Tractor-trailers, big rigs, and other large commercial trucks are massive vehicles, multiple times the size and weight of a passenger vehicle. When these trucks are involved in a crash, there is high potential for serious injuries to other roadway occupants. Read on to learn about some of the most common causes of large truck accidents in New Mexico, and contact the dedicated, professional, and trial-ready Las Cruces truck accident lawyer Samuel I. Kane for a consultation if you’ve been hurt in a crash.
What are the most common causes of New Mexico truck accidents?
Jackknife truck accidents
Large trailer trucks can jackknife when their front wheels lock up but their trailers continue traveling forward. These accidents can occur when drivers encounter slippery conditions or other hazards in the road, or use poor braking technique. Jackknifing tractor-trailers can cause a sudden obstruction in the road, or even result in the semi-truck rolling over, if traveling at a high enough rate of speed.
Underride truck accidents
Tractor-trailers are much higher off the road than other vehicles. If a big rig comes to a sudden stop in the road or runs a red light in an intersection and lacks underride protection, smaller passenger vehicles can get wedged under the vehicle’s trailer, often crushing the vehicle’s passenger compartment in the process.
Tractor-trailer tire blowout crashes
If a large truck’s tires are not properly maintained, or carrier companies choose to use low-quality re-treaded tires on their vehicles, tractor-trailer tires can turn to shreds on the roadway. This often causes a truck’s driver to lose control of their vehicle and can result in a major crash.
Truck merging or blind-spot collisions
Often referred to as “no-zones,” tractor-trailers have large blind spots that make it impossible for drivers to see small vehicles. If truck drivers change lanes without first signaling, giving other drivers the opportunity to get out of their way, passenger vehicles that the truck driver can’t see could end up getting pinned or crushed by the trailer of an 18-wheeler.
Find knowledgeable representation for a truck accident claim
Claims for damages after a truck accident can be challenging to pursue. Carrier companies are highly experienced at defending truck accident claims and employ vast numbers of skilled litigators who will work to defeat or reduce the damages you’re owed after an accident. Not all personal injury attorneys have the necessary experience in successfully pursuing truck accident claims. At the Las Cruces Law Offices of Samuel I. Kane, we understand how to fight for the victims of truck accident claims, and how to win. Let us take on your claim for damages against a carrier company so that you can focus on recovering from your New Mexico truck accident.
Help is Available after Serious Las Cruces Truck Accidents
For assistance in pursuing damages after a New Mexico large truck accident, contact the seasoned, dedicated, and effective Las Cruces tractor-trailer accident lawyer Samuel I. Kane for a free consultation at 575-526-5263.