TRUCK ACCIDENT ATTORNEY IN ALBUQUERQUE, NM
At Baskerville Law LLC, our personal injury attorney represents people who sustained severe injuries and families who are suffering a wrongful death due to the negligence of a semi truck driver.
Since the size and weight of tractor-trailer trucks and the cargo that they carry are so great, the injuries suffered by victims of trucking accidents tend to be increasingly severe, correlated to the size and weight of the truck involved. Many victims of truck accidents sustain serious injuries that are classified as catastrophic.
If you were recently injured or lost someone dear to you due to a truck accident, finding a qualified personal injury lawyer who focuses on auto accident cases is critical for many reasons. In severe truck accident cases, there are several medical bills involved due to the level of medical care that is needed. It is important that all sources of responsibility – legally and financially – are uncovered.
Our Albuquerque truck accident lawyer understands the level of investigation needed to determine the cause of a trucking accident and to recover maximum compensation for your injuries and losses.
INJURIES CAUSED BY TRUCK ACCIDENTS
According to the Institute for Highway Safety, more than 10 people are killed in large truck crashes every day in the United States.
Tractor-trailer trucking accidents can result in severe injuries for other motorists on the road, including drivers and passengers in other cars, motorcyclists, individuals riding bicycles, and even pedestrians.
Injuries suffered as a result of truck accidents can include:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Severe burns
- Bodily injuries that require surgical treatment
- Traumatic brain injury
- Emotional distress
- Severe injuries leading to death (i.e., wrongful death)
Because big rig truck accidents can lead to such severe outcomes, trucking companies and the auto insurance companies who cover them have many reasons to attempt to lower their liability as much as possible for accidents that they are involved in.
In fact, when an accident happens, many trucking companies send their own attorneys and investigators to the scene of the accident as soon as possible.
This being the case, it’s important that you contact an experienced New Mexico car accident attorney as soon as possible. A reputable attorney will preserve and protect your legal rights and look out for your best interests.
Do not sign anything put in front of you by the truck driver, the trucking company, or the trucking company’s auto insurance company.
After you call 911, if you are able to, call your Albuquerque car accident lawyer as soon as possible. When you call Baskerville Law LLC at the scene of an accident, we'll guide you through the best course of action.
COMMON CAUSES OF NEW MEXICO TRUCK ACCIDENTS
Approximately 11% of all traffic fatalities involve a commercial vehicle.
Several causes of tractor-trailer truck accidents can result in severe injuries and devastating fatalities, including:
- Driver fatigue, including falling asleep at the wheel
- Faulty inspection, maintenance, and/or repair
- Faulty equipment
- Driving while intoxicated
- Shifting or falling cargo
- Unbalanced loads or loads that are too heavy
- Distracted driving (texting, talking on the phone, managing GPS system, etc.)
- Insufficient training
- Delivery schedules that are unrealistic
According to a study that was published in the March 2016 issue of the journal Sleep:
"Truck drivers who have obstructive sleep apnea and who do not attempt to adhere to a mandated treatment program have a five-fold increase in the risk of severe crash."
While many trucking companies have an internal treatment program that is company-mandated for tractor-trailer truck drivers who are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, several companies have no such program. This means that a truck driver who refuses to accept the treatment program can simply resign from a company who requires it and apply with a trucking company who does not mandate treatment for the condition.
COSTS INCURRED BY VICTIMS OF TRUCKING ACCIDENTS
Common costs incurred by victims of 18-wheeler truck accidents include:
- Overall negative impact to their health
- Cost of medical bills, including surgical costs and costs for future treatment
- Lost wages due to injuries, including wages that will be lost in the future
- Cost for transportation
- Cost for property damage
- The amount of pain and suffering that they have endured because of the accident
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PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY IN ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO
After a collision, it is highly-recommended to contact your local police department and to seek appropriate medical care immediately. It is also very important to speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible to protect and preserve your legal rights.
If you would like to discuss your accident with a highly-rated truck accident attorney in Albuquerque NM, call (505) 247-2774 for a complimentary case evaluation. Our auto accident attorney can answer questions about your case. You may also fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page. Rob Baskerville, our Albuquerque personal injury attorney, will give you a call when it’s most convenient for you to talk.
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