Every year there are thousands of serious collisions involving large trucks on American roads.
New Mexico is a major thoroughfare for large trucks. There are many serious and sometimes fatal large truck collisions each year.
When these collisions are caused by a truck driver’s negligent operation, improper truck maintenance or failure to follow federal guidelines, the persons injured deserve justice. This justice can come in many forms, including financial compensation.
No amount of money can replace a lost loved one or heal a serious injury. For those injured, we work so that our client will be able to carry on life with as much fulfillment as possible and ease the lasting physical and emotional effects of the collision.
Common Safety Concerns
Size and Weight
Big rigs, semi trucks and other large trucks present particular hazards to other motorists on the road because of their large size. The extreme weight of a commercial truck gives it the power to severely damage smaller vehicles in the event of a collision. Weather and road conditions also have more of an impact on large trucks because of their size than on smaller vehicles.
Many collisions are caused by improperly secured cargo. Especially in the case of trucks carrying heavy loads, oversized loads, or hazardous material, cargo should be secured properly (and comply with the law) in order to avoid serious injury to each of us on the roadway.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates the divers of commercial vehicles. A driver can become disqualified and their commercial driver’s license (CDL) revoked by drinking and driving, committing a felony while operating their vehicle, illegal drug use, driving for more hours than allowed by law, etc. If a driver and his truck company do not follow the laws, the safe operation of the large truck can be jeopardized.
Motor carriers are required to maintain a driver qualification file for every driver. The file must include, among other things, a driver’s application of employment, information regarding a driver’s driving record, the medical examiner’s certificate of the driver’s physical qualification to drive a commercial motor vehicle, and a list relating to violations of motor vehicle laws. These files must be properly maintained in order to assure driver safety.
Getting a Lawyer
When you’re involved in a collision with a tractor trailer rig, you are involved in a very serious matter. If you were in a car, on a bike, or walking, you’re likely to be seriously injured or killed. On top of that, if the collision was caused by a truck driver or truck company’s negligence, you face an uphill battle to ensure that you are compensated fairly for your damages including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
The truck driver and the trucking company have an advantage. They have many years of experience defending claims just like yours. They have departments and insurance companies dedicated to denying claims and minimizing payouts for individuals who have been injured as a result of their wrongdoing, and they have attorneys ready to respond to the company’s request for legal help in challenging your claim.
Your best asset is a lawyer who knows the law and has experience fighting truckers, truck companies and their insurance carriers.