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Common Causes of 18-Wheeler Accidents

Each and every year, there are approximately 2,000 semi-truck accidents throughout New Mexico. Whether you are traveling on I-40, I-25, I-10, U.S. 84, U.S. 550, or any other highway in the area, we recognize that there are a great many trucks on these roads making their routes throughout all hours of the day.

While there a number of reasons an accident could occur, some of the most common reasons include:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Distracted driving
  • Driver fatigue from trying to meet deadlines
  • Improperly packing their truck’s cargo
  • Overloading their truck
  • Mechanical failure/improper truck maintenance

In these types of accident involving 18-wheelers, it can be quite complicated to determine who is responsible because there are multiple parties involved. Our Albuquerque truck accident attorneys can investigate the details surrounding your accident and help to prove fault, whether that be the trucking company, truck manufacture, the driver, or any other related parties.

Black Box Investigations – Why You Need an Attorney Right Away

It is important to retain an injury attorney as quickly as is possible after a truck accident because pieces of evidence can quickly be lost. There are black boxes on trucks that record operational data including, the truck’s speed, throttle position, brake use, and a multitude of other pieces of helpful information for proving fault in an injury claim.

When an accident occurs, it is crucial that this black box is not removed or repaired by anyone before it can be inspected. If you have an attorney with you from the start, we can work to ascertain that information before it is lost.

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