New Mexico & Texas Truck Accident Lawyers

Car versus Truck Accident Lawyers

When heavy commercial trucks and passenger vehicles crash, the resulting damage can be catastrophic. This is generally due to the facts that:

Fully loaded commercial trucks can weigh more than 16 times as much as passenger vehicles.1

The point of impact when trucks and cars collide is usually at the chest and/or head level of those in passenger vehicles (and the bumper or grill level of trucks).

Given these facts, it may be less surprising to learn that, when car versus truck accidents happen, the people in passenger vehicles are generally about three times more likely to suffer serious injuries (than the occupants of trucks).

At Buckingham Barrera Law Firm, our attorneys are all-too-familiar with the devastation that can be caused by car versus truck accidents. That is just one of the reasons why we are committed to protecting victims’ rights and helping them pursue all available legal remedies.

Although we cannot change the past, we are here for you now, ready to provide you with effective, aggressive representation – as well as personal service and support – that can make a big difference in your recovery and future.

Car versus Truck Accidents: Common Causes

Truck accidents involving other passenger vehicles can be caused by a variety of factors, some of which may occur simultaneously to cause a single crash. Some of these factors can include (but are not exclusive to):

Truck driver negligence, such as failing to comply with traffic laws, failing to properly load trucks, and failing to abide by hours-of-service regulations (which are aimed at preventing trucker fatigue-related crashes)

Other motorist negligence, which can include drunk driving, distracted driving and failing to abide by general traffic laws

Trucking company negligence, such as failing to train truck drivers, failing to properly maintain trucks, and failing to ensure drivers are compliant with federal and state trucking regulations

Vehicle equipment failures, which can result from inherently defective or dangerous vehicle equipment (e.g., faulty brakes), as well as truckers’ and/or trucking companies’ failures to properly maintain the essential components of trucks

Poor roadway conditions, such as icy roads, roads lacking essential warning signs, and roads cluttered with debris – When poor road conditions play a role in causing truck crashes, the party responsible for maintaining the roadway (like a municipality or county) can be liable.

Poor weather conditions, which can include heavy rain or snow, as well as heavy fog – Weather-related factors can increase the likelihood of a truck accident when any of the above factors may be present.

These and other factors can cause various types of serious car versus truck accidents, including (but not limited to):

  • Underride truck accidents, which involve any portion of passenger vehicles becoming lodged beneath trucks
  • Jackknife truck accidents, which occur when trailers swing out from behind truck cabins, closing in towards the cabin
  • Rollover crashes, which can involve trucks and/or passenger vehicles rolling over

Car versus Truck Accidents: The Outcomes & Recovery Options

Car versus truck accidents can leave physical, as well as psychological and cognitive, damage in their wake. In terms of physical damage, some of the most common types of injuries that result from these types of truck crashes can include (and are not exclusive to):

  • Head and brain injuries
  • Neck and shoulder injuries
  • Back and spinal cord injuries
  • Disfigurement, including burn injuries and loss of limb(s)
  • Paraplegia or quadriplegia
  • Fatal injuries

After car versus truck accidents happen, survivors, including families who have lost a loved one to a deadly wreck, can be entitled to damages that include (but may not be limited to) compensation for:

  • Past hospital and medical bills
  • Future treatment costs
  • Vehicle repair costs
  • Past and future lost wages
  • Impacts to their quality of life
  • Mental suffering

Contact a New Mexico Truck Accident Attorney at Buckingham Barrera Law Firm

If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident involving an overloaded truck, you can turn to a truck accident lawyer at Buckingham Barrera Law Firm for more insight about your options for recovery and justice.

For nearly three decades, our trusted lawyers have been working tirelessly to help truck accident victims maximize their financial recoveries so they can reclaim their lives. As fierce litigators with a strong record of success, our lawyers have the skills, knowledge and resources necessary to provide effective representation while bringing your case to the best possible resolution.

Call (432) 570-1919 or email our firm via the contact form to schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers. When you meet with us, we will provide you with clear answers so that you have the information you need to make the right decision for you and your family.

From offices based in Midland, Texas and Albuquerque, New Mexico, our skilled lawyers provide superior service and effective legal advocacy to injured people throughout the U.S.

1: Based on federal regulations setting the maximum weight for commercial trucks at 80,000 pounds and the average passenger vehicle weighing between 4,000 and 5,000 pounds.