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Hobbs Truck Accident Lawyer

As someone who resides in or regularly travels through Hobbs, whether en route up north to Albuquerque or into west Texas, you probably know how heavily trafficked Highway 62 is at some point during your journey. It is one of the main thoroughfares for trucks that connects New Mexico to Texas. Truckers traveling north to south often use Highway 18 or some of eastern New Mexico’s many other major roads.

Trucking is a key component of moving consumer products, heavy equipment, livestock, and other items from one place to another. As passenger car drivers, we must ride alongside these heavy and awkwardly maneuvering trucks. As with sharing the road with any motorists, drivers may make mistakes, causing collisions. Truck accidents can take various forms and leave behind multiple injuries that are often much worse than car crashes.

How A Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help You

New Mexico is an at-fault insurance state, meaning that you have a right to hold any negligent motorist liable if you can successfully prove they were liable for causing a crash and your residual injuries. Proving liability isn’t always as easy as it may initially seem, which is why you should consult with our truck accident lawyers here at Buckingham & Vega Law Firm.

You can expect our experienced Hobbs truck accident lawyers to know New Mexico personal injury laws and whether you have a viable case under them. Provided you do, your attorney will advise you of your legal options, including filing an insurance claim or lawsuit. No matter your choice, you can count on your Buckingham & Vega Law Firm attorney to help you navigate the legal process and advocate for you every step once you hire them.

Your medical bills, lost wages, and other accident-related expenses are likely mounting. New Mexico law only affords you a limited time to pursue legal action in your case. Schedule a free consultation with one of our truck accident attorneys today to get started on protecting your right to compensation.

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  • $73.21 Million Verdict Birth Injury

    The Buckingham & Vega legal team secured a $73.21 million verdict on behalf of a baby who was catastrophically injured due to the negligence of their doctor and medical team.

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    The Buckingham & Vega team obtained a $72 Million verdict in a birth injury case when an OB/ GYN failed to properly monitor the mom during pregnancy.

  • $16 Million Truck Accident

    Buckingham & Vega obtained a $16 million settlement in a truck accident case. The truck driver was speeding and inattentive (texting) and crashed into the rear of a pickup truck stopped at a stoplight.

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    Our team obtained a $14 million dram shop verdict on behalf of a client who was injured due to negligence.

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    Buckingham & Vega represented an oilfield worker who was killed when their company failed to properly train its employees on how to safely move waste bins. Our client was killed when he became trapped between two bins.

  • 13 Million Truck Accident

    Our team secured a 13 million settlement in a truck accident case. An eighteen-wheeler made an unsafe turn in front of a car driven by a grandmother and her family. The grandmother was killed and the family suffered severe injuries.

Common Causes of Hobbs Truck Accidents

Short-haul truckers travel short distances within New Mexico or into nearby states and return home at night or after a day or two out on the road. Long-haul truckers venture much further and remain out on the roads for days or weeks at a time.

No matter the type of tractor-trailer operator, they all tend to become involved in crashes for similar reasons, including:

Distractions

Phone conversations, texting, listening to audiobooks or the radio, communicating with passengers, eating, using a global positioning system (GPS), and browsing the internet are just a few of the many factors that may take a trucker’s mind and eyes off the road or hands off the steering wheel. Even momentary inattention can cause a trucker not to notice a road construction zone, stopped or passing vehicle, or some other obstruction in their path, potentially leading them to become entangled in a crash.

Substance Abuse

Truckers are subject to strict New Mexico and federal guidelines which prohibit their consumption of alcohol within a set amount of hours before taking to the road. Federal officials also require truckers to be subjected to random drug testing. Doing so is mandatory following any crash, regardless of who was allegedly at fault for it. Alcohol and drugs are much like distractions or fatigue in that they take a tractor-trailer operator’s attention off Hobbs roads or cloud their ability to make sound judgments, potentially leading to truck accidents.

Maintenance Issues

Federal regulations require truckers to perform pre-trip inspections, which involve tractor-trailer operators looking at the truck’s main systems, such as its suspension, brakes, tires, and much more. Truckers are supposed to repeat these inspections every 24 hours they’re out on the road.

Fleet companies or owner-operators should remove any semi-truck that isn’t roadworthy from their fleet to protect themselves and others. Few truckers perform inspections as required. Even fewer remove trucks from the road to perform necessary maintenance on them as doing so would deprive them of an ability to make money. This negligence leaves us all vulnerable to becoming entangled in a truck crash.

Defective Equipment

Auto parts used to manufacture or repair tractor-trailers are mass-produced. They’re also only fabricated to withstand a certain amount of use. It’s not unheard of for trucks’ steering or braking systems to give out, leading Hobbs tractor-trailer operators to lose control of their trucks and causing a catastrophic accident.

Fatigue

Truckers must abide by U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Hours of Service regulations. These require truckers to take periodic rest periods after spending time on the road or before embarking on another trip. While the exclusive use of electronic trip logs has certainly made it harder for truckers to skip a required rest period, there are loopholes that tractor-trailer operators often cite to get around requirements.

For example, truckers who encounter certain traffic or weather conditions may be able to lawfully extend their service hours. This means that they may remain on the road longer than they would otherwise be able to, meaning they may be more fatigued, putting them at risk of causing a crash.

Recklessness

Semi-truck operators must secure a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to lawfully operate an 18-wheeler here in New Mexico and throughout the rest of the U.S. While a trucker’s possession of one of these may send a message that they’re professional drivers who don’t make mistakes, that’s not true.

Truckers still engage in reckless driving tactics like speeding, cutting in too close on others, tailgating, driving too fast for road conditions, failing to yield to another’s right of way, not staying within their lane, and more. These driving tactics can give way to truckers crashing into passenger cars, leaving drivers severely injured.

Don't let a trucker off the hook for the negligent operation of their tractor-trailer that left you hurt. Schedule a free case evaluation with Buckingham & Vega Law Firm to learn how you can file a claim to recover compensation to pay for your accident-related bills.

Call us at (505) 388-0066 or fill out this form.

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