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New Mexico’s Deadliest Intersections: Albuquerque Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney Explains

- Mark Caruso

All Intersections are Dangerous, But These New Mexico Intersections are the Deadliest in the State

Any time a vehicle approaches an intersection it could result in a serious motor vehicle accident.  That is the simple truth in that intersections are segments of the road where one direction of traffic crosses over another lane of traffic.  Collisions can be at high speeds and impact at the vulnerable part of the vehicle—the side impact.  Not only is this dangerous, but it is deadly.

Recently statistics from the University of New Mexico have been released ranking the worst intersections in New Mexico.  As previously identified in our last blog post, the worst intersection was Coors Blvd NW and Paseo Del Norte Blvd NW in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  This intersection had 380 motor vehicle accidents of which 29% (110) were fatal.  This intersection had the highest number of fatalities out of any other intersection in the state.

Deadliest Intersections in New Mexico

While Coors and Paseo Del Norte have the highest number of fatalities, it does not have the highest percentage of fatal accidents.  The percentage of fatal accidents really goes to how dangerous an intersection is.  Here is a list of the intersections with the highest rate of fatality per vehicle accident:

Elks Dr and Main St, in Las Cruces, New Mexico – 41% fatal;

Central Ave W and Unser Blvd NW, in Albuquerque, New Mexico – 38% fatal;

Indian School Rd NE and San Mateo NE, in Albuquerque, New Mexico – 38% fatal;

Main St and Solano Dr, in Las Cruces, New Mexico – 37% fatal;

Fairview Lane and Riverside Dr, in Española, New Mexico – 37% fatal;

Coors Blvd NW and Irving Blvd NW, in Albuquerque, New Mexico – 35% fatal;

Airport Rd and Cerrillos Rd, in Santa Fe, New Mexico – 33% fatal;

Coors Blvd NW and Quail Rd NW, in Albuquerque, New Mexico – 32% fatal;

Osuna Rd NE and San Mateo Blvd NE, in Albuquerque, New Mexico – 32% fatal;

Eubank Blvd NE and Montgomery Blvd NE, in Albuquerque, New Mexico – 31% fatal; and

Cerrillos Rd and Zafarano Dr, in Santa Fe, New Mexico – 30% fatal.

Injuries and Deaths at Intersections Deserve Strong 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.

New Mexico Drunk Driving Accidents are Decreasing, But Still Too Deadly

- Mark Caruso

Statistics Show New Mexico Trucking Driving Accidents are Decreasing, But Even One is too Many

As experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys, the attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. know that even one drunk driving motor vehicle accident is inexcusable.  These are preventable accidents which should not occur, and only occur but for the negligence of the intoxicated driver.  Recent studies for the last year of statistics have shown that New Mexico drunk driving accidents are steadily decreasing and even at some of their lowest numbers, but still almost 400 people are killed each year in New Mexico drunk driving accidents.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed in a New Mexico drunk driving accident, call our experienced Albuquerque car accident attorneys to learn how we can protect your rights to compensation.  We will fight to get you the maximum compensation you may be entitled to for your injuries or the death of a loved one.  We offer a FREE consultation, so call (505) 883-5000 now to hear how we can help you.

Grim Statistics for New Mexico

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,254 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents involving a drunk driver in New Mexico in the years 2003 through 2012.  New Mexico’s rate of deaths per age group per 100,000 was more than the national average in each age group studied.  According to news outlet, this is because New Mexico actually lead the country in alcohol-related deaths in 2014, the last year of compiled statistics.

Drunk Driving is Illegal and is Negligent

NM Stat 66-8-102 makes it is unlawful for any person from operating a motor vehicle while under the influence any intoxicating liquor such as wine, beer, liquor, cider, or any other alcoholic beverage.  There are different levels of intoxication based on a set of parameters, which include the following:

  • it is illegal to drive with a breath or blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more if you are 21 years old or more;
  • it is illegal to drive with a breath or blood alcohol concentration of .02 or more if you are under 21 years old; and
  • it is illegal to drive with a breath or blood alcohol concentration of .04 or more if you drive a commercial vehicle like a tractor trailer truck.

Any driver who violates this status can be found negligent per se.  This means that a violator who causes a New Mexico motor vehicle accident is automatically deemed negligent.  This allows a victim who was injured by the drunk driver to prove his or her case by virtue of the drunk driver violating the statute.

