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Recovering Future Costs for Surgery from New Mexico Trucking Accidents

- Mark Caruso

Injuries in New Mexico Trucking Accidents Cause Serious Personal Injuries, and Usually Result in Future Surgeries; Negligent Trucking Companies Should Pay for These Injuries 

It is an obvious fact that large commercial trucks such as tankers, tractor trailers, 18-wheelers, and other trucks can cause significant, permanent, and life-threatening injuries.  Victims lucky enough to survive may face a lifetime of medical treatment and surgeries to just make their lives manageable.  While initially the medical expenses may be compensated, future surgeries which are bound to occur in 10, 20 or even 30 or more years could be very expensive, debilitating, and cause significant pain and suffering to an injured victim.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a New Mexico trucking accident, contact our experienced New Mexico trucking accident attorneys to learn how we can help ensure your future surgeries and medical treatment are paid for by the negligent trucking company or truck driver.  These negligent trucking companies and truck drivers are liable for future surgeries, but most attorneys do not always fight to obtain those damages or have the proper proof required.  Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we have the proven track record of representing those injured in trucking accidents and obtaining damages for future surgeries and medical treatment  Call us for a FREE consultation to learn how we can help by dialing (505) 883-5000.  You only pay us if we win your case!

Future Surgeries and Medical Treatment CAN be Paid in Your Lawsuit, Even if Your Surgeries are More Than 30 Years in the Future

As most people may already know, personal injuries lawsuits are primarily to recovery pain and suffering.  Most people also know that lost wages and medical bills can be compensated in a lawsuit.  Some people even know that lost earnings if you cannot return to your job can be compensated.  Of course, in a wrongful death case, everyone knows the estate can be compensated for damages.

But most people do not know that future medical expenses can also be compensated.  And not just for injuries in the near future.  Commonly with serious personal injuries, such as those in New Mexico trucking accidents, a victim will have debilitating injuries which will continue to manifest itself over many years.  Given the type of injury, there could be the need for future medical expenses and medical surgeries—even if that injury is not causing a problem now.

A Common Example of Future Surgeries or Medical Treatment Which Can be Compensated in a New Mexico Trucking Accident

A common example is a knee injury.  If a knee is destroyed in a New Mexico trucking accident, that knee may need to undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair the damage done.  This is likely done right after the collision to help the person get back on his or her feet.  But because of the extensive trauma, the knee joint will likely end up arthritic and the joint will begin to deteriorate.  This knee will need to undergo a knee replacement.

If the victim is 20 years old at the time of the accident, he or she has a life expectancy of about another 58 years.  When the victim needs a knee replacement, usually about 20 years from the trauma, the victim will be 40.  However, knee replacements are generally only good for about 17-20 years, meaning the victim will need another knee replacement at the age of 60 and again at the age of 80.

Using the proper proof, such as expert testimony from a life care planner and an economist, plus with the support of the victim’s treating physician or physicians, a New Mexico trucking accident attorney can establish the fact that the victim’s knee will need to be replaced three times after the accident—even 60 years in the future!  The court or the jury can award the victim these damages for the future so that the injury and the surgeries are paid for.

Call Our Experienced Attorneys to Get Your Future Injuries Paid for in New Mexico Trucking Accidents

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico 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.

New Mexico Trucking Accidents and Broken Bones: A Recipe for Permanent Damage

- Mark Caruso

Broken Bones Are Common Injuries in New Mexico Trucking Accidents and Can Lead to Serious, Permanent, and Prolonged Future Injuries

No one wants to be in any motor vehicle accident.  But if someone had to choose, he or she certainly would pick anything but a trucking accident with a tractor trailer, flatbed, tanker, or other large commercial truck.  These vehicles are massive and have a lot of momentum.  This means that force behind the truck needs to be dispersed into whatever it hits.  Frequently this means smaller passenger vehicles are mangled and shredded in trucking accidents.  This causes catastrophic injuries to victims, commonly including broken bones.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a New Mexico trucking accident causing broken bones, contact the experienced New Mexico trucking accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. by calling (505) 883-5000.  We have handled many broken bone cases and we know not just the value of the past pain and suffering, but also the future pain and suffering and injuries.  This may include future surgeries you may not even be aware of.  This is why you need to contact our attorneys for a FREE consultation to learn how we can protect your rights.  There is nothing to lose—you will not pay us anything unless we win your case!

