Hit-and-run accidents are a particularly devastating and deadly type of accident. When the hit-and-run accident involves a large truck, the severity of the damages and the potential for harm is only heightened. Accidents are classified as hit-and-runs when a driver is involved in an accident and flees the scene without providing assistance or calling for emergency assistance. These types of accidents often have deadly consequences because every second is crucial after a serious car accident, and any delay can result in the exacerbation of injuries, up to and including death.
According to New Mexico law, all drivers, including commercial truck drivers, must stop their vehicle after being involved in an accident. This is especially important if any property damage, injury, or death has likely occurred. Police and emergency personnel should be immediately contacted, and the parties must provide all pertinent identifying information to anyone else involved in the accident. In some cases, drivers should also attempt to provide a reasonable amount of care to the injured party.
If a New Mexico truck driver fails to follow the law regarding hit-and-run accidents, they may face civil liability. These cases are not taken lightly, and law enforcement thoroughly investigates the scene of the accident and questions any available witnesses in an attempt to find the culpable party. An attorney can assist anyone injured in a hit-and-run accident in bringing a lawsuit against the at-fault party. In the unfortunate circumstance that the at-fault driver is not caught, an attorney may assist an accident victim in handling a claim against their own insurance company.
Fifteen People Killed in Tragic Hit-and-Run Truck Accident in Honduras
According to a national news report, a Honduran truck and school bus crashed on one of the country’s busy highways. Immediately following the accident, police officers reported that the truck driver fled the scene of the accident. Witnesses reported seeing the truck swerving out of control immediately prior to the accident. Evidently, over 20 people were killed in the truck accident, and around 20 to 30 people were injured. Shortly after the accident, many people were trapped in the school bus, and authorities fear that the death count will continue to rise.
Have You Been Injured in a New Mexico Trucking Accident or Hit-and-Run?
If you or a loved one has been injured because of the negligence of another driver, you should contact one of the attorneys at the Fine Law Firm. The attorneys at the Fine Law Firm have years of experience handling all stages of personal injury lawsuits. These include negotiating, settling, and litigating cases against other drivers and insurance companies. If you are successful, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for the injuries you or your loved one has suffered. This compensation may include damages for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. Contact one of the Fine Law Firm attorneys at 800-640-6590 to schedule your free initial consultation.
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