Approximately 5,000 Americans are killed each year as a result of severe truck accidents. New Mexico shares a large portion of that numbers due to the highways and interstates that crisscross our state.
New Mexico truck accident laws follow state and federal regulations. You must have an experienced New Mexico truck accident lawyer to help you in this crucial time. The Potts Law Firm knows how to handle New Mexico truck accident cases!
Fatalities and injuries in truck accidents tend to be more extreme, given the vehicle’s large size and that they often collide with much smaller vehicles. When accidents happen, victims can find themselves devastated at the loss and overwhelmed by the prospect of taking on a large trucking company when seeking out compensation for the wreck.
Given the long hours truckers drive, as well as the incentives offered by reaching their destinations on or before deadline, when truck accidents do happen, they can often be prevented. By federal law, truckers must adhere to certain driving principles including:
- Maximum 14 hours on duty with minimum rest period of 10 hours;
- Maximum 11 hours driving with minimum 10 hours rest; and
- 70 hour total duty limit per week with minimum 34 hours rest before getting back on the road.
The new regulations were developed in 2014 after a study on truck drivers and fatigue by the Washington State University Sleep and Performance Research Center. They found that truck drivers who had at least two nighttime periods in each break showed less fatigue while driving, had fewer attention lapses, and better lane positioning than those who had just one nighttime period in each break.
In addition to driver fatigue and/or the refusal to adhere to federally mandated trucking guidelines, there are many other reasons New Mexico truck accidents can happen, including:
- Truck drivers not following traffic signals, signs, or emergency sirens;
- Truck drivers who are not properly trained;
- Truck drivers who drive recklessly;
- Truck drivers who are distracted by cell phones;
- Truck drivers who are intoxicated on alcohol and/or another substance;
- Violation of weight permits; and
- Poor vehicle maintenance.
Truck & Big Rig Statistics
- The United States Department of Transportation estimates that over 500,000 truck accidents occur every year.
- Nearly 98% of trucking accident deaths happen to the drivers of the other vehicle.
- Commercial trucks are involved in 2.4% of all car accidents.
- One person is injured or killed in a truck accident every 16 minutes.
- The states with the most trucking accidents are California, Texas, Florida, Georgia, and Pennsylvania.
- 68% of truck accidents occur in rural areas.
- 68% of truck accidents occur during the day time and 78% occur on the weekends.
Claims We Handle Involving New Mexico Truck Accidents:
- Bodily Injury and/or Death
- Permanent Disfigurement
- Permanent Impairment
- Permanent Disability
- Medical Lien Resolution
- Lost Wages
- Property Damage
- Diminished Value
- Personal Injury Protection/Medical Payments
- Reimbursement of Out of Pocket Expenses
Please give us a call for a free consultation to discuss your New Mexico Truck Accident claim. We will give you all the time your case deserves, and we will give you an honest assessment of your case and whether we can represent you.