Injuries or Wrongful Deaths Cased by a Drunk Driver are Unacceptable and Negligent

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

New Mexico Drivers Ranked Second Worst in United States: New Mexico Car Accident Attorneys Explains Findings

- Mark Caruso

New Mexico Drivers are Ranked the Second Worst in the United States:  Issues Such as Drunk Driving and Cell Phones Top Causes and Many Drivers are Uninsured

The latest National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report has awarded New Mexico drivers an unfortunate and unwanted prize—second worst drivers in the United States behind only Montana according to the Albuquerque Journal.  This trend has become worst, as the previous year New Mexico was ranked 19th-worst.  As a grim statistic, most of the accidents and statistics complied evidenced more personal injuries, more serious injuries, and more wrongful deaths.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys know that traffic accidents are a real issue in our state.  We work hard with the victims of all travel accidents, including trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian knockdowns, bus accidents, and other types of collisions to ensure that these victims receive the maximum compensation they deserve.  We also offer FREE case evaluations, so call us at (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can help protect the rights of motor vehicle accident victims throughout New Mexico, including Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Taos, Roswell, Gallup, Rio Rancho, and Carlsbad.

Drunk Driving Remains a Problem – New Mexico ranks 10th for the most drunk driving arrests in the entire United States.  Naturally, this correlates to a lot of drunk drivers on the road which means a lot of drunk driving car accidents.  Drunk driving is prohibits under both New Mexico statutory law and common law, and is a major contributor to motor vehicle accidents and fatalities.

Excessive Speed and Deaths – New Mexico ranks 12th in the county for speeding tickets or citations.  In codifying the vehicle and traffic law, the Legislature made speed restrictions the very first section of law under NM Stat 66-7-301.  While enforcement is up and New Mexico police are very good, this is a massive epidemic which has resulted in many needless motor vehicle accidents and wrongful deaths.  This is particularly true in our interstates, including I-10, I-25, and I-40.

Distracted Driving Accidents Increases Throughout the County, Including New Mexico – Cell phones and technology in general have caused significantly more motor vehicle accidents than any other cause—including drunk driving.  This is an issue that affects all motorists from the younger to the old, especially young drivers and those under 30 years of age.  Too many accidents are being causing by distracted driving which effectively renders a motor vehicle into an unguided missile.

Uninsured Driving Making Recovery Harder – With all of these additional causes of motor vehicle accidents, New Mexico unfortunately ranks very high in the number of uninsured motorists.  While the national average is 12.6% of motorists are uninsured, New Mexico is 21.6%.  This makes recovery after a serious car accident even more difficult, but not impossible.

Dangerous Driving in New Mexico Requires Strong Legal Advocacy like the Caruso Law Offices, P.C.

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

What is Hypovolemic Shock and Why is it Common in New Mexico Trucking Accidents

- Mark Caruso

New Mexico Interstate Trucking Accidents Cause Serious Injuries Resulting in Hypovolemic Shock: But What is it and Why Does it Happen?

All motor vehicle accidents run the risk of causing hypovolemic shock.  This is particularly true of trucking accidents involving large commercial trucks such as 18-wheelers, tankers, flatbeds, tandem trailers, and other trucks—especially when these trucking accidents occur on the highway or interstate such as Interstate 25, Interstate 40, or Interstate 10.

What is Hypovolemic Shock?

Also known as hemorrhagic shock, hypovolemic shock is when an individual loses more than 20 perfect (20%) of his or her body’s blood or fluid supply.  Because of the loss of approximately one-fifth (1/5) of the body’s blood, the pressure is so low that the severe fluid loss makes it impossible for the heart to pump blood throughout your body.

When this occurs, your body goes into shock and can lead to multiple organ failure.  Essentially, this is when your body has bleed too much and your heart can no longer beat.  This is why it is necessary to get all bleeding under control immediately.

Why Hypovolemic Shock Occurs in New Mexico Trucking Accidents

It should be clear why high-speed New Mexico trucking accidents can lead to hypovolemic shock.  These collisions result in twisted and splinter steel which can tear right through a body.  If medical attention is not immediately rendered to present excessive bleeding, a victim can quickly succumb to his or her injuries.  While possible in a lot of other situations such as motorcycle accidents or car accidents, interstate trucking accidents are very likely to lead to uncontrollable bleeding.

