Big Truck Accidents
As of 2013, close to 5% of all vehicles on the roadway were large trucks or buses. One would assume that safety would be the top priority for trucking companies; however, the statistics prove otherwise.
The trucking industry is subjected to roadside inspections by authorized safety inspectors to ensure that these large, potentially dangerous trucks are in compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and other federal regulations. However, the trucking industry is failing these inspections in incredibly large numbers. Roughly 1 out of every 3 large trucks on the road – that’s right, about one-third of them — has had a violation. It seems as though the trucking industry considers safety a mere afterthought to profit.
There are other inherent dangers to the trucking industry as well: long hours driving and the large weight of vehicles, to name two. The trucking industry is taking shortcuts on safety at the expense of the public. We will fight to ensure that the trucking industry knows that this is unacceptable.
In 2013, large trucks were involved in almost 13% of all the nation’s fatal accidents and almost 7% of non-fatal accidents. In New Mexico alone, between 2010 and 2013, there were 181 fatal trucking accidents.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident involving a large truck in New Mexico, it is important you find a law firm that will handle your case properly and get you fair compensation for your injuries.