What to Do if a Truck Leaves the Scene of a Trucking Accident in New Mexico?


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Our Trucking Accident Lawyers in Albuquerque Explain What to Do If a Truck Leaves the Scene of a Trucking Accident in New Mexico

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Trucking accidents occur all too often on the roadways of New Mexico and leave victims with catastrophic or even fatal injuries. Being injured in a commercial trucking accident is often frightening and confusing. It can become even more complex when the truck driver leaves the scene of the accident. More and more, truck drivers are leaving the scene of the accident when they know that they are responsible for the accident. This not only can cause even more serious injuries or death due to a delay in medical care, but can also leave victims unable to file a claim for damages sustained if the truck driver is unable to be tracked down. If you are a victim of a trucking accident in which the driver left the scene of the accident, learn what our Albuquerque truck accident attorneys have to say about what to do if a truck leaves the scene of a trucking accident in New Mexico.

Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced trucking accident lawyers in Albuquerque, New Mexico want victims and their families to know what to do in the case of a trucking accident where a driver leaves the scene. There are some steps to take to protect your rights to compensation. However, if you are still unsure what to do or if you were unable to identify the truck driver or trucking company, you can contact our personal injury law firm in Albuquerque to learn more about your rights to compensation under New Mexico law by calling us to schedule a FREE consultation.

Why Commercial Truck Drivers Choose to Flee the Scene of an Accident

It is often baffling that a driver would leave a victim injured without medical assistance in an effort to attempt to escape the possibility of repercussions of their actions. Truck drivers who have left the scene of an accident were asked why they left the scene of the accident. Common reasons mentioned include the following:

  • The driver panicked
  • The driver was driving with an expired CDL license and feared the additional repercussions of driving with an expired license
  • The driver was distracted at the time of the accident and panicked after they caused the accident and knew that they were engaging in a distracting activity
  • The driver fell asleep at the wheel and was in violation of hours of service (HOS) requirements and feared repercussions
  • Fear of legal repercussions for intoxicated driving
  • The driver did not have the appropriate qualifications to be operating the truck
  • The driver did not even realize that he or she hit you, and
  • Many other common explanations, almost all of them which are acceptable.

What to Do if You Were Injured in a Hit and Run Trucking Accident

If you were injured in a hit and run trucking accident, you may not be sure how to move forward. At the scene of the accident, it is wise to take down the make and model of the truck, any identifying logos, and the license plate if possible. If you are in a position to do so, you can also take photos or video of the truck which can be used as evidence.

Next, it is important to contact an experienced truck accident lawyer who can help you by investigating the accident to attempt to find the party responsible. Our lawyers can recover video surveillance from any nearby cameras if cameras were near the scene of the accident for further evidence.

Although it may seem like you will be unable to recover compensation for your injuries, there are often other ways to recover damages if the driver is unable to be located, such as through your own insurance company or through uninsured motorist protection if you have this type of coverage. Call our experienced trucking accident lawyers in Albuquerque, New Mexico today to learn how we can help you and hold the trucking company liable for the truck driver’s negligence.

Still Not Sure What to do if a Truck Leaves the Scene of a Trucking Accident in New Mexico? Call our Experienced Trucking Accident Lawyers in New Mexico for Help

If you or a loved one were injured in any type of serious trucking accident when a trucker left the scene, call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. to learn more about how we can help you by dialing (505) 883-5000. That’s because, even if you are not sure what to do if a truck leaves the scene of a trucking accident in New Mexico, we know what to do to help you and your family recover the compensation that you deserve. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us today to schedule a FREE consultation with our experienced trucking accident lawyers in Albuquerque.

We handle cases in both New Mexico and now Ontario, California. Our New Mexico cases and locations include Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Roswell, Cuervo, Rio Rancho, Clovis, Farmington, Hobbs, Albuquerque where our office is located, and anywhere else throughout New Mexico.  We also have a second trucking accident office in California, serving those in Inland Empire and San Bernardino County, as well as those who have been catastrophically injured or wrongfully killed through California.  Please call to schedule for FREE appointment by dialing (505) 883-5000 or contact us through our website’s easy to use and convenient contact form available below.

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