Another common reason why hypovolemic shock is common in New Mexico trucking accidents on interstates is because of the lack of medical assistance or delay in getting medical attention.  Many of the serious trucking accidents occur out in stretches of road that do not have immediate access to first responders.  It may take a long time to go and get help or have help arrive.  If there are very serious injuries caused by an interstate trucking accident, it can end up causing fatal injuries.

Uncontrolled Bleeding in New Mexico Trucking Accidents are Common and Result in Wrongful Death Cases

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.

How Long to Commence a New Mexico Trucking Accident Wrongful Death Case

- Mark Caruso

The Statute of Limitations in a New Mexico Trucking Accident Case Causing a Wrongful Death is Quick and Cannot be Missed

The death of a loved one is absolutely devastating.  An untimely death can cause serious emotional distraught, physical pain, and financial trouble to an entire family.  This is particularly true when the death is caused by an unexpected accident such as an Albuquerque trucking accident resulting in the wrongful death.  Some of the country’s busiest interstates whip through Albuquerque, New Mexico, including I-40 and I-25.  Further, some of the largest trucking companies such as Estes, J.B. Hunt, FedEx, and Schneider use these roads with regularity.  When you combine fact moving commercial trucks and passenger vehicles, you unfortunately get serious collisions causing wrongful deaths.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced Albuquerque wrongful death accident attorneys know that New Mexico trucking accidents can destroy an entire family.  We have handled many of these types of cases and help take the burden off the victim’s family and onto our shoulders so the family can heal.  We zealously represent and protect the rights of the deceased loved one while ensuring the family is compensated for their loss.  Call us today for a FREE consultation to learn how we can help fight for your rights by dialing (505) 883-5000.  We will work with your family to make sure the loss of your loved one is properly venerated.

What is the Statute of Limitations?

The statute of limitations is a concept throughout the United States and it is very important to know what it is and how it works.  The statute of limitations is essentially a time limit on your lawsuit or claim.  You must bring your claim or lawsuit within the statute of limitations period.  If you fail to commence your claim or lawsuit within the statute of limitations period, it is forever barred.

Every claim as a statute of limitations period, and each state may have a different statute of limitations for each claim.  These are very important timeframes to know and follow because a failure to comply will cull even the best trucking accident cases.  While there are some tolls to the statute of limitations, such as infancy or incompetency, best practices are to never rely on these tolls.

New Mexico Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations is not something to miss, especially when a loved one has been killed due to the negligence of another on an interstate trucking accident.  Under NM Stat 41-2-2, every New Mexico wrongful death case must be brought within three years after the cause of action accrues.  The cause of action in a wrongful death case accrues as of the date of death.

This means that you must commence a wrongful death action against all possible defendants who may be liable for your loved one’s death within three years of your loved one passing away.  While three years sounds like a long time, when that time encompasses the pain and healing that needs to occur, the three years will go by very quickly.  You will need to immediately begin to work with your experienced Albuquerque wrongful death accident attorney to ensure your case is properly and immediately brought.

Albuquerque Wrongful Death Cases Caused by Interstate Trucking Accidents

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.

New Mexico Trucking Accidents on Interstate Caused by Unsecured Cargo That Falls on the Roadway

- Mark Caruso

When Cargo or Unsecured Loads Falls off Trucks on the Interstate, it Can Result in Serious and Fatal New Mexico Trucking Accidents

There are many different types of large commercial trucks which transport and delivery goods throughout the country.  Some have closed containers, such as tractor trailers, tandem trailers, and tankers.  Others have open contains, such as dump trucks or flatbed trucks.  Many flatbed trucks actually carry oversized loads to help transport cargo throughout the United States.  This is because some cargo cannot fit comfortably or safely inside a container.

But this also does not necessarily mean that such cargo can safely be transported on the flatbed.  This is particularly true on an interstate where the speed is very fast and the wind resistance is very strong.  While not in a container, cargo must be properly secured to prevent it from falling off onto the road.  The cargo itself could strike or flatten another vehicle.  It could also cause a hazard on the roadway and be deadly.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we have handled many New Mexico trucking accidents caused by cargo falling, shifting, or crushing victims on the roadway.  Injuries can easily be fatal, especially on interstates where motorists are traveling at a very high speed.  If you or a loved one have been injured from cargo falling off a truck or becoming dangerous debris in the roadway, call our experienced New Mexico trucking accidents attorneys for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000.  We will fight for the maximum compensation you may be entitled to.

