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El Paso’s Trusted 18 Wheeler Accident Attorney Since 1992
Each year, the nation sees an average of 500,000 accidents of which 5,000 lead to death.
In those statistics, 98 percent of the deaths are the driver or passenger of another vehicle, not the 18 wheeler driver. Given the heavy weight of these trucks, the impact tends to be severe or fatal. The busy highways of Texas and New Mexico are a part of these numbers. In Texas, there are approximately 15,000 commercial truck accidents per year. For every 100 million miles traveled on Texas roads, there is a fatality rate of 1.29 deaths. New Mexico’s rate of 18 wheeler accidents has increased over the past couple of years. While the state is relatively small across Interstates 25, 10, and 40, there are roughly 2,000 semi-truck accidents per year.
As a trusted 18 wheeler accident attorney, Humberto Enriquez has assisted numerous injured individuals to seek the medical and financial assistance they need to recuperate and secure their well-being. Our law firm understands the unique complications these individuals face as they may be unable to speak or walk following the accident. It is our duty to help you and your family. These types of situations are never planned. You shouldn’t have to lose sleep over matters concerning the legal process.
Texas and New Mexico Laws Regarding Operating 18 Wheeler Vehicles
The life of a semi driver is by no means easy. Many employers demand long hours and strict deadlines. These demands are what often lead to fatigued drivers behind the wheel of powerful 18 wheelers. In Texas and New Mexico, truck drivers are required to adhere to federal regulations that are meant to provide safer roads for the entire nation.
A few of the state regulations include:
- Truck drivers cannot begin a shift without having 10 consecutive hours off duty.
- During a shift, a driver cannot drive after 14 consecutive hours. To begin again, they must spend 10 hours off duty.
- During a 14 hour shift, a truck driver can only drive for 11 hours straight.
- Drivers are required to keep a status log of the number of hours they’ve slept, rested, and have been driving.
Common Causes of Accidents
- Falling asleep behind the wheel
- Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol
- Distracted driving
- Failure to follow traffic signs
- Lack of qualifications
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Neck and Back Injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Disfigurement and burns
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
What To Do If You Have Been Injured in an 18 Wheeler Accident
- Contact 9-1-1. When the police arrive, provide as many facts as possible. If you are capable of making additional calls, inform a relative of the accident as well to help secure your evidence.
- Gather evidence. Take photos of the scene, your vehicle, and physical injuries. Having a relative at the scene can help you collect the license plate numbers and names of other drivers.
- Contact a trusted 18 wheeler accident attorney. If you don’t believe you are at fault, we will begin helping you recover damages such as medical expenses, disability, loss of wages, and other compensation that affects your wellbeing.
We will help you secure the following damages:
- Property damage
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Loss of present and future income
- Other financial loss