Reasons Why Broken Bones Occur in New Mexico Trucking Accidents

Given that commercial trucks are quite large, heavy, and move fast on highways or interstates, it is clear why broken bones are common injuries.  Smaller passenger vehicles just get crumpled in trucking accidents which causes crushing injuries.  These types of crushing injuries easily break bones, even at low speed.

This is because of physics and momentum.  The momentum of a tractor trailer needs to be completely dispersed for it to stop.  Usually this is achieved by its braking system.  But in the event of a crash, the momentum of transferred into whatever the truck hits.  This literally bends metal and scatters bone.

Trucking accidents also cause broken bones just from the shear fact that most trucks are on highways or interstates.  This means the truck is moving at a fast rate of speed.  Not only does this increase momentum, but this reduces reaction time.  This makes an accident more likely and more dangerous.

Types of Broken Bones in New Mexico Trucking Accidents

There are many different types of broken bones which could occur in a trucking accident.  Some of the most common types of broken bones which may allow a victim to receive compensation for include the following:

  • Comminuted fracture – when the bone is broken into several pieces, usually caused by a crushing fracture;
  • Avulsion fracture – when a piece of the bone is separate from the main mass, usually when it is pulled on by a tendon or ligament, or when the bone is impacted forcefully;
  • Buckled fracture – when the bone’s ends are driven into each other as if they were being crushed together, usually in crushing accidents;
  • Traverse fracture – when the bone fractures across the bone on a right angle (perpendicularly), usually in a side impact;
  • Stress fracture – when the bone has small, hairline cracks;
  • Occult fracture – a small fracture in the bone which does not appear on x-rays until the bone begins to heal weeks later, but still very painful and may require surgery;
  • Linear fracture – when the bone breaks parallel to the bone;
  • Oblique fracture – when the break has a curved or sloped pattern, usually with downward force;
  • Spiral fracture – when the bone fracture in a spiral fracture, usually when the bone is twisted to its breaking point; and
  • Compound fractures – when the bone breaks the skin.

Broken Bones in New Mexico Trucking Accidents

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico 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.

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.

Airbag Injuries Caused by Albuquerque Car Accidents

- Mark Caruso

Airbag Injuries Can Be Caused in Albuquerque Car Accidents Due to Various Factors

Airbags are one of the most important safety devices in a motor vehicle.  Unfortunately, sometimes they cause more damage than good.  This could be because of a defect in the airbag, such as deploying too late, too fast or powerful, improperly opening up, or failing to deploy all together.  Additionally, airbags could actually cause worse injuries than may have occurred without them, such as being triggered in a non life-threatening but causing injuries that would not have occurred otherwise.

If you or a loved one were injured in an Albuquerque car accident, contact the experienced attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. if you think an airbag caused or contributed to your injuries.  Every single car accident needs to be investigated so it can be determined whether the airbag was a contributing factor in your car accident.  In addition to finding the negligent driver who caused your injuries, you may also be entitled to compensation from your vehicle’s auto-manufacturer or repair company.  Call us today for a FREE consultation by calling (505) 883-5000.

Common Causes of Defective Airbag Injuries 

There is no question that airbags safe lives and do more good than harm.  But sometimes, an airbag could be the cause—sometimes even the sole cause—of an injury to the victim of an Albuquerque car accident.  Some common causes of airbag injuries include the following:

Failure to Deploy – sometimes an airbag does not deploy when it is supposed to, which can result in serious personal injuries that an airbag could have prevented.  This is particularly dangerous when there is a serious or high speed collision which the driver relies on the airbag to help mitigate or prevent injuries.

Too fact or Powerful Deployment – sometimes instead of not deploying the airbag actually deploys too quickly and too powerfully.  This could be because the airbag was overpacked with its charge, or defectively manufactured with a design defect or individual product defect.  Injuries in an excessively powerful airbag can cause significant head and facial injuries.

