Albuquerque Distracted Driving Truck Accidents

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February 3, 2023

 by Caruso Law Offices, P.C. | 

Victims Injured in a Districted Driving Truck Accident in Albuquerque Need to Call Our Bodily Injury Law Firm

All drivers are made aware when they study to become a licensed driver in the United States that distracted driving is incredibly dangerous. This is especially true for drivers earning their commercial driver’s license (CDL) to operate a commercial truck. This is due to the fact that commercial trucks have far more potential to cause serious injuries or death if involved in an accident. Distracted driving leads to far too many serious accidents, leaving victims seriously injured or wrongfully killed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every day in the United States, 9 people lose their lives to accidents involving distracted driving. When the driver is operating a large commercial vehicle like a semi-tractor trailer, tanker, or another type of big rig, our trucking accident lawyers at our bodily injury law firm know that a distracted driving truck accident in Albuquerque could be fatal.

If you or your loved one was seriously hurt or killed in a distracted driving truck accident in Albuquerque, New Mexico, you should call our bodily injury law firm for help. Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our compassionate and experienced team of professionals can work with you and your family to recover the compensation that you deserve for your losses. We offer FREE case evaluations and can work with you and your family to recover the full amount of compensation that you may be entitled to.

What Constitutes Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving refers to any activity that takes the attention of the driver off of the road. There is no excuse for taking your attention off of the road while driving. If there is something a driver needs to do, they should pull over to do so. While texting and driving or talking on the phone and driving are the two most thought of distracted driving activities, there are other many other activities that constitute as distracted driving. Some of the most common examples of distracted driving include the following:

woman looking at her cell phone while driving
  • Making a call on a cell phone
  • Sending text messages on a cell phone
  • Reading emails on a cell phone
  • Playing a game on a cell phone or tablet
  • Eating or drinking
  • Reading a book or a bulletin board
  • Using a tablet, laptop, or other electronic device
  • Reaching for something in the cab of the truck while in motion
  • Smoking
  • Reading a map or inputting information into a GPS
  • Actively using a handheld radio while driving
  • Having a pet in the front of the truck
  • Any other activity that takes the driver’s attention away from driving, a driver’s hand off the wheel, or a driver’s eyes off the road – or any combination.

Victims and their loved one who were hurt in a commercial trucking accident due to a distracted truck driver in Albuquerque, New Mexico, you may be able to recover compensation for their injuries.

Laws and Regulations That Prohibit Commercial Truck Drivers From Engaging in Distracted Driving

Given that commercial trucks have the potential to cause significant injury or death, all truck drivers are required to undergo thorough training prior to obtaining their commercial drivers’ license. There are certain laws that commercial truck drivers must adhere to in order to keep themselves and others safe on the road. There are certain laws regarding distracted driving that commercial truck driver’s must adhere to. These laws and regulations include the following:

NM Stat. 66-8-114 states that drivers operating a motor vehicle while on the highway must give their full attention to operating the vehicle in a safe manner.

NM Stat. 66-7-374 states that a reading or typing a text message on a handheld device for any reason while driving a motor vehicle is prohibited.

Furthermore, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has specific federal safety regulations for all truck drivers throughout the United States. 49 CFR section 392.82 states that drivers operating a commercial vehicle are prohibited from using a hand-held mobile device while driving a commercial vehicle and that trucking companies should prohibit this act as well.

Were You Injured in a Distracted Driving Truck Accident in Albuquerque? Call Our Bodily Injury Law Firm to Speak With an Experienced Trucking Accident Lawyer

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we handle all types of motor vehicle accidents – especially trucking accidents that are catastrophic and devastating. If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a distracted driving truck accident in Albuquerque, New Mexico, our truck accident lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. to schedule a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000. We handle causes throughout New Mexico, including Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Roswell, Cuervo, Rio Rancho, Clovis, Farmington, Hobbs, Albuquerque where our office is located, and anywhere else throughout New Mexico.  We also have a second trucking accident office in California, serving those in Inland Empire and San Bernardino County, as well as those who have been catastrophically injured or wrongfully killed throughout California.  Please call to schedule for FREE appointment by dialing (505) 883-5000 or contact us through our website's easy to use and convenient contact form available below.

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