If you are like most people in New Mexico, you have at least heard about accidents involving semi-trucks or other big rigs. It might seem as though these types of crashes are not common because you may not see them often, but these wrecks have the potential to be very serious. The size and weight of large trucks can put motorists in other vehicles at a serious disadvantage when a collision does happen.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2017 was a particularly tragic year on New Mexico roads when it comes to accidents involving large trucks. In 2016, 40 people died statewide in crashes involving large commercial vehicles. Last year, that number jumped to 70. This dramatic increase is seen despite a drop in the overall number of vehicular fatalities in New Mexico from 405 in 2016 to 379 in 2017.
Fatalities in truck accidents comprised less than 10 percent of all deaths in 2016 but accounted for more than 18 percent one year later. In Chaves County, a similar trend is seen. Total accident deaths dropped from 14 to six, but truck accident deaths rose from zero to two making them responsible for one-third of the county's deaths in motor vehicle accidents in a single year. In the five years spanning 2013 to 2017, seven people died in Chaves County in truck crashes, more than 14 percent of all the county's vehicular fatalities.
This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give people in New Mexico an idea of how many vehicular fatalities result from accidents involving tractor-trailers or other large commercial vehicles.