An early-morning New Mexico truck accident that occurred last month on Interstate 40 between the border of Arizona and New Mexico resulted in a single fatality and several serious injuries. According to a local news report covering the tragic accident, the collision was caused when a truck driver, heading from Arizona toward Albuquerque on I-40, crossed the center line into oncoming traffic.
As the truck entered oncoming traffic, the vehicle rolled. The initial accident caused a chain-reaction, ultimately involving at least three other vehicles.
Truck Accidents Can Cause Serious Injuries
Certain stretches of roadway can be especially dangerous for drivers for a variety of reasons. One reason for the heightened danger is that many interstates have higher than average semi-truck traffic.
Truck drivers are specially licensed and trained to operate these large vehicles, and owe the public a duty of care to maintain and operate their vehicles in a safe manner. However, Arizona truck drivers routinely make errors in judgment or other mistakes.
For example, texting while driving, distracted driving, and drowsy driving are all common causes of Arizona truck accidents. Thus, it is no surprise that heavy truck traffic presents a danger to all drivers on the road.
According to the news report describing the recent accident, there was not a center median or cable divider in the roadway where the crash occurred. The article goes onto state that there have been two other head-on accidents involving semi-trucks in the last year on that same stretch of Interstate 40, suggesting that it is an especially dangerous area.
Who is Liable For Damages After a Truck Crash?
Drivers of passenger vehicles should be extra cautious when driving on some overly dangerous Arizona roads. However, the ultimate responsibility for truck accidents often lies with the truck driver who has failed to safely maintain control of their vehicle.
Arizona semi-truck accidents are unfortunately common on our state roads and interstates. Further, death or serious injury is more likely to result from an accident involving a large vehicle because of the destructive power that these trucks possess.
When a passenger vehicle collides with a semi-truck or large commercial or industrial vehicle, the difference in weight between the vehicles often results in the smaller passenger vehicle, and its occupants, suffering significantly more damage than the truck. Because of this, Arizona truck accident victims should seek qualified and experienced counsel to preserve their rights and seek fair compensation for their losses.
Are You a Truck Accident Victim?
If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in an Arizona truck accident, it’s important to act quickly to increase the likelihood of receiving fair compensation from the accident. The Phoenix personal injury law firm, Abels & Annes, P.C., has experienced Arizona truck accident lawyers who represent injury victims and their family members in all types of injury cases, including truck and other accident cases claims.
Our dedicated and professional attorneys take pride in fighting for our clients’ interests and obtaining for them the compensation that they deserve. Contact our office for a free consultation to see if you have a case for damages. Call 602-819-5191 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today.