Articles Posted in Truck Accidents

Earlier last month, a New Mexico motorcyclist was killed after a UPS truck pulled onto the road in front of him. According to Santa Fe news reports, the motorcyclist was driving south on Rio Arriba County Road when the accident occurred. Apparently, the UPS driver pulled into the road, and the motorcyclist attempted to avoid hitting the truck.

broken-link-in-the-chain-1424413-m.jpgIn attempting to avoid an accident, the motorcyclist rode his motorcycle onto a shoulder and over an embankment. However, in doing that, the motorcycle overturned. The motorcyclist was thrown from the motorcycle, and his passenger was also ejected. The passenger was taken to a local hospital, and she remains in stable condition. Unfortunately, the motorcycle driver was declared dead at the scene of the accident. Both parties were wearing helmets when the accident occurred. New Mexico State Police are currently still investigating the crash, but no charges have yet been filed.

Motorcycle Safety in New Mexico
Motorcycle accidents and truck accidents often result in the highest number of fatalities, and when those two vehicles are combined it is highly likely that someone will end up seriously injured or killed. It is important when operating a motorcycle that both the driver and passenger are aware of the rules of the road and specifically safety rules directly related to their motorcycles.
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Late last month, a Midland County, New Mexico man was killed after being involved in an accident in the County. Local New Mexican news reports indicate that the incident occurred about 20 miles south of the county line on New Year’s Eve.

tress-with-ice-crystals-in-sunlight-1409549-m.jpgThe State Troopers indicated that a Ford F-350 was driving northbound on FM 1788. At some point, the driver of the Ford attempted to pass a semi-trailer. Unfortunately, in doing so, the man lost control of his vehicle. After losing control, the car began to roll and ended up in a ditch on its side. The 38-year-old driver of the truck was killed in the accident. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the incident. State officials explained that the road was quite icy, and it was sleeting at the time of the accident.

Driving in Hazardous Conditions in New Mexico

Driving always encompasses a certain amount of risk, but most often motorists are injured not by a stroke of bad luck but due to the negligence of another. In the above case, it is not indicated whether the semi-truck driver was injured or involved in the accident. However, in many cases when two vehicles are involved in the crash, one party has a higher level of culpability in the crash.
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file00086483068 morgurfile username imelenchon.jpgAnother 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.
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12057_dangerous_truck sxchu username apfelholz.jpgA 25-year-old Georgia man who was riding as a passenger in an 18-wheeler was reportedly killed in a recent rollover truck accident near Grants. According to New Mexico State Police, the 61-year-old driver of a semi-truck was headed west on Interstate 40 when he drove onto the shoulder of the roadway. Police stated the man over-corrected as he attempted to return to his lane and rolled the large vehicle onto its right side. The 25-year-old man, who was apparently asleep in the truck cabin, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Following the single-vehicle wreck, the interstate was closed for about seven hours. The driver of the big rig was reportedly arrested on an unrelated warrant. He was also allegedly driving on a suspended license. Police stated a third passenger in the 18-wheeler, a 37-year-old Pennsylvania woman, was the logged into the truck’s computer system as the driver of the vehicle at the time of the wreck. It is currently unclear whether either the driver or female passenger was hurt in the accident. New Mexico State Police have not stated whether charges are expected to be filed in connection with the deadly crash.

Regrettably, semi-truck crashes are common in our state. Every year, more than 2,000 traffic accidents in New Mexico involve a big rig. Law suits brought as a result of tractor-trailer collisions are generally different than simple car wrecks because they normally involve unique pieces of evidence such as on-board computers and other technology. In addition, 18-wheeler drivers are required to maintain a number of records in order to document the amount of time they spend traveling each day. Because of this, an accident investigation can be quite complicated.

Tractor-trailer accidents can be caused by many factors, including excessive load weights, driver impairment, driver fatigue, and poor vehicle maintenance. The victim in a collision involving an 18-wheeler may be eligible to recover damages for lost wages and benefits, medical costs, any disability that resulted from the crash, suffering, and pain. Close relatives of someone who was killed in an accident with a semi-truck may also be entitled to recover for their loved one’s funeral expenses and receive other compensation. Anyone who was injured by a negligent tractor-trailer driver should contact a quality attorney as soon as possible following a wreck.
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698754_wine_bottle sxchu username gmarcelo.jpgIn 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.
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1329363_a_truck sxchu username mzacha.jpgThe Truck Safety Coalition (TSC) has reportedly combined forces with a group of individuals who were directly impacted by a crash with a tractor-trailer in an attempt to build support for additional legislation aimed at semi-truck safety. The TSC apparently met with officials from the United States Department of Transportation and members of Congress in support of the proposed Safe Highways and Infrastructure Preservation Act. The federal bill, sponsored by Senator Frank Lautenberg and Representative James McGovern, would purportedly remove existing loopholes used to transport overweight 18-wheeler loads on roadways across the nation. The proposed legislation would also allegedly freeze all current semi weight and size limits and establish a federal safety enforcement program.

