We Can Help You Recover From A Truck Accident
The interstates of Albuquerque New Mexico are home to many truck accidents. If the negligence of a truck driver has left you or a loved one dealing with the aftermath of an injury, it is important to know that you do not have to bear this burden alone.
We combine a high degree of legal skill with the compassionate representation you need during a trying time in your life. Our focus is on making sure that you receive the compensation you need for your medical costs, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other damages suffered in an 18-wheeler crash.
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Truck Accidents And Serious Injuries
These accidents often result in catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. This leaves injury victims facing a future of high cost medical procedures, rehabilitation, possible home renovations, in-home care and lost earnings.
We will focus on making sure that you receive the compensation you need now and in the future to fully compensate you for what you have been through and the costs you will continue to face. Our attorneys will partner with experts such as accident reconstructionists, physicians, economists, life care planners and others to build the strongest possible case for maximizing your compensation.
Common Questions Regarding Commercial Truck Accidents
We know that trucking accidents can be complex and confusing. The following are answers to a some commonly asked questions we receive regarding truck accidents:
Who can be held liable in an accident involving a commercial truck?
Trucking accidents can become complicated quickly because responsible parties may include:
- An independent owner/operator of the truck
- A trucking company who owns the truck and/or employs the driver
- The company shipping their goods with the truck, as they may have loaded it improperly
In some cases, a mechanic or manufacturer could have created a defect in the truck.
Are truck drivers always at fault?
Truck drivers are not always at fault, but they must follow a host of state and federal safety regulations beyond the normal traffic laws. Truck drivers who violate those regulations and cause an accident face liability. In some cases, however, the accident may result from something outside of the driver’s control, such as improper truck maintenance or overloading the truck.
How is blame/negligence determined in a trucking accident?
New Mexico is a comparative negligence state, meaning that more than one party can share liability. Under this legal theory, the amount that you would be entitled to in a claim settlement is reduced by the percentage of your fault in causing your injuries.
Facts must be carefully evaluated in a trucking accident because multiple parties may carry blame. While a jury may find that the driver is 50% at fault, they may also find that the company that loaded the truck is 25% at fault and that you are 25% at fault. That would mean you could recover 75% of your damages.
Why would I need an attorney for my truck accident case?
Although you have a long time from the date of your accident to bring your personal injury claim in New Mexico, you should talk to an attorney right away. Trucking companies and their insurance providers have a team of attorneys building a case against your claim from the day the accident happens. Unless the insurance companies take your threat of legal action seriously, they have no incentive to settle for what you deserve. You need an attorney who can level the playing field and maximize your compensation.
They Have Lawyers. Do You?
Trucking companies have a lot of money. And they will have a lot of lawyers on their side looking to rob you of what you deserve. You need lawyers on your side who are focused on making sure you are taken care of and that negligent drivers and companies are held accountable.
Contact our Albuquerque office today for a free consultation by completing our online inquiry form or calling.