Another fatal Malaga traffic wreck has claimed the life of an Artesia man. According to the Assistant Fire Chief of the Malaga Volunteer Fire Department, Roy Burkham, the man was killed in a tragic three-car accident on U.S. Highway 285. The man was reportedly headed north in a water hauler when a southbound trucker unexpectedly lost control of his vehicle on a curve and struck him near mile marker 18. An accident witness apparently said both vehicles rolled before coming to a stop. A third truck was also purportedly involved in the fatal crash.
The exact cause of the fatal crash is currently under investigation. Burkham stated the decedent was not wearing a seat-belt when the collision occurred. Sadly, the man was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision. Following the wreck, the driver who allegedly lost control of his commercial truck was transported to the Carlsbad Medical Hospital for treatment. Burkham said police believe a combination of weather and excessive speed likely contributed to the fatal collision.
The tragic accident was reportedly the third deadly crash in the area within one week. Earlier this month, two men were reportedly killed in a single-vehicle oilfield truck rollover crash on Illinois Camp Road and a Loving man died in a three-vehicle crash on Highway 31. In addition, at least two additional crashes occurred on Highway 285 in July.
It is an unfortunate fact that everyone who who travels on highways and other roadways in the State of New Mexico runs the risk of being hurt or killed in an avoidable traffic collision. A number of factors including weather, speeding, dangerous road conditions, vehicle defects, and careless or inattentive motorists are often to blame for traffic collisions in our state and across the country. The victim of a motor vehicle accident that happened in New Mexico may receive financial compensation for their medical bills, pain and suffering, lost benefits and wages, and any permanent or temporary disability that resulted from the wreck. In addition, the close relatives of an individual who was killed by a negligent driver may also be entitled to recover for the costs associated with their loved one’s funeral and other damages. If you were injured in a traffic accident that was caused by someone else, you should discuss your options for recovery with a capable New Mexico personal injury lawyer.
Please contact the Fine Law Firm if you were harmed or someone close to you died in an avoidable traffic wreck on a New Mexico highway. Our hardworking Malaga auto accident attorneys have more than 100 years of combined experience assisting those who were hurt as a result of another person’s negligence receive the financial compensation they deserve. To schedule a free, confidential case evaluation with a knowledgeable advocate, give the lawyers at the Fine Law Firm a call at (505) 889-3463 or contact us through our website.
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Artesia man killed in three-vehicle crash near Malaga, by Jon Smith, Carlsbad Current-Argus
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