Using Emergency Flashers After New Mexico Trucking Accidents in Dust Storms


August 30, 2016

 by Caruso Law Offices, P.C. | 

Federal Regulations Require Commercial Trucks to Use Flashers When Stopped on Roadways, Which Includes After New Mexico Trucking Accidents in Dust Storms 

Commercial trucks are very dangerous motor vehicles, particularly on highways and interstates where they become battering rams.  When there are severe dust storms which limit visibility, or even blind drivers, large commercial trucks can become unguided missiles on highway and interstates.  This can make them even more deadly in New Mexico trucking accidents, particularly to smaller passenger vehicles.

One very dangerous situation is when commercial trucks crash in a dust storm due to limited vision.  Yet, these commercial trucks fail to mitigate the accident and continue to remain hidden on the highway and interstate for other vehicles traveling on the roads.  This is why federal regulations require stopped commercial trucks to turn on their emergency flashers to help make themselves visible on roadway to prevent pileup trucking accidents.

Here at the Mark Caruso, we represent the estate of a man killed in a serious New Mexico trucking accident caused by a dust storm and truck drivers who failed to activate their emergency flashers after an accident.  Instead of complying with federal regulations, these commercial truck drivers turned a dangerous situation into a deadly situation.  They created a trap on one of the busiest Interstates in New Mexico, almost guaranteeing to kill many other people—and that they did.  If you or a loved one have also been injured in a New Mexico trucking accident similar to this, call us today for a FREE case evaluation by dialing (505) 407-0458.

Federal Trucking Regulations Requiring Emergency Flashers for Commercial Trucks After an Accident

There are many federal regulations which help govern the conduct of commercial trucking companies and truck drivers that travel across the United States.  One of the more important provisions is FMCSA section 392.22, which governs emergency signals for stopped commercial motor vehicles.  Under subdivision (a), commercial trucking vehicle must use hazard warning signal flashers: “Whenever a commercial motor vehicle is stopped upon the traveled portion of a highway or the shoulder of a highway for any cause other than necessary traffic stops, the driver of the stopped commercial motor vehicle shall immediately activate the vehicular hazard warning signal flashers and continue the flashing until the driver places the warning devices . . . .”

Therefore, commercial trucking vehicles involved in a trucking accident on a highway or Interstate must use their hazard flashers to ensure that other vehicles can see them on the roadway.  In the case our experienced New Mexico trucking accident attorneys are handling, the failure of two trucks to use their emergency hazard flashers during a dust storm concealed them and resulted in a deadly pileup collision with another truck and three passenger vehicles.  If the drivers used their flashers, the additional accidents may have been avoided.

Trucking Accidents Caused by Dust Storms Can Kill and Emergency Flashers Can Help Avoid these Accidents

If a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a New Mexico trucking accident, contact the experienced trucking accident attorneys at the Mark Caruso today by dialing (505) 407-0458.  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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