According to data obtained from Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways, more than 4,000 people in New Mexico and across the United States are killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer each year. A national survey conducted on behalf of TSC allegedly found that 68 percent of Americans oppose and 47 percent strongly oppose the use of overweight semis on the nation’s roadways. In addition, 88 percent of those polled said they are opposed to paying higher taxes in order to pay for roadway damage caused by heavy tractor-trailers.

A TSC report claims New Mexico currently ranks seventh in the nation for traffic deaths involving an 18-wheeler. Sadly, more than 2,000 traffic collisions that take place in the State of New Mexico each year involve a tractor-trailer. Semi wrecks may be caused by a number of factors including fatigue, driver impairment, excessive load weights, inadequate driver training, and poor truck maintenance.

Tractor-trailer accidents are different than normal car crashes because they usually involve unique pieces of evidence that do not exist in other wrecks. For example, onboard computers often provide collision investigators with important details regarding the events that led up to a big rig crash. The victim of a traffic wreck with an 18-wheeler may be entitled to receive damages for suffering, lost wages and benefits, medical bills, pain, and any temporary or permanent disability that resulted from the incident. Certain family members of someone who was killed in a crash with a big rig may also be eligible to recover funeral expenses and additional damages. Anyone who was hurt by a negligent semi driver is advised to contact a skilled lawyer as soon as possible.
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1409594_gavel_4 scxhu username creationc.jpgA jury in Santa Fe recently awarded the family of a man who was killed in 2010 by a semi near Carlsbad $58.5 million. The verdict, which included $47 million in punitive damages, is reportedly the largest in state history. The accident purportedly occurred when an eastbound tractor-trailer used to haul “produced water from oils wells,” turned left in front of the victim’s westbound pick-up truck. The victim allegedly died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the preventable crash.

Despite that the accident happened three miles east of Carlsbad, the Santa Fe-based trust company that represented the victim’s estate filed the wrongful death lawsuit locally. According to the jury, punitive damages were awarded because the big rig driver was provided with inadequate training and the transport company that operated the truck had a history of safety violations. A statement released by the jury said the award was crafted to send a message to the trucking industry that a higher standard of trucker training and safety is expected by New Mexico residents.

Unfortunately, tragic big rig accidents like this one are common in New Mexico. In fact, more than 2,000 traffic collisions throughout the state every year involve a semi. In general, 18-wheeler crashes are different than simple car wrecks because they normally involve unique pieces of evidence that do not exist in other collisions. For example, computers installed onboard a semi-truck can provide accident investigators with important details regarding the events that led up to a big rig crash.

18-wheeler collisions may be caused by many factors including inadequate driver training, fatigue, impairment, excessive load weights, and poor vehicle maintenance. Individuals who were hurt in a wreck with a tractor-trailer may be eligible to receive damages for lost wages and benefits, pain, medical costs, any temporary or permanent disability that resulted from the accident, and suffering. Certain relatives of someone who lost his or her life in an accident with a semi-truck may also be entitled to recover funeral expenses and receive additional financial compensation. Anyone who was harmed by a negligent tractor-trailer driver should contact a quality attorney as soon as possible following a collision.
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232053_semi-truck_3%20sxchu%20username%20jpsdg.jpgThree people died and two others were hurt in a recent head-on collision that involved a tractor-trailer on Interstate 40 near Grants. According to law enforcement authorities, the crash occurred after a big rig that was headed east unexpectedly crossed the median of the roadway near mile marker 95 and struck a westbound pick-up truck carrying three people. The driver of the pick-up, 27-year-old Devin Marine, reportedly died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the wreck. Sadly, his two passengers, 47-year-old Rick Macurio and 21-year-old Branden Macurio, were also killed in the accident.

Following the fatal head-on collision, emergency responders allegedly transported the seriously injured driver of the semi to the University of New Mexico Hospital via emergency helicopter. In addition, a passenger in the tractor-trailer was allegedly taken to Cibola General Hospital in Grants for treatment. Authorities stated the passenger was later transported to the University Hospital in Albuquerque.

After the collision, the interstate was purportedly closed in both directions for several hours while law enforcement officers investigated. Although the exact cause of the fatal crash is still under investigation, authorities reportedly do not believe alcohol played a role in the accident. The driver of the pick-up was allegedly not wearing a seat belt when he was killed. Both of his passengers, however, were reportedly wearing a safety belt when the wreck occurred.

