New Mexico Trucking Accidents Caused by Speeding Tractor Trailer


July 15, 2016

 by Caruso Law Offices, P.C. | 

Speeding Tractor Trailer Truck Driver Caused New Mexico Trucking Accident

Commercial trucks, tractor trailers, and semi trucks are very large and heavy vehicles.  These big vehicles travel throughout the United States, particularly on highways and interstates in New Mexico.  Part of a trucking company and truck driver’s job is to transport cargo as fast as they possibly can to their destination.  Time is money.  The faster the trucking companies can make the trips, the faster the trucking company can reload the cargo and start another paying job.  Thus, the faster they go the more money they make.

This monetary incentive leads to cutting corners.  One of the easiest corners for a trucking company and trucking driver to cut is driving within the speed limit.  This is particularly true on the interstates and highways, where truck drivers may feel immune to speed restrictions due to the difficulty in enforcing the vast stretches of roadway.  The faster the tractor trailer or commercial truck goes, the longer it takes the truck to stop, the shorter the reaction time the driver has to avoid an accident, and the greater the momentum the truck has which could cause significant damage to whatever it hits.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a New Mexico trucking accident because a truck driver was speeding above the speed limits and restrictions, contact the experienced Albuquerque trucking accident attorneys at the Mark Caruso by calling (505) 308-1556 for a FREE consultation.  We have the experience and knowledge necessary to properly investigate your claim and discover how fast the truck driver was driving at the time of your accident.  Contact us today to learn how we can protect your rights to compensation due to a speeding truck driver.

Speeding Tractor Trailer Causing New Mexico Trucking Accident is Liable for Your Injuries

Under New Mexico law, NM Stat. 66-7-301 provides under subdivision (d) the following:

“In every event, speed shall be so controlled by the driver as may be necessary: (1) to avoid colliding with a person, vehicle or other conveyance on or entering the highway; (2) to comply with legal requirements as may be established by the state highway and transportation department or the New Mexico state police division of department of public safety and the duty of all persons to use due car . . . .”

Where a commercial truck, tractor trailer, semi, flatbed, or other large truck causes a motor vehicle accident because the truck driver was speeding above the speed limit, the driver and the trucking company may be liable for all injuries related to the accident under this section of law.

This law is meant to protect other individuals on or around the roadway from motor vehicle accidents.  When a truck driver ignores the importance of this section of law, he or she may be negligent per se.  This is an automatic finding of negligence where the statutory violation is the cause of the damages.

Speed Kills: New Mexico Trucking Accidents are Deadly

It goes without saying that all trucking accidents are very dangerous and can cause serious, permanent, and debilitating injuries to victims.  Unfortunately, most trucking accidents involve the death of the victim—while the truck driver walks away without injury.

When a truck driver is speeding above the speed limit in his big rig, he is increasing the amount of damage he is going to cause to a victim of a truck accident.  He is also increasing the difficulty he will have maneuvering the truck, his stopping distance, and his momentum.  But he is decreasing his reaction time.  All very bad things.  This is why speeding in a commercial truck, semi truck, tractor trailer, or other large truck is very dangerous and simply deadly.

If a Speeding Truck Driver Caused your New Mexico Trucking Accident, Call Us today!!!

If a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a New Mexico trucking accident, contact the experienced speeding tractor trailer truck accident attorneys at the Mark Caruso today by dialing (505) 308-1556.  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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