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New Mexico Trucking Accident Caused by Truck Defects are the Driver and Trucking Company’s Fault

Truck Defects Causing a New Mexico Trucking Accident Could be Truck Driver and Trucking Company’s Fault: Learn more from our Albuquerque Trucking Accident Lawyers

There are many possible causes to any motor vehicle accident, including mechanical defects.  With large commercial vehicles like 18 wheelers, tractor trailers, tankers, big rigs, and other box trucks, there are many other possible ways that mechanical defects could cause a traffic accident.  These could be very serious and even deadly mechanical defects which result in serious personal injuries or the wrongful death of an innocent person.  While it may seem unfair to hold a truck driver or trucking company liable for a mechanical defect, it is more unfair to hold a victim responsible.  This is because a truck driver or trucking company have the big rig in their control and possession.  This is why federal regulations mandate that truck drivers and trucking companies inspect and keep their vehicles in good working order to avoid New Mexico trucking accidents.

However, when trucking companies and truck drivers fail to keep their motor vehicles in good working order, it could result in liability under the federal regulations promulgated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or FMCSA.  If you or a loved one were seriously injured or if a loved one was wrongfully killed due to a mechanical vehicle in any vehicle, especially a large commercial vehicle like a big rig, 18 wheeler, or tractor trailer, please ask our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers how we can help you.  Even if you are a truck driver who is harmed by a mechanical error, you have rights under New Mexico law to protect.  This is particularly true if another truck driver caused your injuries.

Federal Regulations Require Truck Drivers To Keep All Commercial Vehicles in Good Repair and Safe from Defects

Under 49 CFR section 392.7, “[n]o commercial motor vehicle shall be driven unless the driver is satisfied that the following parts and accessories are in good working order, nor shall any driver fail to use or make use of such parts and accessories when and as needed[.]”  The parts that the regulation requires a truck driver to keep in good, working order include the following:

  • Service brakes;
  • Parking brake;
  • Steering mechanism and steering column;
  • Lighting devices and reflectors;
  • Tires;
  • Horn;
  • Windshield wipers;
  • Mirrors for the sides or rear-vision;
  • Any type of coupling devices;
  • Wheels and rims, especially the front wheels; 
  • Emergency equipment;
  • All trailer brake connections; and
  • Any other important mechanical components.

Injured By a Mechanical Defect in an 18 Wheeler?  Our Albuquerque Trucking Accident Lawyers Could Help

If you or a loved one are seriously injured due to FMCSA violations from mechanical defects or broken truck parts, or if a loved one is wrongfully killed, ask our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers to help you.  We represent victims in smaller passenger vehicles or truck drivers who were harmed by other truck driver’s negligence.  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.

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