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Whiplash from a Rear End Trucking Accident: Albuquerque Trucking Accident Lawyers Explain

Understanding Whiplash from a Rear End Trucking Accident: Albuquerque Trucking Accident Lawyers Share How to Prove Liability and Damages

Rear end collisions are the most common type of motor vehicle accident.  While some rear end collisions can be a nuisance, other types of rear end collisions can result in catastrophic personal injuries.  This is particularly true with large commercial vehicles such as 18 wheelers, semi tractor trailers, tankers, and other large box trucks.  Our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers know that whiplash from a rear end trucking accident is one of the most common types of injuries.  Victims can be seriously injured and suffer a lifetime of disability due to rear end collisions.  Learn more about whiplash injuries from rear end trucking accidents and how to prove liability and your damages.

Liability in Rear End Collisions 

There are two main causes of rear end collisions.  The first is following too closely and the second is distracted driving.  Both of these actions are illegal.  But whenever a vehicle rear ends another vehicle, New Mexico Stat. Section 66-7-318 applies no matter whether the driver was distracted, following too closely, speeding, intoxicated, or otherwise not paying attention.

Under NM Stat Section 66-7-318, subdivision (A) that “[t]he driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway.”  When a vehicle rear ends another vehicle, it is very likely that this section is violated and a defendant who violated this will be responsible.  This is the main way to prove liability in New Mexico trucking accidents due to rear end collisions.

Whiplash From a Rear End Trucking Accident: Damages

While any motor vehicle accident resulting in a rear end collision could cause whiplash, a truck accident tis more likely to cause whiplash because fo the shear power and force behind the truck.  A whiplash injury refers to the violent and rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck which cracks like a whip.  The more violent the collision, the more violent the injuries.  This translates into the more damage to the neck including the spine, spinal cord, and vertebrae.

Although some cases of whiplash can be minor, many cases of whiplash can be catastrophic.  Some of the injuries and damages caused by whiplash from a rear ed trucking accident in New Mexico include the following:

  • Severe neck pain and inability to move the neck
  • Blurred vision
  • Extreme headaches and migraines 
  • Nerve pain and tingling in the arms and hands
  • Dizziness and loss of balance
  • Loss of range of motion in the neck
  • Memory problems
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears
  • Concentration problems
  • Upper back and shoulder pain
  • Inability to lift or hold anything, and
  • Other devastating conditions.

Ask Our Albuquerque Trucking Accident Lawyers if You Have Suffered Whiplash from a Rear End Trucking Accident

Whiplash injuries can be devastating, especially after a New Mexico trucking accident with a large commercial vehicle like an 18 wheeler, semi tractor trailer, or other big rig.  The more powerful the collision, the more catastrophic the damages.  Some whiplash injuries require surgical intervention, including cervical fusions, discectomies, and pain-blocking procedures.

If you or a loved one suffered any whiplash from a trucking accident in New Mexico, ask how our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers can help you today.  We represent victims who have been catastrophically injured due to the reckless or careless actions of others behind the wheel of commercial vehicles.  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.

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