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What to Do After a NM Drunk Driving Accident on New Years

- Mark Caruso

New Years Drunk Driving Accidents in New Mexico: What to Do Next

New Year’s Eve is one of the most dangerous times of the road.  According to statistics from AAA, the average number of traffic fatalities is 36 a day but on New Year’s Eve it is 54 in a single day.  Additionally, more pedestrians are killed on New Year’s Day than any other day of the year.  The largest cause of these accidents is impaired driving due to alcohol and/or drugs.  Other causes include fatigued or tired driving, driver inexperience, and weather conditions like icy conditions at night.  This is why individuals traveling on or around roadways and highways need to be extremely careful on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to avoid a New Mexico drunk driving accident on New Years.

What to Do After a New Mexico Drunk Driving Accident on New Years

If you are involved in a New Years auto accident due to a drunk driver, it is important to take several steps to protect your rights.  Here are some steps to take to ensure that your rights are protected.

Step 1: Get Medical Attention – Do not play hero.  If you are injured in a serious drunk driving auto accident, get medical attention immediately.  Even if you do not think you are injured and have minor pains, remember that any small changes you feel in your body like a headache, backache, fatigue, or other symptoms will get magnified as time goes on.  It is important to immediately treat these conditions and get them documented to support a case later on.  This is particularly true of head injuries, and a minor headache could be the sign of a brain bleed which could be fatal.

Step 2: Obtain Accident Information – If you are not injured, or if you are injured and a passenger or another person is not, ensure that you get information regarding the subject accident including photographs of all vehicles involved, the traffic signs or lights, police report information, first responder information, and other important information from all drivers involved including their insurance companies.

Step 3: Ask a Lawyer for Help Immediately – While you could immediately put in an insurance claim, you will have to fill out information and advise in your own words what happened.  Even if it is your insurance carrier or the insurance agent sounds nice and like he or she is trying to help you, they are not really on your sign.  Little questions could be used to get a lot of information from you to hurt your case or belittle your injuries.  Don’t let this happen.  Have a lawyer make the claim for you as part of your personal injury representation.  This ensures that, especially for the most serious injuries, that your rights are protected right from the start.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we know that drunk driving car accidents on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day can result in very serious personal injuries including amputations, traumatic brain injuries, amputations, wrongful death, and many other types of injuries.  Our Albuquerque auto accident lawyer handles many serious types of catastrophic motor vehicle accidents.  If you have been seriously injured or lost a family member in a motor vehicle crash, call the experienced Albuquerque auto accident lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. by dialing (505) 883-5000, or you can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

Types of Auto Accidents and Why They Are Dangerous: Albuquerque Auto Accident Lawyer

- Mark Caruso

Understanding the Types of Auto Accidents and Why They Are Most Dangerous: Albuquerque Auto Accident Lawyer Explains

While most people believe that high speed collisions or tractor trailer crashes are the only ways that people could be seriously injured, any type of auto accident, even low speed collisions, can cause serious personal injuries.  This depends on the unique nature of the collision, including the angle, force, and what happens after impact.  In addition, other factors such as the health of the occupants is also to be considered.  It is important to understand what types of auto accidents cause certain types of injuries and why they are dangerous to protect your health and ensure that your rights to compensation are protected.

At the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we have handled many different types of New Mexico auto accidents which have caused a wide variety of injuries.  In this post, our experienced Albuquerque auto accident lawyer explains what types of auto accidents are so dangerous and why do they cause certain injuries which are unique to the impact.  If you have been injured in any of these types of auto accidents, or any other, please call our law firm for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can help you.

