Injured By a Merging Truck on the Interstate: Albuquerque Trucking Accident Lawyer Explains Liability
Understanding Liability When a Merging Truck on the Interstate Causes Injuries: Albuquerque Trucking Accident Lawyer Shares Important Information
New Mexico is one of the largest trucking states in the country because of its location. Many gas and oil truck drivers out of Texas and many commercial truckers from California have to travel through our state. We also have two of the largest interstate exchanges including the Big I in Albuquerque where I-25 and I-40 intersect and where I-25 and I-10 intersect in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Therefore, it should be no surprise a merging truck on the interstate is one of the most common causes of a New Mexico trucking accident. Our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyer knows this, and represents many victims seriously injured on I-25, I-10, and I-40 who are injured in semi tractor trailer crashes.
Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers understand how devastating an interstate trucking accident could be for victims in smaller, passenger vehicles. When people are injured by a merging truck on the interstate, the medical bills, lost wages, lost future earnings, and other damages could feel insurmountable. This is why our law firm does not charge any money upfront and we represent victims on a contingency fee agreement. This means victims and their families can keep money in their pocket now while we represent them, and they only need to pay us once we recover money for them in a settlement or court award. Learn more how we can help with a FREE consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000.
Liability for a Merging Truck on the Interstate
It is well-known that a motorist must use reasonable care when merging on a highway. This is stressed to all new drivers and all commercial drivers during CDL license courses, tests, and practical tests. This general understanding of using care when merging to avoid an accident is the basis for a common law, or an unwritten law which forms a duty or obligation.
Therefore, motorists who violate this duty may be found to have acted unreasonably and may be found negligent under the common law standard. A negligent driver driver who fails to safely merge may be liable to a victim.
In addition to the general understanding that we all have of the common law, the New Mexico Legislature has enacted a law governing lane changes and merges. Under NM Stat. 66-7-317 (A), “[w]henever any roadway has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic . . . a vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety.”
A truck driver that attempts to merge unto I-25, I-40, or I-10 improperly and causes a New Mexico trucking accident could be found to have violated this section of law. The violation of this section of law which results in personal injuries to an innocent person may result in an automatic finding of negligence against the truck driver and trucking company.
Injured in a New Mexico Trucking Accident Caused by a Merging Truck on the Interstate? We Can Help
If you or a loved one were injured by an improper lane change or a reckless interstate merge resulting a New Mexico trucking accident, ask how our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers can help you today. We represent victims who have been catastrophically injured due to the reckless or careless actions of others behind the wheel of commercial vehicles. This includes accidents on interstates such as improper lane changes and merges. Call to schedule your FREE appointment with our lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. by dialing (505) 883-5000.
We handle causes throughout New Mexico, including Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Roswell, Cuervo, Rio Rancho, Clovis, Farmington, Hobbs, Albuquerque where our office is located, and anywhere else throughout New Mexico. Please call to schedule for FREE appointment by dialing (505) 883-5000 or contact us through our website’s easy to use and convenient contact box available here.