New Mexico Trucking Accidents Caused by Speeding Truck Drivers
Speed Kills: Speeding Truck Drivers Causing New Mexico Trucking Accidents
Speeding is simply dangerous. It reduces reaction time and increases stopping distance. This is particularly true for large commercial vehicles like 18 wheelers, tankers, tractor trailers, and other large box trucks. Speeding is also deadly. According to government statistics, almost 9,400 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents caused by speeding. In fact, speeding was a contributing factor in about 26% of all traffic fatalities across the United States. This is a shocking statistic. When New Mexico trucking accidents are caused by speeding truck drivers, innocent people can get seriously injured or wrongfully killed.
Here at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C., our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers handle some of the most catastrophic trucking accidents caused by speeding truck drivers. If you or a loved one were seriously injured or wrongfully killed by a truck driver who was speeding and caused a New Mexico trucking accident, ask our trucking accident law firm how we can help protect your rights to compensation by scheduling a FREE consultation.
Liability for Speeding Trucking Accidents
There are two ways to prove liability if you have been injured in a speeding trucking accident occurring in New Mexico. First, you can prove that the truck driver and trucking company that injured you were negligent in the use and operation of the commercial truck. This is a common law approach, or a judge-made law approach.
Second, you could prove that the violation of a statute which was meant to protect you resulted in your injuries. This is known as the doctrine of negligence per se and it may allow a victim to automatically prove that the truck driver and trucking company were negligent.
The statute that would be violated is New Mexico Stat. 66-7-301. This section provides that “In every event, speed shall be so controlled by the driver as may be necessary: (1) to avoid colliding with a person, vehicle or other conveyance on or entering the highway; (2) to comply with legal requirements as may be established by the state highway and transportation department or the New Mexico state police division of department of public safety and the duty of all persons to use due care . . . .”
When this statute is violated and an innocent person is seriously injured or wrongfully killed, it may be due to both the common-law negligence and the statutory negligence per se. Victims may assert both causes of action and possibly win one or the other, or on both claims.
Other Truck Drivers Hurt by Speeding Truckers
It is not only drivers of smaller, passenger cars who get hurt. Other truck drivers may be seriously injured or wrongfully killed due to the actions of negligent truck drivers. This includes the fact that truck drivers may fail to negotiate turns, twists in the roads, inclement weather, and other maneuvers if they are speeding. Other truckers injured by a negligent truck driver may have a strong cause of action under both the negligence and negligence per se doctrines and theories of liability.
Ask Our Albuquerque Trucking Accident Lawyers for Help in a Speeding Crash
If you or a loved one are seriously injured due to a speeding truck driver, or if a loved one is wrongfully killed, ask our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers to help you. Call to schedule your FREE appointment with our lawyers at the Caruso Law Offices, P.C. by dialing (505) 883-5000.
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