With the rise in online shopping and demand for quick delivery, semi-trucks are becoming increasingly prevalent on New Mexico roadways. With this increase in vehicles on the road, the frequency of accidents is also escalating. Recently, a national transportation group conducted research to determine New Mexico’s need for safe and efficient mobility. The research found that between 2010 and 2014, almost 1,800 people were killed as a result of traffic accidents in New Mexico.
The researcher also looked into the types of roadways that were associated with a higher level of accidents. Since many highways have implemented restrictions on weight and size, trucks are now finding alternate routes to their final destination. As a result, fatality rates on New Mexico’s rural roads are more than one-and-a-half times higher than other roads in the state.
When a semi-truck causes an accident involving other passenger cars, apportioning liability can be a daunting and confusing task. However, without establishing liability, an accident victim will not be able to recoup damages. Making matters more complex, New Mexico is considered a “pure comparative” fault state. This means that even if a plaintiff is at fault, their recovery will not be barred; however, their recovery will be reduced depending on the percentage they are determined to have been at fault. This applies even if the plaintiff is more at fault than the defendant.