cause of the accident.  Whereas passengers very likely have any fault in causing the accident because they were not operating a vehicle.  This is why passengers and drivers have different rights and liability in New Mexico motor vehicle crashes.

Therefore, it is important that passengers who are victims of motor vehicle crashes call an experienced New Mexico personal injury attorney to represent their rights.  They do not have the same rights or liabilities as a driver, and passengers may be entitled to more money than a driver.  Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we have represented passengers who were victims of some horrific motor vehicle crashes in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Roswell, and almost throughout the entire state.  If you or a loved one was injured or killed as a passenger in a motor vehicle crash, call our experienced New Mexico motor vehicle crash attorneys to learn more how we can help protect your rights to compensation by dialing (505) 883-5000.

Establishing Fault in New Mexico Motor Vehicle Crashes

There are many different possible causes of all motor vehicle crashes.  In fact, most times motor vehicle crashes are inappropriate for accelerated judgment, known as a motion to dismiss or for summary judgment, simply because there could be so many different things a reasonable person could have done to avoid the accident.  This means that there is a question of fact for a reasonable person, i.e. the jury, to resolve.

However, passengers very rarely have any comparative fault in a motor vehicle accident.  Unless a passenger is distracting the driver, grabs the wheel, or blocks the driver’s view, it is very unlikely for a passenger to have caused a motor vehicle crash.

This means that a passenger cannot be found partially at fault for the crash.  Said differently, this means that a passenger is entitled to recovery the full amount of his or her injuries because he or she will be said to not have contributed to the crash.  This means that victims who are passenger are usually in a better position to recover compensation from the other parties.

Passengers Who are Children Have Special Rules

Where a passenger in a vehicle involved in a motor vehicle crash is a minor, that child has slightly different rules regarding the lawsuit when the parent was the driver of the car the child was in.  This is because, unfortunately and technically, the child may have a claim against the parent for negligent driving or comparative fault.

For example, if the defendant is 90% at fault for the car crash but the parent admitted to not paying attention and could have braked or mitigated the accident by taking some last-second evasive maneuver, the parent could be liable for 10% of the crash.  This means the passenger-child can collect 90% of the judgment from the defendant and 10% from his parent.  That may not seem like a lot, but damages to children are often very high and above a million dollars.  That means 10% could be well-over a $100,000 in compensation.

Because of this, the same lawyer cannot usually represent the parent-driver and the child-passenger.  This is to avoid a conflict of interests.  It is important for victims to know about this, because it could result in a big problem during the lawsuit or at the time of trial.  It is also important to know about this because it could be a source of compensation for the child to recover damages for the car crash from, i.e., the parent’s insurance company.

Passengers Hurt in New Mexico Motor Vehicle Crashes Need to Call 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.

What to Do for Head Injuries After New Mexico Motor Vehicle Crashes

- Mark Caruso

New Mexico Personal Injury Attorney Explains What to Do For a Head Injury After a Motor Vehicle Crash

Your head is the most important part of your body.  It is also one of the most fragile and susceptible to injury.  All head injuries are serious.  These injuries could be caused by a litany of different things.  But one of if not the most dangerous causes of head injuries are New Mexico motor vehicle crashes.  Even low-speed motor vehicle crashes can launch a victim through a windshield and cause serious head injuries.  All occupants in any motor vehicle crash should consult with a doctor for a head injury, including just whiplash injuries.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we know that head injuries caused by New Mexico motor vehicle crashes require special care and attention only a zealous, knowledgeable, and experienced New Mexico car accident attorney can give a victim.  We provide a FREE case evaluation to explain what your rights to compensation may be.  Call us today to learn more how we can obtain the maximum amount of compensation you may be entitled to by dialing (505) 883-5000.

Steps to Take After a Head Injury in a New Mexico Motor Vehicle Crash

Victims of any motor vehicle crash need to take several steps to protect themselves.  These steps apply in all motor vehicle crashes, but particularly are important in accidents causing head injuries or trucking crashes.

