Rear-End Trucking Accident in New Mexico: Easily Preventable, But Dangerous When Drivers are Negligent
Most people never imagine being involved in a car accident or truck accident. Unfortunately, accidents involving cars and trucks are all too common. While car accidents can be catastrophic or even deadly, trucking accidents have a higher chance of serious injury or even death due to the size and force of semi-tractor trailers. One type of trucking accident that can be particularly catastrophic are rear-end trucking accidents in New Mexico. These accidents can result in serious injury or even wrongful death. While not all causes of rear-end trucking accidents are avoidable, often they are due to avoidable causes such as truck driver error. If you or your loved one was involved in a trucking accident, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries if it is determined that the accident was avoidable.
Causes of Rear-End Trucking Accidents
There are many causes of rear-end trucking accidents. Many causes of rear-end trucking accidents are entirely avoidable. Preventable causes of rear-end trucking accidents include the following:
- Driving above the speed limit – Driving above the speed limit is always dangerous, but especially when operating a large commercial truck. Speeding is illegal regardless of the type of vehicle a person is driving. Therefore, if a truck driver drives over the speed limit and it leads to a rear-end trucking accident, they likely will be responsible for any compensation owed to you or your loved one as a result of your injuries.
- Fatigued driving – Fatigued driving is dangerous and can put people at great risk for injury. The FMCSA issues hours of service (HOS) regulations in which truck drivers are supposed to adhere to in order to prevent fatigued driving. Failure to follow HOS regulations as well as regulations regarding driving while feeling fatigued can result in rear-end trucking collisions.
- Failing to check the blind spot – Failing to check your blind spots can result in many different types of accidents, including rear-end trucking accidents
- Distracted driving – Distracted driving is downright dangerous. If your eyes are taken off the road for any period of time, it can leave room for the chance of a rear-end trucking accident.
- Following behind another vehicle too closely – This creates great risk for a rear-end trucking accident as it doesn’t allow ample space and time to stop appropriately and safely.
- Drugged or drunk driving – This is illegal regardless of the type of vehicle you are driving. Commercial truck drivers are professional truck drivers and have a duty to abstain from alcohol and drugs prior to, and while operating their commercial trucking vehicles.
Causes of rear-end trucking accidents that may be preventable include the following:
- Multi-car pileups – If there is a car pileup that has already occurred, the truck driver may have difficulty stopping which can lead to a rear-end trucking accident. If the truck driver aided in the multi-car pileup, they may be at fault for the accident.
- Road work/work zones – Work zones can be difficult to navigate, making it difficult to stop quickly if in need.
- Defective brakes or other defective semi-tractor trailer parts – Defective parts may redder a truck driver unable to stop in time. This may be the fault of the manufacturer. If the trucking company was aware of a parts recall and did not replace the part, they may be at fault if a rear-end trucking collision occurs.
Were You Hurt in a Rear-End Trucking Accident in New Mexico? Let Us Help
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