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Three Most Serious Injures in New Mexico Trucking Accidents

- Mark Caruso

New Mexico Trucking Accidents Can Cause Many Injuries, The Three Worst are Wrongful Death, Paralysis, and Traumatic Brain Injuries

Large commercial trucking companies such as FedEx, J.B. Hunt, Estes, and Ryder are some of the most common trucks on the roads throughout our country.  Many of these trucking companies whip through New Mexico on some our the busiest interstates in the country, including Interstate 40, Interstate 25, and Interstate 10.  Albuquerque, New Mexico is one of the busiest trucking meccas in New Mexico, as both Interstate 40 and Interstate 25 cut through the city making it an important hub.

Due to their large size, making large commercial trucks on interstates such as big rigs, 18-wheelers, tankers, flatbeds, tandem trailers, and other large trucks can cause serious injuries in New Mexico trucking accidents.  This is because they are very large and heavy, plus they are moving very fast on the interstates.  This means they can pack a serious punch when they collide with another vehicle—especially a passenger vehicle.

There are three of the most serious types of personal injuries resulting from New Mexico trucking accidents that all people should be aware of.  These including the following:

Wrongful Death in New Mexico Trucking Accidents

The ultimate injury that any person can sustain is death.  Unfortunately with trucking accidents, wrongful death is very likely given the serious and forceful impact of a trucking accident.  A victim may be killed directly as a result of the trucking accident, such as the force of the impact, a post-accident explosion or fire, or from the trauma of the impact.  But a may also be killed after the accident, even months after the accident, due to complications from the accident.  This includes serious organ damage, bone injuries, and brain injuries which cannot be controlled and healed.  Massive infections resulting from injuries in a trucking accident can also cause death.

Paralysis Due to New Mexico Trucking Accidents

Trucking accidents can cause a significant and forceful impact.  As a result of this impact, injuries can affect major body systems such as the spine.  Spinal cord injuries can result in permanent paralysis and quadriplegia.  This means that nerves are injuries and the signals from the extremities and body to the brain may be altered and cut, making it impossible to send those signals.  This can result in numbness, pins and needles, and even a complete lack of movement.  Many victims of paralyzing injuries are no longer independent, especially victims with injuries high on the spinal column which may limit or prevent movement of any extremities.  These types of injuries are horrific.

Traumatic Brain Injuries Caused by New Mexico Trucking Accidents

Traumatic brain injuries affect the way a victim can think, process information, and even how a victim’s body can function.  Brain injuries can completely affect memory and prevent a victim from processing any information.  Victims can have trouble with basic functions, such as breathing and heart rate.  Victims can have difficulty concentrating and keeping a job, and elements such as simple as light can completely destroy a victim’s ability to function.  Traumatic brain injuries can also render a victim completely unable to care for hisself or herself, and lead to a slow, painful death such as seizure disorders.

Any New Mexico Trucking Accident Injuries Require Strong Representation, Especially the Three Worst Injuries Above!

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.

Brachial Plexus Injuries in New Mexico Car Accidents

- Mark Caruso

New Mexico Car Accidents Can Cause Very Serious Brachial Plexus and Nerve Injuries

Our central nervous system is comprised of our brain and spinal cord.  It is critically important to our thought process, autonomy, movement, and sensation.  Both the brain and spinal cord are very fragile, which is why they are both encased in solid bone.  Branching out of the spinal cord are nerves which extend from the spinal cord.

These nerves are more resilient and not as fragile as the brain or spinal cord, but they are just as important.  These nerves carry messages from the extremities to the spinal cord and brain.  These messages include both sensation but also messages to help move the extremities.  These are very crucial to day-to-day life and are necessary to help extremities move and feel.  But they are still susceptible to injuries in New Mexico car accidents.

One of the major parts of the body where the nerves branch off from the neck region to the shoulder.  The bundle of nerves that come off of the cervical vertebrae to the shoulder is called the brachial plexus.  These nerves supply the entire arm’s movement and sensation.  They come through the shoulder griddle and break off into multiple branches and combine, then break off and recombine as they travel down the arm to the fingertips.

Causes of Damage to the Brachial Plexus in New Mexico Car Accidents

While more resilient, the brachial plexus is not immune to injury.  Injuries to the brachial plexus are common in car accidents, particularly trucking accidents, and can cause permanent damage to a person’s arm and nerves for the rest of his or her life.