Causes of Unsecured Cargo Causing Personal Injuries 

There are many different causes which can result in unsecured cargo causing serious personal injuries or the death of a victim.  Some of the major causes of New Mexico trucking accidents on interstates due to unsecured cargo includes the following:

  • Cargo improperly secured;
  • Too heavy cargo;
  • Using improper means to secure cargo;
  • Cargo shifting and causing a truck to be unbalanced;
  • Excessively heavy cargo causing tire blowouts, explosions, or to fail;
  • Too heavy cargo causing brake failures;
  • Environmental factors such as gusty winds;
  • Excessive speed;
  • Braking at the last moment to cause shifting weight; and
  • Many other causes.

If Cargo Does Injure You When it Falls, It is a Landmine on the Road!

On New Mexico interstates, when cargo falls off of a fast-moving commercial truck it is like a missile going through the air and onto other vehicles or the roadway.  This can be catastrophic if the cargo connects with a victim’s vehicle.  But if the cargo does not, it can actually be just as dangerous if it sits on the road.  It can be a landmine for vehicles moving at high speeds on New Mexico interstates which can result in fatal trucking accidents.

In fact, this is a way to find a trucking company who drops cargo on the road to be liable.  Under NM Stat 66-7-364, it is illegal to place injurious material or trash on the highway.  This includes anything that is dropped onto the highway which can be destructive or injurious.  This can result in serious personal injuries, and is a way to hold a trucking company liable.

New Mexico Trucking Accidents Caused by Unsecured Cargo and Injurious Material on the Roadway is Dangerous

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

Who is Liable for New Mexico Motor Vehicle Accidents Caused by Debris in the Roadway?

- Mark Caruso

When Roadway Debris Causes New Mexico Motor Vehicle Accidents, Victims Can Still Get Compensated for their Injuries

Not all motor vehicle accidents are solely caused by the negligence of another driver.  Sometimes motor vehicle accidents are caused or contributed to by other factors such as dust storms, rain, snow, or glaring sun.  These are factors that are not the main cause, but can result in difficult driving conditions which contribute to an accident.

Roadway debris is another type of hazard which can result in New Mexico trucking accidents.  Anything around or on the roadway can be a potentially dangerous and even deadly hazard, particularly on the interstate.  Indeed, roadway debris on interstates can result in very serious injuries or death.  Every year some of the largest trucking companies in the United States, including FedEx, Estes, and J.B. Hunt, are involved in trucking accidents caused by roadway debris.

Dangers of Roadway Debris: How They Can Injure or Kill

Roadway debris can cause deadly New Mexico trucking accidents in many different ways.  The most obvious would be for the roadway debris to actually cause the injury.  This could result from striking the roadway debris directly and it causing an injury.  This could also mean the roadway debris was run over by another vehicle and launched into the victim’s vehicle.  Either way, the roadway debris was the mechanism for the injury.

Another way roadway debris could cause an accident is where another vehicle swerves to avoid it which results in a serious accident.  If a large commercial truck attempt to avoid roadway debris on the interstate, this could result in de-stabilizing the truck causing it to roll over, flip, jackknife, or slide into another lane and another vehicle.  On an interstate, this can result in serious personal injuries or the death of a victim.

Liability from Roadway Debris: Who is at Fault?  Who Should Compensate Me?

When a victim is injured in a New Mexico motor vehicle accident caused by roadway debris, there could be many questions as to who is potentially liable for the victim’s injuries.  The most obvious would be whoever hit or struck the victim.  This could be a vehicle avoiding the debris and striking the victim’s vehicle.  This is usually a party that may be liable, unless it is found that the emergency doctrine applies.  However, drivers are required to see what there is to be seen on the roadways and debris is certainly one of the hazards that must be observed and avoided.

Another liable party is whoever put the debris in the roadway.  That seems obvious when the roadway debris is something such as a construction cone or cargo from a large commercial truck.  In those instances, the construction company (or the State) and the trucking company who owns the cargo would be liable.  But in other instances the roadway debris could be pieces of trees or plants, large rocks, or miscellaneous garage on the side of a roadway.  In that instance, the municipality, county, or even the State may be liable for the roadway debris.