Late DeploymentWhat can even be the worst is when the airbag deploys late, thus propelling the victim into the apparatus which could cause injuries like the steering wheel or dashboard before deploying and causing additional injuries.  This can also be very dangerous because the victim could be closer to the steering wheel than he or she should be when the airbag deploys, causing serious injury.

Common Injuries Caused by Airbags in Albuquerque Car Accidents

In addition to the injuries which could normally be caused by a car accident, sometimes airbags can cause serious injuries by virtue of just deploying.  Remember, there is an explosive charge in every airbag.  This is a serious force that comes out to protect a car accident victim.  Usually an airbag does its job, but sometimes it does not.

When an airbag does not do its job very well, it can cause the following injuries:

Airbag Injuries Caused by Albuquerque Car Accidents Should be Investigated by Us!

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident due to an airbag injury, 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.

Pedestrians Getting Traumatic Brain Injuries After Being Hit by a Car: Albuquerque Pedestrian Knockdown Attorney Discusses

- Mark Caruso

Albuquerque Car Accidents Involving Pedestrians Can Cause Traumatic Brain Injuries

As young children, we are lectured about the dangers of crossing the street.  We have to be careful, look both ways several times, and cross quickly.  Yet, as adults we cross the street almost every day without much thought.  Some days we cross the street so many times we cannot even count the number, not thinking twice of the dangers posed by doing so.  But in just a blink of the eye it can happen—getting hit by a car.  Most people think this will never happen to them, but it could and it does to many Americans each year.

The outcome of being hit by a motor vehicle can be catastrophic.  Unlike individuals injured in other types of motor vehicle accidents, pedestrians hit by cars are not protected inside a steel shell, shielded by airbags, and buckled by seatbelts.  Injuries to pedestrians hit by cars can be significant and life-threatening.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an Albuquerque pedestrian hit by car accident, contact the experienced pedestrian knockdown attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for a FREE case evaluation.  We work with many pedestrians who have been struck by a motor vehicle and suffer from significant personal injuries, including paralysis and traumatic brain injuries.  Contact us today by dialing (505) 883-5000.

Traumatic Brain Injuries After Being Hit By a Car

There are a lot of very serious injuries that a pedestrian who is hit by a motor vehicle can sustain.  These include broken bones, organ injuries, and paralysis.  But one of the more common types of serious injuries is a traumatic brain injury (also known as a TBI).  Traumatic brain injuries are classified as any damage to the brain caused by an external force which could lead to temporary or permanent cognitive or physical impairment.

Traumatic brain injuries are common when pedestrians get hit by a car because pedestrians get thrown around by the car.  Either the pedestrian will have his or her feet swept from under him or her and the pedestrian’s head will hit the hood or windshield of the car.  Or the pedestrian will get hit by the car and launched forward or to the side, which can result the pedestrian to hit his or her head on the ground, an object, or into another vehicle.

As with any serious injuries, traumatic brain injuries needs to be taken care of right away and treated by expert medical professionals.  The longer a victim waits, the worse the victim’s conditions may become.  After getting medical treatment, a victim should then contact a legal profession dedicated to protecting victim’s rights.

Albuquerque Hit by Car Accident Attorneys At the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. Protect Victims with Traumatic Brain Injuries

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced Albuquerque motor vehicle 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.

Causes and Dangers of Head on Collisions in Albuquerque Car Accidents

- Mark Caruso

Head on Collisions Can Cause Devastating Injuries and Debilitating Conditions

One of the most devastating types of Albuquerque car accidents is the head on collision.  Almost nothing can be more destructive than two forces traveling in opposite directions and colliding.  This is especially true on high-speed limit roadways, such as interstates and highways.  Further, this is particularly true when a tractor trailer, semi, 18-wheeler, or other large commercial truck is one of the vehicles involved in the head on collision.  Thus, head on trucking accidents are some of the deadliest.

If you or a loved one have been involved in a head on collision, contact the experienced Albuquerque car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for a FREE consultation by calling (505) 883-5000.  We have handled many car accidents caused by head on collisions which have resulted in catastrophic injuries.  We know that personal injuries caused in such catastrophic car accidents can cause significant impacts on not just the victim, but his or her entire family.  Don’t delay, and call us today!

