Was Another Driver Under the Influence? Learn About Your Rights After a Drugged Truck Driver Accident in New Mexico
There are many different preventable causes of trucking accidents in New Mexico. One selfish and inexcusable cause of trucking accidents in New Mexico is drugged driving. The decision to take drugs and then get behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle is completely selfish and inexcusable, and often leads to catastrophic or fatal trucking accidents. Unfortunately, the truth is that many truck drivers will use illegal drugs, including cocaine and other stimulants. In addition, truck drivers will even use completely legal drugs that they are prescribed but told to not drive on because of side effects, but they will anyway to continue to operate and earn money. Our experienced 18-wheeler accident lawyers in Albuquerque at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. understand how devastating a drugged truck driver accident in New Mexico can be, and we are prepared to work with victims and their families to recover the compensation they deserve for any injuries or losses sustained as a result of the accident.
There is also no cost to get a case evaluated after a drugged truck driver accident in New Mexico. The Caruso Law Offices, P.C. does not charge for case evaluations or consultations to learn about your rights. This is important because a trucking wreck involving drugs can be very difficult to identify, investigate, and prove without an experienced 18-wheeler accident lawyer like ours. If you or a loved one were seriously injured in any type of trucking accident in New Mexico, call our bodily injury law firm for help with our case.
Types of Injuries Sustained by Victims in Commercial Trucking Accidents Due to Drugged Driving
As mentioned above, accidents due to drugged driving are often catastrophic or deadly. This is due to the fact that drugs often impair a person’s ability to make safe decisions while on the road, slow the reaction time of the driver, and cause other impairments leading to serious or fatal accidents. Some of the most common types of injuries caused by a drugged truck driver accident in New Mexico include the following;
- Traumatic brain injuries or other types of head trauma
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ injuries
- Amputation or loss of limb
- Broken bones or fractures
- Hip, back, knee or joint injuries
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Shoulder injuries requiring a shoulder replacement
- Internal bleeding
- Wrongful death
- Other injuries caused by trucking accidents caused by drugged driving
Filing a Lawsuit for Injuries Sustained Due to the Accident
If you or your loved one were seriously hurt or injured as a result of an accident involving a drugged driver, you may be eligible for damages for your injuries or losses. Damages are typically awarded in the form of compensation. Common damages that victims sustain include the following:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Medical bills
- Property damages
- Lost wages
- Lost future earnings
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral and burial expenses if wrongful death occurred
- Other damages associated with injuries or other losses caused by a drugged driving accident
Evidence Used to Prove Negligence in a Drugged Truck Driver Accident in New Mexico
Evidence obtained in a trucking accident is often quite different than that of another type of motor vehicle accident. Truck drivers are required to adhere to certain federal guidelines put in place by the Federal Motor Carrier and Safety Administration (FMCSA) that are unique to commercial truck drivers. Guidelines include the use of drugs and alcohol, how many consecutive hours a truck driver can drive without taking a rest, as well as other regulations.
Commercial trucks also have something known as a black box, which contains a wealth of information, including the speed in which they were traveling, the direction they were traveling, how quickly the driver applied their brakes, etc. It contains a wealth of information which can be vital to your case. Additionally, drug testing and how the driver was acting at the time of the accident can be helpful in further proving that the driver was under the influence. A copy of the police report is another important piece of evidence for your case.
Were You Injured in a Drugged Truck Driver Accident in New Mexico? Call Our 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyers for Help
Driving under the influence of anything can kill. A drugged truck driver accident in New Mexico can result in serious personal injuries or the wrongful death of an innocent person. If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a crash, call us to learn more about your rights to compensation. The Caruso Law Offices, P.C. can help victims and their families fight back against truck drivers that use and abuse drugs to stay awake longer or who do not care about the safety of others on the roads. To schedule your free consultation, call 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.