Truck Accident

Catastrophic Injuries From New Mexico Trucking Wrecks: Common Injuries to Know

- Mark Caruso

Common Catastrophic Injuries from New Mexico Trucking Wrecks and How They May Work in Court

All motor vehicle crashes can result in serious personal injuries, but New Mexico trucking crashes can lead to some of the most catastrophic injuries that a victim could endure.  These injuries include horrific head, brain, and spine injuries, or significant organ issues which can result in a systematic shutdown of someone’s body.  Extreme bloodless and trauma to a limb can also result in the need to amputate the limb.  These types of injuries are very common in New Mexico trucking crashes due to the size, weight, and speed these vehicles travel.

Our experienced New Mexico trucking wreck lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. have handled many significant trucking crashes resulting in these types of catastrophic injuries.  We know how to support and injured victim and his or her family to present his or her case in the best possible light to recover the maximum amount of compensation he or she may be entitled to.  If you or a loved one were seriously injured or wrongfully killed, call us by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn more how we can help you and your family.

Most Common Catastrophic Injuries in New Mexico Trucking Wrecks Caused by Negligent Truck Drivers

When serious and catastrophic injuries are caused by the negligence of another it can make you feel frustrated, angry, and even hopeless.  These injuries are usually permanent, extremely debilitating, and horrific for victims and their families.  Some of the most common catastrophic injuries from New Mexico trucking wrecks which our New Mexico trucking wreck lawyer handles include the following two worst injuries:

Head and brain injuriesInjuries to the head such as traumatic brain injuries warrant special consideration and attention.  This if because, first, injuries to the head can easily kill a victim of a trucking wreck.  The brain governs the entire body, and injuries here can result in the wrongful death of a person.  Second, injuries to the head and brain are not always easily diagnosed and require neurological testing and experts to prove.  This is because injuries to your cognitive ability to process information, remember, focus, and even function normally do not show up in an x-ray.  Third, head and brain injuries can also damage and control all aspects of your body even with little injuries, which mean that head injuries can effect nerves and parts of your body on the opposite end such as your legs or feet.  All head and brain injuries are very serious examples of catastrophic personal injuries.

Loss of Limb from Amputation or Paralysis – Anytime a victim loses a limb, either physically in an amputation or functionally due to paralysis such as due to paraplegia or quadriplegia, a victim’s entire life will change greatly.  These are very serious and significant injuries which cannot be brought back.  Sometimes everything that a victim previously could do now requires assistance after the injury.  In very severe cases, victims can be completely bedridden or wheelchair bound after enjoying an active life.  This can have dramatic effects on a person’s future life expectancy, income and lost wages, and even his or her emotional well-being.  These are one of the worst catastrophic injuries which are very common in New Mexico trucking wrecks, particularly on highways or interstates.

Catastrophic Injured From New Mexico Trucking Wrecks Require Strong and Experienced Legal Advocacy

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.

High Speed Trucking Wrecks in New Mexico: Catastrophic Injury Lawyers

- Mark Caruso

Personal Injuries Caused by High Speed Trucking Wrecks in New Mexico

Of all motor vehicle crashes, there may be no worse type of impact than a high speed trucking crash.  When large commercial vehicles such as big rigs, 18 wheelers, tractor trailers, and other trucks collide with other vehicles at a high rate of speed, the results are catastrophic.  Commercial trucking wrecks involved twisted steel, mangled vehicles, and catastrophic injuries.  Incidents can even be worse when there is an explosion or large fire due to the impact or cargo.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced catastrophic injury lawyers handle high speed trucking wrecks due to New Mexico trucking crashes against some of the largest trucking companies in the country, including J.B. Hunt, FedEx, Schneider National, and other large companies.  Many of these high speed collisions occur on interstates, including I-10, I-25, and I-40.  If you or a loved one have been serious injured or wrongfully killed in a New Mexico trucking wreck, call us today by dialing (505) 883-5000.

Common Causes of High Speed Trucking Wrecks in New Mexico

There are many causes of trucking crashes which can cause serious personal injuries.  But high speed trucking wrecks are a different breed of trucking accidents and have some unique common causes.  Some of the common causes of high speed trucking wrecks in New Mexico include the following:

  • Distracted driving such as texting, making a phone call, using a GPS, or using another device;
  • Falling asleep at the wheel (possible hours of service violations);
  • Drunk driving or drugged driving by a truck driver;
  • Aggressive driving;
  • Mechanical failure such as a brake failure or blown tire;
  • Intentionally speeding or driving too fast;
  • Improperly merging;
  • Unsafe lane changes;
  • Failing to reduce speed due to weather conditions such as dust storms which limit visibility; and
  • Many other causes.