Common causes of brachial plexus injuries in New Mexico car accidents include the following:

  • Seatbelt injuries;
  • Rear end collisions;
  • Rollover accidents;
  • Trucking accidents;
  • Crushing damage;
  • Foreign objects in the arm;
  • Pulling injuries;
  • Lacerations;
  • Dislocation injuries to the shoulder;
  • Arm trapped in wreckage; and
  • Other similar injuries.

Brachial Plexus Injuries are Very Serious and Cause Permanent Damages

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.

Back Injuries Caused by Albuquerque Car Accidents

- Mark Caruso

Albuquerque Car Accidents Can Cause Very Serious, Permanent, and Painful Back Injuries Requiring Years of Treatment and Surgery

The spine is one of the most important structures in the human body.  It encases the spinal cord in a boney case to protect it from injury.  The spine also gives our body strength and stability, and the large muscles around the spine are used in almost every single motion we make.  The spine is also the delivery system for the nerves which branch out of our spine and to the various parts of our body, including our extremities.  Many vital arteries or veins also hug the spine and weave in and out of it, which the spine affords the extra protection.

But the spine is vulnerable to certain traumatic impacts.  One of these is a motor vehicle accident.  The large the impact, such as with a tractor trailer accident, the larger and more dangerous the injury.  If you or a loved one have been injured in an Albuquerque car accident causing serious back injuries, contact the experienced Albuquerque car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000.  We have the legal experience and the medical knowledge to help advocate for your position and ensure you obtain the maximum compensation you may be entitled to for your injuries.

Anatomy of the Spine

Our spine is comprised of 33 different bones, known as vertebra or the plural vertebrae.  Of these, only the top 24 vertebrae are movable because the bottom are fused.  The first set of vertebrae are called the cervical vertebrae, and there are seven of them.  These generally form your neck from the base of your head to the start of your shoulders.

The second set of vertebrae are called thoracic vertebrae and are your mid-back.  These vertebrae hold the rib cage, protect the heart and lungs, and make up the largest section of vertebrae in your body.  There are twelve thoracic vertebrae.

The third set of vertebrae are called lumbar vertebrae, and these form your lower back.  This portion of your spine is meant to bear the weight of the body and they are much larger in size.  There are five lumbar vertebrae.

The fourth set of vertebrae is called the sacrum and these five sacral vertebrae are fused together, meaning they do not move.  The last set of vertebrae is called the coccyx region, and there are four fused bones here which make up your tailbone.

All vertebrae are surrounded by large muscle groups which help protect them from damage.  All vertebrae also contain a varying amount of your spinal cord, which is a crucial anatomic structure originating in your brain and traveling through your spinal cord; this is called the central nervous system.  Each vertebra in your spine is separated by a disc, which essentially provides a cushion between each vertebra and prevents them from grinding each other down.

Albuquerque Car Accidents Causing Injuries to the Back

Any car accident, no matter the speed, can cause serious injury to a victim’s back.  These injuries can be caused even at low speeds, such as an 8 MPH car accident in a parking lot.  Of course, the faster the speed and the greater the impact, the more likely there will be very serious back injuries.

Rear end car accidents generally cause some of the worst back injuries because the body and the spine is placed in a vulnerable position.  The forward motion and the quick snap-back, known as a whiplash motion, can easily cause the discs between your vertebra to rupture, herniate, or slip out of place.  This can place pressure and pain on the nerve coming out of your spinal cord.  In very serious instances, this violent motion can even severe the spinal cord causing paraplegia or quadriplegia.

Back injuries sometimes do not always manifest themselves right away.  After a car accident, the back can take several days, weeks, or even months to get sore, swell, and cause the pain.  This does not mean that the defendant is not liable for your injuries, only that it may be harder to prove.  This happens because the injuries to the discs and muscles surrounding the back may be slightly damaged initially, but not heal properly and cause further complications.  Other times the injuries simply do not begin to cause symptoms until weeks later.

Back Injuries Caused by Albuquerque Car Accidents may be Eligible for Compensation

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.