Types of Auto Accidents and Why They Are Dangerous

There are many different types of auto accidents, and the causes or results could be infinite.  Here are some of the most common types of auto accidents and how they cause serious personal injuries:

  • Head on Collision – this is perhaps the most deadly type of collision because two opposing forces (each vehicle) collide right at the front of the vehicle where the driver sits.  The force of the impact is significant, even at low speeds, and could immediately cause significant internal injuries including traumatic brain injuries.
  • Rear end Collisions – this is perhaps the most common type of auto accident, but it could also be the most damaging.  This is when one vehicle collides with another vehicle from behind.  The damage to the vehicle in the lead car being rear ended is dangerous because the person could suffer back and forth whiplash.  The harder the impact, the more violent the whiplash, and the most damaging the injuries.
  • T-bone collisions – This is when one vehicle hits the side of another vehicle.  This type of collision is very deadly because the driver in the vehicle being hit on the side is directly at the point of impact.  The side door is very thin and does not provide a lot of padding and crunch space like the front engine block or the trunk.  This is commonly a fatal type of crash at high speeds.
  • Rollover crashes – This is when one vehicle rolls over onto its side or top.  This is very dangerous in certain vehicles which do not guard against rollovers, such as passenger vehicles (most SUVs and high center of gravity vehicles have rollover cages, but most passenger vehicles do not).  This could result in a crushing injury to occupants, which are very dangerous.
  • Sideswipes – This is when one vehicles hit the side of another vehicle at an angle that causes the hitting-vehicle to swipe and deflect away.  This type of collision can be very serious because it will rock the vehicle being truck in a violent and dangerous way causing neck or back injuries.

Injured in a New Mexico Auto Accident?  Call our Albuquerque Auto Accident Lawyer

If you have been injured by any type of auto accident in New Mexico, please call our compassionate team at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. to help you today.  Call our experienced Albuquerque auto accident lawyer for a FREE consultation to learn how we can help you today.  We handle cases throughout New Mexico, including in Lordsburg, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Roswell, or anywhere else. Call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can help.  You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

Spinal Cord Injuries Caused by Albuquerque Auto Accidents

- Mark Caruso

Albuquerque Auto Accident Lawyer Explains Spinal Cord Injuries Caused by Crashes

Even though your spinal cord is well-protected because it is encased in vertebrae bone, your spinal cord is not invincible.  In fact, your spinal cord is particularly susceptible in an Albuquerque auto accident from the rear or side impacts which are devastating.  This is because of a whiplash effect which causes your neck to swing back and forth violently.  This can cause damage to the spinal cord and the nerves branching off of the spinal column.  As a result, individuals injured in a serious collision could sustain permanent and debilitating damage to their neck, back, and spinal cord.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced Albuquerque auto accident lawyer knows that spinal cord injuries need special attention.  This is because arguing the law is only half the battle.  It is important to understand, comprehend, and argue the medical treatment, injuries, and future care that is required in a spinal cord injury case to ensure a victim receives the appropriate amount of compensation.  If you or a loved on have suffered a serious spinal cord injury due to a New Mexico auto accident, please call us for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000.

Back Injuries Which Could Result in Spinal Cord Injuries 

Spinal cord injuries could result in full paralysis or partial paralysis, depending on the location of the injury.  This injury could affect how a person’s body functions, such as the ability to sense or move arms, legs, hands, feet, or other parts of the body.  Because the spinal cord is protected by the hard vertebrae of the back, back injuries are what can cause damage to the spinal cord.  

Some common back injuries caused by Albuquerque auto accidents resulting in spinal cord injuries include the following:

  • Fracture to a vertebrae, including a compression fracture or other crushing injury;
  • Herniated discs which cause pressure on the spinal cord and damage;
  • Spinal stenosis;
  • Annular tears of the discs which can place pressure on the spinal cord;
  • Damage to nerves originating from the spinal cord, including brachial plexus injuries;
  • Whiplash injuries;
  • Avulsion tears of nerves leaving the spinal cord;
  • Complete tears of the spinal cord causing paralysis;
  • Damage or injury caused by swelling around the spinal cord; and
  • Many other causes.

Spinal Cord Injury Surgeries

Victims who have sustained a spinal cord injury may need surgery.  Sometimes the surgery is used to repair the damage done by the auto accident.  Other times a surgery cannot repair the damage, but is used to treat or mask symptoms of pain.  The most common types of surgeries include spinal fusions, discectomies, laminectomies, herniated disc repairs, and other related corrections.    This surgeries are all debilitating and permanent.  They can take months to even years to fully heal.

