New Mexico State Police launched Operation Safe Driver, targeting Alamogordo and Roswell districts. The objective of Operation Safe Driver is to increase traffic enforcement and public awareness with a focus on safe driving around commercial motor vehicles in an effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities.
State police hope to positively influence safe driving behavior on commercial and non-commercial drivers while reducing commercial motor vehicle-related-crashes. This initiative follows a series of deadly accidents in Eddy and Lea Counties, respectively.
A crash near State Road 128 killed one individual and left another severely injured earlier this month. Officers indicated a tractor-trailer collided with a flatbed trailer causing the accident. Additionally, another accident caused a fatality when a brake drum from an 18-wheeler fell off, bounced off the asphalt of State Road 8 and went through the windshield of the vehicle behind the commercial motor vehicle, killing the driver.
Crash fatalities like these are what Operation Safe Driver is hoping to alleviate.
Liability in New Mexico Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Responsibility and legal liability for accidents like these can be hard to determine. Whether the commercial motor vehicle(s) was in his proper lane or the non-commercial motor vehicle was outside of his will be contributing factors. There may have been some negligence and the one of the parties should be held responsible for the damages caused in the crash. For a victim, it is often difficult to know exactly who can be held responsible for the damages caused in an accident. An experienced lawyer and investigation team are critical in these cases. “The first 24-48 hours are critical in these accidents” states New Mexico Accident Attorney Will Ferguson. “Evidence needs to be collected before it is compromised or removed. At our firm, we have investigators on staff who can be deployed immediately to procure evidence”.
In New Mexico, with commercial motor vehicle accident lawsuits, it is possible to seek compensation from multiple parties that may be responsible. If one or more of the parties is found at fault, the judge or jury can divide up liability based on the degree of each party’s fault. If only one defendant is sued, he or she may reduce or eliminate liability by arguing that another party is responsible for the damages. In a situation where both defendants may have been negligent, it can be complicated to prove that each defendant was the cause of the accident and should be held liable. It is important for victims of commercial motor vehicles accidents to consult with competent legal counsel quickly after an accident.