1) – Get Medical Attention Immediately – If you are injured in any accident, you must always get medical attention immediately.  This is especially true in a motor vehicle crash causing a head injury.  Do not refuse medical attention and attempt to treat yourself online with webMD.  If you take the steps to do the research online to check your symptoms, you are concerned enough that you should be going to the hospital or to a doctor.  A head injury is very serious and any delay in treatment can result in irreversible and permanent damage.  The longer you wait, the worse you will make your claim as well.  Delays in treatment just allow defense attorneys to pick apart your claim that you were seriously injured.  Obviously if you did not go right to the hospital you most not have been that injured!

2) – Obtain the Police Report and See if There Was an Investigation – After you have stabilized yourself with medical treatment, you need to contact any first responders to get any accident reports or investigation notes.  If you are still in serious condition for several weeks after the subject accident, you need to get someone close to you to contact the first responders.  Start with the police report which will get you a basic understanding of what occurred.  Also ask if there was an investigation performed by police, this is common in very serious accidents resulting in critical personal injuries.  Get all of the records that police will provide to you.

3) – Put in a Claim with Your Insurance Carrier – Let your insurance carrier know as soon as possible that there was a serious personal injury caused by a motor vehicle accident.  You need to report the crash to get compensation for your vehicle damage and to your medical bills.  But you may want to wait to call your insurance company until you . . .

4) – Call a Personal Injury Lawyer – Any injury caused by a motor vehicle crash should be evaluated by a personal injury lawyer.  This is especially true when there is a head injury.  These are very serious injuries which are complicated to prove in court and to win compensation.  You need to have experienced and zealous representation.  You also need someone who know what games the insurance company will pay with you, and how to prove your head injury to get compensation.

Head Injury?  Call the Zealous, Knowledgable, and Experienced New Mexico Motor Vehicle Crash Attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. to Get the Maximum Compensation You May Be Entitled To

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.

I-40 Four Vehicle Crash in Albuquerque, NM Causes Serious Injuries

- Mark Caruso

Four Vehicles Were Involved in an I-40 Crash Injuries Two in Albuquerque, New Mexico

News agencies are reporting a serious four-vehicle motor vehicle crash on I-40 in Albuquerque, New Mexico which occurred on August 4, 2017.  This crash injured two people involved.  One person has been critically injured and was taken to the hospital in critical and serious condition.  The victims were taken to the University of New Mexico (UNM).  The accident occurred between 12th Street and Rio Grande.  There are few other details available at this time given that the accident happened last night.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we understand that victims of motor vehicle crashes will have a lot of questions and concerns.  Victims must get the medical attention they need to stabilize their health before doing anything else.  It is paramount to their life to do this.  After they have recovered, victims should contact experienced Albuquerque car accident attorneys to learn about their rights and how they can be protected to get the maximum compensation they may be entitled to.  If you or a loved one have been injured in a motor vehicle crash in Albuquerque, New Mexico, call us for a FREE case evaluation by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can protect your rights.

Interstate 40 Motor Vehicle Crashes Are Devastating and Cause Very Serious Injuries

Interstates are very dangerous places for any vehicle.  The serious accident that occurred last night on August 4, 2017 occurred around exit 157A on I-40.  According to statistics, I-40 in New Mexico is ranked the 54th worst section of interstate road in the United States with 247 fatal accidents, 293 total fatalities, and approximately .66 fatal accidents per mile.  This goes right through the heart of Albuquerque, New Mexico, which brings a lot of deadly accidents to our city.

