Tractor Trailers Blown Over on a Highway
Albuquerque Trucking Accident Lawyer Explains Liability When Tractor Trailers Blown Over on a Highway Harm Innocent People
Well, strike another one for 2020. Yesterday on September 9, 2020, 45 semi tractor trailer trucks were blown over due to high winds in Utah according to various news outlets. There were some reports of injuries but no reported deaths yet. The high winds caused multiple trucks to flip over and land on their sides. Some videos showing multiple tractor trailers blown over on a highway right next to each other. To have 45 accident in one day is very abnormal, just another accomplishment of 2020.
This type and cause of accident has happened before in New Mexico too, according to news reports of a blown over tractor trailer earlier this year on NM 213. Thus, this is not isolated to just Utah—except for yesterday that seems to be the only location reporting these types of crashes. But while they look almost whimsical and no serious injuries were reported yesterday, a tractor trailer flipping over on the highway could easily become deadly. Our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. know this to be true as we have been representing victims and their families for years. Learn more how we can help you in this odd type of trucking accident by calling our bodily injury law firm for a FREE consultation.
Who is at Fault for a Blown Over Tractor Trailer?
It is initially clear and obvious that a truck down not usually blow over by itself. Indeed, a truck that blows over due to wind may be confronted with an emergency or have an act of God that can impair or block liability. Sometimes victims may not be able to recover for this type of freak accident.
But other times when a truck flips over due to wind, it may be due to other causes. For example, the truck driver and trucking company may have improperly loaded and balanced the truck. This is an FMCSA violation. That means that the truck could topple over and fall down because of wind plus the negligence in stacking. In this situation it likely would not all be due to the wind, but also create some liability for the truck driver or trucking company where no liable previously would have existed if it was just wind.
Other times a defendant may try to claim it was the wind when it was not. This includes when a truck driver makes a turn at a very high rate of speed. The truck driver may try to claim that the wind knocked the truck over, when it was really the way the truck driver turned. Even if there was wind, when a truck flips over on a turn there is usually some form of negligence present.
Call our Albuquerque Trucking Accident Lawyer at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C.
If you or a loved one suffered any type of serious injury due to the negligence of another person or trucking company, call our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers to learn how we can help protect your rights to compensation under New Mexico law. We offer FREE consultations to victims and their families, including in cases where a large tractor trailer has rolled over or been blown over due to wind.
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.