Unfortunately, 18-wheeler crashes are common in our state. More than 2,000 traffic accidents in the State of New Mexico involve a semi each year. Tractor-trailer collisions are normally different than simple automobile wrecks because they usually involve unique pieces of evidence. Computers installed onboard a big rig can provide accident investigators with a number of important details about the events that lead up to an 18-wheeler crash. Big rig drivers are also required to maintain daily log books and other records in order to document the amount of time spent traveling each day.

Semi wrecks may be caused by many factors including driver fatigue, excessive load weights, driver impairment, and poor truck maintenance. Individuals who were hurt in a crash with a tractor-trailer may be entitled to receive damages for lost wages and benefits, the cost of their medical expenses, any temporary or permanent disability that resulted from the wreck, pain, and suffering. Certain relatives of someone who was killed in an accident with a semi may also be eligible to recover funeral expenses and receive other compensation. Anyone who was hurt by a negligent tractor-trailer driver should contact a skilled lawyer as soon as possible following a collision.
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1190912_dangerous_goods_labels%20sxchu%20username%20drmatiz.jpgA fiery 18-wheeler crash east of Grants recently closed Interstate 40 in both directions and sent one man to the hospital. Emergency crews responding to the one-vehicle accident near the Sky City Casino reportedly found the overturned semi completely engulfed in flames in the median of the interstate. The big rig was carrying more than 8,000 gallons of gasoline at the time of the accident. According to New Mexico State Police Public Information Officer Robert McDonald, the driver of the tractor-trailer, 33-year-old Dennis Pritchard of Rio Rancho, was taken by ambulance to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque with injuries that were not considered to be life threatening.

Following the crash, Interstate 40 was closed for several hours. Additionally, both sides of the freeway were damaged by flames and the speed limit on a stretch of the interstate was decreased until the roadway could be repaired. Although the cause of the incident is still under investigation, McDonald stated police officers believe Pritchard may have fallen asleep while driving. He also added that police do not believe alcohol played a role in the accident.

Luckily, no one was severely injured in this crash. Still, big rig collisions often leave victims with serious and life-altering injuries. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, nearly one-fourth of all passenger vehicle fatalities resulting from multi-vehicle crashes nationwide involve a large truck. Because semis are subject to both state and federal laws, 18-wheeler accidents can be complicated. Additionally, big rig collisions often involve unique pieces of evidence such as black boxes, on-board computers, driver logs, and other records.

Tractor trailer accidents may be caused by any number of factors including driver fatigue, inattention, and carelessness. Those who are hurt in a New Mexico truck accident may be eligible to file a claim for lost wages and benefits, medical expenses, any disability that resulted from the incident, and pain and suffering. The relatives of someone who was killed in an accident with an 18-wheeler may also be entitled to recover funeral expenses and receive other damages. An experienced truck accident lawyer can explain your options for recovery.
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853262_trucks%20sxchu%20username%20dyet.jpgIn late September, a New Mexico State Police officer was hurt in a rollover accident south of Roswell after he allegedly attempted to avoid a head-on collision with a semi on State Route 249. At the time of the accident, Lieutenant Javier Moncada was patrolling for speeders in Lea County. When the 39-year-old law enforcement officer crested a hill, he reportedly found himself facing a tractor-trailer traveling in the wrong lane and headed straight for him. Moncada stated he left the roadway when he swerved to the right in an effort to avoid hitting the semi head-on. The State Police officer’s vehicle rolled at least three times before coming to a stop upside down in the brush on the side of the roadway.

The driver of the semi allegedly continued on towards Hagerman without stopping. According to New Mexico State Police Sergeant Lawrence Murray, other motorists on the roadway notified authorities about the accident. Following the accident, Moncada reportedly cut his safety belt and crawled out of the wrecked police vehicle. Emergency rescue crews transported the police officer to a Roswell hospital for treatment of the head, back, and neck injuries he purportedly sustained in the accident. Although the crash is currently under investigation, State Police investigators do not believe speed played a role in the incident.

Every year, more than 2,000 crashes involving big rigs occur throughout New Mexico. 18-wheeler accidents are different than typical automobile crashes because they often involve unique pieces of evidence. For example, on board computers can provide investigators with important details about the events that lead up to a semi crash. Also, big rig drivers must maintain log books and other records to document the amount of time they spend on the road each day. Tractor-trailer accidents are often caused by drunk or impaired driving, driver fatigue, excessive load weights, and poor truck maintenance.

If you were hurt by a negligent tractor-trailer driver, you may be eligible to recover financial compensation from the driver’s employer. In the State of New Mexico, truck accident victims may receive financial compensation for their pain, suffering, medical costs, lost wages, any temporary or permanent disability, and other damages. Anyone who was injured by a negligent semi driver should contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible following the accident.
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