Albuquerque Truck Accidents Attorney
Helping Victims of 18-Wheeler Accidents Financially Recover
Being involved in an accident with a heavy truck or other commercial vehicle is no small matter. The sheer size, weight, and just about everything else about tractor-trailers and their cargo can lead to catastrophic consequences if involved in a traffic accident.
At The Lawyers O’Reilly PC, our Albuquerque truck accident lawyer Brendan O’Reilly can help you navigate the complexities and challenges of accident claims. If you were driving along I-40, I-25, the Big I, or another New Mexico highway or road and were struck or otherwise injured by a semi-truck, we will fight for your right to just compensation and care.
We can also handle wrongful death claims on behalf of someone you lost in a tragic truck accident.
Common Causes of New Mexico Truck Accidents
Truck accidents rate among the most devastating type of traffic accidents. Being involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler can easily lead to painful, permanent, and even deadly injuries. Over 4,000 Americans are killed every year in truck accidents.
Remember how much fun it was to play with toy trucks as a kid? In any case, playing ULTIMATE TRUCK RACE against your siblings in the backyard is very different from actually operating a heavy truck. Drivers should endure a ton of training to get a handle on such massive vehicles and then they have to drive long hours across unfamiliar terrain to make tight deadlines.
For some the stress and fatigue get to be too much. Truckers sometimes fall asleep behind the wheel, drive under the influence of drugs in an attempt to stay awake, skimp on maintenance, or use defective parts to make repairs. Even if bad weather, poor road conditions, or another driver caused the accident with a big rig, Brendan has the experience to pursue your claim.
For the purposes of this page, we are focusing on accidents caused by a person or company involved in trucking operations. The primary causes of heavy truck accidents in such injury claims are as follows:
- Badly designed or maintained roads and highways
- Driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol
- Improperly loading or securing cargo
- Lack of driver training
- Poor truck maintenance
- Defective truck parts
- Fatigue caused by working long hours without a break
- Tire blowouts
Truck Accident Liability
Truck accidents make up approximately 10% of all traffic collisions nationwide. So, who is liable? Like any motor vehicle accident, a heavy truck collision may be the result of just about any mishap as we mentioned above. Typically, however, truck accident cases we handle are caused by some kind of human error by the truck driver. When an individual or company’s negligence leads to another person being harmed or killed, the victim has the right to take legal action for their (or their family member’s) losses.
However, semi-truck accidents are a bit more complicated legally than your average car crash since so many people and companies are involved in state and national trucking operations. One company loads the trailer, another owns the trailer, another employs the driver, and the truck and the trailer are separately insured, sometimes by different carriers. This means, depending on how the crash occurred, one or a number of entities could be legally responsible.
Heavy commercial truck accidents may be caused by one or more of the following:
- Truck driver
- Truck manufacturer
- Truck owner
- Trailer owner
- Trucking company
- Truck repair center
- Loading company
- Drunk, tired, or fatigued driver
Contact The Lawyers O’Reilly PC For a Free Consultation Today!
If a commercial truck driver caused you to suffer physical injuries or a loved one's wrongful death Brendan has the knowledge and the experience to maximize the financial recovery you can receive under New Mexico law. Commercial carrier cases involve complicated legal issues that an attorney should analyze to find the negligent driver accountable and to marshal all the available insurance coverage to ensure you the maximum financial recovery available under New Mexico law.
Collisions with company cars and trucks or tractor-trailers involve multiple insurance policies. Let Brendan figure out how much you can recover and from whom! You pay a legal fee only if The Lawyers O’Reilly PC’s efforts recover money to compensate you for your injuries!