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Semi Driver Arrested for DWI Following McKinley County Propane Truck Crash

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In late April, a single-vehicle accident involving a propane truck reportedly closed State Road 122, Interstate 40, and a set of Burlington Northern Santa Fe train tracks in McKinley County. According to New Mexico State Police, the 55-year-old driver of the propane truck was speeding on State Road 122 around 11 am when he lost control of the semi and overturned near mile marker 22.

Following the semi accident, the area was purportedly evaluated by a hazmat team because the full propane tank apparently began to leak. In addition, law enforcement officers allegedly found empty liquor containers in the crash wreckage. As a result, the driver of the truck was reportedly arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, careless driving, and violating the state’s open container law.

Alcohol-related accidents like this one are all too common throughout New Mexico. Although no one was injured in this situation, everyone who travels on the many highways and other roads located in our state is placed at risk whenever an impaired driver makes the choice to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Semi wrecks that were caused by a drunken driver are particularly dangerous due to the sheer size and weight of such vehicles.

The victim of a traffic collision that involved a big rig may be eligible to recover damages for pain and suffering, lost wages and benefits, medical costs, and any temporary or permanent disability that resulted from the crash. Certain family members of someone who died in a collision with a big rig may also be entitled to receive compensation for their loved one’s funeral expenses. If you were hurt or a relative was killed by an allegedly drunk semi driver, you should contact a quality New Mexico truck accident attorney to discuss your right to recovery.

If you were injured or someone you love died in an accident with an impaired driver, please contact the Fine Law Firm. Our competent McKinley County truck accident lawyers are ready and willing to help you recover the compensation you deserve following an unexpected injury crash. At the Fine Law Firm, our dedicated Albuquerque car accident attorneys have more than 100 years of combined experience handling thousands of truck, car, motorcycle, and other injury accident cases throughout New Mexico. To schedule a free confidential case evaluation with a caring advocate, do not hesitate to call the Fine Law Firm today at (505) 889-3463 or contact our knowledgeable lawyers through the law firm’s website.

More Blog Posts:

Speed Likely Played a Factor in Negligent Single-Vehicle Accident that Killed Three and Injured Two in Albuquerque, New Mexico Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, April 28, 2013
Santa Fe Jury Awards Record $58 Million in Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Trucking Company, New Mexico Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, March 25, 2013
Additional Resources:

State Police Investigate Propane Truck Crash and Arrest Driver for DWI, by Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez, New Mexico Department of Public Safety
Truck driver faces DWI count after crash near I-40, by The Associated Press,