News reports indicate that a New Mexico man was killed in an 18-wheeler crash near the border of Colorado/New Mexico. According to reports, Ruben Gomez was traveling northbound on U.S. 550, just past the New Mexico-Colorado state line when his tanker truck veered off the road. Gomez attempted to correct and steer the big rig back onto the road when his truck began to roll. The fuel tank ripped off the truck during the roll, spilling about 4,000 gallons of gasoline. Gomez was pronounced dead at the scene.
Trucking collisions are some of the most deadly motor vehicle accidents. Due to the sheer size of an 18-wheeler, when a big rig truck accident occurs serious injuries and fatalities are often the result.
Many potential causes for truck accidents exist including driver error, negligent roadway design, and defective truck parts. In some cases, the trucking company that hires a driver may even be at fault where they demand unreasonable hours, excessive loads, or employ other negligent or reckless work requirements. An experienced Albuquerque truck accident lawyer can investigate a truck accident and determine what factors may have played a role in causing serious personal injury or wrongful death. Where a party’s negligence causes harm, it may be possible to recover compensation for your injuries or to provide damages to the survivors in a wrongful death action.
Here, reports state that the cause of the accident is still under investigation while noting, “speed, alcohol, and drugs are not believed to be factors in the crash.”
For more information or if you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident or other motor vehicle accident, contact a knowledgeable Albuquerque personal injury attorney at the Branch Law Firm for a confidential consultation.