Lordsburg Trucking Accident Caused by a Centerline Violation


April 1, 2019

 by Caruso Law Offices, P.C. | 

Albuquerque Trucking Accident Lawyer Explains Centerline Violation in Fatal Lordsburg Trucking Accident

One week ago there was a horrific Lordsburg trucking accident caused by a centerline violation. The crash ultimately resulted in four fatalities and one 13-year-old girl suffering critical injuries. News outlets are reporting that a tractor trailer crossed the centerline for unknown reasons and collided head on with another tractor trailer. The truck also blocked the roadway and collided with a pickup truck carrying three people. The collision between the trucks also caused a large fire. Both truck drivers and both front-seat passengers in the pickup truck were killed. The crash occurred in Lordsburg, NM on I-10, which has been a common stretch of roadway for serious New Mexico trucking accidents and wrongful deaths.

The entire staff at the Mark Caruso sends our sincere condolences to the victims and their family, friends, and colleagues of the Lordsburg trucking accident caused by a centerline violation. Our Lordsburg trucking accident accident lawyer knows how devastating this type of box truck crash can be. There are many issues with this 18 wheeler wreck as well, because the truck driver was from California, the other truck driver from Texas, and both pickup occupants from Arizona. No matter what, a New Mexico trucking accident lawyer is needed to handle this case occurring in New Mexico. Call our experienced New Mexico trucking accident lawyer to learn how we can help by dialing (505) 308-1556.

Liability in the Lordsburg Trucking Accident Caused by a Centerline Violation

The investigation is still ongoing and we know little about what caused the Lordsburg trucking accident on Interstate 10 last week. What we do know is that one semi tractor trailer crossed the centerline and collided with the other tractor trailer. There could be many reasons why this occurred, including the follow reasons why vehicles cross the centerline:

  • Distracted driving;
  • Fell asleep at the wheel;
  • Tire blowout;
  • Drunk driving or drugged driving, even in truck drivers;
  • Steering wheel failures;
  • Speeding;
  • Aggressive lane changes;
  • Hitting debris in the road; and
  • Many other causes.

When any large commercial vehicle like a tractor trailer, big rig, 18 wheeler, tanker, or other semi tractor trailer crosses the centerline can causes a catastrophic big rig crash like the Lordsburg trucking accident for one of these reasons or any other reason, it is likely that vehicle will have violated New Mexico law and may be automatically liable under the doctrine of negligence per se. This doctrine automatically finds the violator of a statute liable for injures caused by the violator to a person who was protected by the statute. Here, oncoming vehicles are protected from someone crossing the centerline and it is likely the doctrine of negligence per se would apply.

The New Mexico law being violated is NM stat. section 66-7-308 which provides “[u]pon all roadways of sufficient width a vehicle shall be driven upon the right half of the roadway and where practicable, entirely to the right of the center thereof[.]” Whenever a vehicle crosses the centerline and causes a crash like the Lordsburg trucking accident, it is likely that this statute if violated.

Victims and Their Families of the Lordsburg Trucking Accident Should Contact the Mark Caruso

The Interstate 10 semi tractor trailer crash in Lordsburg, NM is a horrible crash. Victims and their families may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, lost future earnings, medical bills, property damage, funeral costs, burial expenses, and other damages. Families please call the Mark Caruso by dialing (505) 308-1556 to schedule a FREE consultation with one of our experienced Lordsburg trucking accident lawyers. We handle cases throughout New Mexico, including in Las Cruces, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Roswell, Farmington, Hobbs, Lordsburg, or anywhere else in the state, including Albuquerque where our law office is located. You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here. The Lordsburg trucking accident caused by a centerline violation needs representation like the representation from our law offices.

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