Trucking is an essential industry in the U.S., and New Mexico sees heavy truck traffic to support the oil fields and other vital market sectors within the state. However, along with the influx of semis, 18-wheelers, and other large commercial vehicles comes an increased risk of serious truck collisions. Our Valencia Truck Accident Lawyers know this to be true. Plus, in reviewing New Mexico Department of Transportation data on CMV crashes, you might discover a shocking statistic: Though trucks are involved in just 5.7 percent of all traffic-related incidents, they are responsible for causing more than 15 percent of all motor vehicle accident fatalities.
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a truck collision, it may be reassuring to know that you do have legal options for recovering compensation. Because the process and relevant laws can be complex, it is wise to count on our Valencia truck accident attorneys at Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for assistance. Please contact our office to set up a free case assessment, and read on for a helpful overview about your rights.
These claims fall under the umbrella of motor vehicle collision claims, so there are some similarities. You will need to prove the essential elements of negligence to recover compensation, which means showing that the truck operator caused the crash through a failure to exercise reasonable care. Examples of negligence are speeding, running red lights, failing to yield, drunk or distracted driving, and many other violations of traffic laws.
However, there are some factors that make truck accidents unique – and much more complicated. Other types of carelessness enter the picture and can increase the potential for collisions, such as:
When you realize the extreme size differential between a semi and passenger auto, you can expect that the most devastating, catastrophic harm will affect occupants of the smaller vehicle. As such, it is important to take advantage of all legal remedies to obtain monetary damages. Though more complex, truck accident cases still start by filing an insurance claim. If the insurer will not agree to a reasonable sum, it may be necessary to initiate a civil lawsuit in court.
Our Valencia truck accident attorneys at Caruso Law Offices, P.C. will tackle the legal challenges to ensure you receive fair compensation. We will such amounts for:
For more information about your rights and remedies as the victim of a truck crash, please call (505) 384-7865 or go online to reach Caruso Law Offices, P.C. We can set up a complimentary consultation with a Valencia truck accident attorney who can advise you on the legal process. Our team also serves the needs of victims throughout Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, and Santa Fe Counties.