Can Semi-Truck Accidents Be Prevented in New Mexico?
At the Law Office of Samuel I. Kane, our New Mexico semi-truck accident attorneys know just how devastating these collisions can be. Because of the size and weight of a semi-truck, they have high rates of causing severe injuries and tragic fatalities when an accident occurs.
While our New Mexico semi-truck accident lawyers are often charged with holding the truck driver, trucking company, or another third-party responsible for our clients’ financial recovery, we understand that other motorists can help contribute to these catastrophic collisions.
Here are a few tips to avoid an increase in semi-truck collisions in your community.
First Line of Defense: The Truck Driver
Truck drivers must obey the safety standards and regulations that apply to their operation.
That includes taking mandatory rest breaks, staying healthy, and avoiding distractions, drugs, alcohol, or reckless behavior behind the wheel.
Next: All Other Drivers
We have all witnessed cars driving too close to semi-trucks, which impedes the truck driver’s ability to see all the surrounding vehicles.
Likewise, driving too close to the truck — on either side of its trailer — can keep the truck from moving safely, should they have to stop quickly or use more of the road to avoid a collision.
Never cut in a front of a truck, as they require a longer distance to stop. If traffic patterns require an abrupt stop, the truck may not have the necessary room to do so without colliding with your vehicle.
Be patient and share the road. We understand the frustration of sharing the road with oversized vehicles but speeding up to avoid the truck may be the action that causes a collision.
Finally, do not drive distracted. Put your phone down or pull over in a safe spot to attend to children or any other issues that are occurring inside the vehicle.
Driving requires all our attention, all the time, no matter what type of vehicle we are operating, and staying alert just may help avert an accident.
Have You Been Hurt in a Truck Accident? Contact Our Experienced Attorneys Today
If you have been hurt in a truck accident in New Mexico, contact our New Mexico Truck Accident Lawyers at the Law Office of Samuel I. Kane, P.A. by calling (575) 222-0472 to schedule a free consultation today. We will investigate your collision and pursue the negligent driver who caused your injuries to pursue the best financial outcome available for your injuries.