Deadly Interstate 40 Trucking Accidents near Gallup, New Mexico


January 26, 2017

 by Caruso Law Offices, P.C. | 

New Mexico Trucking Accidents on Interstate 40 Cause Serious Injuries, Permanent Disability, and Wrongful Death

Very few trucking accidents occurring on highways and interstates are not fatal, and New Mexico trucking accidents on Interstate 40 is no exception.  With historic Route 66 and the major intersection for Route 491, Gallup, New Mexico is one of the most dangerous parts of Interstate 40.  Large trucking companies such as Swift Transportation, FedEx, Prime, Roadrunner Transportation, J.B. Hunt, Alliance Shippers, Ryder System, and other companies regularly go through this hub on Interstate 40.

Given the increased traffic of major commercial trucking companies, and given the high speed, large size, and large population in Gallup, it is one of the more deadly spots for New Mexico trucking accidents.  The experienced New Mexico trucking accident attorneys at the Mark Caruso know just how dangerous this area of Interstate 40 can be.  We have handled many wrongful death trucking accident cases on Interstate 40, including against some of the largest trucking companies in the United States such as FedEx.  If you or a loved one have been injured in a New Mexico trucking accident, all us for a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 407-0458 today!

Wrong Death Cases on Interstate 40

A wrongful death caused by a trucking accident is a very serious and unfortunate consequence of highway and interstate trucking.  A wrongful death action is where the loved ones of the deceased commence a lawsuit against the person or entity responsible for the decedent’s death.  In a trucking accident, this can include the truck driver, trucking company, and even the truck mechanical team or training team.

The goal of a wrongful death action is to help make the family suffering the loss whole by compensating them for the lost income, lost earnings, and loss of services from their loved one.  A wrongful death action can also be used to punish the wrongdoer to hopefully have a deterrent effect on future conduction.  While the compensation can never replace the loss of a loved one, the goal is to help the family support themselves from the victim’s death.

Causes of Interstate 40 Wrongful Death Cases

While there are many different causes of wrongful deaths in New Mexico trucking accidents, there are some common causes which reoccur.  Unfortunately, many of these common causes are preventable and no one needs to be injured or killed.  But the trucking business is about money and speed, and this leads to sloppy conduct which can be negligent.

Some common causes of Interstate 40 trucking accidents include the following:

  • Speeding and losing control of the tractor trailer;
  • Rear end collisions;
  • Sleeping while drowsy or failing asleep at the wheel;
  • Distracted driving such as on a cell phone;
  • Jackknifing;
  • Overweight trucks or trailers;
  • Brake or tire failure;
  • Improper lane changes; and
  • Other common causes.

Families with the Wrongful Death of a Loved One in New Mexico Trucking Accidents on Interstate 40 Can Be Compensated For Their Loss

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico truck accident attorneys at the Mark Caruso today by dialing (505) 407-0458 You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

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