Common Injuries Caused by New Mexico High Speed Trucking Wrecks

Given the sheer weight and speed of a large commercial truck in a high speed trucking crash, the injuries can be absolutely catastrophic to victims in smaller passenger vehicles.  Some common injuries caused by high speed trucking crashes in New Mexico include the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI);
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Amputations;
  • Broken bones and fractures;
  • Organ injuries or organ ruptures;
  • Large and significant lacerations;
  • Brain damage;
  • Significant burn injuries;
  • Need for surgery;
  • Dislocated joints;
  • Loss of vision due to eye injuries;
  • Property damage injuries;
  • Wrongful death; and
  • Other common causes.

Victims of High Speed Trucking Wrecks in New Mexico Should Call the Catastrophic Personal Injury Lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 883-5000 You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

Albuquerque Trucking Crash Caused by Trucking Backing Up Without Looking

- Mark Caruso

Backing Up Without Looking: Dangerous and Deadly Albuquerque Trucking Crashes

When we think of a trucking wreck, we think of a high-speed collision which twists and churns metal.  We think of jackknifed trucks and rolled over passenger vehicles.  And we think of powerful impacts like explosions on the roadway.  But what we do not think of is backing up truck accidents.  However, due to their sheer size and weight, a large commercial truck which is backing up has a lot of momentum and force behind it.  Whatever it hits will be significantly damaged, even at a low speed.

Victims of trucking crashes caused by a large commercial truck backing up in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Roswell, and anywhere else in New Mexico should call the experienced Albuquerque trucking crash attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. to learn how we can help protect your rights to compensation by dialing (505) 883-5000 for a FREE consultation.

Proving Liability When a Truck Backs Into Your Vehicle and Causes Serious Injury

There are two main ways to prove liability when a large commercial truck backs into your vehicle and causes serious personal injuries in a New Mexico trucking crash.

The first is under the common law doctrine of negligence, which is judge-made law.  A victim of a trucking wreck will be able to recover compensation when he or she is injured due to the negligence of a truck driver who causes the injuries.  Negligence occurs when a defendant does not drive with reasonable care under the circumstances.  Backing into another vehicle is not using reasonable care.

The second way to prove liability in a New Mexico trucking crash is under the theory of negligence per se.  This is when a defendant violates a statute which is meant to protect the victim, and the defendant’s violation ends up causing injuries.  Under New Mexico law, NM Stat. 66-7-354 (a) provides that “[t]he driver of a vehicle shall not back it unless the movement can be made with reasonably safety and without interfering with other traffic.”  When a truck driver backs up and cases a trucking crash, he or she will have violated the statute and be negligent per se.  This allows the victim to recover compensation for all injuries directly caused by the crash.

Common Injuries in an Albuquerque Trucking Crash Caused by Backing Up

When an 18 wheeler, big rig, tractor trailer, semi, or other large commercial truck backs into another vehicle, there can be very serious injuries even in a low speed collision.  Some common injuries include the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries;
  • Fractures;
  • Organ ruptures or injuries;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Amputations;
  • Paralysis;
  • Significant deformities;
  • Loss of vision;
  • Orbital blowout fractures;
  • Decapitation;
  • Nerve injuries;
  • Wrongful death; and
  • Many other types of injuries.

Victims of Albuquerque Trucking Wrecks Caused When a Truck Backs Into Him or Her 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.

Concrete Mixing Truck Blows Tire and Flips in Las Cruces: Serious New Mexico Trucking Accidents

- Mark Caruso

New Mexico Trucking Crash on I-25: Concrete Mixing Truck Blows Tire and Flips in Las Cruces—Serious Injuries Avoided

All large commercial trucks are dangerous.  News sources are reporting that a large concrete mixing truck blew a tire and flipped on its side.  The large truck blocked Interstate 25 on Friday, September 29, 2017.  Luckily, no one was seriously injured or killed in this trucking crash.  However, that just means this time.  A few weeks ago we posted how a truck driver was killed when his truck blew a tired and crashed into a rock formation.  Other news stories we have reported were when a truck had lost a tire and seriously injured or killed other drivers or occupants.

But it is not just news stories.  Our experienced New Mexico trucking crash attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. have handled many trucking wreck cases where many victims have been killed due to a tire blow out.  We have also handled many cases involving tankers or other transport vehicles.  These vehicles are dangerous, and the results of negligent conduct can be fatal to those on or around the roads.  If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed in a New Mexico trucking crash, please call us for a FREE consultation by dating (505) 883-5000 to learn what your rights may be.

