How to Avoid New Mexico Big Rig Trucking Accidents
At the Law Office of Samuel I. Kane P.A., our Las Cruces truck accident attorneys know that most truck drivers operate their large semi-trucks in a professional, legal, and responsible manner — and we appreciate them safely transporting goods throughout New Mexico and the rest of the country.
We realize being a truck driver is a tough job. However, we will never condone cutting corners to get the job done. Driving an 80,000-pound vehicle requires incredible responsibility, and when big rig drivers are negligent in driving their vehicles safely, we are here to help injury victims pursue the best financial outcome available for the crash that driver caused.
If you are sharing the roadway with a big rig driver, here are a few tips on staying safe along the way.
Be Sure to Focus Your Attention on the Road
While it is often easy to spot a negligent big rig driver in action, whether he or she is eating, reading, texting, or reaching for objects within their truck cabs, it is important that you, too, keep your eyes on the road.
Do not allow yourself to become distracted by the big rig driver, as you could be putting other motorists in jeopardy by doing so.
Stay Out of the Big Rig Driver’s Blind Spots
The general rule is that if you cannot see the big rig driver’s mirrors, the driver cannot see you. Avoid the large vehicle’s blind spots and take care not to place yourself directly beside a turning semi-truck if they cannot see you.
Safely and Legally Maneuver Away from the Big Rig Driver
Watching a truck driver negligently operate their big rig is very scary.
If you can safely and legally move away from the driver by slowing down, speeding up, or switching lanes, do so.
Do not make any sudden moves to avoid the truck, as you could cause an accident. Continue to operate your vehicle safely and create a plan to avoid traveling next to the vehicle.
Report Negligent Truck Drivers Traveling Through New Mexico
Big rig trucks often have their company name, phone number, and identifying operator number on the vehicle. If you can safely record the information to report the negligent driver when you get to your destination, do.
If you have a passenger in your vehicle, allow them to record the information while you focus on driving.
If you have handsfree cellphone capabilities inside your vehicle, it is legal to make the call while driving. Do not use your cellphone to report the driver if you must put the phone to your ear. Wait until you are stopped.
Drivers may also file a complaint with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration by phone or through a submission form on their website.
Have You Been Hurt in a New Mexico Big Rig Accident?
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It is not always possible to avoid negligent big rig drivers in New Mexico.
If you have been hurt in a crash with a semi, contact our New Mexico truck accident attorneys at the Law Office of Samuel I. Kane, P.C. by calling 575-222-0472 today to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help you hold the truck driver, trucking company, or another third-party responsible for your financial recovery.