Interstates are dangerous for several reasons which cause negligent motor vehicle crashes, which include the following:

  • High speeds which lower reaction time but increase braking distance;
  • Multiple lanes of traffic which draw away attention;
  • Exit ramps and entrance ramps which cause merging of traffic at high speeds;
  • Night hides dangers and makes it harder to detect danger;
  • More tractor trailer trucks on the roads at night which cause trucking crashes;
  • Higher volume of motor vehicles on the road than rural or suburb roads;
  • Non-resident drivers who may be unfamiliar with I-40;
  • Driving straight for long periods of time can bore drivers who drive distracted;
  • Drivers at night could be fatigued, especially on interstates; and
  • Many other dangerous causes.

Any motor vehicle crash on any interstate should be reviewed by an experience Albuquerque car crash attorney.

Rio Grande Is Consistently One of New Mexico’s Deadliest and Most Dangerous Streets

Traffic accident information is collected and analyzed constantly.  These traffic accident statistics demonstrate that Rio Grande Blvd is consistently ranked as one of the most dangerous roads in Albuquerque and in New Mexico.

The worst intersection on Rio Grande being Rio Grande Blvd NW and Central Ave W, which has caused 132 accidents and 33 fatal ones in a three year period, thus making approximately 25% of all crashes there fatal.  That is a high and scary number!  In fact, this was more recently ranked the 5th worst intersection in Albuquerque.

Serious Motor Vehicle Accident Occurring on I-40 in Albuquerque Last Night Should be Reviewed by an Experienced Albuquerque Car Accident Attorney 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 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 Fatal Albuquerque Crashes on the Same Day: Scooter Rider and Pedestrian Killed

- Mark Caruso

Albuquerque Fatal Crashes Result in the Death of a Rider on a Scooter and Pedestrian

In Albuquerque, there are many different ways that a victim can be seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident.  For instance, Albuquerque is one of the largest trucking routes in New Mexico, if not one of the busiest in the United States.  Most large commercial trucking companies such as FedEx, Schneider, US Parcel, McLane, and other companies use Interstate 10, Interstate 25, and Interstate 40 to delivery cargo throughout the US.  Albuquerque trucking accidents are very common and very deadly.

There is also a lot of commuter traffic of passenger cars in Albuquerque, particularly because are large residential neighborhoods near busy business areas.  This also means there are a lot of pedestrians or people on alternative vehicle such as bikes, scooters, mopeds, skateboards, and the like.

Unfortunately, this also means there are a lot of motor vehicle accidents.  Last week on Thursday, July 20, 2017, there were two fatal accidents in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The first involved a motor vehicle and a rider on a scooter at the intersection of Zuni Road and San Pedro Drive SE.  The individual on the scooter was killed and pronounced dead at the scene.  Later in the day, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a car near 98th Street and Avalon Road.

Both cases are still in the beginning of the investigation phase.  However, here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced Albuquerque motor vehicle accident attorneys know that these type of accidents are caused by negligence and completely avoidable.  If your or a loved one was seriously injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash similar to this in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Roswell, or anywhere else throughout New Mexico, call us today for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can protect your rights to compensation.

Intersections are Dangerous, Which is Why These Two Fatal Crashes Occurred

It is a common fact that intersections are a very dangerous if not the most dangerous part of a road.  Think about it—traffic in one direction is going to directly cross over traffic in another direction.  There can be a lot of signs, directions, arrows, and traffic control devices to distract drivers.  There are multiple other cars, trucks, other vehicles, and even pedestrians coming in and out of the roadway.  This is why there are a lot of motor vehicle crashes at intersections.

In the two cases above, it is clear that the intersection’s confusion caused the death of two classes of people who are most likely to be overlooked—people on alternative vehicles like scooters, bikes, mopeds, skateboards, and to pedestrians on foot.  These wrongful deaths will result in liability for the negligent parties if the victims’ families retain aggressive legal representation.

Call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for Zealous Advocacy for your Personal Injuries or Family’s Wrongful Death Cases

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.

