Types of Failure to Yield Trucking Accidents in New Mexico
Understanding NM Law: Types of Failure to Yield Trucking Accidents in New Mexico with Liability Explained
While there are many common causes of 18 wheeler wrecks, one of the most common are failure to yield trucking accidents in New Mexico. There are many possible instances where a truck may failure to yield the right-of-way which could result in catastrophic personal injury or wrongful death of an innocent person. Luckily, most instances of a failure to yield can be avoided with the proper care and attention of a truck driver. However, far too many trucking wrecks are caused by a failure to yield that could have been avoided with the proper exercise of care. When this happens, victims and their families may be entitled to compensation under New Mexico law.
Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced Albuquerque trucking accidents lawyers can help protect the rights of victims in failure to yield trucking accidents in New Mexico. We have dedicated our law firm to protecting the rights of all victims who have been seriously injured or wrongfully killed by the reckless, careless, and downright negligent conduct of a truck driver. This means that we can fight to compensation due to pain and suffering, lost wages, lost future earnings, medical bills, future medical costs, and other damages related to the trucking accident. There is no upfront cost to get our experienced lawyers on your team, as we accept cases on a contingency fee agreement which means we only get a percentage of what we recover for you in a settlement or court award.
Law and Liability: Failure to Yield Trucking Accidents in New Mexico
New Mexico law requires certain traffic to yield to the right-of-way of traffic. Under NM Stat. section 66-7-330 the following:
“The driver of a vehicle approaching a yield sign shall, in obedience to the sign, slow down to a speed reasonable for the existing conditions, and shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching on another highway so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time the driver is moving across or within the intersection. If the driver is involved in a collision with a vehicle in the intersection, after driving past a yield sign without stopping, the collision shall be deemed prima facie evidence of his failure to yield right-of-way.”
This section continues by requiring all motorists at yield signs, stop signs, and other traffic control devices to yield to the right-of-way of other vehicles. A vehicle that fails to do this and causes serious personal injuries to another person may be liable under the doctrine of negligence per se. This doctrine can automatically establish liability against a defendant who causes harm due to the violation of a statute to a person who was meant to be protected from that harm by the statute.
Examples of Failing to Yield to the Right-of-Way
There are many ways that a truck driver could fail to yield to the right-of-way and cause a serious or catastrophic 18 wheeler wreck. Some of the most common examples include the following:
- Stop signs
- Red lights
- Yield Signs
- Entering the roadway from a parking lot
- Entering the roadway from a private driveway
- Changing lanes
- In a round-about
- Merging onto the highway
- Exiting a highway, and
- Many other common examples.
If You Had the Right-of-Way and a Truck Failed to Yield, Call Our Lawyers to Learn How We Can Help
Failure to yield trucking accidents in New Mexico could be catastrophic and downright devastating. Victims could be seriously injured or wrongfully killed. Victims and their families may be entitled to compensation under New Mexico law. If you or a loved one were catastrophically injured or if a loved one was wrongfully killed, call our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. to learn what your rights to compensation may be under New Mexico law by dialing (505) 883-5000.
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