Scary Facts of Concrete Truck Crash on I-25

Las Cruces is one of the busiest trucking hubs in New Mexico.  This is because I-10 and I-25, which both run in opposite north-south and east-west directions, search as a place where trucks can switch directions.  This coupled with the fact that Las Cruces has a large population just means roads are congested and busy where large trucks weave in and hour.  The speed limit on these roads is also high, as they are interstates, therefore traffic also moves very quick.

What make this case scary—and lucky that no one was seriously injured—is because a concrete truck is incredibly heavy.  Anything that it collides with at full speed on an interstate will be pulverized.  The fact that the truck flipped on its side is also lucky that no other vehicle was to the side of it, as that vehicle would be completely flattened.  The large size of this vehicle and weight it has is simply devastating and dangerous.

And this type of trucking wreck should not have occurred!  This was caused by a tire blowout.  Tires are equipment of a large truck which must be checked constantly to ensure the treads are not worn out, separating, or otherwise damaged.  Tires are obviously very important for any vehicle, but for a large commercial truck they are incredibly important because they disperse pressure and weight.

Any Las Cruces or New Mexico trucking crash caused by a tire blowout which results in personal injuries could be fatal and cause serious injuries.  Victims injured when a large commercial truck’s tire explodes should always have an attorney investigate the facts to determine whether the tire was improperly maintained.

Victims of Tire Blowouts on I-25 in Las Cruces Should 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.

Why Tanker Trucks Are So Dangerous in New Mexico Trucking Crashes

- Mark Caruso

Tanker Truckers Poise Unique Dangers and Are Very Dangerous in New Mexico Trucking Crashes

All large commercial trucks are very dangerous, including 18 wheelers, semis, double trailers, flatbeds, tandems, tractor trailers, and other trucks.  But some of the most dangerous commercial trucks are tanker trucks—particularly those carrying liquids.  Why?  Think about a gallon of milk.  This weighs about 9 pounds.  The average tanker truck can hold 9,000 gallons.  This weighs about 81,000 pounds.  Combine that with the fast speed on an interstate, along with the heavy steel tanker, engine, wheels, and other parts, and you have a lot of momentum of force which must be dispersed on a collision.

Not to mention that upon that collision, there is a chance that the liquid being transported could rupture.  If that liquid is caustic like an acid, it could cause very serious injuries to victims sprayed with it in a collision.  If that liquid is flammable, it could result in an excruciating and incredibly painful death due to fire.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we handle serious New Mexico trucking crashes caused by tanker trucks which injure, maim, or kill innocent victims.  Our experienced trucking wreck attorneys are trained in both the law and trucking, as well as being skilled and knowledgable with personal injury and medical cases, and we work hard to represent those in need of zealous legal representation.  Call us today for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can help you.

Tanker Trucks Crashes in New Mexico: Two Dangers to Know

The first danger in a New Mexico tanker crash is the collision itself.  The sheer force of impact in any motor vehicle crash is dangerous.  But in tanker crashes, the speed and weight can result in catastrophic injuries.  The result can be completely devastating to a victim and his or her family.  Any trauma as a result of the impact will leave serious damage.

The second danger in a New Mexico tanker wreck is what it was carrying, the load.  Even a load of just water can present very serious dangerous, including drowning victims who are trapped in a vehicle.  But the real danger is when the load is something more deadly like acids, chemicals, or gasoline.  All of these can cause very serious burning injuries on their own, and when there is combustion the fire can be even more deadly and result in fire injuries.

Tanker Truck Crashes in New Mexico Are Very Deadly and Dangerous

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 883-5000 You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

Albuquerque Trucking Crash Caused by Last Second Lane Change

- Mark Caruso

When 18 Wheelers Change Lanes, It is Always Dangerous.  When 18 Wheelers Change Lanes at the Last Second, it Can Cause a Deadly Albuquerque Trucking Crash

Some of the most dangerous times when driving are when you are entering into or across another lane of traffic.  This is why intersections are so dangerous.  Any left turns, whether at an intersection, into a parking lot, or merging into traffic are also dangerous.  This also means that lane changes are incredibly very dangerous, particularly on fast-moving roads like interstates I-40, I-25, and I-10.  These are some of the fastest moving roads in New Mexico, if not the entire country, which have multiple lanes.  Because these roads are so important to transporting goods across the country, many trucking companies use these highways like Schneider National, J.B. Hunt, and FedEx.

