A Louisiana truck driver recently filed a lawsuit against another trucker and the company that employs him in a Texas federal court. According to the complaint, the Louisiana man was injured when a Stevens Transport Inc. truck driver rear-ended his 18-wheeler with another big rig as he headed east on Interstate 10 in November. The hurt man alleges that he slowed his vehicle and came to a stop immediately prior to the truck collision due to another accident on the roadway. The Stevens Transport Inc. trucker reportedly failed to stop and struck the man’s 18-wheeler from behind.
The lawsuit claims Stevens Transport Inc. and the company’s driver committed negligence due to the trucker’s failure to maintain control of the semi-truck, maintain a proper lookout, apply the brakes and stop in a timely manner, take sufficient evasive measures, and drive based on current roadway conditions. The allegedly injured driver has asked the court to award him financial compensation for his pain and suffering, medical costs, physical impairment, permanent disfigurement, lost earnings, tractor-trailer damage, and court costs.
According to data compiled by the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the monetary costs related to commercial vehicle accidents across the nation exceeded $89 billion in 2011. In 2010, almost 3,700 people were killed and approximately 80,000 were seriously hurt in an accident that involved a tractor-trailer. About one-quarter of those injured and 14 percent of those who died in such a crash were riding in an 18-wheeler. Additionally, more than one-third of semi accidents in 2010 were caused by a trucker. FMCSA has stated that the top five big rig crash factors are speed, failure to maintain the proper lane, obscured vision, failure to yield, and distraction or inattention.
Despite that this injury wreck happened in Texas, semi-truck collisions also occur frequently on the many interstates, highways, and other roadways located in New Mexico. Approximately 1,400 large truck crashes occur on roads in our state every year. Due to the large size and heavy weight of 18-wheelers, collisions are normally serious or fatal. Someone purportedly sustains a disabling injury in about one out of every 15 New Mexico semi-truck wrecks and an individual is tragically killed in approximately one out of every 35 such crashes. If you were seriously hurt by a negligent trucker anywhere in the State of New Mexico, you are advised to discuss your rights with a quality lawyer.
Please contact the Fine Law Firm if you were injured or a family member was killed in a tractor-trailer collision in New Mexico. Our hardworking Albuquerque truck accident attorneys have more than 100 years of combined experience assisting 18-wheeler crash victims across the State of New Mexico recover the damages they deserve based upon the severity of their harm. To schedule a free, confidential case evaluation with a committed advocate, give the Fine Law Firm a call at (505) 889-3463 or contact us through our website.
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New Orleans truck driver sues after 18-wheeler wreck, by Michelle Keahey, Southeast Texas Record
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