Truck accidents can occur for a number of reasons. For example, it is common to see reports of truck accidents being caused by distracted drivers or drivers who fail to get the necessary amount of rest between shifts. However, one of the most common causes of New Mexico truck accident continues to be intoxicated driving.
In New Mexico, it is estimated that there are approximately 120 alcohol-related deaths per year. While this number has been going down over the past several decades, the reality is that drunk drivers still pose a serious threat to the safety of New Mexico motorists. Any drunk driving accident can be serious, but when a truck driver gets behind the wheel after having too much to drink or after taking illegal drugs, the consequences are often disastrous.
Truck drivers, like all motorists, have a duty to ensure that they operate their vehicle in a safe and responsible manner. Of course, this includes refraining from drunk driving or driving under the influence of illegal drugs. However, truck drivers are also responsible to avoid taking prescription medications that may affect their ability to drive. In fact, the law makes no distinction regarding whether the substance involved is prescribed or illicit.
Truck Driver Faces Felony Charges After Accident Sends Two Motorists to the Hospital
Earlier this month, two motorists were hospitalized after their vehicle was stuck by a semi-truck that had crossed over the center line and into oncoming traffic. According to a local news report covering the accident, the accident occurred on a Thursday in the late afternoon hours when road and weather conditions were clear.
Responding police officers noted that the truck driver was unsteady on his feet and was talking in slurred speech. The officers administered several field sobriety tests, which indicated that the truck driver may have been impaired. The driver eventually refused further testing. However, in later discussions with police, the truck driver admitted that he had taken several prescription medications prior to getting behind the wheel.
A blood test was conducted, and the driver’s blood contained evidence of benzodiazepines. The truck driver was arrested on felony charges for his role in causing the accident. The two motorists who were hospitalized as a result of the accident are expected to recover.
Have You Been Injured in a New Mexico Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in any kind of New Mexico truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. You may be eligible for compensation even if alcohol or drugs were not involved. If you are unsure whether negligence was involved, an experienced New Mexico personal injury attorney at the Fine Law Firm can meet with you to discuss your case and fully advise you of your options. Call 505-889-FINE to schedule a free consultation with a dedicated New Mexico personal injury attorney from the Fine Law Firm. Calling is free, and you will not be billed for our services unless we are able to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
More Blog Posts:
Recent Case Finds Truck Owner Vicariously Liable for Driver’s Negligence but Subject to Statutory Liability Maximum, New Mexico Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, July 5, 2017.
Questions Emerge About the Safety of Self-Driving Cars and the Liability of Manufacturers and Drivers, New Mexico Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, June 28, 2017.