Truck Accident Lawyer in Albuquerque, New Mexico
State laws and federal regulations require truck drivers to follow strict rules about rest, avoiding distractions, and maintaining their rig. If they fail to follow any of these rules or break general traffic laws, and an accident occurs, you have the right to recover compensation for injuries you suffered, and damage sustained to your property.
An Albuquerque truck accident lawyer at Ron Bell Injury Lawyers can explain your rights under New Mexico’s personal injury laws. We can help you understand the process and go to bat for you. We will fight to help you recover full compensation for your damages. Our consultations are always free, and we handle all truck accident cases on a contingency basis. You pay us no attorney’s fees unless we get money on your behalf.
Recoverable Damages in a Truck Accident Case
We cannot tell you how much your case might be worth until we conduct a full investigation and understand the strength of your case against the trucking company, the severity of your injuries, and the total value of your damages. However, we can offer you a look at the most common types of damages available in a successful Albuquerque truck accident case.
The economic damages available to you may include:
- Medical care costs
- Prescription costs
- Physical, occupational, and other therapies
- Ongoing care costs
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Repair or replacement of your vehicle
- Replacement of other damaged personal property
- Out-of-pocket costs
In addition to compensation for your expenses related to the accident and your injuries, we will also try to recover compensation for other losses, known as noneconomic damages. These include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Other emotional damages
Wrongful Death Damages
If your loved one passed away due to injuries from the accident, you are eligible to collect compensation by means of a wrongful death action. This type of lawsuit allows you to recover money to cover your own losses and expenses related to your family member’s death. This may include:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of household services
- Your mental anguish caused by the loss
- Other emotional damages
When a truck driver causes a wreck in New Mexico, a unique legal doctrine comes into play. Known as vicarious liability, this rule allows us to hold the driver’s employer liable for the damages suffered by the accident victims. This is true as long as the driver:
- Is an employee and not an independent contractor;
- Was working at the time of the accident; and
- Was actively engaged in work-related tasks (in this case, driving)
While filing a claim or lawsuit against the trucking company means we likely need to go head-to-head with its team of corporate lawyers, it also means we may have access to its much larger business liability insurance policy. This can be a lifesaver for clients who suffered catastrophic injuries and will likely require ongoing care.
Let Us Handle Your Albuquerque Truck Accident Case
Our personal injury lawyers have experience handling big truck accidents. Give us a call, and we can navigate the entire process for you. We will protect your rights and take care of all communication with the trucking company and its insurer. We will conduct a full investigation, collect all available evidence, and build a robust case that allows us to fight for the full value of your damages.
Collecting Evidence to Build Your Case
Investigating a truck accident case is complex. Not only do we need to do routine tasks such as requesting a copy of the accident report filed by the Police Department, but we also need to keep tabs on the evidence the trucking company possesses.
Early in the process, we will send a spoliation letter to the trucking company. This letter demands they protect the evidence in your case, including:
- The trucker’s logs
- Digital data from the truck’s onboard computer
- Results of post-accident drug and alcohol tests
- The trucker’s personnel file
- The damaged truck and/or trailer
- Other evidence that could play a role in your case
We also often partner with experts for help investigating truck accident cases. This may include:
- Accident reconstruction specialists
- Trucking industry experts
- Medical experts
Filing Your Claim or Personal Injury Lawsuit
We can often negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company on behalf of our clients without ever needing to file a lawsuit and litigate their case.
However, if the trucking company or its insurer refuses this type of agreement, we will not hesitate to file a lawsuit in a New Mexico civil court and fight for the full value of your claim. We will represent you in court, present your case to the judge, and ask for the compensation you deserve.
Talk to a Truck Accident Lawyer for FREE
If you need help getting the compensation you are owed after an Albuquerque truck accident, get serious – Ron Bell Injury Lawyers serious. The Ron Bell Injury Lawyers team will evaluate your truck accident case for free and help you hold the trucking company accountable for their driver’s negligent actions and get the money you need.
Call our office today at 505-898-2355 to schedule a free case review.
Truck accidents are common throughout the United States due to the heavy traffic from trucking companies. Thankfully, the first responders have been particularly trained to assist us if we ever experience a truck accident. However, the injuries are frequently painful and life-threatening. With the help of experienced truck accident attorneys, you and your family may obtain help right away, working to get you the best medical care, documenting your injuries, and protecting the accident scene before important evidence is “lost.”
While automotive accidents involving passenger vehicles can be devastating, collisions between a passenger vehicle and an 18-wheeler tractor-trailer are often far worse. It’s simply not a fair contest to pit an 80,000-pound tractor-trailer against 3,000-pound passenger cars and other smaller vehicles. When a semi-truck collides with a passenger vehicle, 72 percent of the time the car occupants are harmed, but only 17 percent of the time the truck occupants are injured.
The number of heavy trucks involved in fatal crashes grew by 8% from 2014 to 2015, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which oversees the trucking sector. During the same time frame, the number of buses involved in fatal collisions climbed by 11%.
There are numerous sorts of automobile and truck collisions, including:
Collisions with the back of the vehicle
Accidents involving a jackknife
Crashing into each other.
