Hit and Run Trucking Accident in New Mexico
Learn What to Do After a Hit and Run Trucking Accident in New Mexico
While most motor vehicle accidents can be an inconvenience and a hassle, other types of crashes can be devastating a life-changing. But the inconvenience and devastating can be magnified by the frustration a victim and a victim’s family feels when a defendant leaves the scene of an accident. This is particularly true in a hit and run trucking accident in New Mexico where victims are likely to suffer devastating personal injuries as a result of their damages.
Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. we know how devastating this can be for an innocent person or family member to have to cope with. It can be quickly overwhelming for a victim or a family if the damages are significant or if a loved one is wrongfully killed. Most families do not know where to turn or what to do next after an accident in New Mexico due to the personal injuries in a hit and run trucking accident. But we are here to help and we can provide a FREE consultation to help victims and their loved ones recover the compensation that they deserve under the law.
What to Do in a Hit and Run Trucking Accident
You may not believe, but sometimes even large semi tractor trailers will engage in a hit and run accident. You may not believe that they can hide being so large, but on interstates like I-40, I-25, and I-10, there are many other large trucks and usually of the same color or model. If there are no markings or advertising, it can be virtually impossible to tell them apart. This is especially true if you have been seriously injured or your vehicle is disabled. Other times if a person is wrongfully killed, a truck driver may try to leave the scene to avoid culpability and leave the victim for police or other passerby to find.
If you are involved in a hit and run trucking accident, try to take the following steps to identify the fleeing truck:
- License plate
- Advertising on the vehicle
- Any identifying numbers or figures like a DOT code, or even just an inter-company code used by the company to identify trucks, even if it is just a number like “1” or “2,” that code could be unique to other vehicles in the proximity if a police officer is able to chase the vehicle down
- Description of the driver, even basic such as has a beard, wearing hat, etc.
- Unique damage, markings, scratches, or other identifying features on the truck or trailer, and
- Any other identifying parts of the truck.
Insurance Coverage in a Hit and Run
If you have been involved in a hit and run trucking accident in New Mexico, you may wonder how to get your medical bills and lost wages paid, and how to collect pain and suffering compensation. That worry should be ours, not yours, and you should call our law firm to help solve these problems for you.
But in terms of insurance, you may be entitled to recover compensation under an uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage under your policy. Also known as UM/UIM, most policies have this coverage and individuals do not even realize it. This can help pay for coverage before a personal injury lawsuit can be settled or brought to trial to recover just compensation.
Learn How Our Lawyers Can Help Today
Hit and run accidents are manifestly unfair. Not only are they illegal and criminal liability can be imposed, but they leave someone seriously injured and in need of help—both physically or emotionally from the accident, or financially from the damages. It is even worse when a truck driver leaves a hit and run because of the serious injuries that are likely and the fact that trucking companies typically have large insurance policies for this exact reason. These means that the individual truck driver may not even face any liability if it is timely submitted to insurance.
If you were injured in a hit and run trucking accident occurring in New Mexico, ask our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for help with your case by dialing (505) 883-5000. 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.