New Mexico Trucking Crashes Caused by Speeding

- Mark Caruso

Speed Kills, Especially When New Mexico Trucks Speed on Interstates

In case you did not already know, speed kills.  According to statistics, speed-related crashes cost $40.4 billion and resulted in over 10,000 deaths.  Approximately 30 percent (30%) of all motor vehicle accidents are caused or contributed to by speeding.  Among male drivers, seventy-four percent (74%) of fatal speed-related crashes were between 15 to 24 years old.  For females, forty percent (40%) of fatal speed-related crashes were between 15 to 24 years old.  In New Mexico, 365 people were killed in the last year of statistics due to speeding.  That’s one a day.

The only thing more dangerous than speeding, is speeding in a large commercial truck such as a big rig, semi, 18-wheeler, tanker, flatbed, tandem trailer, double trailer, or other large truck.  These vehicle are already very heavy and difficult to maneuver.  They require a lot of time to brake and slow down.  Speeding not only increases the difficulty to maneuver and the destine it requires to stop, but also decreases the driver’s reaction time to begin braking.  This is clearly a recipe for disaster.

At the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced New Mexico trucking crash attorneys know this.  We have handled many motor vehicle accidents caused by excessive speed, particularly involving large commercial trucks.  If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed in a New Mexico trucking crash caused by excessive speed, call us today by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can help get you the maximum amount of compensation that you may be entitled to.

Speeding is Against the Law: How to Prove Liability With a Traffic Ticket

Under New Mexico Law Stat. 66-7-301 (d), “[i]n every event, speed shall be so controlled by the driver as may be necessary: (1) to avoid colliding with a person, vehicle or other conveyance on or entering the highway; (2) to comply with legal requirements as may be established by the state highway and transportation department or the New Mexico state police division of department of public safety and the duty of all persons to use due car . . . .”

If a driver causes a motor vehicle accident due to speeding and a violation of this section of law, a victim can use this violation against the speeder.  The doctrine of negligence per se  allows a victim to use to violation of a traffic law to establish negligence where the traffic law was intended to protect the victim from the harm that the violation occurred.  In this case, the speeding statute prevents victims from being hurt in motor vehicle accidents caused by speeding drivers.  Therefore, a victim will be able to prove his or her case to win.

In a trucking accident, the victim can also show the trucking company as well.  This is because the truck driver is working on behalf of the trucking company.  Thus, the trucking company will be vicariously liable for the negligence of the truck driver.  This is important because it allows a victim to receive compensation under the trucking company’s insurance policy.

Speed Kills, and Truck Drivers that Speed in New Mexico are Killing More and More Innocent Motorists Each Year

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.