Commercial Truck Accidents: The Facts To Know

Last updated on October 11, 2022

Accidents involving commercial trucks usually have devastating impacts for the drivers of private passenger cars. Commercial trucks are massive, and smaller cars simply don’t stand a chance in a serious collision. Fortunately, drivers have legal options after suffering an injury due to a negligent commercial vehicle.

At Law Office of Nathan Cobb in Albuquerque, we can assist you with all legal aspects of a truck accident. A good place to start is to answer some of your questions about these incidents. Read on for our answers to some of the questions that clients throughout New Mexico frequently ask us.

What role does insurance play in trucking accident cases?

Trucking companies are supposed to have commercial vehicle liability policies under federal law. There may also be issues of third-party liability due to the involvement of truck manufacturers, maintenance companies, cargo loaders and other parties. It is very important to have representation from a lawyer who understands how to recover maximum compensation when an accident involves commercial liability policies or third-party liability.

How common are truck accidents in New Mexico?

The New Mexico Department of Transportation reports that an accident involving a semi truck occurs every three hours. The frequency of these accidents has increased every year for the past four years. The year 2018 saw 2,939 crashes involving commercial trucks.

Is truck driver fatigue often a factor in trucking accidents?

Although the NHTSA has tried for years to adjust regulations to discourage fatigue and prevent accidents, far too many drivers continue to drive while drowsy. Many trucking companies encourage their drivers to push themselves to the limits on long-haul drives, even if it means skipping precious sleeping time.

What damages are available in truck accident claims?

We help many clients recover compensation for the damages they suffer following a crash. These damages often include:

  • Hospital bills
  • Physical therapy
  • Prescription medication
  • Doctor visits
  • Loss of earning potential
  • Loss of companionship and consortium
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional trauma

It is important not to settle for less than what you deserve. By working with an attorney, you may be able to recover the maximum amount available to you.

Ask For A Free Initial Consultation

After the devastating impact of a truck accident, you deserve strong representation from an experienced team. We at Law Office of Nathan Cobb can help you. Reach out to us for a free initial consultation where we can discuss your injuries. To schedule your consultation, call our Albuquerque office at 505-225-2146 or send us an email.