New Mexico Truck Accident Lawyers
Fighting for the Care You Need
The aftermath of a truck accident is a time fraught with confusion and stress. On top of recovering from your injuries and managing expenses, you may be feeling intimidated by the prospect of filing a claim. Truck accident claims are complex, and it can be difficult to understand how to file a claim or who could be liable for your injuries.
You do not need to face the difficulties of filing a truck accident claim on your own. The New Mexico truck accident attorneys of Lyons & Simmons, LLP can guide you through the process and handle the legal details of your case while you recover from your injuries. Contact us today to get started!
Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are often the result of individual negligence by the driver and the negligence of their employers, as well as external factors. Like any driver, a truck driver may cause an accident by driving recklessly, driving distracted, driving while fatigued, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Trucking companies can cause accidents by failing to provide proper oversight to their drivers and conduct a safe operation.
A truck accident may be caused by:
- Reckless driving
- Distracted driving
- Fatigued driving
- Maintenance issues
- Overweight or poorly loaded cargo
- Safety violations
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Inexperienced drivers
Who is Liable for Truck Accident Damages?
Truck accidents are commonly the result of negligence by the truck driver, as well as negligent management throughout a trucking company.
Trucking companies must maintain safety in every aspect of their operation. Drivers and their employer must maintain their vehicles, ensure trucks are loaded properly, and identify and correct other safety issues. When safety issues do occur, a trucking company must take the initiative to address the issue. By failing to do this, they put others at risk. Trucking companies are also responsible for hiring competent drivers and ensuring their employees are properly trained. If a driver is not prepared to drive safely, they can cause accidents and injure other drivers.
Third parties who may be found liable in a truck accident case include mechanics, vehicle manufacturers, parties that build and maintain roads, and more.
Truck Accidents vs. Car Accidents
Although truck accidents and car accidents are both types of motor vehicle collisions, the way that these accidents occur and injury claims proceed are very different.
One of the most significant differences between truck accidents and car accidents is the level of damage that occurs in each type of collision. Due to the size of 18-wheelers alone, truck accidents often cause damage that is much more immense than the average car accident. This results in significant expenses for victims and their families.
Truck accident cases commonly involve the input of the driver as well as trucking company, their insurance company, and their representation. This differs from car accident cases, in which claims generally only involve the drivers and their insurance companies and legal representation. The involvement of trucking companies can complicate claims but can potentially result in greater compensation for injury victims as well. With a trucking company involved, there may also be more evidence available to prove negligence.
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We are available to speak with you if you or a loved one was injured in a truck accident. Truck accident claims can be complex, and the assistance of an experienced attorney is necessary. Our legal team will apply our legal knowledge and litigation experience to your case and work to recover the compensation you deserve. We are available to discuss the details of your case.