New Mexico’s most recent fatal truck accident occurred on US 54 and involved vehicles from Wisconsin and Minnesota. Initial reports suggest that the accident began near Nara Visa when two passenger vehicles collided and were subsequently hit by a semi truck. The New Mexico truck accident has left a man and a woman dead and two others in critical condition.
Multiple impact car crashes such as this can become very complex, very quickly. Under New Mexico accident law, each driver is responsible for his or her own actions and the damages that are caused. For example, even though the semi-truck did not start this particular New Mexico truck accident, the driver could still be accountable of any of his driving contributed to the second accident. Similarly, the vehicle that was struck by both the first car and the semi truck may be allowed to pursue claims against both insurance carriers.
As is true in any New Mexico wrongful death case, the prospect of financial recovery offers no consolation for the families of those involved, but nonetheless, we have seen recovery used to improve the quality of life for the victims loved ones.