Therefore, when you combine large commercial trucks like 18 wheelers, fast roads like interstates, and multiple lanes, you end up with wrecks due to last second lane changes causing serious trucking wrecks.  Our experienced Albuquerque trucking crash attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. have fought some of the largest trucking companies in the country who have improperly changed lanes at the last second and caused serious trucking wrecks seriously injuries or killing innocent victims.  If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed in a trucking crash, please call us for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can help you.

Liability in a Last Second Lane Change by a Large Commercial Truck

When it comes to traffic incident such as an Albuquerque trucking crash, one thing that police officers, lawyers, and judges will look at is how had possession of the lane in the road when the accident occurred.  This is important because the person who has a lane is entitled to it.  Anyone who is attempting to cross the lane or merge into the lane must do so safely and cannot do so if it would impede the progression of another vehicle.

In fact, this is what our Legislature has codified under New Mexico’s vehicle and traffic laws.  Under NM Stat. 66-7-317, subdivision (a) provides that “a vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety.”

When a driver fails to do this, the driver will be liable under the doctrine of negligence per se.  This is an important legal tool for your case which provides that the violation of a statute which causes harm to a person protected by the statute can obtain compensation by the violator for any damages caused by the accident.  This is a way for a victim to win an Albuquerque trucking crash.

Last Second Lane Changes in Large Commercial Trucks Kill Innocent Victims: Protect Your Rights Here

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.

How to Prove a Trucking Crash Case: Albuquerque 18 Wheeler Wreck Lawyer Explains Liability

- Mark Caruso

Proving a Trucking Crash Case Takes Strong Evidence and a Good Attorney: Learn What Evidence is Used to Help Win Your Case from an Albuquerque 18 Wheeler Crash Lawyer

Evidence is the way that you prove any claim in court.  Even the strongest of cases require evidence to support your claim.  That is because our judicial system is an adversarial system, meaning two sides go against each other to prosecute or defend a claim.  To do this, our system only allows certain evidence to prove or disapprove a case.  This is a very complicated process, as only certain evidence is admissible.  There are entire classes in law school which just deal with evidence, some courses are even a year long and they still will not review all of the applicable evidence rules, types, of methods.

In general, evidence can take several different forms.  This includes the testimony of a witness who saw a trucking accident and is providing what he or she observed.  Or the testimony of an expert witness who takes the facts and applies accepted science or other principles to prove or disprove a claim.  Other evidence can be photographs that fairly and accurately depict the scene, or medical records of a victim.  Actual objects from the crash scene can also be evidence, for instance something such as a wheel or damage brake system.

In trucking accident cases there are even more types of accident which might be used to help prove a case to win as an injured plaintiff.  This includes a wide range of different mediums, including purely electronic information.

18 Wheeler Crash Evidence to be Used Against the Truck Driver

Evidence can be used to hold a truck driver liable for an Albuquerque trucking crash.  All truck drivers require a CDL license.  This is a very involved application process which requires written tests and road tests, as well as background checks and other evaluations.  This results in a “file” of the driver, which can be used to determine what problems he or she has had operating a truck.  Previous crashes or accidents may also be in the file and can be used to look for a pattern of mistakes.

Truck drivers are also required to keep hours of service documentation.  This is also known as a logbook, which includes all of the time that a driver has been driving or resting.  There are certain federal regulations which govern how long a truck driver can consecutively drive.  Using this logbook could be helpful to determine if the truck driver has had adequate rest, or if fatigue may have caused the subject crash.

Also under federal regulations, where there are serious or fatal injuries in a trucking crash the truck driver must go through drug and alcohol screening.  This can also be used to determine whether these factors contributed to the subject crash.

Evidence from Trucking Crashes Against the Truck Driver and on the Vehicle

Holding a trucking company liable for a New Mexico trucking crash can be done through evidence as well.  Not only does a truck driver need to keep a logbook of his or her hours of operation, but on board computers for a truck now record when the vehicle is in operation or at rest.  This can be used to determine whether or not the truck driver is violating the hours of service rules.  If the truck driver is lying, it can be a huge credibility issue to help prove your case.

The on-board computers also keep many other data that is important to support a claim.  This comes from the ECM, or engine control module, which records how fast the truck is moving, what direct, what lights or signals were on, whether the driver was accelerating or braking, and many other vital statistics.  These statistics are perfect to prove your trucking accident case.

