A frightening accident earlier this month has left a truck driver injured and several livestock dead in Minnesota. According to a local news report, the crash appears to have been caused by the driver losing traction and slipping on icy roads, ultimately rolling the truck over into a ditch. The driver of the truck, a 37-year-old North Dakota man, was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. This accident points out the increased danger that is presented to everyday drivers by fully loaded semi-trucks in the wintertime.
The accident has been blamed on icy road conditions, which seem to have caused several more accidents in the area. Indeed, winter conditions have been affecting New Mexico drivers as well this season. Although the icy roads can be blamed partially for the increase in accidents, it is common knowledge in the trucking industry that the risk of losing traction or having another type of accident increases in the winter. Trucking companies and their drivers need to have the right training to act appropriately when driving in winter conditions. If a company fails to train drivers for the conditions they could foreseeably expect to encounter on the job, the company and driver could be liable following a crash.
Pursuing Claims Against Multiple Parties in New Mexico
Following a New Mexico truck accident, one or more claims may be pursued by the accident victim. Often, this means naming multiple parties in a complaint. For example, when a truck driver’s alleged negligence results in injuries, a plaintiff may want to sue the driver himself, his employer, and any insurance companies covering the parties. If an anticipated defendant successfully uses a procedural argument, indemnity agreement, or immunity claim to shift fault away from themselves and onto a third party, it is always better to have the other party already served as a defendant in the case, even if they weren’t anticipated to be a primary defendant. A skilled New Mexico semi-truck accident attorney can help an accident victim choose the right parties to name in a complaint to maximize the chances of financial recovery.
Have You Been Injured in a Semi-Truck Accident?
If you or a family member has been hurt in a New Mexico semi-truck accident or an accident involving another large commercial or construction vehicle, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. However, there are certain considerations that must be taken into account, including which defendants to name in the lawsuit. The New Mexico semi-truck accident attorneys at the Fine Law Firm are experienced in making claims against negligent truck drivers and their employers, and accident victims have trusted our dedicated attorneys to handle their personal injury claims for years. Call the Fine Law Firm today at 505-889-FINE or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
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Tragic Deadly Crash Disrupts Christmas Market Abroad, New Mexico Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, January 3, 2017.
Semi-Truck Plows Through Slowed Traffic and Kills Three in Chain-Reaction Accident, New Mexico Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, January 11, 2017.