Accidents involving large trucks injure thousands of people each year, sometimes leaving them with serious injuries that can affect them for the rest of their lives. Big-rigs, 18-wheelers, tanker trucks, and other large commercial vehicles pose a serious risk of injury to everyone around them. For this reason, they are highly regulated and subject to strict federal and state laws.
When these accidents are caused by the negligence of another person, victims can often recover for their injuries and other losses, including damage to their property, medical expenses, lost income, and loss of quality of life. As a result, if you have been hurt in an accident involving a large commercial truck, you should speak to a New Mexico truck accident attorney as soon as you possibly can.
Commercial trucks differ in several ways from the smaller passenger vehicles with which they share the road. Not only are they larger and heavier, they also are usually articulated, which means that they consist of multiple segments connected by a coupling device that acts as a hinge. These characteristics make them more difficult to control and stop, and also makes them more susceptible to certain types of accidents. Some of the more common types of crashes that commercial trucks are involved in include the following:
New Mexico commercial truck accidents can occur for a wide variety of reasons. Some of the most common include the following:
After a truck accident, there are certain steps you should take in order to ensure that your rights are protected. Three of the most important are detailed below.
It is important for truck accident victims to understand that there are certain issues that make truck accidents significantly different than crashes involving non-commercial vehicles. For example, commercial trucks are subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR), which is a bcody of federal regulations that affect nearly everything about the industry, from the number of hours a driver may spend on the road each day to vehicle maintenance. For this reason, victims should always contact an attorney who is familiar with commercial truck accident litigation and who has experience representing people who have been hurt in commercial truck wrecks.
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Truck accident cases can be substantially more complicated and can require significantly more resources than other types of motor vehicle accident or personal injury cases. You always want to make sure that any attorney you hire has successfully handled cases that specifically involve large commercial trucks and the trucking industry. Your attorney should have a thorough understanding of trucking industry standards, FMCSA regulations, and truck accident reconstruction methods. At USTA, we focus specifically on truck accident cases and you can rest assured that we have the experience needed to successfully handle your case.GET STARTED
With their legal teams and insurance companies, trucking companies are known for fighting against liability whenever possible. They will often try to strong-arm injured individuals into accepting inadequate settlements by intimidating them with the idea of trial and the resources involved in litigation. Unfortunately, too many attorneys recommend settling cases too early in the process to avoid any further litigation. You need an attorney on your side who is not intimidated by trucking companies and who has the resources and willingness to take your case as far as necessary to obtain the full settlement or award you deserve. The attorneys at USTA will not back down and will do what is needed to fully protect your rights as a truck accident victim.GET STARTED
n order to best know if an attorney is the right one for you, you should meet with them in person or schedule a phone consultation. A positive attorney-client relationship is critical in a successful truck accident case so you should always ensure that you get a good feeling from an attorney before you decide to hire them. You want to stay apprised of new developments in your case and ensure your attorney is not too busy to address your questions or concerns as they arise. At USTA, we provide personalized and committed representation and invite anyone who believes they may have a truck accident claim to call and schedule a free consultation today.GET STARTED