Rio Rancho Pileup Crash Possibly Caused by Drugs Sends Local Teacher to Hospital; Rio Rancho Personal Injury Attorney Explains

- Mark Caruso

Pileup Crash Caused by Possibly Drugged Driver Which Rear-ended Another Car Sends Multiple People to the Hospital; Rio Rancho Personal Injury Attorney Shares Thoughts

Multiple news outlets are reporting a six car pileup in Rio Rancho, New Mexico which has sent several people to the hospital.  This includes a beloved teacher from Rio Rancho High School, Matt Farley.  Police are still investigating the cause of the crash, but believe that one driver, a female motorist driving an Infiniti rear-ended a Volkswagen that was stopped at a red light.  The preliminary investigation shows that the female motorist may have been driving drugged at the time of the subject accident.  No charges have been filed yet, but she may face several charges for starting this dangerous and potentially deadly pileup.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced Rio Rancho car accident attorneys have handled many pileup car crashes which have seriously injured or taken the life of victims.  These crashes can be very difficult because there are usually a lot of possible causes to the crash and several possibly liable parties.  But we have the experienced, knowledge, and resources to work with police, private investigators, and do our own investigation to uncover the causes of these accidents.  If you or a loved one have been injured in the above-referenced accident or a similar motor vehicle accident in Rio Rancho, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, or anywhere else in New Mexico, call us today for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000.

Liability in Rear End Car Crashes

Whenever a driver rear-ends another vehicle, there is almost always doing to be liability against that rear-ending driver.  This is because there needs to be a non-negligent excuse for rear-ending another vehicle, such as an emergency and unknown medical emergency (i.e. a sudden heart attack) or some other cause outside the control of the driver (i.e., rear-ended by another vehicle and pushed into the rear of another vehicle).

This is codified in both the common law, or judge-made law, and the statutory law, or legislatively made law.  Under NM Stat Section 66-7-318, which governs following too closely, subdivision (A) provides that “[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 driver does this and causes serious personal injuries to another, or like this case causes a pileup car crash, he or she may be automatically liable for the crash under the doctrine of negligence per se.  This doctrine finds a person liable for causing a harm to another person that is protected by the statute.  Here, the New Mexico statute protects all motorists from being injured in rear-end collisions.

Drugged Driving and Motor Vehicles: A Dangerous Combination

The initial police investigation believed that the female driver of the Infiniti was operating her vehicle was under the influence of drugs.  This is just a preliminary finding, and she has not been charged and is innocent until proven guilty.  This post should in no way be considered charging her with guilt of liability.

But it brings up an interesting point of law and common issues occurring.  A few months ago we reported that drugged driving was now more common than drunk driving, which is a terrifying finding.  Drugged driving can be just as bad as drunk driving, if not worse.  Motor ability, reaction time, perception, and other important and necessary factors required to safely operate a motor vehicle will be impaired while drugged driving.

As you would expect, drugged driving is both illegal under the common law and statutory law.  It goes without saying that a motorist must maintain his or her facilities when operating a motor vehicle, and to use the reasonable care that a reasonably prudent driver would under the circumstances.  A reasonably prudent person would not use drugs and drive.

Under the statutory law, NM Stat. 66-8-102 makes it “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.”  If a driver drives drugged, it will result in a finding of negligence per se which renders a drugged driver automatically liable.

Rear-end and Drugged Driving Crashes in Rio Rancho Deserve Representation from 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.

New Mexico Statistics for July Fourth: Scary Statistics for Just One Day

- Mark Caruso

New Mexico State Police Release Independence Day Traffic Statistics, and The Findings are Startling!

