Earlier this month in Pennsylvania, three people were killed and several others injured in a massive accident involving two semi-trucks and a bus full of Italian tourists. According to one local news source, the accident took place on a multi-lane highway in the rural Pennsylvania countryside.
Evidently, a bus full of tourists was traveling north on the highway, next to a semi-truck in an adjacent lane. There was also another semi-truck traveling in the opposite direction. That truck left its lane of travel and crossed into oncoming traffic for some unknown reason. As the truck crossed into oncoming traffic, it collided with the northbound semi-truck and then was deflected into the bus, resulting in a head-on collision.
As a result of the accident, one of the semi-trucks was sheared in two with the cab of the truck on one end of the highway and the split-apart trailer in the middle of the road. The driver of the tour bus, as well as three other passengers, were pronounced dead at the scene. Thirteen others sustained various injuries. Surprisingly, the drivers of both semi-trucks did not sustain serious injuries in the accident. Police are currently conducting an investigation into what may have caused the fatal accident.
New Mexico Truck Accidents
The fatal truck accident discussed above took place in Pennsylvania. However, New Mexico has similar laws when it comes to semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles. New Mexico trucking accidents are caused by a variety of things, but some of the more common causes are:
- Drunk or drugged driving,
- Distracted driving (talking on a cell phone or CB radio, reading, eating, etc.),
- Aggressive driving,
- Equipment failure (faulty brakes, blown tires, etc.), and
- Improperly loaded cargo.
Of course, this is not an exhaustive list. However, it does give the reader some idea of what kinds of truck accidents are common in New Mexico.
Recovering After a New Mexico Truck Accident
In order to be successful in a New Mexico truck accident case, a plaintiff must prove that the defendant’s negligent conduct resulted in the plaintiff’s injuries. The most difficult aspect of a truck accident case is often proving that the defendant’s conduct was, in fact, negligent. This can be done in a number of ways, ranging from eyewitness testimony to video evidence. In some cases, an expert witness may be required to explain complex theories of liability to the judge or jury. If you have been involved in a New Mexico truck accident, contact a dedicated personal injury attorney to discuss your options.
Have You Been Involved in a Serious New Mexico Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a serious New Mexico truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. However, it is important to keep in mind that truck drivers and trucking companies often retain dedicated defense counsel experienced in defending against these types of claims. Therefore, it is important that you retain dedicated counsel of your own. Call 505-889-FINE to set up a free consultation with a skilled New Mexico personal injury attorney today.
More Blog Posts:
Texas Semi-Truck Accident Results in Fatality, New Mexico Truck Accident Lawyer Blog, April 1, 2015.
17-Year-Old Girl Killed after Logging Truck Crashes on Highway, New Mexico Truck Accident Lawyer Blog, May 27, 2015.