New Mexico State police are investigating a fatal accident after a semi-truck struck and killed a bicyclist Saturday evening in Otero County.
According to NMSP, the preliminary investigation showed that the male cyclist was traveling southbound on the west (right) shoulder of US 54 around 5:30p.m.
As the semi-truck passed the cyclist, it came into contact with the left handlebar of the bicycle, causing the rider to lost control, fall off his bike, and then be struck by a wheel on the right side of the semi.
NMSP says the bicyclist was transported to the Alamogordo hospital, where he later died of severe head injuries.
Preserving Victims’ Rights in New Mexico Trucking Accidents
Albuquerque plaintiff’s accident lawyer Jeffrey Trespel of Albuquerque’s Will Ferguson & Associates firm is monitoring this fatal crash. “It appears as if this semi-truck driver left his lane and caused this avoidable, fatal accident. The driver and the trucking company should be held accountable,” says Trespel. More information on this accident will be forthcoming as it becomes available.
“In this case, it is important to determine whether driver fatigue, roadway conditions, extended mirrors, truck maintenance, or some combination, played a part in the accident,” says Trespel. Other facts to be determined include the identity of the truck driver, the motor carrier, and the insurance on the tractor-trailer, but that is only the start of the process. A case like this usually requires a lawyer to conduct an investigation of the accident, identify all of the responsible parties, file a lawsuit, and maximize the legal recovery.
Trespel says, “If the driver was an independent trucker hauling a contract load in a third party vehicle, it can be complicated to prove that each defendant’s negligence was a cause of the accident. It is always important for victims of semi-truck accidents to consult with competent legal counsel soon after an accident.”