Know Your Rights After a Brake Failure 18 Wheeler Accident in New Mexico: Explained by Our Albuquerque Attorney
There are many different reasons as to why commercial trucking accidents occur. Common causes include failure to respond appropriately to hazardous conditions, distracted driving, fatigued driving, and drugged or drunk driving. One common and serious cause of commercial trucking accidents is truck brake failure. Semi-tractor trailer accidents caused by truck brake failure are often catastrophic, as the driver does not have the ability to avoid the accident as he or she has no ability to stop the truck. A brake failure 18 wheeler accident in New Mexico could result in the wrongful death or permanent disability of an innocent person.
Not only are these accidents catastrophic, but they are generally speaking avoidable, meaning that the injuries you sustained may have been able to be entirely avoided. This is why, if you or your loved one was injured in a trucking accident that was due to brake failure, you should contact our experienced trucking accident attorneys today to learn what compensation you may be eligible for as a result of the injuries sustained in the accident.
Why do Commercial Trucking Brake Failure Accidents Occur?
Commercial trucking brake failure accidents can happen for many reasons, which include the following:
- Failure to appropriately and routinely maintain, repair, and inspect the truck’s braking system
- Incomplete maintenance of the truck’s brake system (i.e. using inappropriate brake pads to save money)
- Overloading of cargo
- Manufacturer defect of the brakes
- Distracted driving, and
- Other causes of a brake failure 18 wheeler accident in New Mexico.
Rules and Regulations Regarding Maintenance, Repair, and Inspection of a Truck’s Braking System
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Rule 396.3, all parts of a commercial truck must be inspected, maintained and repaired routinely. Additionally, all parts should always be operating appropriately and safely. In addition to FMCSA rules and regulations, truck drivers and commercial trucking companies must also adhere to state laws regarding appropriate maintenance and inspection of vehicles.
Common Injuries Sustained as a Result of Commercial Truck Brake Failure
There are many injuries that a person can sustain as a result of a semi-tractor trailer brake failure. Common injuries include the following:
- Broken bones or fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Amputation/loss of limb
- Internal injuries
- Brain injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Wrongful death
How Can We Help You After a Brake Failure 18 Wheeler Accident in New Mexico
Our lawyers understand just how devastating and life-altering it can be to suffer from an injury due a commercial truck brake failure accident. We are prepared to review your case to determine if your injuries were preventable. If it is believed that the accident was avoidable, we will work with experts and will secure the appropriate evidence to determine the cause of the accident. Our lawyers will work to gain the maximum amount of compensation possible for your injuries, which is typically awarded in the form of compensation. Damages that you may be eligible for include the following:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Lost future earnings
- Rehabilitative therapies
- Assistive devices
- Vehicle or home modifications
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of consortium
These are just some of the many damages you may be awarded based on your injuries.
Call for Help After a Brake Failure 18 Wheeler Accident in New Mexico
If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a trucking accident due to a brake failure, call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for a FREE consultation to learn how we can help you by dialing (505) 384-7865. 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. Please call to schedule for FREE appointment by dialing (505) 384-7865 or contact us through our website’s easy to use and convenient contact box available here.