When in doubt, the best practice is always to commence an action against all possible parties.  During the discovery process the court and the parties will sort through the evidence and decide whether a party is liable or is not liable.

Injuries Caused by Roadway Debris Can be Compensated

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.

Injuries to Children in New Mexico Trucking Accidents

- Mark Caruso

New Mexico Trucking Accidents Causing Serious Injuries to Children

Whether you are an adult or child, a New Mexico trucking accident can cause serious injuries or even death.  This is due to the sheer size, weight, and force in a large commercial truck, particularly tandem trailers, tankers, flatbeds, and other trucks.  Trucking accidents are also more catastrophic on highways and interstates, particularly Interstate 10, Interstate 25, and Interstate 40 which all have high speed limits.  The faster a large truck goes, the more momentum it has, and the more devastating the impact will be.

To a child, any impact in a vehicle will be significant.  When this is a large commercial truck on an interstate, it is very likely the impact will cause permanent and debilitating injuries, if not the wrongful death, of the child.  If you or someone you know has had a child seriously injured or killed in a New Mexico trucking accident, call the experienced Albuquerque trucking accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000.  Our experienced personal injury attorneys have handled many severe trucking accident causes involving children, and we know how to fight for the maximum compensation you and your child may be entitled to.

Common Injuries to Children in New Mexico Trucking Accidents

Unfortunately, when a child is a passenger in a New Mexico trucking accident it does not bode well.  Children’s bodies are not developed and are lacking certain features that adult bodies have.  Commonly this is stronger bodies, more muscle, and thicker frames.  This helps “pad” and protect an adult’s body.  Because of these, there are certain injuries which a child will commonly have following a trucking accident:

  • Ruptured or lacerated organs;
  • Brain bleeds;
  • Fractured bones, particularly ribs, femur, and the humerus;
  • Nerve injuries, particularly brachial plexus injuries;
  • Injuries to veins or arteries;
  • Eye injuries, including optical nerve injuries;
  • Mouth and teeth injuries;
  • Facial injuries;
  • Severe seatbelt injuries;
  • Broken knees or ankles;
  • Crushing injuries;
  • Lacerations during to foreign debris or broken glass;
  • Growth plate injuries, particularly to ankles or wrists;
  • Wrongful death; and
  • Many more similar injuries.

Injuries to Children can be Complicated

When a child is injured in a New Mexico trucking accident, it can also be more difficult to evaluate injuries.  This is partially because children do not always know how to articulate their pains and aches.  This is also due to the fact that children are still growing, and it may be very difficult to assess how the injuries will impact the child’s life and development.  This is particularly true in cases involving broken bones, growth plate injuries, lacerations, and organ injuries.

Further, children who require future surgery as they get older will also be harder to gauge the amount of compensation they deserve.  Meaning, if a child needs a surgery every 20 years, the child may need to undergo 3-4 surgeries in his or her lifetime.  In the 60 to 80 years this spans, the costs of surgery, the alternatives and likely developments in surgery, and the life expectancy are all variables that need to be addressed.

Children Injured in New Mexico Interstate Trucking Accidents Deserve Dedicated and Compassionate Attorney

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.

Reasons Why Double-Trailer and Tandem Trailer Trucks are Very Dangerous in New Mexico Trucking Accidents

- Mark Caruso

Common Causes of Double-Trailer and Tandem Trailer Trucking Accidents on New Mexico Interstates

All large commercial trucks are dangerous vehicles on the roadways, particularly the interstates such as I-40, I-25, and I-10.  But double trailer or tandem trailer trucks are even more dangerous and more likely to be deadly in New Mexico trucking accidents.  Here are the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we have handled many double trailer and tandem trailer trucking accidents which have caused the wrongful death of a victim.

If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in a double-trailer or tandem trailer trucking accident, call our experienced New Mexico trucking accident attorneys today by dialing (505) 883-5000.  We offer a FREE consultation to learn how we can protect your rights to compensation and we only get paid if we win your case.

Common Causes of Double Trailer or Tandem Trailer Trucking Accidents

While most single trailer trucks are between approximately 28 and 40 feet long, a second trailer usually adds approximately another 28 feet.  This is joined in the back of the first trailer by a junction and connection.  There is a small gap between the two trailers.  The purpose of the two trailers is to be able to transport significantly more goods in a single delivery, thus saving the trucking company time and money.