Victims of an Albuquerque Auto Accident Causing a Spinal Cord Injury Need to Call Our Law Firm

If you have been seriously injured or permanently disabled due to an Albuquerque auto accident, please call our spinal cord injury lawyer at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C.  We handle cases throughout New Mexico, including in Lordsburg, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Roswell, or anywhere else. Call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can help.  You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

High Speed Collision: Albuquerque Auto Accident Lawyer Explains Liability

- Mark Caruso

Understanding High Speed Collisions Caused by Excessive Speed: Albuquerque Auto Accident Lawyer

One of the most significant and catastrophic types of auto accidents are high speed collisions.  This is because high speed collisions result in significant force and momentum.  This force is dispersed through the vehicles causing the metal of a car to twist or break.  This force is also dispersed into occupants, resulting in broken bones, ruptured organs, and other severe damages.  If you have been seriously injured in a high speed collision, our Albuquerque auto accident lawyer can explain what your rights are when the other driver was speeding or driving above the speed limit.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced Albuquerque auto accident lawyer knows that excessive speed is a common and very serious cause of catastrophic motor vehicle accidents.  Our staff is trained and has experience handling these types of cases and the commonly caused injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, ruptured organs, and many other types of injuries.  If you have been seriously injured in a New Mexico auto accident, please call us to schedule a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000.

Excessive Speed Causing a Serious Albuquerque Auto Accident

Under New Mexico common law, all motorists must use reasonable care under the circumstances in the use and operation of their motor vehicle.  The common law is judge-made law which is developed over decades of judicial decision-making premised on the consensus of the public.  This is an important part of law which can be used to determine when a defendant is negligent.  Negligence is when there is a duty owed by defendant to the plaintiff, who breaches that duty and such breach causes damages to the plaintiff.  That duty is what a reasonable person, or a reasonable member of society, would do in similar circumstances.  

Thus, if a defendant is driving above the speed limit and causes a serious New Mexico auto accident, that defendant could be liable for negligence based on the common law principle.

But there is also another cause of action for statutory violations.  This is because there is NM stat. section 66-7-301, wherein subdivision (d) provides that “[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 defendant fails to comply with the statute and causes a catastrophic auto accident resulting in permanent injuries or wrongful death, a victim may be entitled to compensation.  Using the violation of this statute can help establish liability automatically.  This is because of the doctrine of negligence per se, which finds that the violation of a statute meant to protect a plaintiff who is injured by that violation will be able to hold the defendant automatically liable for the crash.  This is a very important and useful tool against drivers who are speeding and cause auto accidents.

Victims of High Speed New Mexico Auto Accident Could Call Our Law Firm Today

If you have suffered a very serious injury from a New Mexico auto accident, please call our Albuquerque auto accident lawyer 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.

Winning a Rear End Albuquerque Auto Accident

- Mark Caruso

How to Win a Rear End Albuquerque Auto Accident: New Mexico Auto Accident Lawyer Explains

Even if we are not a lawyer, we know that a vehicle which hits another vehicle from behind is likely at fault for the crash.  This is helpful to a victim who is hurt in a rear end auto accident because a jury of your peers will also likely know this.  This is statutorily required.  In fact, NM Stat Section 66-7-318 requires under subdivision (A) that “[t]he driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway.”  When a victim is injured in a rear end Albuquerque auto accident, he or she may be entitled to compensation for his or her injuries from the vehicle which hits him or her from behind.  

This is because a vehicle causing a rear end crash is the vehicle who can stop to avoid the crash.  If a vehicle causes a rear end collision, it is likely that the driver and owner of that vehicle will be liable to any person injured in the auto accident.  This is due to the negligence per se doctrine, which automatically finds a defendant liable for the auto accident when a statute that is meant to protect the victim is violated.  Here, our experienced Albuquerque auto accident lawyer at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. can apply this doctrine to prove your case.  

