When a traffic accident involves a large truck, the results are often catastrophic – for the smaller vehicles involved. The top of a passenger car can be literally sheared off by the trailer of a semi-truck. Smaller vehicles can be crushed by immense big rigs, which can weigh up to 80,000 pounds or more. With this in mind, it is easy to see why victims of truck accidents need significant financial compensation to cover their medical care, injuries, and losses.
At Ortega, McGlashan, Hicks & Perez, PLLC, our Albuquerque truck accident attorneys are dedicated to helping accident victims and their families recover fair compensation from at-fault parties. Through our decades in practice, we have built a strong reputation for success in these complex personal injury cases. We know how to hold negligent truck drivers, trucking companies, shipping companies, manufacturers, and truck owners accountable for their negligence and wrongdoing. We are here to put our experience to work for you.
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Trucker negligence is one potential cause of a trucking accident. This can be broken down to specific actions, each of which can result in serious harm if a collision occurs.
Examples of truck driver negligence may include:
- Driving while fatigued
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, even prescription medications
- Driving while distracted, such as texting or using a smartphone while driving
- Speeding or driving too fast for current traffic/road conditions
- Failure to check blind spots before turning
- Unsafe lane changes
Loading Issues & Truck Accidents
A cause specific to truck accidents involves the loads these large vehicles are carrying. If they are negligently or improperly loaded, they can be more difficult to maneuver. Objects can fall from poorly loaded trucks, striking other vehicles or creating deadly obstacles in the road.
Examples of truck load issues, which can lead to serious traffic accidents, may include:
- Overloaded truck
- Imbalanced load
- Unsecured truck load
- Unsafe loading of hazardous materials
Truck accidents can also be caused by defective truck parts or negligent maintenance. Dangerous and defective roadways can also contribute to these collisions.
Have you been injured? Seek justice with an Albuquerque truck accident lawyer at Ortega, McGlashan, Hicks & Perez, PLLC.