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New Mexico Truck Accidents Caused by Improper Lane Changes

Posted in Distracted Truck Drivers

While New Mexico truck accidents have a variety of causes, one of the most common reasons is an improper lane change. Semi-trucks, due to their length, have large blind spots along the sides of the truck, as well as behind the truck. This means that if a motorist is traveling in one of these areas, the truck driver most likely will not see them.

While trucks are known to have blind spots, that does not mean that truck drivers are not responsible for an accident involving another vehicle that is traveling in a truck’s blind spot. As a general rule, New Mexico truck drivers are responsible to be aware of the traffic conditions as well as whether there are any motorists traveling in their blind spot. Of course, exceptions do exist, and in some cases a truck driver may be excused of liability if the motorist is negligently operating their own vehicle.

When a motorist believes that a truck driver was responsible for an accident, the motorist may file a New Mexico personal injury lawsuit against the truck driver. In some cases, the truck driver’s employer can also be named as a potentially liable party. This further increases an accident victim’s chance of recovering compensation for their injuries. It is also important to name all potentially liable parties in a New Mexico truck accident lawsuit because otherwise a named defendant may be able to shift liability away from themselves and onto a non-present party. If this occurs, the accident victim will likely be without any means of recovery.

Truck Driver Cited for Improper Lane Change After Rollover Accident

Earlier this month, one man was injured in a truck accident that occurred when the driver of a box truck began a lane change without checking to see if the lane was clear. According to a local news report, the accident took place on a Georgia highway, not far from Atlanta. Evidently, the truck driver started to change lanes when he collided with a motorist whose vehicle was traveling in the truck driver’s destination lane. The truck driver then over-corrected, and the truck rolled, blocking several lanes of traffic. In all, three vehicles were involved in the collision. One man was taken to the hospital as a result of the injuries he sustained. Police later cited the driver of the box truck for making an improper lane change.

Have You Been Injured in a New Mexico Truck Accident?

If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a New Mexico truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The dedicated team of New Mexico truck accident attorneys at the Fine Law Firm have extensive experience representing clients in a wide range of New Mexico truck accident cases. We represent clients across New Mexico and cater our representation to each client’s needs. Call 505-889-FINE to schedule a free consultation to speak with an attorney about your case today.

More Blog Posts:

14-Year-Old Boy Hit by Semi-Truck on His Way to School, New Mexico Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, October 24, 2017.

Holding a New Mexico Employer Responsible for the Negligent Acts of an Employee, New Mexico Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, October 4, 2017.