Truck accidents occur each day on New Mexico highways. While some of them are minor, and all parties involved are able to walk away from the crash, others are much more serious. In fact, in 2014, the total number of fatal trucking accidents was 337. Since several of these truck accidents resulted in multiple fatalities, the total number of lives lost was 383. This equates to about 18 deaths per 100,000 people.
There are many causes of truck accidents. Of course, sometimes it is as clear-cut as police determining that the truck driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident or had fallen asleep behind the wheel. Other times, however, determining who is at fault in a fatal truck accident, and how the accident was caused, can be difficult. In these cases, it is often left to the court system to make a determination of who was at fault. Even in cases in which citations were issued, the court system must still enter its own judgment before any victim is entitled to compensation for their injuries.
It is therefore very important that anyone involved in a serious or fatal truck accident retain dedicated counsel to assist them with the preparation of their case. Accident victims only get one chance to bring their case against an allegedly negligent truck driver, and if a court finds that the truck driver was not at fault, an accident victim’s opportunity to recover compensation is gone.
Truck Accident of Unknown Cause Claims One Woman’s Life
Earlier last month, one woman was killed after she was involved in a truck accident in Florida. According to one local news source covering the accident, the truck driver was also hospitalized after the accident, although only with minor injuries. Evidently, the woman was at an intersection when she made a turn onto the adjacent highway. As she completed her turn, the semi-truck slammed into the back of the woman’s vehicle. As a result of the collision, the woman’s vehicle overturned. Emergency workers found the woman dead when they arrived.
Police are still conducting an investigation into the cause of the fatal accident. Charges are pending against the semi-truck driver, although nothing has been announced at the time of the article’s publication.
Have You Been Injured in a New Mexico Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in any kind of New Mexico truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation based on the negligence of the truck’s driver or the trucking company that owned the truck. While determining fault for the accident is ultimately what will determine whether a case is successful, there are countless other procedural requirements that must be followed prior to a case being taken to trial. The skilled attorneys at the Fine Law Firm have decades of experience representing clients in all kinds of New Mexico truck accidents, and we know what it takes to be successful on our clients’ behalf. Call 505-889-FINE today to set up a free consultation with a dedicated and experienced personal injury attorney.
More Blog Posts:
Risks Associated with Fatigued Truck Drivers in New Mexico, New Mexico Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, June 28, 2016.
Truck Accidents Occurring in Parking Lots, New Mexico Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, July 13, 2016.