Common Causes of Head On Car Accidents

Generally when there is a head on car accident, one driver is at fault.  This is because roadways are constructed in such a way to avoid head on collisions.  Thus, head on car accidents are usually caused when a driver fails to follow the rules of the road or the signage on the roadway.  Essentially, this means head on car accident are caused by the negligence of one driver.  Common causes of head on car accidents include the following:

  • Distracted driving, including texting, cell phone use, using the GPS, and playing with the radio;
  • Drunk driving;
  • Excess speed;
  • Improper left turn;
  • Running a stop sign or red light;
  • Failing to yield;
  • Crossing the centerline;
  • Unsafe passing;
  • Failure to handle a curve;
  • Falling asleep at the wheel;
  • and many other causes.

Common Types of Injuries in Head On Car Accidents

Since both vehicles are traveling in different directions, the impact can be absolutely catastrophic due to the two opposing forces.  This creates a very serious and significant impact.  The impact forces get transferred into the occupants of the motor vehicles involved in the collision.  This can cause very serious personal injuries, including the following:

Broken bones, including broken legs and arms;

•Amputations, particularly hands or feet;

Spinal cord injuries;

•Fractured vertebrae;

•Need for a total knee replacement;

Traumatic brain injuries;

•Paralysis;

•Need for spinal fusion surgery;

•Bulging discs or ruptured disc;

•Organ damage, including ruptures or collapsed lungs;

•Injuries to the eyes;

•Knee injuries, including need for arthroscopic surgery for a damaged or torn meniscus, ACL, MCL, PCL, LCL;

•Lacerations and significant scars;

•Shoulder injuries, including need for arthroscopic surgery for a torn rotator cuff or labrum;

•Need for a total shoulder replacement;

•Need for painkillers;

•Need for cortisone or pain medication injections;

Nerve injuries;

Wrongful death; and

•Many other injuries.

Injured in a Head On Car Accident? Contact our Albuquerque Car Accident Attorneys Today!

If you or a loved one has been injured in a head on car 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.

Personal Injuries Caused by Albuquerque Bus Accidents

- Mark Caruso

Albuquerque Bus Accident Attorney Explains Why Bus Accidents Are So Devastating

It goes without saying that buses are very large vehicles.  They are heavy, bulky, long, and can travel at high speeds.  Because of these factors, they have significant momentum and force behind them.  Whenever a bus collides with another object, whether that be a motor vehicle, motorcyclist, or pedestrian, there will be a large impact which can cause very serious personal injuries.

If you or a loved one has been serious injured or killed in a bus accident, contact the experienced Albuquerque bus accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000.  We have handled many bus accident cases and understand how to obtain the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to for your injuries.  Do not delay, you may be losing rights are you wait.

Common Injuries in Albuquerque Bus Accidents

When a bus collides with another vehicle, there will be significant damage to the other vehicle.  This is true even if the bus was traveling at a slow speed.  Motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are particularly susceptible to suffering serious personal injuries in bus accidents because they lack a lot of the protections that motor vehicle occupants have, such as seatbelts, airbags, and even just a steel shell around them.

Some common injuries in bus accidents where you may be entitled to compensation include the following:

  • Broken bones, including broken legs and arms;
  • Fractured vertebrae;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Traumatic brain injuries;
  • Amputations, particularly hands or feet;
  • Paralysis;
  • Lacerations and significant scars;
  • Injuries to the eyes;
  • Bulging discs or ruptured disc;
  • Need for spinal fusion surgery;
  • Organ damage, including ruptures or collapsed lungs;
  • Knee injuries, including need for arthroscopic surgery for a torn meniscus, ACL, MCL, PCL, LCL;
  • Shoulder injuries, including need for arthroscopic surgery for a torn rotator cuff or labrum;
  • Need for a total knee replacement;
  • Need for a total shoulder replacement;
  • Nerve injuries;
  • Need for cortisone or pain medication injections;
  • Need for painkillers;
  • Wrongful death; and
  • Many other injuries.

