NM Auto Accident Lawyer Explains Texting While Driving Accidents After a Car Accident with a Distracted Driver Texting Causes Personal Injuries
Distracted driving while operating a motor vehicle is incredibly dangerous, regardless of the vehicle. However, distracted driving while operating a truck is even more dangerous given the size of the vehicle and the load it may be carrying. A study conducted in 2009 showed that an estimated 71% of tractor trailer accidents occurred while the truck driver was doing something else while driving the truck. Distracted driving caused an estimated 2,841 deaths in 2018 according to. Our New Mexico car accident lawyer for accidents caused by distracted driving know just how dangerous this can be too. Distracted driving includes:
- Eating or drinking
- Using a map or reading a book
- Operating a dispatch radio system
- Reading bulletin boards or paying attention to other distracting things on the road, and
- Other distractions.
New Mexico Law Knows Distracted Driving While Operating a Truck is Dangerous
Almost everyone knows, especially our New Mexico accident lawyer for distracted driving accidents just how dangerous distracted driving while operating a semi-tractor trailer can be. Unfortunately, truck drivers continue to partake in distracted driving which can be deadly for the truck driver as well as pedestrians and other drivers on the road.
Under New Mexico statutory law, one type of distracted driving (texting) has been made unlawful. Consequences of partaking in such risky behavior may result in total automatic liability against the defendant who caused the crash if they were texting while operating the vehicle. This means that any accident caused by a driver who was texting or reading a message is in violation of this regulation.
Specifically under statutory law NM Stat. section 66-8-114, “[a]ny person operating a vehicle on the highway shall give his full time and entire attention to the operation of the vehicle.” It is the duty and obligation of each truck driver to adhere to this each time they operate their semi tractor trailer. If the driver is participating in any of the above mentioned activities while driving, they are not following this statute. Therefore, any truck driver that causes an accident while operating their vehicle may be liable under New Mexico law.
Our NM Auto Accident Lawyer Can Help Victims and Their Families After a Car Accident with a Distracted Driver in New Mexico
If you or a loved one have been a victim of have been seriously injured in an accident involving a distracted truck driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Call our NM auto accident lawyer at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. today to learn more about how we can assist you in obtaining justice. Our dedicated law firm specializes in distracted driving cases and have dedicated our practice to protecting the rights of individuals affected by distracted drivers in automobile accidents. Call today for your FREE consultation with our lawyers by dialing (505) 308-0427.
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