Trucks are a vital component of the American way of life. They transport everything from building supplies and food to gasoline to power the trucks and cars in New Mexico and elsewhere. Truckers have schedules to keep, and their efforts to meet those schedules may contribute to the possibility of truck accidents.

A serious crash recently occurred on Highway 82 near a tunnel. The speed of traffic occasionally slows when approaching a tunnel, though it is not yet known if speed was a contributing factor in this particualr accident. According to reports, the truck became disconnected from the tractor-trailer that it was towing and became engulfed in flames. At least one person died as a result of the accident and multiple vehicles were involved.

The crash resulted in a 15-mile road closure between mile markers 2 and 17 of Highway 82. This impacted area school students as school transportation was impacted. The students were released late as a result. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Truck traffic has increased as the desire for goods and services has increased, and the increase in traffic increases the likelihood of catastrophic truck accidents in New Mexico. Trucks require a longer distance to stop or reduce speed and this can also contribute to the cause of a crash. Losing a loved one in a motor vehicle accident happens all too frequently and is understandably difficult to bear. If one has suffered such a loss a personal injury attorney may be able to help. A lawyer can review the facts of the case and advise the client as to whether a civil lawsuit against the party deemed responsible is a viable option.