Interstate Tractor Trailer Truck Accident Highlights Dangers in New Mexico Trucking Accidents
Tractor trailer trucks, semis, and other large commercial trucks are very dangerous vehicles on the roadway simply because of their sheer size. This is particularly true on interstates, wherein the speed of these trucks creates significant momentum which takes more distance, time, and force to stop. If the truck cannot stop on its own or collides with another vehicle, this momentum will be disbursed throughout whatever it hits causing catastrophic damage. This is why trucking accidents are so dangerous.
On May 22, 2014, almost two years ago exactly, seven people were killed on Interstate 10 in a pile up collision with three large trucks. Three passenger vehicles slowed down and continued through a dust storm exercising due caution. However, three large semi trucks continued through the dust storm without slowing down as reasonable under the circumstances. The tractor trailer trucks continued too fast in the dust storm and the rear end and pile up collision occurred, causing a catastrophic fire which killed the seven occupants in the three passenger vehicles; no truck drivers were killed.
Experienced Law Firm Representing Seriously Injured or Killed Victims of New Mexico Trucking Accidents
The Law Caruso Law Offices, P.C., represents Joseph Guttuso, one of the passengers tragically killed in this trucking accident. The jury was picked last week, and the trial begins next week on May 31, 2016 in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. Our experienced New Mexico trucking accident attorneys have handled many trucking accident cases involving pile ups, burn injuries, and wrongful death. If you or a loved one have been injured in a serious New Mexico trucking accident, contact the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for a FREE case evaluation by calling (505) 883-5000.
Common Causes of New Mexico Trucking Accidents
As with any motor vehicle accident, there are many potential causes. These causes can be both due to roadway conditions or driver error, but also in the case of trucking accidents, due to improper training, experience, or stress. Some of the most common causes of trucking accidents include the following:
- Driver fatigue – this is a very common cause, as with all trucking operations, time is money;
- Driving too aggressively;
- Failing to maintain the tractor trailer truck, including the brakes, tires, and steering wheel;
- Violating traffic law/not following the rules of the road;
- Driving with an unsecured load or too heavy of a load than permitted by law;
- Failing to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances, such as not speeding through a dust storm; and
- Many other causes.
Contact an Experienced New Mexico Trucking Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Mexico trucking accident, call the experienced trucking 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.