All trucks also must maintain a maintenance and inspection history documentation.  This can show what has been repaired—or what has been neglected—and when and who performed the checks or maintenance.  This allows victims to point to other factors, such as the defective nature of the truck, to help prove a claim.

Evidence in 18 Wheeler Wrecks Can be Complicated: Call an Albuquerque Trucking Crash Attorney to Learn How to Win Your Case

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today by dialing (505) 883-5000 You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

Truck Drivers that Hurt Other Truck Drivers in New Mexico 18 Wheeler Wrecks

- Mark Caruso

New Mexico 18 Wheeler Wrecks Can Cause Serious Injuries to Other Driver Truck Drivers Who are Co-drivers, Sleeping in the Cabin, or being Taxied Back Home

When we think of trucking crashes, the most common victims we think are those in passenger vehicles.  And for good reason, because passenger vehicles are much smaller than a large commercial truck and occupants of passenger vehicles usually get serious injured, maimed, or killed.  But when we think of trucking crashes, we do not normally think of injuries to other truck drivers.  When in fact it is not uncommon for long trips across the country to have two drivers.  One will rest in the cabin and sleep while the other one drives to avoid an hours of service violation.  But if the driver ends up falling asleep or causing a trucking crash, the sleeping co-driver can be seriously injured or killed.

This is exactly what happened in a FedEx crash that the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. handled.  The truck driver fell asleep at the wheel and the co-driver sleeping in the cabin compartment was killed in the collision.  We represented the family of the deceased and were able to recover compensation.  If you or a loved one have been injured in a trucking crash, call our experienced Albuquerque trucking wreck attorneys for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can help you obtain the compensation you may deserve.

Truck Drivers Killed by New Mexico 18 Wheeler Wrecks: Not Just New Mexico Drivers!

New Mexico has some of the busiest and most important interstates for coast to coast shipping.  I-10, I-25, and I-40 provide east to west and north to south routes for trucking companies, with major junctions in Las Cruces and Albuquerque to switch directions.  Because of this, many of the trucking crashes in New Mexico are not always caused by New Mexico trucking companies and involve New Mexico truck drivers.  Some of the largest trucking companies in the country, including FedEx, J.B. Hunt, UPS, Schneider National, and other motor carriers use these roads.

Because the accident occurs in New Mexico, and usually because it involves at least one person from New Mexico, the venue (or place where the case and be brought) will be in New Mexico.  This means out of state people may be involved with a New Mexico trucking wreck trial, and here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. that is normal!

Given New Mexico’s close proximity to California, we frequently represent truck drivers who are seriously injured or killed in trucking crashes from Ontario, Upland, and San Bernardino, California.  This is a major trucking hub where many companies operate out of and where truck drivers live.

Truck Driver? Hurt in a New Mexico Trucking Wreck?  Live Out of State?  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.

Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries in Albuquerque Trucking Crashes

- Mark Caruso

Albuquerque Trucking Crashes Causing Traumatic Brain Injuries: Common Causes to Know 

Other than wrongful death, which is the ultimate personal injury, a traumatic brain injury has to be the worst type of personal injury that a person can sustain in an Albuquerque trucking crash.  Traumatic brain injuries can have a laundry list of complications, ranging from minor memory troubles and headaches, to significant cognitive functioning ability.  In severe cases, a victim could go into a vegetative state and be unable to consciously function.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we handle traumatic brain injury cases from any type of personal injury accident.  This could be from a slip and fall or something more serious like an 18 wheeler wreck.  If you or a loved one have been seriously injured and sustained a traumatic brain injury, call us today to learn how we can help you recover the compensation you deserve by dialing (505) 883-5000.

Two Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries 

When it comes to brain injuries, there are really two main causes.  The first is probably what you immediately think of when you think of a traumatic brain injury—trauma.  That is a strike to the head caused by a blunt force.  This could result in something like a concussion, or something more serious like permanent damage.  Trauma and physical force is one of the most common mechanisms of brain injuries in Albuquerque trucking crashes.

The second way to cause a traumatic brain injury is due to a lack of oxygen.  The brain is very fragile and demands a lot of oxygen.  When there is a lack of oxygen, or a hypoxic state, the brain can quickly become damaged and die.  This can be caused by some force like twisted metal or debris pressing against the throat to prevent air from going down or against the chest so that the lungs cannot expand.  Or this can be caused by physiological factors, such as extreme blood loss, low pressure, or shock which affect the way that oxygen is transported throughout the body.  This is why trucking wrecks causing traumatic brain injuries are so dangerous.

Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries in Albuquerque Trucking Crashes

There are many causes of traumatic brain injuries in trucking crashes occurring in New Mexico, but here are some of the most common causes that all motorist should be aware of.  These include the following:

  • Rear end collisions;
  • T-bone crashes;
  • Head on collisions;
  • Roll-overs;
  • Jackknife tractor trailers;
  • Sideswipes;
  • Improper lane change collisions;
  • Ran a stop side crash;
  • Failure to yield collisions;
  • Improper merging collisions;
  • Unsafe cargo crashes;
  • Excessive speed causing a wreck; and
  • Many other cases.

Victims With Traumatic Brain Injuries from Albuquerque Trucking Crashes Need to Call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. Immediately 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.

What Damages Can I Get in a New Mexico Trucking Wreck?

- Mark Caruso

I Was Injured in a New Mexico Trucking Wreck, What Damages Can I Recover?

Victims of New Mexico trucking crashes are some of the worst injured, most damaged, and most financially punished for the negligence by another person than any other type of motor vehicle crash.  All trucking wrecks, even low-speed or grazed collisions, will cause significant personal injuries to a victim.  These are large commercial vehicles which significant weight and speed to them, especially on an interstate like I-40, I-25, or I-10, which can easily crush, bend, and twist steel vehicles.  The damage they can do to the soft human body is absolutely devastating.

Here are the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced Albuquerque 18 wheeler wreck attorneys know how catastrophic the injuries to victims in these crashes can be.  We have the knowledge and experience in acquiring compensation for these victims in all types of truck crashes, including 18 wheelers, tankers, double trailers, semis, and other big rigs.  We have ligated cases against some of the largest trucking companies in the United States, including J.B. Hunt, FedEx, and Schneider.  If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed in a New Mexico trucking wreck, call us today for a FREE consultation to learn what damages you may be entitled to by dialing (505) 883-5000.

Damages in New Mexico Trucking Crashes: What You Should Know 

A victim of a New Mexico trucking crash will be entitled to damages if the victim can prove that the truck driver and/or truck company breached its duty of care which proximately caused damages to the victim.  All motorists have a duty to use reasonable care under the circumstances in the use and operation of his or her motor vehicle.  When a truck driver fails to do that, it will result in the breach of the duty.

Thus, a victim in a trucking crash will be able to recover compensation for this breach for all damages.  The most common types of damages that a victim may be entitled to include the following:

Pain and Suffering: The actual feelings of pain, suffering, and agony are known as non-economic damages.  A victim can be compensated for an accident which causes him or her pain and suffering.  This is awarded by a jury in a trial, or by a judge in a bench trial.  The pain and suffering will be past pain and suffering from all injuries from the date of the accident to the award.  Future pain and suffering may also be awarded for all pain and suffering from the date of the award until the person’s estimate life expectancy.  This is the most common type of damage that people think of for personal injury lawsuits.

Lost Wages – A victim of a trucking crash will likely be so injured that he or she will not be able to return to work for days, weeks, months, or even years.  Because the victim cannot go to work, he or she will have lost wages from not working.  These lost days from work can be compensated in court by the amount the victim would have earned.

Lost Earnings – When a victim is so injured that he or she cannot return to the same job and must take a different job that pays less, the victim will have lost earnings.  The lost earnings is the difference between the income levels.  For example, a victim of a trucking crash who sustains a broken back may not be able to return to work as a construction worker.  The victim may than have to take a desk job that he or she is not qualified for because the victim was trained as a laborer, thus the victim may not be paid as well.  This difference is what can be compensated.

Medical Bills – A victim of any motor vehicle crash may also be entitled to medical bills from his or her accident.  These medical bills can be rather significant, particularly if there are multiple surgeries or procedures which must be performed.

Loss of Services/Consortium – The victim and his or her spouse or dependents (children, elderly parents), may also recover what is known as loss of services.  That is, since the victim is unable to function in the household to the same level he or she could before the accident, the other people in the victim’s life will be able to recover compensation for the victim’s inability to help.  This can be something simple as household chores like cutting the lawn which can no longer be done and a landscaper must be hired, or something more complex like loss of love and affection.

Property Damage – Victims of trucking crashes will likely have their motor vehicle totaled or damaged significantly to a point where it will create a financial burden on the family and victim.  The negligence defendant can also be required to compensation the victim for the property damage to the victim’s vehicle or possessions.

Damages in New Mexico Trucking Crashes Can be Significant: Call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. For Your Legal Needs

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.