Tractor-trailer trucks are used to move goods on the nation’s roadways. With a healthy economy and consumers willing to buy the goods the trucks are delivering, there is an increase in truck traffic on highways and two lane roads. In New Mexico and across the country, this creates an increased risk that serious truck accidents may occur.

A recent head-on crash between two trucks that also involved a pickup truck resulted in the loss of four lives. One truck was heading east on Interstate 10 when, for an unknown reason, it crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a westbound truck. A pickup that had also been heading west also became involved in the crash.

All three drivers died as a result of the injuries suffered in the crash. The two passengers in the pickup, a woman and a 13-year-old girl, were both transported to an area hospital with what were said to be critical injuries. Distracted driving has not been ruled out though alcohol is not believed to have contributed to the accident. The accident remains under investigation.

Drivers are told to drive defensively. With the increased traffic on so many of the nation’s roads it is necessary to remain constantly vigilant and to avoid distractions. Sudden loss of life or serious injury as a result of truck accidents in New Mexico can permanently scar a family and be difficult to move on from. While nothing can turn back the clock and undo the tragedy, a civil lawsuit against the party or parties deemed responsible may provide compensation for final expenses, medical costs and other verifiable losses.