Sharing the road with trucks and large commercial vehicles can feel intimidating. It’s easy to feel dwarfed by their sheer size, especially on freeways where you’re surrounded by them while traveling at high speeds. As a resident of New Mexico, you’ll know how the weather and long stretches of open roads can impact your driving experience.
Below are some of the common reasons why collisions between trucks and other vehicles happen in New Mexico so you know what to look out for while driving.
Long and winding roads
One of the beautiful things about New Mexico is the open space and scenery. For drivers, however, long trips along the I-25 and I-40 can result in fatigue and distracted driving. Often commercial drivers are making their way across the state and can find themselves making journeys of hundreds of miles at any one time. The consequence of this can be that they lose their concentration or even fall asleep behind the wheel. This can easily, and quickly, lead to collisions with unsuspecting road users.
Unpredictable and extreme weather conditions
Every month in New Mexico can bring a new weather phenomenon. From heavy snowfall in the winter to severe thunderstorms and high heat levels during summer – there’s always something to be looking out for. This weather can often take residents by surprise as it can change at a moment’s notice. Heavy rain or snow can result in very poor driving conditions which contribute to truck collisions.
Finding yourself injured in a collision with a truck can have catastrophic consequences for you and your passengers. Learning more about your legal rights in the circumstances can help you to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.