Paraplegia Caused by a Trucking Accident in New Mexico
Albuquerque Trucking Accident Lawyers Share Information about Paraplegia Caused by a Trucking Accident in New Mexico
Motor vehicle accidents could cause a lot of different types of personal injuries. The worst personal injuries are those that affect a person’s daily activities such through work or normal tasks like showering, eating, or cleaning. Examples of these types of personal injuries include traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), spinal cord injuries, and amputations. You’ll notice that each of these types of injuries affects how a person thinks and moves. This is why paraplegia is one of the worst personal injuries because it generally affects how a person uses his or her lower extremities. This is due to a message disconnection from the brain to the limb. While all auto accidents could result in serious back injuries, paraplegia caused by a trucking accident in New Mexico is more likely to cause this injury.
This is because trucking accidents are more powerful and devastating. These large commercial vehicles generate significant weight and momentum even at low speeds. When semi tractor trailers and 18 wheelers are on highways and interstates like I-40, I-25, and I-10, collisions can be explosive. This is why serious injuries such as paraplegia are more likely to be caused in a trucking accident than in a regular motor vehicle accident. Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers know how devastating and destructive paraplegia can be for a victim and his or her family. We have built a law firm practice around representing those injured by the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company. If you or a loved one have suffered seriously injuries such as paraplegia, ask how we can help you today.
Paraplegia from Trucking Accidents
Paraplegia is a type of paralysis that affects the lower limbs and sometimes the lower trunk. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries such as paraplegia. There are two types of paraplegia which are based on the extent of the injury to the spinal cord. First, partial or incomplete paraplegia is when the spinal cord has been severely damaged but there are still some signals and messages being relayed from the brain to the limb. Second, total or complete paraplegia is where the spinal cord has been completely severed and there are no signals being sent along the spinal cord.
Also according to the same statistics, paraplegia could cause a victim more than $530,000 in the first year and over $71,000 a year after that. This means the lifetime costs for a victim at the age of 25 is almost $2.4 million. The average cost for a victim at the age of 50 is almost $1.6 million. These are staggering figures.
Causes of Paraplegia from Trucking Accidents in New Mexico
Paraplegia caused by a trucking accident in New Mexico could happen for several reasons. Unfortunately, most reasons are due to the careless, reckless, or negligent conduct of a truck driver or trucking company. Often times the truck driver or trucking company is violating New Mexico vehicle and traffic law or Federal Motor Career Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations.
Some of the most common causes of trucking accidents resulting in paraplegia include the following:
- Following too close;
- Mechanical errors such as tire blowouts;
- Aggressive driving;
- Failure to stop at a stop sign;
- Improper lane changes;
- Failure to stop at a red light;
- Unsafe left turns;
- Drunk driving or drugged driving;
- Distracted driving;
- Failure to yield; and
- Many other common causes.
Victims Suffering Paraplegia Caused by a Trucking Accident in New Mexico Need Our Help
If you or a loved one suffer a spinal cord injury such a paraplegia due to a truck driver’s negligence, or if a loved one is wrongfully killed, ask our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers to help you. We represent victims who have been catastrophically injured due to the reckless or careless actions of others. 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.