Because of this additional trailer, size and weight are contributing factors to why double trailer and tandem trailer trucks are involved in more accidents.  This includes a significantly higher chance of a wrongful death.  Some of the most common causes include the following:

  • Much heavier and harder to stop before impact;
  • Large blind spots;
  • Weight is split between two trailers making the center where they connect susceptible to bulging out or becoming unstable;
  • More susceptible to environmental conditions such as wind;
  • Harder to maneuver and control;
  • More difficult to make a safe lane change;
  • Excessive speed on the interstate;
  • Prone to jack-knifing;
  • Improperly secured cargo or loads;
  • More susceptible to roadway defects;
  • More pressure on tires and brakes which could cause them to fail;
  • Requires additional driver training and experience before safely using, which many trucking companies do not perform;
  • Instability in the entire truck;
  • More stress on the truck’s brakes, steering column, and axels contributing to failure;
  • Sudden braking or turning can result in a jackknife or flip-over;
  • Prone to weight shifting;
  • More difficult to gauge distance when merging with lanes or turning; and
  • Many other causes.

Double Trailers and Tandem Trailers KILL: Call an Experienced New Mexico Trucking Accident Attorney to Learn How to Protect Your Rights

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.

What to Do After a New Mexico Trucking Accident

- Mark Caruso

Taking Certain Steps After a New Mexico Trucking Accident Can Help Your Case

No one plans to be in a motor vehicle accident, but they happen more often than we would like.  Sometimes these accidents are simple bumper tappers with no issues.  But other times these accidents are very serious collisions and resulting in serious personal injuries.  Unfortunately, these accidents can also cause the wrongful death of a victim.  There are some steps that everyone should take to protect their rights to compensation following a serious motor vehicle accident.

Over all motor vehicle accidents, interstate trucking accidents are most likely to cause serious personal injuries and the wrongful death of a victim.  These are daunting cases and require proper attention and legal representation.  Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced New Mexico trucking accident attorneys have handled some of the most serious interstate trucking accidents in New Mexico, including wrongful death cases.  We have fought some of the largest trucking accident companies in the country, including FedEx, and we won’t back down until you and your family get the compensation you deserve.  Call us today for a FREE consultation to learn how we can help by dialing (505) 883-5000.

First Steps to Take After a New Mexico Interstate Trucking Accident

In any motor vehicle accident, the first step is to also get medical care and treatment.  Explain everything that hurts and what you believed happened to the healthcare providers.  Do not be a hero—if something hurts bad, tell the providers.  This is not the time to be macho, but to really get all of your injuries treated and recorded in your medical file.  This can help you prove your cases later.

Also cooperate with first responders such as police, ambulance, and fire staff responding.  Make sure to explain what happened as thorough as you can.  Get business cards and the names and contact number of each individual responding—not just the agency!  You will want to interview these individuals later and having names will help you.

Take note of your surroundings and environment, particularly the mile markers on the interstate highway shoulders.  Also look for weather it is cloudy, sunny, wet or dry out.  These also help to prove your case.  This includes getting the other party’s name and address, including the trucking company’s name and contact information.

Next Step to Protect Your Rights After a New Mexico Interstate Trucking Accident

It may sound cliche, but contact an attorney immediately.  Why?  Because all large commercial trucks have electronic computers inside them.  These computers monitor nearly everything about a truck.  This information ranges from the basic information such as air temperature or length the vehicle has been driving, to also more complex information such as speed, whether the truck was braking or accelerating, or how the wheel was being turned.

This information, however, is usually wiped after a trucking accident by the trucking company.  That is right—completely erased!  But this is not with malicious intent, usually at least, but just that the information gets downloaded by the trucking company and the insurance carrier.  This automatically deletes the information from the computer.  If the trucking company or insurance carrier do not properly download the information, it will be delated and there will be nothing for anyone to use because it was not downloaded properly.

If you have an experienced New Mexico trucking accident attorney, your attorney will immediately move for an injunction or restraining order to keep the other side from removing anything from the truck’s company without your legal representation (and expert) present.  This is essential to do right away, as trucking companies can remove the data within weeks—if not days—of the trucking accident.

Steps to Take After a New Mexico Trucking Accident on an Interstate

The conclusion should be to first get medical treatment, gather information, and then get immediately legal representation.  This will help ensure that your trucking accident case is well-protected.

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.