Last week we dedicated several blog posts to Independence Day and the traffic dangerous of this holiday.  Indeed, July Fourth is one of the deadliest and most dangerous days for any driver on the road in New Mexico.  Nationally, July 4th is a day of the year where the most traffic collisions occur and fatalities.  According to reports, year it was estimated to be the largest year of travel, with more than 44 million Americans traveling 50 miles or more.  This is an increase of almost 3 percent from last year, or a million more people.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we know that this means an uptick in serious New Mexico motor vehicle accidents.  This is particularly true on highways or interstates, such as I-10, I-40, and I-25.  Fast moving roadways combined with more traffic and less experienced drivers is a recipe for very serious motor vehicle collisions.  If you or a loved one were serious injured or killed in a New Mexico crash last week, call our experienced Albuquerque motor vehicle accident attorneys by dialing (505) 883-5000 for a FREE consultation to learn what your rights to compensation may be.

New Mexico Shares Traffic Statistics from July Fourth and the Outcome is SCARY!

According to the New Mexico State Police Report, there were 2,765 traffic citations issued on Independence Day.  Of these, 37 resulted in drunk driving arrests and 16 people were arrested for drug related offenses.  Drunk and drugged driving are one of the most dangerous risks that a driver could take while driving a motor vehicle.  Motor vehicle accidents caused by drunk or drugged driving are negligent and do kill people.

Of these citations, 283 citations were issued to commercial vehicles.  This includes large trucks such as big rigs, tankers, 18 wheelers, flatbeds, tandem trailers, and other large commercial vehicles.  Citations are generally issued for conduct which puts us all at risk.  Thus they are safely related and meant to safe lives.  When a violation results in the death or injury of another, that can be negligence per se and a victim can receive compensation for his or her injuries due to a truck driver and trucking company’s negligence in causing a truck crash.

On Independence Day only, there were a total of 65 motor vehicle crashes.  That is 2.7 crashes every hour or one every 22 minutes.  That is scary!  Of these, luckily, none were fatal.  But these did result in very serious personal injuries to many victims and these did cause significant bodily harm to victims.

Injured on July Fourth, 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 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.

Things Truck Drivers Don’t Want You to Know About New Mexico Trucking Accidents

- Mark Caruso

New Mexico Truck Drivers Don’t Want Victims of New Mexico Trucking Accidents to Know These Things

Victims who have been injured in serious New Mexico trucking accidents have rights to compensation in a personal injury lawsuit that truck drivers and trucking companies do not want you to know about.  Period.  But the experienced New Mexico trucking accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. need to ensure that victims know their rights to compensation.  If you or a loved one have been injured in a New Mexico trucking crash, call us immediately to learn how we can protect your rights by dialing (505) 883-5000 today.

Secrets Truck Drivers Don’t Want You Knowing

Truck drivers that make mistakes on the highway or interstates such as I-40, I-25, or I-10 can easily kill occupants of passenger vehicles.  When this happens, victims have many tools to win a lawsuit and obtain compensation against the trucking company and truck driver.  But they don’t want victims to know about these things.  Here are some important things to know to win:

Hours of Service Regularly are Regularly Violated – Trucking companies and truck drivers must follow federal hours of service regulations.  However, trucking is a business and time is money.  Truck drivers regularly lie on their log books or inaccurately keep time.  They stretch their hours of sleeping or resting to they can continue driving more than legally allowed.  However, almost all trucks have computers on their engines which monitor time being used and time not used.  This can be downloaded and you can establish that the hours of service regulations were being violated.

Many Truck Drivers are Abusing Caffeine or Drugs to Stay Awake – Driving across the country constantly can be very tiring.  Especially when you do it several times and are constantly driving.  This is why truck drivers need to help keep themselves awake by taking caffeine supplements or other products to stay awake.  Yet there is no real replacement for sleep to make yourself awake, alert, and ready.  Some truck drivers even turn to illegal drugs such as cocaine and other stimulants to keep them awake longer and able to drive longer.  This can affect a driver’s ability to react to traffic patterns; drugged driving and driving under the influence or while ability impaired is illegal.  Truck drivers don’t want victims to know how common it really is.

