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 accident, seeking early counsel with an experienced truck accident lawyer is crucial. In Albuquerque, NM, Will Ferguson & Associates is the personal injury firm to call. Ferguson Law offers experience, long-standing success, and a statewide reputation for excellence. We provide plaintiff’s representation on a contingency fee basis, so you need not be concerned about up-front lawyers’ fees. 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 14 consecutive hours of work, 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 dangerous fatigue, a dangerous combination that can lead to serious motor vehicle accidents.
The latest (2014) statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration counted well over 100,000 people hurt in semi-truck crashes. Another 3,900 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 2014 accidents involved large trucks. Because of the size and weight of commercial trucks, accident 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.
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 or attempt to divert blame for the accident. You need a strong legal advocate in your corner. Through the years, Will Ferguson & Associates has handled numerous, complex truck accident cases. We know just how to locate and clarify 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 accidents are sometimes multi-car pile-ups, so there may be multiple insurance representatives involved.
If you have been in an accident with a commercial truck, do not try to go it alone. You may be entitled to significant compensation for your injuries and losses.
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. Ferguson Law has achieved multiple high-dollar verdicts and settlements for past victims of truck accidents. These include a $2,000,000 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, one who was so sleep deprived he crossed the center line of a Carlsbad roadway.
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If you have been in an accident 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.