New Mexico is a busy corridor for commercial trucks carrying goods throughout the Southern and Western United States. These heavy, large vehicles present serious risks to occupants of lighter, smaller cars, SUVs, pickup trucks and motorcycles. Because of their size and weight, accidents involving big rigs and commercial vans typically result in catastrophic and/or fatal injuries.
For 30 years,Revo Smith Law has sought justice for our neighbors in Albuquerque and in communities throughout New Mexico. Our lawyers aggressively pursue the truck driver and tractor-trailer corporations responsible for your serious injuries or your loved one’s fatal accident. Our legal team is on the scene as soon as you need us so we can collect valuable evidence from the truck and crash site before it is cleared. We have the resources and experience to conduct a thorough investigation of your commercial vehicle wreck and to counter the assertive tactics often used by big corporations to minimize their payout.
Reckless conduct of truck drivers that contribute to accidents
Drivers must develop specialized skills and remain alert while behind the wheel to safely pilot big-rigs, delivery vans, mail trucks, dump trucks and other commercial vehicles. Yet, many accidents occur because commercial truck drivers are:
- Texting or talking on a mobile phone
- Impaired by alcohol or illegal drugs
- Taking prescription and over-the-counter medications
- Reckless and speeding
- Untrained and unqualified
- Non-compliant with federal motor carriers safety regulations
Liability of commercial truck corporations
Revo Smith Law belongs to APILTA, which is a nationwide association of lawyers who specialize in representing clients injured in trucking accidents.
Corporations are responsible for the actions of their drivers. Often, supervisors tolerate —or may even pressure — long-haul drivers into speeding, driving on drugs or forgoing sleep to make deliveries by unrealistic deadlines. A company’s cost-cutting measures can result in poorly maintained fleets and inadequately trained drivers. These businesses are also liable for an overweight or unbalanced load that causes a trailer to jackknife, overturn or fail to stop in time.