Distracted Driving Trucking Accidents in New Mexico: Serious Liability Issues
Trucking Accident Lawyer from Albuquerque Explains Distracted Driving Trucking Accidents in New Mexico
It is often said that distracted driving is becoming more dangerous and deadly than drunk driving. Over 3,000 people die each year in the United States due to distracted driving. Some of these people are killed due to the careless, reckless, and downright negligence conduct of truck drivers. These drivers are operating large and powerful machines which could be deadly even under the care and skill of an experienced and competent driver. However, when a truck driver is distracted and fails to exercise reasonably care in the use or operation of their motor vehicle, catastrophic distracted driving trucking accidents in New Mexico could take the lives of many innocent people.
Our trucking accident lawyer from Albuquerque knows just how dangerous distracted driving can be due to the negligence of a truck driver. Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., we do not let negligent truck drivers and trucking companies get away with harming or wrongfully killing innocent people. This includes with distracted driving which is unlawful in both New Mexico and under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations. If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a trucking accident that may have been caused by a truck driver who was using a cell phone, tablet, playing with the radio, or otherwise doing anything else other than driving safely, call our lawyers for help with your claim.
Federal Regulations Prohibit Distracted Driving
It is axiomatic that all motorists must pay attention while they drive to avoid causing a collision. This includes to avoid distracted driving. The most common form of distracted driving is text messages. Text messages are also the most devastating and distracting types of devices for motorists. This is because text messages:
- take a driver’s eyes off of the road
- take a driver’s hand off the wheel, and
- take a driver’s attention off driving.
This is why 49 CFR 392.80 of the FMCSA prohibits a truck driver from texting at all while driving. This means that no commercial vehicle driver can operate a larger commercial vehicle while texting at all.
Liability Under the FMCSA for Distracted Driving
Our trucking accident lawyer in Albuquerque at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., knows that truck drivers who violate the FMCSA regulation on texting while driving and who cause a serious trucking accident may be liable in a New Mexico court for a victim’s injuries. This means that victims could be able to recover compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, lost future earnings, medical bills, property damage, and other compensation.
This is because the violation of a FMCSA regulation like the one against texting while driving is evidence of negligence. This allows a victim to establish and provide to a jury that there was evidence that the defendant in texting while driving was negligent to the victims. This coincides with New Mexico statutory law which also prohibits a motorist from texting while driving. Therefore, a motorist who is texting while driving such as a truck driver may be liable under multiple different bodies of law.
Injured in Distracted Driving Trucking Accidents in New Mexico? Ask Our Law Firm For Help
If you or a loved one were seriously injured after a trucking accident in New Mexico where a truck driver was texting while driving, you may be entitled to compensation under NM law. Our trucking accident lawyer in Albuquerque at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. may be able to help you and your family recover compensation for the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company. Call to learn what your rights to compensation may be under New Mexico law by dialing (505) 883-5000.
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