The commercial trucks driving on New Mexico roads are much larger and heavier than average passenger cars. When accidents occur between over-the-road trucks and passenger vehicles, the injuries can be catastrophic.
When most truck crashes happen
Fatal truck accidents happen more frequently in rural areas and on interstate highways. A large portion of these accidents occur between 6 PM and 6 AM. Most fatal and nonfatal truck accidents happen during the week. Truckers are more likely to be on the road Monday through Friday as these are their regular workdays.
Back and neck injuries
Truck accidents can lead to back and neck injuries that range from minor pain to more serious injuries with the spinal discs. The back of the neck is key to most movements people make. For this reason, truck injuries that affect the back and neck make it difficult for people to return to work and their daily activities.
Head trauma caused by a truck accident can lead to brain injuries that can permanently change a person’s life. Brain injuries can happen even when there is no direct trauma to the head due to rapid acceleration or deceleration that leads to whiplash. Whiplash-related injuries are not always apparent. And just because a person gets a brain injury does not mean they will automatically be knocked unconscious.
Burn injuries are widespread in truck crashes if flammable cargo is involved. These accidents are especially prevalent if trucks are hauling gasoline or petroleum products.
Truck accident injuries and related fatalities are a major concern for motorists. The effects of a truck accident can leave a victim in permanent pain, maimed or unable to engage in daily activities.