Semi-Truck Drivers and Passenger Distractions Can Lead to Serious New Mexico Crashes
At the Law Office of Samuel I. Kane, P.A., our truck accident attorneys in Las Cruces know how important semi-truck drivers are to our local, state, and national economy, as they are responsible for over 70% of all goods transported in the U.S.
We also know that while being a semi-truck driver can be a lucrative career, it can also be a lonely one.
Driving thousands of miles each week, all alone, can become overwhelming for some. Others look for podcasts or music to keep them entertained on the roads. Some, however, add a passenger to their long hauls to keep them company.
While the U.S. Department of Transportation has specific laws in place regarding passengers in commercial vehicles, the bigger question is, are they more of a distraction to the truck’s driver than a supportive guest?
Here is what our New Mexico residents need to know about semi-trucks, passengers, and distractions that can lead to serious accidents, injuries, and fatalities on our roadways.
What are the Rules Regarding Passengers in Semi-Trucks?
Under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s rules, passengers must receive written authorization to ride as a passenger in a commercial vehicle including a semi-truck.
The written authorization must have the name of the person transported, the date. and where the transportation starts and ends.
In addition, the truck driver must have an insurance policy either through their employer or their independent coverage that covers their passengers.
The insurance policy may have restrictions of its own that require both the driver and the passenger to abide by during their transit.
Are Semi-Truck Passengers a Distraction?
Our Dona Ana County truck accident attorneys know that passengers can be a distraction to any driver, and that semi-truck operators are no different.
When truck drivers are paying more attention to the passenger than they are on the road, serious accidents can occur because of the distraction.
When truck accidents occur because of unsafe driving, whether due to distracted driving from passengers in the truck or drug or alcohol use, the driver, the trucking company, or both may be liable for your injuries.
Contact Our Skilled Team of Truck Accident Attorneys in Las Cruces Today
If you have been hurt in a truck accident in New Mexico, contact our truck accident lawyers in Las Cruces, NM at the Law Office of Samuel I. Kane by calling (575) 222-0472 to schedule a free consultation, so we can review the circumstances of your truck crash injuries and begin building your case for success.