New Mexico Trucking Accident Attorneys
Our Albuquerque 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyers Have Won Billions for Clients
When it's fully-loaded and traveling at highway speeds, the force of an 18-wheeler or big rig is roughly comparable to the force of a single train car. The difference between tractor-trailers and trains is that trucks are on all American roads. 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 in debt. Arnold & Itkin has helped clients recover billions to return what they lost in their accidents, including lost income, medical bills, and the inability to make a living. Our Albuquerque truck accident attorneys fight for big rig accident survivors—whether they're passenger drivers, independent contractors, carrier employees, or grieving families.
We've handled truck accident cases involving:
- Box truck crashes
- Flatbed truck accidents
- Garbage truck accidents
- Jackknife accidents
- Underride accidents
- Tanker truck crashes
- Tow truck collisions
- Gas truck accidents
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What's Increasing the Number of Truck Accidents in New Mexico?
To put it bluntly, there are more accidents now than 20 years ago because large 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 drivers enter the industry with little-to-no knowledge), 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 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, up to 13% of trucking accidents are directly attributable to fatigue. However, officials believe these estimates are too low, as fatigue likely contributes to countless crashes. Evidence suggests moderate tiredness can impair driving ability as much as drinking alcohol.
Even when well-rested, truckers put themselves and others at risk when they push past the hours-of-service rules. At least 25% 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. Trucking companies have created an industry that churns through drivers while putting the public at risk.
Cause & Liability in an Albuquerque Big Rig Accident
Why did this happen? This is a question many truck accident survivors ask. Victims' families ask the same thing. Why did they lose someone they love? Determining what caused a big rig or 18-wheeler accident is one of the most important tasks our Albuquerque truck accident attorneys will take on. We need to understand what factors led to the collision so we can determine who is liable (legally responsible). We can then file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault party or parties.
Truck accidents may be caused by:
- Fatigued drivers and hours-of-service violations
- Speeding or driving too fast for current road/weather conditions
- Improperly loaded trucks or cargo that is not secure
- Negligent inspections and poor maintenance of truck parts and equipment
- Defective truck or automobile parts
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Dangerous and defective roadways, traffic signs, or signals
- Unsafe lane changes, reckless merges, and failures to check blind spots
If any intentional act or instance of carelessness or negligence was the cause of your 18-wheeler accident, you may have a viable case. Proving liability will make you eligible to receive financial compensation for your losses and expenses, which may include emotional trauma, lost earnings, medical care, and much more. This can go a long way in helping you create a stable future for your family.
Proven New Mexico UPS Truck Accident Lawyers
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 in:
- 2,003 crashes
- 689 injuries
- 49 deaths
Hurt in a New Mexico FedEx Truck Accident? Call Arnold & Itkin.
FedEx is another major player in the general freight delivery industry. It trails slightly behind UPS with a market share of 23% 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. Since 2012, FedEx has seen an alarming increase in the number of collisions it's involved in. The number of injuries has more than doubled, and the number of crashes and fatalities in the same period have nearly tripled.
From 2015 to 2017, FedEx drivers were involved in:
- 1,762 crashes
- 575 injuries
- 41 fatalities
See for yourself. Find out how often trucking companies get into accidents on the FMCSA website.
Facts & Info: New Mexico Truck Accidents
New Mexico Truck Accident Statistics (2014)
- There were 71 fatalities from truck crashes.
- Lea County had the most fatal truck accidents.
New Mexico State Information
- Population: 2,085,109
- Capital: Santa Fe
- Most Populous City: Albuquerque
Top 10 Cities
- Las Cruces
- Santa Fe
- Rio Rancho
- South Valley
Top 5 Counties
- Bernalillo County
- Doña Ana County
- Santa Fe County
- Sandoval County
- San Juan County
About New Mexico Highways
New Mexico has six major freeway facilities, including three cross-country Interstate routes: I-10, I-40, and I-25.
Truck Accident FAQ
Who is liable for my injuries after a truck accident?
The individual or company that caused your accident should be held responsible for your injuries. This means that they could be made to pay you for your medical treatment, any ongoing care that you require, lost earnings and benefits, and more. You will have the burden of proving that the defendant or defendants acted or failed to act in such a way that they caused you harm. This may mean that they were negligent in loading a truck, were speeding, did not inspect truck equipment, or did something else that violated their duty to act with reasonable care in the circumstances. Intentional acts could also provide grounds for a truck accident lawsuit in New Mexico.
When should I call a New Mexico big rig accident lawyer?
We recommend talking to an attorney as soon as possible if you’ve been seriously injured in a trucking accident. You need to seek medical care and follow your doctor’s orders, but you may also find that you’re being bombarded by insurance adjusters or other parties who are more interested in getting you to accept an unfairly low settlement offer, sign a statement that says you’re to blame, or otherwise jeopardizing your rights. A New Mexico big rig accident lawyer can put a stop to all of this, handling all communication with the insurance company and others while you focus on healing.
What is my 18-wheeler accident lawsuit worth?
Each case is different, and the value of your truck accident lawsuit will depend on the severity of your injuries and their impact on your life. Catastrophic injuries like severe burns and spinal cord injuries will require extensive treatment and possibly ongoing therapy and care. Some injuries will limit your ability to perform normal activities or may render you unable to work. Your lawyer should consider every single expense, loss, and injury you have already experienced and may encounter in the future in order to determine the fair value of your 18-wheeler accident lawsuit.
Call Our New Mexico Truck Accident Lawyers at (888) 493-1629
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.
Why You Can Trust Our Albuquerque Truck Accident Firm
- We have won billions of dollars on behalf of our clients.
- We use contingency fees, meaning you do not pay unless we win.
- We have won cases for clients from all 50 states.
- We have won cases that set both state and national records.
- We offer completely free and confidential consultations.
Call our New Mexico truck accident attorneys at (888) 493-1629 or contact us online for a free consultation.