What Makes Semi Accidents So Different From Other Traffic Accidents?

Truck accidents occur on the same roads as car accidents do. The same rules of the road apply to all vehicles using our city streets, state highways and interstate highways. However, many differences stand out when comparing truck accidents and other traffic accidents.

Caruso Law Offices, P.C., with ample experience handling both car and truck accidents, is very familiar with the unique characteristics of truck accidents. Lawyer Mark J. Caruso is a former commercial truck operator who has represented insurance companies in truck accident cases. This varied background gives our law firm a balanced perspective that often benefits our clients. We have achieved successful outcomes on behalf of many people injured in trucking accidents in New Mexico and their families.

Distinct aspects of truck accidents that help explain why semi accidents are so different include:

Weight differential of vehicles: Truck accidents often involve collisions between passenger vehicles and trucks as large and as heavy as small buildings. A car or motorcycle is no match for a semitruck in a crash.

Poor maneuverability of large trucks: The sheer momentum of a truck means that braking and steering require more time than maneuvers of smaller vehicles do. This reality is no doubt a key factor in many truck wrecks.

Serious injury and frequency of fatalities: Because of the size differential and the poor maneuverability of most large trucks, it is not surprising that a great many accident victims suffer serious injuries or lose their lives. Catastrophic injuries and fatal outcomes take a costly toll for people involved in thousands of truck accidents in the U.S. every year.

Complex insurance and liability factors: When a truck driver or trucking company is at fault, larger insurance coverage is available in most cases than in other types of traffic accidents. However, it is also trickier to determine who is liable: the driver, the dispatch company, a company responsible for loading the tractor-trailer or a company that was responsible for maintenance of the vehicle.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act (FMCSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) spell out responsibilities of truck drivers, trucking companies and other parties involved in the trucking industry.

After a truck accident, sorting out the potentially liable people and entities can take time. It is not uncommon for insurers of various parties to claim the others are responsible. Litigation can be tedious. An attorney's persistence and diligence can make a great difference in the outcome of a truck accident case.

Request A Free Consultation After A Truck Accident In New Mexico

Caruso Law Offices, P.C., is prepared to put the unique facts of your case to work for you as we investigate your truck accident and uncover the key facts. Ultimately, our aim is to obtain fair compensation for the injured and for bereaved family members. Our track record speaks for itself. Call 505-234-7837 or send an email to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Albuquerque-based attorney serving clients statewide.