When New Mexico Car Accidents Are Caused by Overloaded Cars and Drivers Who Cannot See, It Can Kill Other Motorists and Pedestrians on or Near the Roadway
Being able to see where you are going is the most important aspect of safe driving. Indeed, New Mexico law requires drivers to see what there is to be seen in order to avoid car accidents. While a driver’s vision may be limited by factors outside his or her control, such as by other vehicles on the roadway or the weather like a dust storm, sometimes a driver causes the visual obstruction. A common example is where a driver has overloaded his or her car, such as transporting objects from the store, moving to a new house, or dropping a child off at college for the first time. A significant amount of cargo can obscure a driver’s vision and create blind spots making driving more dangerous.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a New Mexico car accident caused by a driver who obscured his or her vision by overloading his or her car, contact the experienced New Mexico car accident attorneys at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. We have the knowledge and proven track record of representing those injured in car accidents to help you obtain the maximum compensation you may be entitled to. Call us at (505) 883-5000 to learn how we an protect your rights today!
Overloading a Car Can be Negligent and is a Violation of New Mexico Law
While it is obvious that overloading a car so that the driver cannot see is negligent, it is also against New Mexico law. Under NM Stat. 66-7-357 (A), “[n]o person shall drive a vehicle when it is so loaded or when there are in the front seat such number of persons, exceeding three, as to obstruct the view of the driver to the front or sides of the vehicle or as to interfere with the driver’s control over the driving mechanism of the vehicle.”
Thus, when a driver operates a motor vehicle when he or she cannot see because it is overloaded, that may result in a finding of automatic negligence under the negligence per se doctrine. This doctrine holds that damages to a person meant to be protected by a statute that is violated will result in the violator causing the damages to be negligent. This is an important tool for injured victims.
Drivers That Block Their Vision Can be Negligent for Injuries
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.