Winning a Rear End Albuquerque Auto Accident Case

In addition to the New Mexico statute for following too closely and the doctrine of negligence per se, a victim can win a rear end auto accident case in other ways.  This includes through the common law cause of action for negligence.  Victims can use this be demonstrating that a defendant failed to use reasonable care under the circumstances in the use and operation of his or her vehicle.

Some ways to prove that a victim failed to use reasonable care in the use and operation of his or her vehicle which resulted in a rear end collision include the following:

  • Distracted driving such as using cell phones, GPS, laptops, tablets, the radio, scuffling papers, using a map, or other actions other than driving;
  • Speeding above the limit which makes it harder to stop in time;
  • Following too slowly in inclement weather which makes reactions slower or affects how a vehicle stops, like during rain, snow, ice, or dust storms;
  • Fatigued driving which results in delayed reactions;
  • Falling asleep at the wheel;
  • Failing to use eyeglasses or contacts;
  • Improperly maintaining a vehicle’s tires or brakes causing a rear end collision;
  • Drunk driving;
  • Drugged driving; and
  • Other causes which could result in a rear end collision.

Injured in a Rear End Albuquerque Auto Accident?  Our Firm Can Help

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a New Mexico car crash such as a read end collision, please call our Albuquerque auto accident lawyer to learn how we can help protect your rights to compensation 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.

Common Head Injuries in New Mexico Tractor Trailer Truck Crashes

- Mark Caruso

Common Head Injuries from New Mexico Tractor Trailer Truck Crashes: NM Trucking Crash Lawyer Explains

Large commercial trucks such as tractor trailers, 18 wheelers, big rigs, double-trailers, tankers, and other large trucks are very powerful vehicles which can result in devastating injuries.  Victims of large commercial trucking crashes in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Roswell, Santa Fe, and anywhere else in New Mexico can be seriously injured or wrongful killed even low speed trucking crashes.  When these trucking crashes result on fast-moving interstates like I-10, I-25, and I-40, victims can be instantly killed or maimed for the rest of their lives.

Here are the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our New Mexico trucking crash lawyers know how devastating these types of injuries can be for a victim and his or her family.  We have the experience and knowledge necessary to prove liability and explain the medical side of the injuries to ensure you get the maximum compensation you may be entitled to.  If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a New Mexico trucking crash resulting in a brain injury, call us today by calling (505) 883-5000 to learn more.

Common Head Injuries from NM Tractor Trailing Truck Crashes

Besides wrongful death, head injuries can be the worst types of injuries in a trucking crash.  This is because they can result in physical damage and cognitive damage.  Head injuries include any injury to a victim’s head, face, brain, skull, or scalp.  There are generally two types of head injuries.  One is an open head injury, which is where the skull is fractured.  A closed head injury is where the skull does not break, but there is damage to the brain itself.  Both types of head injuries are very dangerous, particularly closed head injuries which do not allow for blood or swelling to escape and can create extreme pressure on the brain also damaging it.

Below are some of the most common types of head injuries in New Mexico trucking crashes:

Trauma Injuries – When you have a large commercial truck colliding with a smaller passenger vehicle, one of the most common types of head injuries to a victim is a trauma-related injury such as lacerations, cuts, tearing of flesh, foreign objects, and other head damage.  This is physical damage to the head that we usually think of in vehicle crashes caused by the impact.  This can include physical damage to the skull and brain due to the impact.

Concussions – a concussion occurs when the brain bounces against the skull which causes damage to it.  This can result in a loss of cognitive function and cause severe headaches.  These can also cause permanent damage and destroy a person’s ability to function normally and hold a job.

Traumatic brain injuries – these are a type of brain injury caused by the trucking crash, but not necessarily in the acute, physical sense that the first common type occurs.  Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, can occur without any physical signs of damage.  The brain can be injured in a jostling motion like a concussion, and be deprived oxygen or blood in a section where it will begin to die or atrophy.  TBIs can also result in permanent loss of memory, ability to speak, ability to even walk or talk, and a loss of control of one’s emotions.  Traumatic brain injuries are very serious damages.

