How Can Trucking Companies Contribute to New Mexico Traffic Collisions?
At the Law Office of Samuel I. Kane, our truck accident attorneys in New Mexico know first hand how catastrophic collisions with an 18-wheeler can be, as our law firm’s complete focus is on successfully representing our New Mexico residents who have been hurt in collisions with large trucks.
Our skilled team of truck accident lawyers in New Mexico is committed to providing top-notch legal representation for the injured because semi-truck accidents are very different than other traffic collisions.
The first difference is obvious: The size and weight of a semi-truck can immediately overwhelm a much smaller passenger vehicle, severely injuring its occupants in seconds.
The second difference is that the trucking company may be liable for the collision, which means their insurance company may be on the hook for our client’s financial recovery options, which may also mean more compensation for your unique case.
To follow are the top three ways trucking companies may be liable for truck accidents in New Mexico.
One: Creating and Enforcing Unrealistic Schedules for their Truck Drivers
Trucking companies across the nation are notorious for setting ambitious, aggressive, and unrealistic schedules for their truck drivers, placing revenue over safety.
When trucking companies often reward their truck drivers for delivering more — with bonuses or other incentives. When they do, they are essentially promoting reckless driving. To deliver more, the drivers are going to have to make up time somewhere, which requires speeding or taking shortcuts while loading and unloading.
Both can lead to serious collisions throughout New Mexico and endanger lives everywhere.
Two: Failing to Properly Maintain Their Vehicles
Last month we talked about all the ways trucking companies are working towards making their fleets safer, but not all are following suit.
When trucking companies fail to maintain their trucks, they are putting dangerous vehicles on our roadways that could fail at any minute.
When a semi-truck’s brakes, tires, or transmission fails in the middle of their route — while traveling on our highways — serious accidents can occur, injuring or even killing those in vehicles nearby.
Three: Purposely Violating Federal Guidelines
When trucking companies allow their drivers to violate federal truck regulations like hours of service requirements, they are extending the time they are on the road, which can lead to severe driver fatigue, which is one of the leading causes of truck accidents in New Mexico and throughout the nation.
If you have been injured in a truck accident in New Mexico, we are here to help.
Contact Our Experienced Truck Accident Attorneys in Las Cruces for Help 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 by calling (575) 222-0472 to schedule a free consultation, and allow us to review your claim to begin building a strong case on your behalf today.