Injured by a Truck Driver Speeding: Albuquerque Trucking Accident Lawyer
Liability and Damages Explained by Our Albuquerque Trucking Accident Lawyer: Injured by a Truck Driver Speeding
Our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyer knows that victims injured by a truck driver speeding and causing a serious 18 wheeler wreck have rights to compensation under New Mexico law. This is because truck drivers who fail to follow New Mexico vehicle and traffic law and cause serious trucking accidents due to that statutory violation could be liable to a victim or their family for any injuries caused in the semi tractor-trailer collision. Specifically, New Mexico Stat. 66-7-301 provides 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 . . . .”
Therefore, when a truck driver violates New Mexico vehicle and traffic law and causes a serious collision due to speeding a victim maybe able to prove liability through the doctrine of negligence per se. This doctrine allows a victim of a New Mexico trucking accident to use the violation of a statue, which was meant to protect the victim from the harm that occurred, as grounds for imposing liability against the negligent truck driver or trucking company. Said differently, this means that victims are able to automatically prove liability against a truck driver or trucking company which violate New Mexico statutory law.
Common Reasons Why Truck Drivers Speed
There are many common reasons why truck drivers speed. The most obvious reason is that the trucking industry is a business focused on time is money. Thus, the faster that a truck driver can make a delivery, the faster that the truck driver in the trucking company get paid and can start another delivery to get paid. Simply put, the fastest way to do something quickly is to speed. This means that many truck drivers are operating a large commercial vehicle at a rate of speed which is both unsafe on the roadway and unsafe for the vehicle. This is the main and most common reason why truck drivers speed. It is unfortunate that this preventable and rather selfish conduct is what may cause a victim to be injured by a truck driver speeding.
Our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyer also understands there are many other common causes of truck drivers speeding. Some of the most common causes include the following:
- Reckless driving
- Aggressive driving
- Drunk driving
- Unrealistic delivery schedule set by trucking companies
- Traffic which causes delays and puts a truck driver behind schedule
- Precious cargo which could spoil and needs to be delivered quickly
- Truck drivers that are trying to be adverse weather patterns including dust storms, snow, heavy rain, or other serious and inclement weather situations
- Truck drivers who are nearing the end of their weekly driving limits and want to complete this delivery
- Truckers who are about to start a vacation in want to get done with the delivery to take time off
- Truck drivers who are racing other truckers to their destination, which is unlawful and dangerous
- Trucking companies which place undue stress on truck drivers to make quicker deliveries which are illegal and unethical, and many other common causes.
Injuries from New Mexico Trucking Accidents Caused by Speeding
When a New Mexico trucking accident is caused by a truck driver speeding it is very likely that innocent people are going to be seriously or catastrophically injured. This is because of the sheer weight of these large 18 wheelers and semi tractor trailers which generate significant force as the vehicle gain speed; this is known as momentum. The greater momentum that a truck has upon impact, the more explosive the force of impact.
This is why victims in interstate trucking accident on I 40, I 25, and I 10 are usually seriously catastrophically injured. Some of the most common and catastrophic personal injuries from a New Mexico trucking accident includes the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones or fractured bones
- Organ injuries
- Significant scarring and disfigurement
- Nerve injuries, and
- Other serious personal injuries.
Victims of a Trucking Accident Caused by a Truck Driver Speeding Should Call Our Law Firm for Help
When you or a loved one are injured by a truck driver speeding, ask our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers how we can to help you today. We accept cases on a contingency basis which means you only owe us money once we recover compensation in a settlement or award for you. Call to schedule your FREE appointment with our lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. 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.