Personal Injury attorneys at Ron Bell Injury Lawyers are experienced in handling accidents involving commercial trucks in the Albuquerque area. Commercial semi tractor trailer rigs travel on almost every road in New Mexico. Businesses big and small use commercial trucks to transport their goods; these companies expect shipments to be delivered properly and professionally. Unfortunately, the drivers of these oversized vehicles sometimes commit the same types of negligence we see daily in automobile accidents: speeding, driving while intoxicated, failing to observe traffic signals, distracted driving, and falling asleep at the wheel.
Even if the truck driver was not negligent the trucking company could be negligent. The company could be liable for damages by not properly inspecting and maintaining the tractor trailer truck. Another scenario would be if the loading crew was rushing when loading the trailer of the truck, and failed to properly secure the items. This is very dangerous and causes objects to fall onto the road which can cause an accident, hit the motor vehicle behind the truck breaking the windshield, or hitting other nearby cars. This is considered negligence and the commercial carrier is liable to any injured victims.
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In the event, you or a family member are in a tractor trailer truck collision, conduct the following:
- Exam yourself, passengers, and the truck driver for any injuries.
- Call 911 immediately.
- Write down the truck driver name, address and phone number.
- Write down the trucking company name, address, and phone number.
- Write down or take a photo of the insurance information for the driver and the company.
- Take photos of damages to all motor vehicles.
- Go to the hospital and seek medical attention immediately.
- Take photos of physical injuries caused by the accident.
- Contact your insurance company AND the truck company insurance company.
(Never agree to any recorded statements until talking to an injury attorney)
Sharing the road with semi-trucks is something that we must all do. While it is impossible to avoid every situation that may lead to an accident, it is possible to avoid many issues that could lead to one. When driving on the road with a semi-truck nearby, remember to:
- Stay in their view. If you see the driver door mirror, they see you.
- Do not tailgate. If a sudden stop happens, you could go up under the truck.
- Never pass on the right. Trucks have a blind spot on their right side.
You may be thinking, why hire a personal injury attorney? Remember insurance companies are corporations looking out for their own interest. Being represented by an attorney in a personal injury litigation not only saves time but it takes a lot of stress off the victim. When a victim is involved with in an 18 wheeler truck accident, the immediate consequences are more than likely traumatic. The last thing a victim needs to do is sit on the phone with insurance companies and make statements. Personal Injury attorneys not only represent your best interest, but also may be able to collect monetary compensation for physical injuries and emotional damage experienced. In a personal injury case, whether from a semi-truck accident or another cause, there is proper legal procedure to follow. If a victim misses any of those important procedural steps they may miss out on their legal right to compensation for damages.
Our Albuquerque Personal Injury lawyers understand an injury victim may need to deal with ongoing medical, emotional and physical treatment. Ring That Bell Injury Lawyers believe all victims deserve their rights protected and reasonable compensation when in a truck accident. Contact Ron Bell Personal Injury firm today for a free consultation.