We Represent Victims in El Paso and New Mexico Involved in Truck Accidents
Accidents involving commercial trucks are among the most dangerous and catastrophic given the impact of trucks. While the trucking industry plays a crucial role in our nation’s economy, it is also a major contributor to life-altering accidents. Truck drivers are always in demand and are required to perform long and strenuous hours. Although in recent times the industry has done their part to change these unrealistic requirements, high turnover rates and a stressful lifestyle are still causes of truck accidents across the nation.
As a personal injury lawyer in El Paso and licensed in New Mexico, Javier Martinez, Jr. has represented numerous individuals requiring legal assistance following an accident involving a commercial truck. These types of accidents demand an attorney who will spend the time and attention necessary to win the case as they can be complex and tedious. If you or someone you know has been involved in a truck accident, contact us today. Our law firm is prepared to take on your case.
Truck Accident Facts Surrounding Texas and New Mexico
Semi trucks weigh 20 to 30 times more than the average car. Their size makes a significant difference when they’re involved in a roadway accident. The severity and increase of collisions are also due to the truck’s size.
For one, semi trucks have more blind spots than regular cars, known as “no zones.” These areas are completely invisible to drivers. Moreover, the trucks are harder to stop as they have longer acceleration and shorter stopping distances. Additionally, trucks carry hazardous material such as gasoline.
In 2015, the U.S. saw over 3,800 fatalities involving truck accidents. El Paso and cities in New Mexico see a significant amount of truck accidents along their highways such as Interstate 10 as well as Interstate 25 and U.S. Route 54.
Facts regarding large truck accidents in Texas and New Mexico:
- Texas sees approximately 15,000 commercial truck accidents each year.
- About 60 percent of truck accidents take place in rural areas and over 70 percent occur during the daytime. Weekend accidents tend to take place between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
- Texas is among the top ten states in the nation for fatal truck accidents.
- New Mexico sees approximately 2,000 semi truck accidents per year.
- The most commonly reported cause of truck accidents is that the driver is not paying attention to the road.
- Drivers in New Mexico are considered the fourth worst drivers in the U.S.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
- Tired driver accidents
- Blowout accidents
- Brake failure
- Distracted drivers
- Drug and alcohol abuse
Types of trucks involved in accidents include:
- Delivery trucks
- Dump trucks
- Utility trucks
- Tow trucks
Knowing Who is at Fault
Unfortunately, drivers of large trucks are typically at fault in accidents. However, proving who is at fault can be complicated. Professional truck drivers will do their best to fight for their innocence even when they know they’re at fault because his or her livelihood is at stake. More than likely, the driver’s company has a legal team who handles all matters concerning driver accidents. To successfully win your case, you will need a legal team to represent you.
The Law Office of Javier Martinez, Jr., P.C. has the experience and knowledge necessary to win your case. We use data and resources from the scene as well as witness testimonies to compile a sufficient amount of evidence in your defense. While every case varies, some of the questions we’ll ask include:
- Was the truck overweight?
- Was the driver falling asleep behind the wheel?
- How many hours of sleep did the driver get before returning to work?
- Was the driver under the influence?
- Did the truck require maintenance?
If You Are a Victim Seeking Compensation for a Truck Accident, Contact our Law Firm Today
When you contact the Law Office of Javier Martinez, Jr., P.C., our team will provide you with the answers you need to gain peace of mind about the damages that arose from the truck accident. With over twenty years of experience in personal injury cases, attorney at law Javier Martinez, Jr., P.C. goes the extra mile to secure his clients the compensation they need to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and other losses that derived from the accident.
If you’ve recently been involved in an 18 wheeler accident, please do not hesitate to get the help you need. Your health and financial security depend on it.