While New Mexico truck accidents have a variety of causes, one of the most common reasons is an improper lane change. Semi-trucks, due to their length, have large blind spots along the sides of the truck, as well as behind the truck. This means that if a motorist is traveling in one of these areas, the truck driver most likely will not see them.
While trucks are known to have blind spots, that does not mean that truck drivers are not responsible for an accident involving another vehicle that is traveling in a truck’s blind spot. As a general rule, New Mexico truck drivers are responsible to be aware of the traffic conditions as well as whether there are any motorists traveling in their blind spot. Of course, exceptions do exist, and in some cases a truck driver may be excused of liability if the motorist is negligently operating their own vehicle.
When a motorist believes that a truck driver was responsible for an accident, the motorist may file a New Mexico personal injury lawsuit against the truck driver. In some cases, the truck driver’s employer can also be named as a potentially liable party. This further increases an accident victim’s chance of recovering compensation for their injuries. It is also important to name all potentially liable parties in a New Mexico truck accident lawsuit because otherwise a named defendant may be able to shift liability away from themselves and onto a non-present party. If this occurs, the accident victim will likely be without any means of recovery.