Driving a truck or another large vehicle takes a substantial amount of training and continuing education. Truck drivers face a series of tasks every day, including ensuring the safety of their vehicle, maneuvering difficult roadways, combating fatigue, and meeting delivery deadlines. As a result, it is crucial that trucking companies ensure that the trucks in their fleet are well maintained and that drivers are properly trained.
In New Mexico, if an individual is interested in driving a commercial truck, they must obtain a New Mexico commercial driver’s license (CDL). There are three different “classes” that are distinguished by the weight of the truck the driver plans to operate. In order to be considered for a CDL, the applicant must be 18 years old. However, it is important to note that the U.S. Department of Transportation requires that individuals who are transporting goods across state lines must be at least 21 years old. Moreover, applicants are required to pass a written test and a three-part driving skills test.
In addition to this basic testing, some drivers may be required to take additional exams, depending on the specific type of vehicle they are driving or cargo they are carrying.
Four People Killed After Truck Brakes Fail and Cause Collision
Tragically, a malfunctioning truck has led to the deaths of four individuals, ranging from the ages of four to 59. According to a local news report, two individuals were driving their respective trucks that were carrying approximately 30 tons of material. One of the truck drivers stopped in front of the other driver, and the second driver was unable to stop in time because his brakes failed. The driver in the rear swerved to avoid a crash, but instead of striking the truck, he ended up hitting several pedestrians.
According to an investigation, the truck driver who caused the accident had only started the job a few days before. Additionally, the trucking company had faced several safety problems in the past. According to authorities, it was clear that the trucking company did not inspect the brakes properly before the driver embarked on the trip. The truck driver and the trucking company deny any liability for the accident or the fatalities.
Have You Been Injured After Colliding with a Truck in New Mexico?
If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, you should immediately seek legal assistance. As the case discussed above illustrates, truck drivers and their employers have a duty to maintain their trucks in proper working order. If truck drivers do not follow the applicable safety rules and regulations, and an accident occurs, they can be held liable for those damages. If you have been injured, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. This compensation may cover your past medical expenses, future medical costs, lost wages, and potentially any pain and suffering that resulted from the accident. The dedicated and experienced attorneys at the Fine Law Firm can assist you in seeking the compensation you deserve. Contact one of the attorneys at the Fine Law Firm today at 800-640-6590.
More Blog Posts:
Prevalence and Severity of New Mexico Underride Truck Accidents, New Mexico Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, November 28, 2016.
New Mexico’s Liability Laws Involving Common Carriers, New Mexico Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, November 15, 2016.