Spinal Injuries in New Mexico Rear End Car Accidents

- Mark Caruso

Rear End New Mexico Car Accidents Can Cause Serious Spinal Injuries, Including Permanent and Debilitating Injuries

All car accidents have the potential to cause serious personal injuries.  This can be no more true than tractor trailer accidents, high speed collisions, and rear end car accidents.  In fact, rear end car accidents are very dangerous because of the vulnerable position that the victims in the lead car are in.  Injuries from rear end car accidents can cause life-threatening and permanent injuries, including quadriplegia, paraplegia, and even death.

If you or a loved one have sustained a spinal injury in a New Mexico car accident due to a rear end collision, you may be entitled to compensation.  Contact the experienced New Mexico car accident lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for a free consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000.  We will review your case and advise you how to protect your rights to compensation.  We have the experience and knowledge handling serious spinal injuries, including fractures or spinal cord injuries, and we can help ensure you receive the maximum compensation you may be entitled to.

Reasons Why Spinal Injuries Are Common in Rear End Car Accidents

Rear end car accidents force the passengers in the lead vehicle to lurch forward and then whip backwards.  The faster the impact, the more violent this lurch and whip will happen.  Generally speaking, this is known as whiplash.  It places great pressure on the neck muscles, ligaments, and tendons.  It also places great pressure on the spinal column and spinal cord.  This can, in turn, cause pressure on the nerves coming from the spinal cord.

Many times the victims of rear end car accidents do not see the impact coming before it happens.  This means that many times a rear end car accident occurs before a victim can brace.  This creates a greater whiplash type injury as the body is not braced for impact.  This causes serious injury.

Types of Spinal Injuries from Rear End Car Accidents

There are many different types of injuries which can be caused by a rear end car accident.  Most of these injuries are focused on the neck (cervical) and mid-back (thoracic) spine.  This is generally the part of the spine which will take the most abuse from the whiplash motion.  Some common injuries include the following:

  • Ruptured discs;
  • Herniated discs;
  • Torn ligaments or tendons it the neck;
  • Fractured vertebrae;
  • Nerve damage;
  • Nerve impingement;
  • Concussions;
  • Dislocated shoulder;
  • Facial injuries from hitting the steering wheel;
  • Orbital blowout fractures;
  • Spinal cord ruptures;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Fractured bones; and
  • Related injuries.

If You Have Been in a Rear End New Mexico Car Accident Causing a Spinal Injury, Don’t Delay—Call Us Today!

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 847-3206  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.

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.

Nerve Injuries in Albuquerque Car Accidents

- Mark Caruso

Albuquerque Car Accidents Causing Nerve Injuries Create Permanent and Debilitating Injuries 

Car accident can cause many different types of injuries, from broken bones and lacerations, to traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, all of these types of injuries can be devastating.  However, nerve injuries are some of the worst type of injuries sustained in car accidents because they are almost always permanent—especially if they are not treated immediately.  Nerve injuries can affect both sensation and movement, creating permanent pins and needles, numbness, and an inability to move a part of one’s body.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an Albuquerque car accident causing a nerve injury, contact the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for a FREE consultation by calling (505) 883-5000.  Our experienced car accident attorneys have handled many nerve injury cases, and we have the experience and knowledge necessary to ensure your rights to compensation are protected and your future pain and suffering is taken care of.

Understanding Nerve Injuries in Albuquerque Car Accidents

When most people think of nerves, this immediately think of pain.  Indeed, a nerve injury can result in excruciating pain and suffering.  It is, after all, the body’s pain relay network.  However, some nerve injuries can result in a complete lack of pain.  This could result in come and go pins and needles, permanent pins and needles, or just numbness.  When this occurs, the nerve is usually severed and damage beyond repair.  Thus, your body has just lost its ability to identify pain and sensation.  This is usually permanent, unless it is repaired almost immediately by an expert physician.

Nerve injuries can also result in no pain and no numbness.  These nerve injuries occur to motor nerves, which are even worse.  Motor nerves send signals to your muscles to help contract or extend a muscle.  If a motor nerve is damaged, it can permanent prevent your body from sending signals to these muscles.  This means that you will be unable to move that body part which is controlled by that motor nerve.  This can result in permanent and debilitating conditions, including paralysis or partial paralysis.  Again, this must be immediately repaired by an expert surgeon immediately or it will be permanent.

Common Causes of Nerve Injuries in Albuquerque Car Accidents

There are many causes of nerve injuries or damage in car accidents.  Injuries can be caused in both high speed and low speed car accidents.  Some typical causes of nerve injuries in car accidents include the following:

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.