Truck accidents may be low on the list when it comes to frequency, as semis, 18-wheelers, and other heavy commercial vehicles are involved in just 5.7 percent of all crashes based upon statistics from the New Mexico Department of Transportation. However, these incidents are disproportionate when it comes to fatalities that our Silver City Truck Accident Lawyers know can be devastating to a family. Large truck-involved collisions are responsible for 15.3 percent of all traffic-related deaths, and they cause severe injuries to hundreds of other victims. Because of the size and weight of a fully loaded semi, the most devastating harm affects the occupants of the passenger vehicle and not the truck driver.
The physical, financial, and emotional implications of a truck crash can be extensive, so it is reassuring to know that New Mexico laws provide you right rights. You may qualify to recover monetary damages for your losses, and our Silver City truck accident lawyers at Caruso Law Offices, P.C. are prepared to fight for the compensation you deserve. Please call to schedule a free consultation, and read on for some general information about truck crash claims.
The theory of liability behind these crashes is negligence, which means you need to prove that the truck operator caused the incident through a breach of the duty to drive safely. You also need evidence that the breach was the direct cause of the accident, such that it would not have occurred but for the driver’s misconduct. Any motorist can be at fault for such negligent acts as:
In addition, some types of negligence and misconduct are specific to truck accidents. There are many individuals and entities that play a role in ensuring that the tractor and trailer are safe. For instance, a company may be liable for causing a crash because of unsecured cargo, improper maintenance or repairs, failure to inspect, or negligence in training and hiring the driver.
Any motor vehicle accident is complex, as you will usually start the process by filing a claim with the operator’s insurance company. You might be able to settle your claim by agreement, but you will need to take your case to court if the insurer will not agree to a fair, reasonable amount of compensation.
However, truck accident cases are also much more complicated than other traffic incidents in multiple ways. For instance:
Despite the legal hurdles and obstacles insurers impose, the Silver City truck accident lawyers at Caruso Law Offices, P.C. strive to obtain the highest compensation allowed by law. We are aggressive in negotiations with insurance adjusters, and we are equally skilled at representing truck collision victims in court. We will seek all monetary damages available in your case, including:
The information is useful for understanding the basics about truck crash cases in New Mexico, but there are many other details you need to know when pursuing those responsible for your losses. Instead of putting your rights at risk, count on our Silver City truck accident lawyers at Caruso Law Offices, P.C. You can set up a no-cost case evaluation by calling (505) 384-7865 or visiting us online. We represent injured victims throughout Bernalillo, Valencia, Sandoval, Torrance, and Santa Fe Counties, and we look forward to working with you.