Freddy Olivas Gonzales, a Denver City, Texas man,died in Lea County after a brake drum fell off an unknown vehicle in front of the man’s truck and slammed through his windshield, killing him.
New Mexico State Police said the accident happened on State Road 8 between Eunice and Hobbs.
State police said they have yet to identify the driver or the vehicle that the brake drum fell off of.
Victims’ Families Have Rights in Fatal New Mexico Traffic Accidents
Albuquerque plaintiff’s lawyer Will Ferguson is looking closely at this case. “This tragic accident appears to be the result of a particular form of negligence of another driver. Negligence obviously can be claimed as a result of a poorly loaded or maintained vehicle, which spewed deadly debris on the roadway. Another, higher form of negligence comes into play if the guilty driver knowingly left the scene. It is not likely that the responsible driver was unaware this major part fell off his truck or of the terrible accident that immediately ensued” states Mr. Ferguson. “Even if it was a case of a load of old parts being poorly loaded, he should have heard or seen something. If the tragedy was caused by poor loading techniques, a different and more powerful type of insurance coverage may apply.”
Ferguson stresses the need for quick action. “An immediate and thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding this accident is crucial. All witnesses must be interviewed and defective equipment must be preserved at all costs.”
In cases like this the responsible party might never be located. In that event, then the victim’s uninsured and under-insured motorists policy would be looked at. Ferguson states the investigation is continuing.