In late April, a single-vehicle accident involving a propane truck reportedly closed State Road 122, Interstate 40, and a set of Burlington Northern Santa Fe train tracks in McKinley County. According to New Mexico State Police, the 55-year-old driver of the propane truck was speeding on State Road 122 around 11 am when he lost control of the semi and overturned near mile marker 22. Following the semi accident, the area was purportedly evaluated by a hazmat team because the full propane tank apparently began to leak. In addition, law enforcement officers allegedly found empty liquor containers in the crash wreckage. As a result, the driver of the truck was reportedly arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, careless driving, and violating the state's open container law.
Alcohol-related accidents like this one are all too common throughout New Mexico. Although no one was injured in this situation, everyone who travels on the many highways and other roads located in our state is placed at risk whenever an impaired driver makes the choice to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Semi wrecks that were caused by a drunken driver are particularly dangerous due to the sheer size and weight of such vehicles. The victim of a traffic collision that involved a big rig may be eligible to recover damages for pain and suffering, lost wages and benefits, medical costs, and any temporary or permanent disability that resulted from the crash. Certain family members of someone who died in a collision with a big rig may also be entitled to receive compensation for their loved one's funeral expenses. If you were hurt or a relative was killed by an allegedly drunk semi driver, you should contact a quality attorney to discuss your right to recovery.