Truck Drivers are Taught to Rear End the Vehicle in Front of Them Rather Than Try to Truck Away – If a truck driver is not paying attention or is unable to stop in time before rear ending another vehicle, truck drivers are actually taught to rear end that vehicle instead of trying to swerve at the last second.  The reason is that swerving could result in the truck jackknifing, flipping over, or hitting multiple other vehicles instead of just one.  If a truck blocks an entire highway, many more people could be seriously injured or killed instead of just the victims in one vehicle.  Thus, the car in the front is a sacrifice in a trucking accident.  Truck drivers are also taught that swerving can result in them getting killed, whereas in a rear end collision it is entirely unlikely.

Truck Drivers Hate This Blog Post, But You Should Bookmark it And Call if You or a Loved One Are Every 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.

After a July Fourth Car Crash in New Mexico, Get Medical Treatment Then Call a Lawyer

- Mark Caruso

Independence Day is a Known Holiday for More Car Accidents: If You Were a Victim, Get Medical Treatment Then Call a New Mexico Car Crash Lawyer

Independence Day is one of the largest traffic days of the year.  This also means it is one of the most dangerous and deadliest days to be a motorist on the road.  If you were seriously injured or lost a loved one in a car crash on Independence Day, now is not the time to be a hero and “walk it off” regarding your injuries.  If you are hurt, you need to get medical treatment and tell your doctors what hurts now.  Do not delay.  This can hurt your lawsuit.

After you get your medical treatment, you need to contact an experienced New Mexico car crash lawyer like those at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C.  We have handled many motor vehicle accidents occurring on or near holidays and work with families to protect the rights of their loved ones.  Call us today for a FREE consultation to learn your rights to compensation by dialing (505) 883-5000.

Step One: After a Car Accidents Get Medical Attention

It should be obvious, but if you are really hurt you need to call 911 and obtain medical treatment.  This needs to be done right away.  Never refuse necessary medical treatment.

If you are injured but refused medical treatment, you really should reconsider for several reasons.  First, this is your body and if you do not take care of your injuries now, you may not be able to repair the damage done later.  Second, delaying treatment after your motor vehicle accident can actually harm your case.

For example, if you wait months to seek treatment for a back or head injury, a competent defense attorney will attack the gap in treatment between your car accident and seeking treatment.  This effects the causation of the accident.  Meaning that the accident may not be causally related to the accident.  Said differently, the accident may not have caused your injuries.  This is why you need to immediately get medical treatment when you are hurt.

Additionally, to a jury or defendant it may appear that you are just seeking money for your prior existing injuries or trying to abuse the system.  If this happens you will likely end up with nothing or much lower than what you are entitled to.  Do not be a hero.  Explain everything that aches, even if just a little bit of pain, make sure you explain it to the doctor and get it documented in your medical records.

Step Two: After Medical Treatment, Call a New Mexico Car Crash Lawyer

After you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you should contact competent legal representation like the Caruso Law Offices, P.C.  You do not have as long as you would like to commence a lawsuit.  Under NM Stat. 37-1-8, you only have three years from the date of your accident to commence a lawsuit.  This is known as the statute of limitations period and it is a time limit on your lawsuit.  If you fail to commence a lawsuit within this time limit, your case will likely be dismissed.

Further, a personal injury lawsuit is very complicated.  The defendant will blame you for the accident or claim you are not as injured as you claim.  The insurance companies will try to trick you into taking less money or not give you what you desire.  Lost wages will pile up and are difficult to claim.  Medical insurance will want to be paid back from car insurance.  The other driver may not even be insured.  If you are on the job, workers’ compensation will add a nightmare.  The defendant may even counter claim and sue YOU for the car accident.

These can effect both your rights to compensation and your wallet.  Additionally, police and law enforcement may investigate the cause of the accident and if you are not represented, you may not be able to present your side well-enough to demonstrate you did not cause the accident.  All of these claims require you to obtain experienced counsel.

Call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for Legal Representation in your New Mexico Car Crash After a July Fourth 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.