Underride of a truck (where the car goes under the truck or trailer)
A trailer that has gotten away
Furthermore, many large vehicles have a “no-zone,” blind spot incidents are more common in cars than in trucks. These are locations around the truck where a truck driver may not see an automobile and hence collide with it more readily.
Unfortunately, a truck driver’s negligence frequently damages a victim’s way of life, making it impossible for you to earn a living and maintain your family. Fortunately, reckless drivers, the trucking company, and their insurance company are required by law to compensate the innocent individuals they harm. The following are some of the most prevalent injuries that occur in car wrecks:
Bruises and cuts
Injuries to the soft tissues
Injuries to the face and teeth
Injury to the neck and back
Various types of traumatic brain injuries
Ron Bell Injury Lawyers always seek to incorporate provisions in our lawsuits to pay future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, outpatient Treatment costs, pharmaceutical costs, and any other non-economic damages that may be related to your recovery. Call 505-898-2355 for a free case review today.
Accidents involving large vehicles and 18-wheelers, in particular, can be disastrous to those involved. The nature of these types of collisions is often more catastrophic due to the sheer size and weight of huge trucks and 18-wheelers. Big trucks and 18-wheelers can weigh 80,000 pounds or more as they travel along highways and roads, nearly 20 times the average weight of the ordinary automobile.
If you drive on any of New Mexico’s roadways, you will never be far from an 18-wheeler. The dangers of collision with large trucks and 18-wheelers are significant, but they are essential to our economy. As a result, federal and state regulations establish the minimal safety standards that heavy trucks and 18-wheelers must adhere to before, during, and after operating on highways and roads.
What are the most common causes of 18 Wheeler Wrecks?
It should come as no surprise that most heavy truck and 18-wheeler collisions are not the types of collisions where everyone involved walks away with minor to no injuries. Many large truck and 18-wheeler accidents are caused by easily avoided factors, such as:
Distracted Driving – Nationwide, including New Mexico, driver error is one of the leading causes of commercial vehicle accidents. Any distraction that takes a truck driver’s eyes and/or attention off the road, whether it’s from chatting on the phone, texting, streaming a movie/TV show and/or video while driving, or any other distraction is a major hazard to other vehicles on the road.
State and federal minimum safety regulations compel big trucking companies to guarantee that they hire qualified and adequately trained drivers. Many big trucking companies take shortcuts on driver credentials or training, putting unsafe and untrained drivers on the road.
Truck driver fatigue – arises when a truck driver is weary and works longer hours than is legally permissible. The hours a driver can be on duty in a day and state and federal minimum safety requirements limit a week; yet, big truck firms and their drivers frequently break these limits.
Aggressive Driving (Speeding – Failure to Yield Right of Way – Failure to Maintain A Safe Following Distance) – Aggressive and unsafe driving choices such as following too closely or unsafe passing are dangerous choices made by commercial and 18-wheeler drivers daily. These actions are hazardous to other motorists on the road and are a significant component in traffic accidents all around the country.
Failure to obey basic safety regulations – Truck drivers and their employers must follow a set of minimum safety rules meant to protect themselves and other motorists. Failure to adhere to these minimum safety regulations puts the driver and other motorists on the road in danger.
Even though some 18-wheeler drivers are subjected to random drug testing and medical exams, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is still a significant cause of accidents.
Failure to properly load or secure goods — If the driver fails to follow the basic safety regulations when securing or loading cargo, unbalanced weight distribution or a weight shift might occur, increasing the risk of a disaster.
Driving in inclement weather – When faced with inclement weather, heavy truck drivers must adjust their driving (or get off the road) according to the minimum safety regulations. This is because large trucks take much longer to stop than passenger cars. Driving under poor visibility/traction circumstances, such as fog, rain, sleet, ice, snow, or smoke, among other factors, dramatically enhances a heavy truck driver’s chances of causing a collision.
In 2017, 4,761 individuals died in collisions involving heavy trucks (defined as vehicles with a GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) greater than 10,000 pounds) according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).
When people talk about “truck wrecks,” they’re talking about collisions involving large commercial trucks. This category includes the following trucks:
Trucks that transport oil and gas
Trucks that dump waste
Trucks that deliver packages
Trailers pulled by tractors
Trucks with refrigeration
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you should contact experienced and reputable truck accident attorneys who are familiar with local and national trucking regulations and can help you get the treatment and compensation you and your family deserve. Ron Bell Injury Lawyer’s truck accident lawyers have years of experience handling semi-truck accident cases throughout New Mexico.
Why Should You Contact Ron Bell Injury Lawyers?
Litigation involving trucking accidents can be unexpectedly difficult. As a result, obtaining appropriate compensation without the assistance of an experienced and renowned car accident attorney can be extremely difficult. Insurance companies that cover negligent drivers frequently take advantage of victims who aren’t represented by a competent automobile accident trial lawyer.
Ron Bell Injury Lawyers is prepared to help you. You need someone to look out for your best interests and that of your family. If you have suffered catastrophic injuries due to trucking company negligence or driver error get in touch with Ron Bell Injury Lawyers for a free consultation right now. Toll-free: 505-898-2355.
(we actively serve truck accident victims in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, and the entire state of New Mexico.)
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 Fatality Facts 2019: Large Trucks. (n.d.). IIHS-HLDI crash testing and highway safety. https://www.iihs.org/topics/fatality-statistics/detail/large-trucks.