Any of the above injuries or any related or other serious injuries could entitle you to compensation for your bus accident.  These injuries are very expensive and may result in significant financial burdens on you and your family.  If you or a loved one has sustained any of the above injuries or have been disabled and unable to return to work after a bus accident, contact an experienced Albuquerque bus accident attorney today!

The Experienced Choice for Bus Accident Litigation: The Caruso Law Offices, P.C.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an Albuquerque bus accident, call the experienced Albuquerque bus 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.

Common Motorcyclist Injuries in Albuquerque Motorcycle Accidents

- Mark Caruso

Albuquerque Motorcycle Accidents Can Cause Many Types of Serious Personal Injuries

Unlike other motorists, motorcyclists are not protected inside the four metal walls of a cabin.  There are no airbags, side curtains, or safety belts.  Motorcyclists do not have crunch zones or cushions to prevent them from physical harm.  This is why motorcyclists involved in motor vehicle accidents are more likely to get seriously injuries and sustain significant personal injuries.  This is particularly true of motorcyclists accidents with tractor trailer trucks.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the experienced Albuquerque motorcycle accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. to learn how we can protect your rights to compensation.  We offer a FREE case evaluation and will listen to every victim’s story.  Call us today for that FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000.  We will help right for you and get you the compensation you deserve from your motorcycle accident.

Common Injuries in Albuquerque Motorcycle Accidents

In any motorcycle accident, it is very easy for a motorcyclist to get seriously hurt.  Even low speed or small impact collisions can cause serious personal injuries and even death.  Small and light bumper taps from any vehicle, especially a tractor trailer truck, can be catastrophic for a motorcyclist.

Some common motorcycle injuries include the following:

Consequences of Albuquerque Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Because of the serious nature of most motorcycle accident injuries, there is a wide range of necessary treatment that will be required to help the victim recovery.  This treatment spans from emergency treatment at the scene of the accident and in the emergency room at the hospital, to surgical intervention a few days or weeks after the accident to repair broken bones, or to extended physical therapy or occupational therapy for months if not years after an accident.

Some common consequences of motorcycle accident injuries include the following:

  • Ambulance fees;
  • Emergency room costs;
  • Remedial surgery, such as installing painful hardware to mend broken bones in the arms, wrist, leg, or ankle;
  • Arthroscopic surgeries to repair damage to knees or shoulders, among other places;
  • Weeks, months, or years of physical therapy or occupational therapy;
  • Becoming temporarily disabled and unable to work;
  • Wound care and changing;
  • Suture or staple removal;
  • Medical supplies, like crutches, wheelchair, exercise or strengthening equipment;
  • Nursing care and assistant care;
  • Medication costs;
  • Home visits from nurses or doctors;
  • and many other types of medical expenses.

All of these treatment options can be very expensive and spend up significant amounts of your financial resources.  This is why if you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you need to obtain an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to protect your rights.

Contact the Experienced Albuquerque Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. to Protect Your Rights to Compensation!

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an Albuquerque motorcycle accident, call the experienced Albuquerque motorcycle 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.

Seatbelt Injuries Caused by Albuquerque Car Accidents

- Mark Caruso

Seatbelt Injuries Caused by Albuquerque Car Accidents Can Result in Very Serious Pain and Suffering

Seatbelts are the most common and most important safety device in a motor vehicle.  They have dramatically reduced the number of serious injuries and deaths caused from motor vehicle accidents.  However, sometimes seatbelts can be the cause of some injuries that would not have normally happened but for the seatbelt.  Meaning, the seatbelt was the cause of the injury.

A victim of a car accident may be entitled to get compensation for seatbelt injuries.  If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident and sustained injuries due to the seatbelt, contact the Caurso Law Offices, P.C. for a FREE case evaluation by dialing (505) 883-5000.  Our experienced car accidents attorneys have handled many types of seatbelt injuries caused by car accidents and fought for the compensation the victims desired.

How Seatbelts Can Cause Injuries in Albuquerque Car Accidents

While seatbelts do a tremendous amount of good, they can be the sole creator of an injury.  In a car accident, a motor vehicle comes to a sudden, violent stop.  This requires the seatbelt to restrain the still-moving occupants of the vehicle, as the occupants vehicle are still moving forward even though the motor vehicle is not.  This creates pressure on several points of the body, including the shoulder, collar bone, hips, and abdomen.

