Knowledgeable About Truck Accidents
New Mexico is a major thoroughfare for semi-trucks and other large commercial vehicles.
When accidents are caused by a truck driver driving like a bully or failing to follow the rules of the road, the injuries are serious and often fatal.
When dangerous driving is done by a professional (such as school bus drivers, truck drivers and drivers of company vehicles) there are often underlying problems with the hiring, training and supervision of these professional drivers by their employers. Companies should make the safety of others on the road a top priority, and when they fail to do so they must be held accountable. Call us at 575-523-4321 for more information.
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.
- Cargo security: Many truck accidents are caused by improperly secured cargo. Cargo should be secured properly (and comply with the law) in order to avoid serious injury to each of us on the roadway, especially in the case of trucks carrying heavy loads, oversized loads or hazardous material.
- Commercial drivers: 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.
If you or a family member was hurt or killed by a truck driver, you face an uphill battle to ensure that you are compensated fairly for what has been taken from you, your medical bills and pain and suffering. The trucking companies are experienced at defending claims just like yours. They have special departments and insurance companies dedicated to denying claims and minimizing payouts for individuals who have been injured or killed as a result of their wrongdoing, and they have attorneys ready to respond to the company’s request to challenge your claim.
Lucero v. Shippers Transport
Attorney McGraw successfully litigated a case for a victim who was injured when his vehicle was rear-ended by a semi-truck on Interstate 10.
Your best asset is a lawyer who knows the law and has experience fighting truckers, truck companies and their insurance carriers. Call the attorneys at McGraw & Strickland, LLC, today at 575-523-4321 or contact us online.