A Truck Accidents Attorney Can Protect Your Rights
Due to the sheer size and weight of 18-wheelers, truck accidents can have catastrophic consequences for victims. Truck accident attorney Scott F. Voorhees in Santa Fe, NM, has spent 30 years representing clients in personal injury cases and can help truck accident victims secure maximum compensation for their losses. These types of accidents are unfortunately common in New Mexico. Truck accidents are often more complicated than other types of motor vehicle accidents, so it is important to work with an attorney who understands the trucking industry and how certain state and federal regulations apply. If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a truck accident, contact Voorhees Law Firm online today or call (505) 820-3302 to have an in-depth discussion about your case.
There are a number of regulations in place to help protect both truckers and other drivers on the road. These regulations address:
How much and the type of insurance truck drivers must carry
How long a truck driver can go without a break, and the required number of breaks
How long truck drivers must keep logs of their driving, materials carried, and other details
Unfortunately, federal regulations only require maintaining the driver’s log for six months after a collision. If no action is taken after six months, these logs, which often contain essential evidence, can be destroyed. This makes it critical to contact an attorney right away when an accident occurs.
Types of Truck Accidents
Accidents involving large trucks can occur under a variety of different circumstances. These accidents may involve a jackknifed semi, accidents while turning, and rollover accidents. Drivers who blatantly disregard regulations and forego required breaks to meet tight deadlines can cause a serious accident. Other causes may include:
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Lack of proper training
Poor inspection of the truck
Improperly loaded or secured cargo
Exceeding weight limits
Disregarding road and weather conditions
Defective parts or faulty equipment
There can be more parties involved in a truck accident than just the truck driver and the other motorists. These include the company who hired the truck driver, the company who trained (or failed to train) the driver, and the manufacturer of the truck and its parts. It is possible that at least one or more of these parties is partially at fault for the accident. Mr. Voorhees can conduct an investigation to determine who is responsible.
Truck Accident Injuries and Compensation
Truck accidents are more likely to result in serious, life-threatening, and life-changing injuries for the victims. This is partially due to the size of the trucks compared with the size of the car the victim was driving. Head, neck, and spinal cord injuries are common with such catastrophic accidents. Victims may also suffer internal injuries such as broken bones.
Mr. Voorhees understands the severity of these injuries and will fight for your right to compensation. He will aggressively pursue damages to compensate you for your:
Present and estimated future medical bills
Loss of income
Pain and suffering
Loss of enjoyment of life
Schedule Your Free Consultation
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe injury in a truck accident, contact us online or call (505) 820-3302 today to schedule an in-depth case evaluation with Mr. Vorhees. You can concentrate on recovering from your injuries while your attorney pursues the compensation you need and deserve.