Skull fractures – a skull fracture is a very scary type of head injury because the skull is the protective shell of the brain.  When the skull is fractured, it can leave the brain vulnerable to damage.  When the skull is severely fractured, it can actually do the harm to the brain itself by piercing and damaging the brain.  Skull fractures are always dangerous and need to be guarded against.

Loss of sight, hearing, or taste – head injuries can also cause damage to a person’s senses, particularly the eyes which are very vulnerable to shattered and flying glass, tossed debris, and other shrapnel in a trucking crash.  Victims can also suffer severe damage to their hearing and taste when cranial nerves are also injured.

Injured in a New Mexico Tractor Trailer Crash Causing a Head Injury?  Call Us NOW To Learn What We Can Do to Help You Right Away

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.

Catastrophic Injuries From New Mexico Trucking Wrecks: Common Injuries to Know

- Mark Caruso

Common Catastrophic Injuries from New Mexico Trucking Wrecks and How They May Work in Court

All motor vehicle crashes can result in serious personal injuries, but New Mexico trucking crashes can lead to some of the most catastrophic injuries that a victim could endure.  These injuries include horrific head, brain, and spine injuries, or significant organ issues which can result in a systematic shutdown of someone’s body.  Extreme bloodless and trauma to a limb can also result in the need to amputate the limb.  These types of injuries are very common in New Mexico trucking crashes due to the size, weight, and speed these vehicles travel.

Our experienced New Mexico trucking wreck lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. have handled many significant trucking crashes resulting in these types of catastrophic injuries.  We know how to support and injured victim and his or her family to present his or her case in the best possible light to recover the maximum amount of compensation he or she may be entitled to.  If you or a loved one were seriously injured or wrongfully killed, call us by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn more how we can help you and your family.

Most Common Catastrophic Injuries in New Mexico Trucking Wrecks Caused by Negligent Truck Drivers

When serious and catastrophic injuries are caused by the negligence of another it can make you feel frustrated, angry, and even hopeless.  These injuries are usually permanent, extremely debilitating, and horrific for victims and their families.  Some of the most common catastrophic injuries from New Mexico trucking wrecks which our New Mexico trucking wreck lawyer handles include the following two worst injuries:

Head and brain injuriesInjuries to the head such as traumatic brain injuries warrant special consideration and attention.  This if because, first, injuries to the head can easily kill a victim of a trucking wreck.  The brain governs the entire body, and injuries here can result in the wrongful death of a person.  Second, injuries to the head and brain are not always easily diagnosed and require neurological testing and experts to prove.  This is because injuries to your cognitive ability to process information, remember, focus, and even function normally do not show up in an x-ray.  Third, head and brain injuries can also damage and control all aspects of your body even with little injuries, which mean that head injuries can effect nerves and parts of your body on the opposite end such as your legs or feet.  All head and brain injuries are very serious examples of catastrophic personal injuries.

Loss of Limb from Amputation or Paralysis – Anytime a victim loses a limb, either physically in an amputation or functionally due to paralysis such as due to paraplegia or quadriplegia, a victim’s entire life will change greatly.  These are very serious and significant injuries which cannot be brought back.  Sometimes everything that a victim previously could do now requires assistance after the injury.  In very severe cases, victims can be completely bedridden or wheelchair bound after enjoying an active life.  This can have dramatic effects on a person’s future life expectancy, income and lost wages, and even his or her emotional well-being.  These are one of the worst catastrophic injuries which are very common in New Mexico trucking wrecks, particularly on highways or interstates.

Catastrophic Injured From New Mexico Trucking Wrecks Require Strong and Experienced Legal Advocacy

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.

