The Right Truck Accident Lawyer Can Make a Difference
Sharing the road with a big-rig truck can be intimidating, and motorists have reason to be wary. A collision between a car and a multi-ton truck is almost certain to be a devastating scenario. If your family has been involved in a commercial trucking crash, seeking early counsel with an experienced truck crash lawyer is crucial. In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Will Ferguson & Associates is the personal injury firm to call. We offer experience, long-standing success, and a statewide reputation for excellence. Our representation of plaintiffs is based on contingency fees, so you need not be concerned about up-front costs. Please contact our office today to speak to an attorney or schedule a free consultation.
About Trucking Accidents
Oversized trucks pose a significant danger on the road. An 18-wheeler requires significantly more time to stop than a car, and wide-radius turns must be executed with care. It takes skill and training to handle a big-rig, and the driver must remain alert at all times. Unfortunately, though motor carriers are not permitted to allow a driver to work for more than 14 consecutive hours, truckers are often pressured to put in long hours on the road. Some falsify their driving logs to meet hauling deadlines, and many suffer from exhaustion and fatigue or use drugs, a dangerous combination that can lead to serious motor vehicle crashes.
According to the latest (2015) statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, well over 115,000 people are hurt in semi-truck crashes every year. 4,067 people were killed and, of these, 83 percent were occupants of the smaller vehicle or “non-occupants” —pedestrians and bicyclists. In New Mexico, almost 14 percent of fatal crashes in 2014 involved large trucks, and 30% involved alcohol. Because of the size and weight of commercial trucks, crash survivors often suffer catastrophic injuries. These injuries can lead to extended loss of productivity and loss of income, in addition to pain and emotional trauma. The Center for Disease Control estimates that fatal traffic crashes costs the state of New Mexico nearly 430 million in lost work alone.
Help From Will Ferguson & Associates
Victims and their families can benefit greatly from the help of a qualified attorney. When the stakes are high, insurance adjusters do all they can to downplay a victim’s losses and will often attempt to divert blame for the crash. You need a strong legal advocate in your corner. Over the years, Will Ferguson & Associates has handled a number of complex truck crash cases. We know just how to locate the specific evidence to prove liability—very important in New Mexico. The liable parties may include the driver, employer, and even the cargo manufacturer in some cases. Truck crashes can cause multi-car pile-ups, so there may be multiple insurance representatives involved.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations place many restrictions on trucking companies, as does the New Mexico Motor Carrier Safety Act. Detailed logs and reports must be kept, including records of past violations. As your attorney, it is our job to ensure all relevant records are subpoenaed and analyzed. Will Ferguson & Associates has won multiple high-dollar verdicts and settlements for past victims of truck crashes, including a two million dollar wrongful death settlement for the family of a motorist who struck an abandoned truck on a dark road. We also secured over $2.3 million for the family of a truck driver who was killed by another trucker who was so sleep deprived he crossed the center line of a Carlsbad roadway.
In addition, we have successfully secured large confidential settlements for many of clients. At Will Ferguson & Associates, we respect our clients’ privacy and we will work hard to make sure any settlement agreement is structured to best serve your unique circumstances and interests.
Receive Tireless Representation
If you have been in a crash with a commercial truck, do not try to go it alone. You may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries and losses. Please contact us today us today for a free consultation.