Hit by 18 Wheeler on Side of Road: What Are Your Rights?

- Mark Caruso

New Mexico Truck Crashes When 18 Wheelers Hit Disabled Vehicles on the Side of the Road: What Are Your Rights?

No one plans for their vehicle to break down.  But unfortunately this does occur to everyone at some time or another.  The side of the road is a dangerous place to be, especially on a busy interstate like I-40, I-25, or I-10.  Vehicles traveling on these interstates are traveling very fast and usually over the speed limit.  Large commercial trucks like 18 wheelers also frequently use the interstates in New Mexico to deliver goods from coast-to-coast.  This makes the side of the road even more dangerous on interstates.

Unfortunately, many disabled vehicles on the side of the road are involved in serious motor vehicle crashes.  When these crashes with disabled vehicles involve large commercial trucks like 18 wheelers, big rigs, tandem trailer, tractor trailers, semis, and other trucks, victims can be seriously injured or killed.  Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we know that victims in a disabled vehicle who are struck by a large commercial truck do not have a fair chance.  Our experienced New Mexico trucking accident attorney represent these victims zealously, with compassion, and with the requisite skill to get victims the compensation they deserve.

When Commercial Trucks Hit Disabled Vehicles on the Side of the Road, Victims Have Rights

Under the common law, or judge-made law, all motorists owe a duty to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances in the use and operation of their vehicles.  This includes avoiding causing foreseeable harm to others on or near the roadway.  This means to avoid causing collisions such as crashes with other vehicles on or near the roadway.  This includes disabled vehicles on the side of the road.

When a large commercial truck collides wth a disabled vehicle on the side of the road, the truck driver and the trucking company is breaching the duty owed to all people.  If this breach results in serious personal injuries to the occupants of the disabled vehicle, the truck driver may be liable for the collision under common law negligence.

This is important because it allows a legal cause of action for victims to seek compensation for the following:

  • Past pain and suffering;
  • Future pain and suffering;
  • Medical bills;
  • Medical expenses;
  • Future medical expenses such as future surgeries;
  • Lost wages;
  • Lost earnings when unable to perform the same work;
  • Loss of services;
  • Loss of consortium;
  • Need for around the clock care; and
  • Many other damages.

When Large Commercial Trucks Hit Disabled Vehicles, Victims Have Rights to 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.