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Santa Fe Truck Accident Lawyer

Santa Fe Truck Accident Lawyer

Commercial trucks are responsible for thousands of collisions annually. Even though trucks are an essential part of our economy, their size and weight are dangerous in the event of a crash. Because of this, victims in a trucking accident are likely to sustain catastrophic, or even fatal, injuries.

Unfortunately, loose regulations on the part of trucking manufacturers and a reluctance to impose stronger safety standards have created a profit-above-safety climate. If you or a loved one was the victim of a trucking accident, don’t wait to reach out. Get the representation you deserve by contacting the personal injury lawyers at Shapiro Law Team.

Why You Need to Hire a Santa Fe Truck Accident Lawyer

Big rig accidents are rarely minor. Accidents caused by semi-trucks and 18-wheelers often involve serious injuries and can even cause death. If you’ve been involved in a trucking accident, you need to hire an experienced truck accident attorney who knows how to handle the implications of a crash.

The Santa Fe lawyers at Shapiro Law Team proudly represent truck injury victims. Backed by years of experience and a proven track record, including a $2.7 million truck collision settlement, we’re ready to fight for maximum compensation on your behalf.

How Shapiro Law Team Builds Your Case

At Shapiro Law Team, we handle your case from start to finish.

Once you call us, we’ll begin investigating the details of your collision. Our team starts the investigation by contacting our network of trucking accident experts, including reconstructionists, biomechanical engineers, automotive design experts, and others.

We consider the following to help us build your case:

  • Was the truck driver properly licensed and trained?
  • Was the truck driver observing safety protocols such as not exceeding their maximum hours?
  • Was the truck driver speeding to meet delivery deadlines imposed by the company?
  • Was the truck properly maintained and were safety checks regularly conducted?
  • Was the truck driver under the influence of alcohol?
  • Was the truck driver under the influence of prescription drugs?
  • Were the truck’s tires unsafe or defective?
  • Did the truck have improper reflectors?
  • Was the truck’s load unsecured or improperly mounted?
  • Did the truck driver make an aggressive maneuver such as an unsafe lane change?

We also consider the severity of your injuries, eyewitness accounts, and the driver’s logbook.

When Is the Trucking Company Held Liable?

A trucking company may be held liable in the event of:

  • Broken Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rules
  • Broken general traffic laws
  • Poor fleet and vehicle maintenance
  • Unsafe cargo loading
  • Lack of proper securement of hazardous cargo
  • Dangerous hiring or training procedures
  • Hiring unlicensed or incompetent drivers
  • Pressuring drivers to meet deadlines
  • Broken hours of service regulations
  • Truck driver negligence or recklessness

Trucking companies are equipped with resources to fight your accident claim. Protect your rights by working with Shapiro Law Team. We’ll negotiate your case and go up against even the largest trucking companies.

What You Should Do After a Truck Accident

Life can be chaotic following a trucking accident. You’re probably feeling stressed, confused, and overwhelmed. Even though things don’t feel normal right now, it’s important to stay calm and take the proper steps. Get the best possible outcome by following these five steps:

1. Call 911

Don’t flee the scene; remain at the accident, and call law enforcement. The police will create an official report of the crash—a crucial piece of information you’ll need for your case.

2. Obtain Medical Care

If you, your passengers, or the truck driver have any injuries, request an ambulance. Obtaining immediate medical attention is crucial, even if you think the injuries are minor.

3. Take Pictures

Documenting the accident is easy thanks to our smartphones. If you can, pull out your phone to take pictures of all vehicles involved, any injuries, and the other party’s contact and insurance information.

4. Call an Insurance Company

Report the accident to the insurance company of the at-fault party as soon as possible. However, do not continue with claim negotiations until you contact an attorney.

5. Act Quickly

Just like planes, most commercial trucks have black boxes. But important information from the truck’s black box won’t be available forever. Hire an attorney to begin collecting evidence before it’s too late.

How Can I Be Compensated After a Truck Accident?

Your compensation depends on the specifics of your case. If you were at fault for a trucking accident, you’ll rely on your health insurance for compensation. If the crash wasn’t your fault, you may get compensation from their insurance company or the trucking company.

Remember, most insurance carriers will do everything in their power to pay you as little as possible. They’ll send you a lowball offer to save their money and, ultimately, aren’t on your side. So make sure you call someone who is on your side. Contact Shapiro Law Team today for a free consultation.

Available Compensation Types

In New Mexico, there are three different types of compensation you could be eligible for. As a trucking accident victim, you may be entitled to the following:

Economic Compensation

Also referred to as “special damages,” economic compensation refers to the losses that are considered calculable. Economic damages may include a victim’s medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, lost wages, and property damage costs.

Non-Economic Compensation

This is also known as “general damages” and refers to losses that can’t be assigned economic values. This type of compensation is harder to calculate because it often involves intangible damages like the loss of enjoyment of life, emotional and psychological damage, pain and suffering, and trauma.

Punitive Damages

Also known as “exemplary damages,” punitive damages are awarded not to compensate the injury victim but to punish the negligent party. Punitive damages are rare and not awarded in most cases.

Top Causes of Truck Accidents in New Mexico

Driver Negligence

Negligence is the most common cause of truck accidents in Santa Fe. Whether the truck driver was driving while impaired or failed to follow traffic laws, we see a long list of truck collision causes at Shapiro Law Team:

  • Operating while impaired by alcohol or drugs
  • Operating while distracted by a phone or another device
  • Disregarding FMCSA hours of service requirements
  • Purposely overloading the truck
  • Failing to follow traffic laws
  • Operating too fast for conditions

Truck Company Negligence

Trucking companies can be considered negligent for the following reasons:

  • Failure to regularly inspect and maintain trucks
  • Failure to maintain a certain amount of cargo
  • Failure to properly train the truck driver

Truck Failure

Finally, there’s truck failure. Truck failure may be either the truck company’s fault or the parts manufacturer’s fault. Common problems include operational failures and malfunctions.

Most Common Truck Accident Injuries

Trucks are massive and carry thousands of pounds in cargo weight. Due to their size and weight, a lot can go wrong. At Shapiro Law Team, our lawyers continuously help Santa Fe truck accident victims who have experienced the following injuries:

  • Spinal cord injuries (often with paralysis)
  • Other severe back or neck injuries
  • Devastating soft tissue injuries
  • Severe lacerations or puncture wounds
  • Amputations
  • Crush injuries
  • Broken or dislocated bones
  • Internal organ damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Significant scarring and disfigurement

Not all injuries are visible. In addition to physical injuries, our Santa Fe lawyers are skilled in helping those who have emotional or psychological trauma. These “hidden” injuries can often be just as serious as physical injuries and usually have costly long-term effects.

What About Wrongful Death Lawsuits?

Losing a loved one is devastating, especially when their death is considered wrongful. If your loved one passed away due to a trucking collision, Shapiro Law Team is here to help. We have expert wrongful death lawyers who give your family the compassionate assistance they need while navigating the legal process during this difficult time.

How Often Do Truck Accidents Occur?

Thousands of trucking accidents happen every year, often occurring on major highways and expressways. According to recent reports, the United States saw 166,853 accidents involving large trucks. Of that number, 99,600 were semi-trucks. In the same year, 72,137 of those involved in a trucking collision were injured.

In a Trucking Accident? Contact Shapiro Law Team

The last thing you want to do is represent yourself following a truck accident. That’s what Shapiro Law Team is here for. We’re ready to take on your case to help you achieve maximum compensation. Contact New Mexico’s trusted truck accident lawyer, David Shapiro, today. We operate on a contingency fee basis, which means if we don’t win, you won’t pay.

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