Truck Driver Speeding Caused a New Mexico 18 Wheeler Wreck
Understanding NM Law When a Truck Driver Speeding Caused a New Mexico 18 Wheeler Wreck
Our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyer knows that one of the deadliest and most preventable causes of a trucking accident—really any type of auto accident—is speed. Whenever we get a case where a truck driver speeding caused a New Mexico 18 wheeler wreck, we see victims who are usually significantly injured or wrongfully killed by a needless harm. Speeding is always dangerous, particularly in a large truck. This is because speeding results in:
- Decreased reaction time of a driver due to the increased speed of a vehicle
- Increased stopping distance due to the increased momentum of a vehicle that requires a greater amount of friction to halt
- Increased force in an impact which makes collisions incredibly dangerous and deadly, especially with a large commercial vehicle.
As a result, whenever a truck driver speeding caused a New Mexico 18 wheeler wreck, it could result in catastrophic injury to an innocent person. This can affect an entire family because of the fact that the victim and the victim’s family will need to cover new medical bills, account for lost wages, and modify their schedules to fit around doctor’s appointments and surgery. This is all due to the preventable and unnecessary harm of a truck driver who is speeding. If you or a loved one were seriously injured in any type of auto accident, especially an 18 wheeler wreck in New Mexico due to a truck driver speeding, call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. for a FREE consultation to learn how we can help protect your rights to compensation under New Mexico law.
Liability in Speeding Cases
Liability in a trucking accident is almost always hotly contested. This is particularly true when the injuries are significant. This is why most cases involving a truck driver speeding are defended vigorously by defense lawyers or insurance companies.
But liability is usually proven by the mere fact that a truck driver was speeding. This is because the violation of a statute that is meant to protect a victim from the harm that was caused could automatically result in liability against the defendant. This is known as the doctrine of negligence per se, and it allows a victim to pin liability on the truck driver and trucking company by virtue of the violation of a statute and the damages that such violation caused.
The pertinent statute is New Mexico Stat. 66-7-301 which very clearly 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 . . . .”
A truck driver who violates this statute and causes serious personal injuries could automatically be liable to a victim and his or her family.
Ask our New Mexico 18 Wheeler Wreck Lawyers for Help
Victims who have suffered serious personal injuries due to the negligence of a truck driver who was speeding may be entitled to compensation under New Mexico law. Call our experienced Albuquerque 18 wheeler wreck lawyers to learn how we can recover that compensation for you in a FREE consultation.
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