Semi-trucks present a serious danger to the other motorists with whom they share the road. Between a truck’s large size, increased stopping distance, and inability to be quickly maneuvered, there are many concerns that a semi-truck driver must keep in mind every time they get into the cab. One concern that is too often overlooked by both truck drivers and trucking companies is whether the truck has been properly loaded with the cargo it is carrying.
Semi-trucks routinely carry many tons of cargo. While the trucks themselves are equipped to tow fully loaded trailers if they are properly loaded, if a trailer is not properly loaded, there is an increased chance that the cargo can shift, causing the truck driver to lose control of the vehicle. The same is true of overloaded trucks. The importance of properly loading a trailer increases when the cargo being loaded is especially unwieldy, large, or of uneven weight.
If a truck driver or trucking company fails to take the necessary precautions loading the trailer, and an accident is caused as a result, both the truck driver and the trucking company may be held liable for any injuries that were caused. Anyone injured in a New Mexico truck accident should consult with a dedicated attorney as soon as possible to discuss the rights they may have.
Logging Truck Accident Injures Seven
In late December of last year, a logging truck accident injured seven motorists, including two men inside the truck. According to a local news source covering the accident, the driver of the truck lost control and crashed into a building. In all, 11 cars were struck by the errant truck, four of which were occupied. The remaining cars were parked in the building’s parking lot.
A mother was with her daughter stopped in traffic when their car was struck by the truck, pushing them up against the building. After colliding with the building, the logging truck rolled over onto its side, trapping two men inside the cab. The men were extricated from the wreckage, and they, along with five others, were taken to area hospitals, where they are expected to make a full recovery.
Police are conducting an investigation into what could have caused the truck driver to lose control of the vehicle. However, at this early point, police have not yet issued any citations to the truck’s driver.
Have You Been Injured in a New Mexico Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a New Mexico truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. However, it is important for accident victims to understand that the trucking company and their insurance company will likely offer biased advice on how to proceed, seeking to lessen the accident’s impact to their bottom line. The dedicated and knowledgeable attorneys at the Fine Law Firm have decades of experience helping injured accident victims seek the compensation they deserve. Call 505-889-FINE to set up a free consultation to discuss your case with an attorney today.
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The Concept of Foreseeability in New Mexico Truck Accident Cases, New Mexico Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, December 14, 2016.