Common Truck Driver Errors Resulting in New Mexico 18 Wheeler Wrecks
Understanding Liability Caused by Common Truck Driver Errors in New Mexico 18 Wheeler Wrecks
There can be many different causes of a motor vehicle accident. Most of these causes are due to driver error. This is particularly true when it comes to large commercial vehicles like 18 wheelers, box trucks, tankers, and other large big rigs. This is because these vehicles are significantly heavier, larger, and have more moving parts. As a result, this makes them more difficult to operate and maneuver. Although good training and a competent driver can alleviate many of these causes of trucking accidents, common truck driver errors resulting in New Mexico 18 wheeler wrecks are still a common issue.
Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we know this to be true. We handle all different types of trucking accidents in New Mexico, especially cases against reckless, careless, improperly trained, or just downright negligent truck drivers. Not only do we hold truck drivers liable, but we also work hard to establish liability against the negligent trucking company and ensure that they are held liable for their employees or agents’ mistakes. If you or a loved one were injured in a motor vehicle accident or trucking accident in New Mexico, call our experienced New Mexico 18 wheeler wreck lawyers for a FREE consultation.
What are Truck Driver Errors?
A truck driver error is an error that is caused by the driver himself or herself. This could mean the way the vehicle was driven or how the truck was handled. While a mechanical error may not sound like a truck driver error, sometimes a mechanical error could be a truck driver error if it is something that the truck driver did or was supposed to monitor/inspect. Therefore, truck driver errors need to be carefully reviewed.
Common Causes of Truck Driver Errors
There are many possible causes of truck driver errors. Most of the common errors are very obvious errors and they can effect other types of motor vehicle accidents too. The most common truck driver errors resulting in New Mexico 18 wheeler wrecks include the following:
- Distracted driving – this is a huge issue for all motorists, but especially truck drivers who are using cell phones, handheld radios, eating, using a tablet/computer, playing with GPS, or otherwise diverting attention from driving a truck
- Drunk driving – alcohol use is prohibited during a truck driver’s shift and even 4 hours before a truck driver’s shift starts, yet far too many trucking accidents are caused by drunk driving
- Drugged driving – truck drivers generally try to work as much as possible to earn as much money as possible, even if that means neglecting sleep which can mean they use stimulants like cocaine to stay awake. This is dangerous and can be a cause fo New Mexico trucking wrecks
- Speeding – driving too fast means decreased reaction time and increased stopping distance, which is a dangerous combination
- Following too closely – tailgating is very dangerous and can cause rear end collisions
- Improperly merging onto a highway or changing lanes
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Neglecting to inspect cargo or to properly secure cargo, and
- Many other common causes of New Mexico trucking accidents.
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If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a serious New Mexico 18 wheeler wreck, call our experienced lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. to learn how we can help protect your rights to compensation under the law. We offer FREE consultations and accept cases on a contingency fee agreement which means that we do not get paid until we recover money for you. We handle cases throughout New Mexico, including in Las Cruces, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Roswell, Farmington, Hobbs, Lordsburg, or anywhere else in the state, including Albuquerque where our law office is located. Call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can help. You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.