Sunday, May 25, 2014

New Mexico Dust Storms Are Recipe for Disaster for New Mexico Drivers

NM Dust Storm Accident Attorney

This week several families suffered the extreme loss of the life of their loved ones in a horrific vehicle crash on Interstate 10 near Silver City. Others suffered personal injuries and were rushed to nearby emergency rooms. Our prayers are with all of these families.

Drivers were safely driving their vehicles when a sudden dust storm blinded all drivers and caused the crash of tractor trailers and personal vehicles. This area is notorious for sudden dust storms causing zero visibility. Caruso Law Offices currently represents victims of dust storms in this same area. They slowed their vehicle when the dust became too obstructive to see where they were going, and they wer slammed in the rear by a semi-truck going 55 mph. Fortunately, they survived the rear-end crash but suffered major injuries.

What can be done to stop these dust storms? Nothing can be done to stop the dust storm. They are a natural phenomena. More rain in the area would help reduce the threat.

What should you do when confronted with the sudden dust storm? Slow down! Drive defensively. Turn your bright lights on. Turn your flashers on, and slowly pull over to the shoulder making sure that you are well off the road. Don't stop your vehicle on the roadway, as this is against the law even in a dust storm. I also recommend turning on the interior lights to make you as visible as possible. Don't stop your car too close to the vehicle in front of you.

The storm will be over as quickly as it started. Don't get on the road right away. Stay on the shoulder until you can see if there are any accidents in front of you. Be extremely careful as you re-enter the roadway.

Should you be involved in an accident, stay in your vehicle until the storm is over. There is the possibility of a chain reaction with other vehicles behind you, and you are safer in your vehicle than in the road during the dust storm.

If you are involved in a collision caused by a vehicle on the side or behind you, it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. We need to immediately gather facts and evidence to determine the person or persons at fault and make sure that you have no liability for the collision. We can send an investigator to the scene and discuss the collision with the investigating authorities. It is important to gather all of the facts and statements as quickly as possible.

Because we have handled so many collisions and crashes caused by dust storms in New Mexico we have a unique way of handling these types of cases. And that is why we have been so successful for our clients, getting the full value for the repair or totaling of their damaged vehicle, a rental vehicle and full compensation for their injuries--medical bills, pain and suffering, lost earnings and permanent injury.

I used to be a former insurance company attorney, so I know the ins-and-outs of the insurance claims business. I used to represent the insurance companies, but now I exclusively represent the victims of the negligence caused by another. We use our experience to represent our clients to get them the highest compensation possible.

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Blog by Mark Caruso, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorney  (Albuquerque, NM)