High Speed 18 Wheeler Wreck in Albuquerque
Getting Compensation From a High Speed 18 Wheeler Wreck in Albuquerque
We have all heard the common expression that “speed kills.” This could not be more true with heavy tractor trailer accidents occurring in New Mexico. A high speed 18 wheeler wreck in Albuquerque could result in significant destruction, catastrophic personal injuries, and even the wrongful death of an innocent person. This is because the faster a motorist goes, the:
- Decreased amount of time to react
- Increased amount of time to stop, and
- Increased force in a collision.
Victims who are involved in an 18 wheeler wreck in New Mexico on I-40, I-25, or I-10 could be seriously or catastrophically injured. Many people who are injured suffer serious personal injuries including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paraplegia, quadriplegia, amputations, broken bones, and other serious, irreversible, and catastrophic personal injuries. These are the exact types of cases that the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. handles for our clients and their families who have been impacted due to the negligence of another person or business—especially truck drivers and trucking companies.
It is Illegal in New Mexico to Speed
Yes, it is obvious that it is illegal to speed in New Mexico. While many residents might know that to be true, unfortunately some truck drivers who do not live in New Mexico or regularly work in New Mexico might not know this. As a result, it means that many motorists driving large trucks are negligent and just do not care. They could result in catastrophic accidents at high speeds that could easily maim or kill innocent drivers or passengers.
Under New Mexico Law, NM Stat. 66-7-301 governs speeding and provides very clearly that “[i]n every event, speed shall be so controlled by the driver as may be necessary: (1) to avoid colliding with a person, vehicle or other conveyance on or entering the highway; (2) to comply with legal requirements as may be established by the state highway and transportation department or the New Mexico state police division of department of public safety and the duty of all persons to use due care . . . .”
When a motorist is driving too fast and fails to exercise due care by colliding with another person in a high speed 18 wheeler wreck in Albuquerque, it could give rise to various forms of liability against a defendant.
Proving Liability Against a Speeding Trucker
There are two ways to prove liability against a speeding truck driver, both are under a cause of action for negligence. The first is through the common law where all motorists must exercise reasonable care under the circumstances in the use or operation of a motor vehicle. Speeding and causing a collision would be the failure to exercise reasonable care.
There is also a way to use the violation of a statute to automatically prove liability by using the doctrine of negligence per se. This doctrine allows a victim and his or her family to use the violation of a statute meant to protect the victim from the harm that was caused by the defendant to automatically provide liability. The doctrine is called negligence per se, and it is a very important types of cause of action.
Ask Our High Speed 18 Wheeler Wreck Lawyers for Help
If you or a loved one are seriously injured in New Mexico due to a high speed collision, call our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. We handle causes throughout New Mexico, including Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Roswell, Cuervo, Rio Rancho, Clovis, Farmington, Hobbs, Albuquerque where our office is located, and anywhere else throughout New Mexico. 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 box available here.