On December 8, New Mexico State Police responded to a passenger vehicle versus a semi-truck crash on US 380, mile post 196 near Tatum, New Mexico. The passenger car, and the people in it, lost.
The driver of the passenger vehicle succumbed to his injuries on scene. He has been identified as Robert Archuleta (28) of Roswell, NM. The other three male occupants in the vehicle with Mr. Archuleta were transported to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. The male driver of the semi-truck was uninjured.
Based on the investigation, it appears the driver of the semi-truck was headed westbound on US 380 and was attempting to turn into the rest area, but became confused by the heavy fog in the area. Too late, the driver of the semi-truck realized he was in the wrong lane and proceeded to attempt to move into the correct lane. The trailer of the semi-truck remained partially in the wrong lane of traffic. The passenger vehicle was headed eastbound on US 380 and struck the back of the semi-truck.
“It’s an unfortunate fact that everyone who travels on New Mexico roadways runs the risk of being hurt or killed in an avoidable traffic collision with a commercial or semi-truck” says Will Ferguson, New Mexico Accident attorney. People assume they know what they are doing, and for the most part they do. But playing guessing games with an 80,000 pound truck in a fog bank offers worse odds than your average game of Russian roulette. “We see a number of factors including speed, dangerous road conditions, vehicle defects, and careless drivers or poor maintenance often to blame. Sometimes the drivers are just crazy dumb in the things that they do,” Obviously the victim of an accident that happens in New Mexico may receive financial compensation for their medical bills, pain and suffering, lost benefits and wages, and any permanent or temporary disability that resulted from the wreck. In addition, the close relatives of an individual who was killed by a negligent driver may also be entitled to recover damages. Will Ferguson and Associates knows how to investigate and pursue these types of accidents. In New Mexico, multiple parties, even the State of New Mexico, may be found negligent or responsible and may also be sued.