New Mexico Trucking Accident Attorneys
Billions Won by New Mexico 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyers
When it's fully-loaded and traveling at highway speeds, the force of an 18-wheeler is roughly comparable to the force of a single train car. The difference between tractor-trailers and trains, however, is that trucks are everyone on American roads, side-by-side with family vans and small sedans. While train crashes are fairly rare, trucking accidents happen every day—each one potentially devastating.
Our New Mexico trucking accident lawyers know the sort of carnage these crashes cause. Wrongful death, loss of limb, burn injuries, and other forms of catastrophic injury can burden families with millions of dollars of debt. Lost income, medical bills, inability to make a living...Arnold & Itkin LLP has helped our clients recover billions to return what they lost in their accidents.
Arnold & Itkin fights for victims of truck accidents—whether they're passenger drivers, independent contractors, carrier employees, or grieving families. Call (888) 493-1629 or send us a message to review your options for free with a New Mexico truck accident attorney.
What's Increasing the Number of Truck Accidents?
To put it bluntly, there are more trucking accidents now than 20 years ago because large trucking companies have designed the industry to overwork drivers. Low pay and harsh conditions encourage drivers to break federal laws while putting themselves and others at risk. Most drivers are paid by the mile. For new drivers (the vast majority of trucking drivers enter the industry with little-to-no knowledge of how the job works), pay-by-mile sounds fair, but it leaves drivers unpaid for vital non-driving work. Daily inspection, waiting for loading and unloading, sitting in traffic—all of this eats away at a driver's living.
Trucking companies do it this way to keep costs low and predictable, helping their profit margins to grow as drivers push themselves to drive longer in order to make ends meet. Carriers turn a blind eye toward (and in some cases even encourage) defying federal safety regulations in order to make more money. Unfortunately, that results in more pain than in better pay.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, as much as 13 percent of trucking accidents are directly attributable to fatigue. However, officials believe these estimates are far too low, as fatigue likely contributes to countless truck crashes—evidence suggests that moderate tiredness can impair driving ability as much as drinking alcohol would. Even when well-rested, long-haul truckers put themselves and others at risk when they push past the hours-of-service rules. At least 25 percent of trucking collisions occurred when the driver was driving for 17 hours or more without breaks.
The result is tragic but inevitable: statistically, more than 3,000 people will die in trucking accidents in the next 12 months—hundreds of them will be drivers themselves. Trucking companies have created an industry that churns through drivers while putting the public at risk.
Truck accidents we've represented include:
- Box truck crashes
- Flatbed truck accidents
- Garbage truck accidents
- Jackknife accidents
- Underride accidents
- Tanker truck crashes
- Tow truck collisions
UPS Accident Lawyer Serving New Mexico
UPS is one of the leaders of the freight delivery industry. It possesses a commanding market share at 27 percent and employs more than 119,000 vehicles in its delivery fleet. However, according to FMCSA's latest data, its safety record has seen a substantial increase in crashes, injuries, and deaths since 2012.
From 2015 to 2017, UPS drivers were involved with:
- 2,003 crashes
- 689 injuries
- 49 deaths
New Mexico FedEx Accident Lawyer
FedEx is another major player in the general freight delivery industry. It trails slightly behind UPS with a market share of 23 percent and a fleet of 90,000+ vehicles. However, its market share is bolstered by an army of lobbyists in Washington. From 2013 to 2014, FedEx employed 51 lobbyists—37 of whom had once been federal staffers themselves.
From 2015 to 2017, FedEx drivers were involved in:
- 1,762 crashes
- 575 injuries
- 41 fatalities
Since 2012, FedEx has seen an alarming increase in the number of collisions it's involved in. The number of injuries have more than doubled, and the number of crashes and fatalities in the same period have nearly tripled (according to FMCSA data).
See for yourself—find out how often trucking companies get into accidents on the FMCSA website.
Review Your Options with New Mexico Truck Accident Lawyers
Trucking companies and insurers don't help the victims of truck accidents. They won't offer to replace your income while you recover, to buy groceries for you, or to pay for your medical care. Insurers may promise to help, but they'll put you through months of delays and pressure you to settle for less before you see any money.
Our New Mexico 18-wheeler accident attorneys have done all that for our clients and more. We've helped them pay off their medical bills, keep their homes, and provide for their families while they decide what to do next. Our verdicts and settlements do more than help people get what they lost—we help them afford stability, afford peace, and afford the time to plan and dream about the future again.
Get started by calling us for a free review of your case. We get nothing until you win—and we cover the costs of your case from start to finish. Dial (888) 493-1629 today or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.