Emergency Vehicles Involved in New Mexico Car Accidents: Recent Story Highlights Dangerous, Liability

- Mark Caruso

Recent Albuquerque Police Car Car Killing a Young Boy Highlights the Dangerous in  New Mexico Car Accidents with Emergency Vehicles

We are learning more from an investigation report of an April 17, 2017 motor vehicle crash in Albuquerque, New Mexico wherein an Albuquerque police officer was responding to call of a man wielding a machete in a local store.  The officer was traveling at approximately 80 MPH on his way to the scene with his lights and sirens on.  He approached an intersection where he had a green light.  Another vehicle, which also had the green light, was turning left at the intersection.  The officer applied his brakes but collided into the rear of the vehicle turning left.  A young boy, Joel Anthony Suina (6-years-old) was killed and his 9-year-old sister suffered a pelvis fracture, a head injury, lung injury, liver injury, and kidney injury.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we see too many of these types of crashes.  We honor and respect our law enforcement to the fullest, but we also recognize their jobs bring peril.  Generally, emergency vehicles are commonly involved in New Mexico car crashes not solely due to the actions of an officer, but due to the natural and inherent danger of this line of work.  Any vehicle speeding and growing through an intersection is a dangerous vehicle, even with the green light.  If you or a loved one have been injured in an emergency vehicle crash in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, or anywhere else in New Mexico, call our experienced personal injury lawyer for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn more.

Dangers of Intersections and High Speeds

The causes of car accidents can be viewed as a recipe for disaster.  Several ingredients just make car accidents much more potent to cause serious injury or wrongful death.  Intersections are the most dangerous location on the roadway because lanes of traffic are crossing over other lanes of traffic creating the potential for a collision.  Speed is also a dangerous factor, as the reaction time goes down but the braking distance increases.  The force and momentum is also greater and stronger.

Emergency vehicles commonly invoke both of these added dangerous, such as the news story from above.  In fact, intersections are known to be one of the most dangerous locations for any emergency vehicle—especially when the light is against the emergency vehicle.  Here, even though the light was not against the driver, it still lead to a very deadly accident.

Liability in Emergency Vehicle Crashes

When an emergency vehicle is involved in a motor vehicle crash in New Mexico, there could be many liable parties.  The most basic and common party is the driver of the emergency vehicle.  Another common entity that is liable is the police department or agency, which is vicariously liable for the acts of its employees within the scope of employment.  Here, the police department could absolutely be liable for the subject crash because the crash occurred within the drivers course of employment and while responding to the crash.

Unfortunately, another person who could be liable is the driver of the vehicle turning left.  The 6-year-old and the 9-year-old were passengers, and not comparatively at fault for this accident in any way.  But there could be, however, liability for the driver for not noticing the sirens or lights at an intersection.  This may be very unlikely given the facts, but it is a possibility which must be taken into consideration to protect the rights of the injured children at all cost.

Crashes with Emergency Vehicles are Very Serious: Call a New Mexico Personal Injury Lawyer if This Happened to You

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.

High Speed Trucking Wrecks in New Mexico: Catastrophic Injury Lawyers

- Mark Caruso

Personal Injuries Caused by High Speed Trucking Wrecks in New Mexico

Of all motor vehicle crashes, there may be no worse type of impact than a high speed trucking crash.  When large commercial vehicles such as big rigs, 18 wheelers, tractor trailers, and other trucks collide with other vehicles at a high rate of speed, the results are catastrophic.  Commercial trucking wrecks involved twisted steel, mangled vehicles, and catastrophic injuries.  Incidents can even be worse when there is an explosion or large fire due to the impact or cargo.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced catastrophic injury lawyers handle high speed trucking wrecks due to New Mexico trucking crashes against some of the largest trucking companies in the country, including J.B. Hunt, FedEx, Schneider National, and other large companies.  Many of these high speed collisions occur on interstates, including I-10, I-25, and I-40.  If you or a loved one have been serious injured or wrongfully killed in a New Mexico trucking wreck, call us today by dialing (505) 883-5000.

Common Causes of High Speed Trucking Wrecks in New Mexico

There are many causes of trucking crashes which can cause serious personal injuries.  But high speed trucking wrecks are a different breed of trucking accidents and have some unique common causes.  Some of the common causes of high speed trucking wrecks in New Mexico include the following:

  • Distracted driving such as texting, making a phone call, using a GPS, or using another device;
  • Falling asleep at the wheel (possible hours of service violations);
  • Drunk driving or drugged driving by a truck driver;
  • Aggressive driving;
  • Mechanical failure such as a brake failure or blown tire;
  • Intentionally speeding or driving too fast;
  • Improperly merging;
  • Unsafe lane changes;
  • Failing to reduce speed due to weather conditions such as dust storms which limit visibility; and
  • Many other causes.

