Intersections often cause confusion for drivers. Motorists must employ a combination of instinct, timing, and knowledge of traffic laws as they successfully navigate these road sections. It can be difficult to determine who goes first, who yields, and who can drive straight through the intersection without stopping. The stakes are raised considerably whenever a semi-truck is involved, as a collision with one of these heavy vehicles at an intersection can lead to very serious injuries for everyone involved.
If you have been injured by a semi-truck at a New Mexico intersection, you should get in touch with a qualified, experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible. These legal professionals can help you determine who was to blame for your accident. Once you establish negligence, you can recover a settlement that covers your medical expenses, your missed wages, and any other damages you might have incurred.
The Right of Way
Just like any other vehicle, a truck is legally obliged to follow traffic regulations when approaching an intersection. This means that they must come to a complete stop at stop signs, yield to oncoming traffic, keep a watchful eye for pedestrians, and generally exercise caution.
Four-way stop procedures also apply to trucks. The vehicle that arrives first at the intersection generally has right of way if there are stop signs on all sides (or if it is an uncontrolled intersection). If vehicles arrive at an intersection at the same time, you must yield to the vehicle at your right.
What Causes Truck Accidents at Intersections?
Although you might expect the majority of truck accidents to occur on the highway, this is not the case. Studies seem to suggest that the majority of truck accidents occur in rural areas, where there are more likely to be uncontrolled intersections. Truck accidents at these intersections may occur for a number of reasons:
- Driver errors
- Misleading signage
- Failed breaks
- Icy surfaces (not usually an issue in New Mexico!)
Intersection Crash Kills New Mexico Resident in Rural Area
Truck accidents claim the lives of New Mexico residents on a fairly regular basis in intersections. On July 30th, it was reported that a man was killed by a collision with a truck at the intersection of two rural roads near Pine Island. The semi-truck driver, a 73-year-old man, was not injured.
Enlist the Help of a Qualified Attorney Today
If you’ve been searching for a qualified, experienced truck accident attorney in New Mexico, look no further than Brian K. Branch, Attorney at Law. We have helped countless injury victims get the settlements they need for medical treatments. We are passionate about helping these victims recover as best they can, and we strive to hold negligent parties accountable for causing harm to others. Reach out and book your consultation today.
The Law Office of Brian K Branch
715 Marquette Ave. NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
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