When worn correctly, automobile companies have constructed seatbelts to take these pressure points into account and reduce the friction and force on the body.  However, when the collision is simply too violent, the seatbelt is defective, or the seatbelt is improperly worn, an occupant can still receive significant injuries at these locations.

Types of Seatbelt Injuries Caused in Albuquerque Car Accidents

Generally, seatbelt injuries are minor and merely involve uncomfortable pressure.  Sometimes there can be bruising or even scrapes from the restraints.  The more severe the collision and the deceleration of the body, the more significant the seatbelt injuries.

In very severe and catastrophic motor vehicle accidents, like tractor trailer accidents, the seatbelt will likely cause more significant injuries.  While this sounds like a bad thing, the seatbelt is preventing you from more devastating and possibly fatal injuries which are more likely without the seatbelt.  Some common times of seatbelt injuries include the following:

  • Lacerations on the chest and abdomen;
  • Organ bruising or organ ruptures, or other similar injuries;
  • Broken collarbones;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Whiplash injuries;
  • Shoulder dislocations;
  • Brachial plexus injuries;
  • Nerve injuries;
  • Broken ribs;
  • Hip strains;
  • Groin strains;
  • and other serious injuries.

Contact an Experienced Albuquerque Car Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured in an Albuquerque car accident, call the experienced Albuquerque 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.

Using the Smith System of Defensive Driving to Prevent Albuquerque Trucking Accidents

- Mark Caruso

Learning the Smith System of Defensive Driving Can Prevent Albuquerque Trucking Accidents and Save Your Life!

It is often said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  And when it comes to avoiding motor vehicle accidents, particularly trucking accidents, that statement could not be more applicable.  Preventing a motor vehicle accident in the first place is the best way to keep you and your loved ones safe.  When it comes to trucking accidents, you may not get a second chance due to the sheer size and power these types of vehicles have.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we understand the importance of preventing motor vehicle accidents and trucking accidents because we have seen the devastating and debilitating damage these types of accidents can cause.  But if you or a loved one were unfortunate enough to be in one, our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident attorneys have the knowledge and compassion necessary to ensure your rights are protected.  Contact us today for a FREE case evaluation by calling (505) 883-5000.

The Smith System of Defense Driving

There are five points of the Smith System of Defense Driving which you should commit to memory and practice whenever operating a motor vehicle.  This is particularly important to avoid tractor trailer, semi, and other large commercial vehicle accidents.  The five points of the Smith System of Defensive Driving include the following:

1 – Aim High When Driving – The first rule is to “aim high in steering.”  Meaning staying alert of the traffic dangers not just right in front of you, but further down the road and even in front of the cars in front of you.  This helps the driver view the road as a whole and not just what is immediately in front of the moving vehicle.

2 – The Big Picture – Look for all hazards in and around the roadway.  This includes looking in front of you, behind you, in the lanes to your side, bicyclists along the roadway, pedestrians crossing, or car doors opening.  Survey the whole roadway and what could come into it as a hazard.

3 – Keep Your Eyes Moving – Keep your eyes constantly moving and looking at hazards and obstacles as you continue to drive forward.  Do not stare, and do not focus just in one direction for a long period of time.  You should be constantly scanning and moving your eyes around.

4 – Leave Yourself and Out – Whenever you are driving a motor vehicle, ensure that you have one space to turn to in the case of an emergency.  This means leaving yourself a little bubble to escape to in the result of an emergency.  Never block yourself or box yourself in so you have no where to do if something comes in front of you.  Always have a safe space to turn into as an “out.”

5 – Make Sure Others Can See You – This is the most important part of driving defensively when on the roadway with trucks, semis, and other large commercial vehicles.  Always make sure that other motorists and truck drivers can see you and know where you are.  Always make sure you are seen and visible.  If you are not sure you are or were seen, use your horn or lights (if at night) to get another motorist’s attention.

Contact an Experienced Albuquerque Trucking Accident Attorney

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