Common Injuries Caused by New Mexico High Speed Trucking Wrecks

Given the sheer weight and speed of a large commercial truck in a high speed trucking crash, the injuries can be absolutely catastrophic to victims in smaller passenger vehicles.  Some common injuries caused by high speed trucking crashes in New Mexico include the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI);
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Amputations;
  • Broken bones and fractures;
  • Organ injuries or organ ruptures;
  • Large and significant lacerations;
  • Brain damage;
  • Significant burn injuries;
  • Need for surgery;
  • Dislocated joints;
  • Loss of vision due to eye injuries;
  • Property damage injuries;
  • Wrongful death; and
  • Other common causes.

Victims of High Speed Trucking Wrecks in New Mexico Should Call the Catastrophic Personal Injury Lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C.

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.

Who Could be Responsible for a New Mexico Trucking Wreck?

- Mark Caruso

Who Could be Responsible for a New Mexico Trucking Wreck?  Answer: A Lot of People and Entities!

Victims of New Mexico trucking wrecks usually end up being seriously injured, especially when those crashes are high-speed collisions on interstates such as I-40, I-25, or I-10.  While victims and their families usually turn to healing and getting life back on track, the importance of preparing for a legal battle in court may seem so far away.  But the statute of limitations in New Mexico is only 3 years from the date of the accident, which will creep up quickly on victims who are seriously injured and require years of recovery.

Therefore, it is important to have an experienced New Mexico trucking accident attorney such as the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. on your side right from the start.  We can help take the burdens off of you and your family so you can focus on healing, and we will focus on preparing your case against the individuals or entities liable for your trucking wreck.  When you are involved in a New Mexico trucking wreck in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Roswell, or anywhere else in New Mexico, call us for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can help you.

Who is Liable for a Trucking Wreck?

There are many different individuals and entities who may be liable for a New Mexico trucking wreck.  Some of these parties may be obvious, but some of these may not be that obvious at all to a lay person.  Here are some of the people who may be liable for a New Mexico trucking crash:

  • The Truck Driver – it should be obvious that the person who is most likely to be liable for a New Mexico trucking wreck would be the driver of the truck.  Drivers must have a CDL and spent time studying, passing a written test, shadowing a licensed driver, and then passing a field tests before they get their licenses.  Drivers of large commercial trucks have very dangerous machines in their hands and they must be very careful how they operate those vehicles.  When a truck driver makes a bad decision such as a reckless one, negligent one, or even a downright dangerous decision, it can result in serious injuries and the wrongful death of a victim.  Truck drivers are usually at the center of all defendants in trucking accident litigation.
  • The Trucking Company – just as the truck driver is most obvious, it should also not be a surprise that the trucking company is send-most obvious.  This is because the trucking company will be liable for any truck wrecks of their drivers under the theory of respondeat superior, a type of vicarious liability between the employer and employee.  This means that the employer will be liable for the acts of an employee when they occur within the scope of employment.  Trucking companies can also be liable for negligently hiring a driver, negligently training a driver, and providing faulty equipment such as the trucks.
  • Other drivers – another common cause of trucking crashes is the acts of negligence of another driver, such as those that may cut off a truck and cause it to swerve or of a car that stops short.  This can be very serious and result in catastrophic injury when there are two vehicles involved.  Additionally, if the victim is a passenger in a vehicle, the driver of that vehicle could be liable for the negligence.
  • Equipment manufacturers if a component on the truck like a piece of equipment is negligently made, like tires, brakes, or the steering wheel, the manufacturer could also be liable under a products liability case to the victim.
  • Government entities – maybe a cause of the subject trucking crash is not just due to the trucking company or truck drier, but maybe the road is improperly rated for too high a speed, or the road is very dimly lit, or maybe even there are holes in the roadway which cause tire blowouts.  All of these are examples of issues that could result in the local municipality, county, state, or even federal government to be liable.

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