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A semi-truck accident on Interstate 40 (I-40), Interstate 25 (I-25), or the Big I often means traumatic and/or sometimes fatal injuries for those involved. The combination of size and interstate speeds are the deadliest factors related to any trucking accident in New Mexico or elsewhere in the United States.

Our Albuquerque Truck Accident Lawyers Have Experience Taking on the Trucking Companies

Keller & Keller's experience includes more than 75 years of investigating claims that involve commercial policies like those carried by semi-truck companies. Time and time again we've witnessed the questionable tactics an insurance company will use to defend these claims.

Our Albuquerque-based truck accident lawyers have handled some of New Mexico's largest trucking accident cases. And because each of these cases are unique, every client that hires us to represent them in a claim is given a unique version of executive treatment by our attorneys and staff.

Without an experienced attorney representing you for your injuries against the trucking company, it's very likely that you will fall victim to a well-trained adjuster and lose your claim, or have it significantly undervalued.

Common Causes of New Mexico Semi-Truck Accidents

Our attorneys' first priority in handling your trucking accident case is to determine liability and pinpoint the exact cause. Common causes of trucking accidents include:

  • Drowsy driving and/or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol,
  • Brake defects,
  • Speed,
  • Traffic congestion,
  • Roadway defects,
  • Failure to yield right of way,
  • Poorly secured loads/improper truck maintenance.

If you don't see the cause of your accident listed above, it doesn't mean that you don't have a case.

In addition, it's very common for our attorneys to secure the truck's black box that will reveal valuable details regarding liability.

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Statistics About Big Truck Accidents

  • In 2013 (the most recent year data is available), there were over 327,000 accidents involving commercial trucks.
  • Over 10% (3,906) of these accidents were fatal.
  • 63% of fatal accidents involved two or more vehicles.
  • 25% of these deadly crashes occurred on interstate highways.
  • 66% of all fatal accidents took place during the daytime.

Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Truck Accidents are Unique Compared to Other Traffic Accidents

Unlike an accident involving two passenger cars, a collision with a semi-truck will affect those involved in different ways. Most likely, the person struck by the semi will be heavily scrutinized by the insurance company. At the same time, they will be unaware of the unique laws governing semi-trucks.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

Established in January 2000, the FMCSA was created by the Department of Transportation with the goal of reducing the number of injuries and deaths resulting from semi-truck accidents.

Semi-truck drivers and the companies that own the trucks are held to an entirely different standard than other vehicles on the roadway. A quick look at the FMCSA's rules and regulations is evidence enough that your accident will need to be given special consideration, especially with regard to legal implications. 

Insurance Adjusters

It's likely the insurance adjuster will want a recorded statement from you as soon as possible after the accident. Don't agree to this.

Trucking company insurance adjusters are trained to question you in a manner that elicits information which can permanently damage your injury claim. They will also ask you to sign a medical authorization form that allows them to dig into your medical history. In short, always speak to an experienced trucking attorney before you talk to the insurance company.

Insurance Policies

The current regulations in New Mexico mandate that a semi-truck, or other qualified commercial vehicle, be insured with a minimum policy of $750,000.00. Because these accidents typically involve multiple vehicles and/or significant injuries to multiple people, it's imperative that an attorney investigate all sources of insurance to properly compensate you for you injuries.  

How Our Albuquerque Truck Accident Attorneys Can Help:

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Insurance companies will be extremely aggressive in the defense of the trucking company; their only goal is to limit the amount they have to pay out to the victims. They are often backed by high-priced attorneys and will work to settle the case as quickly as possible. Without an attorney looking out for your interests, you could lose everything.

When you are represented by one of our attorneys, we work with the goal of ensuring you receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, and any emotional distress.

The sources we will investigate to recover this compensation may include:

  • Semi-truck driver
  • Trucking company
  • Maker of defective truck parts (tires, brakes, rear crash bar, etc.)
  • Any government agencies responsible for road defects or improper maintenance

In addition, you'll never be responsible for collecting your medical bills, taking calls from the insurance company, or negotiating a complex claim. We handle your entire case from start to finish.

Contact Us for a Free Evaluation of Your Truck accident Claim

We offer a Zero Fee Guarantee to victims of semi-truck accidents in New Mexico. This means you'll never pay for a consultation fee, and the only way our firm receives payment for its legal services is if a recovery is made on your behalf. We do this to ensure every resident has the opportunity to hire one of New Mexico's experienced injury firms at no cost and no risk. 

If you wish to speak to one of our award-winning attorneys right now, you can call us at 1-800-253-5537, or if you prefer to write us the details of your accident, you can email us through our confidential, free contact form.

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Liability Factors Can Affect The Value of Your Case

Don't let the insurance company blame you!

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In some states, if the semi-truck driver is 80% at fault and you are 20% at fault, your settlement amount would be reduced by 20%. (Always consult with an attorney about your state's negligence laws).
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Our goal is to place 100% fault on the truck driver to ensure you receive the maximum amount of compensation for your case.
Why are semi-trucks so dangerous?

Drowsy Truck Driver Statistics

  • Studies have shown that being awake for a long period of time (18 hours) will leave a driver with the motor reflexes of someone who has a BAC level of 0.08%, putting them at equal risk of crashing.
  • Commercial trucks account for a small percentage of registered vehicles on our roadways, yet account for an alarming number of passenger vehicle accidents that involve death. (According to a 1999 report by the NHTSA, large trucks accounted for 3% of the registered vehicles on our highways, however, they were responsible for 13% of passenger vehicle deaths.)
  • Fatigue and drowsy driving is said to be a contributing factor in as many as 30-40% of all commercial truck accidents.
  • A 1995 National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) study found that of 107 heavy truck crashes, fatigue was a prominent factor in 75% of the run-off-the-road crashes, with 68% of long-haul drivers and 49% of short haul drivers suffering fatigue-related crashes.
  • A commerical truck driver who skips mandated rest breaks and sleep, greatly increases the likelihood of their being involved in an accident due to drowsiness. Additionally, a truck driver's ability to gain proper restorative sleep is affected even if they try to "catch up" on sleep when they have a day off.
  • Australian research and on-site investigations over the last several years have determined that, overall, one crash in every five among truck drivers is due to falling asleep at the wheel and that up to 30% of truck crash fatalities on rural roads are due to sleep deprivation.
  • The risk of a crash effectively doubles from the eighth to the tenth hour of driving, and doubles again from the tenth to the eleventh hour of driving alone. (FMCSA, 2000).
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