Left Turn Truck Accident in New Mexico: Albuquerque Trucking Accident Lawyer Explains Liability
New Mexico Truck Accident Caused by Left Turn: Albuquerque Trucking Accident Lawyer
One of the most dangerous maneuvers that any driver can make is a left hand turn. This is because motorists are cutting across the direct lane of travel of another vehicle. When there are multiple lanes of travel, the danger is just magnified even more. Motorist making a left hand turn need to assess not only oncoming traffic, but also pedestrians, bicyclists, and other vehicles in the lane or roadway where the driver is headed. When a left hand turn is made by a large commercial truck like an 18 wheeler, big rig, semi tractor trailer, double trailer, or other box truck, the risks are magnified to a dangerous level. A New Mexico left turn truck accident could be deadly.
If you have been injured in a left turn truck accident, call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. to learn whether you are entitled to compensation. A common scenario in a New Mexico left turn truck accident is that another motor t-bones or sideswipes the trailer fo the truck which is engaged in making the turn. While it may seem like your fault as the vehicle hitting the truck which already started its turn, most of the time it is not your fault because the law requires left hand turn vehicles to yield to all oncoming traffic. This is why you need to call our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident lawyer by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn whether you may be entitled to compensation even if you think you caused the impact.
Liability in a New Mexico Left Turn Truck Accident
There are two ways for a motor injured in a New Mexico left turn truck accident. The first is the common law, or judge-made law, application of negligence. This is a standard of conduct which governs all motorists. The negligence standard requires motorists to exercise reasonable care in the use and operation of their motor vehicles. Making a left hand turn in front of an oncoming vehicle or when an oncoming vehicle does not have enough time to stop is likely going to result in a finding of negligence if such left turn causes a big rig wreck.
The second approach is through the doctrine of negligence per se. This doctrine uses the violation of a statute (legislatively-made law) as an automatic finding of negligence. The use of this doctrine only applies in certain situations, pertinently where the statute is aimed at protecting a certain harm from a certain class of peoples.
In New Mexico, there are two statutes involving left turns which are aimed at protecting harm in motor vehicle accidents from other motorists. The first is NM Stat. section 66-7-328 which governs vehicles approaching infections, and requires that vehicles approaching intersections to yield to the right-of-way of vehicles already in the intersection (the box). The second statute is NM Stat. section 66-7-329 which governs left hand turns at intersections, and requires that all vehicles turning left yield to the right-of-way of all oncoming vehicles which constitute an “immediate hazard” to allow such vehicles safe passage.
Therefore, these two statutes require vehicles entering an intersection to yield to all vehicles already in the intersection and all vehicles turning left to move last. An 18 wheeler wreck caused by a big rig making a left turn will likely result in the violation of one or both of these statutes.
If You Were Injured by a Truck Turning Left, Call Our Albuquerque Trucking Accident Lawyer
If you were injured in a New Mexico left turn truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation by virtue of the fact that New Mexico law requires a vehicle turning left yield to yield to all vehicles which constitute an “immediate hazard.” If you were involved in a big rig crash, that would likely mean you were an immediate hazard and should have had the right-of-way.
Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident lawyer will assess the facts of your case and apply it to New Mexico law to ensure your rights are protected. We handle cases throughout New Mexico, including in Las Cruces, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Roswell, Farmington, Hobbs, Lordsburg, or anywhere else in the state, including Albuquerque where our law office is located. Call the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can help. You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.