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Dangerous New Mexico Highways and Victims of Trucking Accidents

If you live in New Mexico, you know just how dangerous the state’s roadways and highways can be for drivers, especially in recent years. The booming oil and gas industry, while great for bringing jobs to our state, has brought a steady increase in commercial vehicle traffic as well (since big rigs are used to transport oil, water, sand, and natural gas). And as a result, commercial vehicle accidents are on the rise in Las Cruces and in the surrounding areas.

At Carabin Shaw, our Las Cruces truck accident lawyers have compiled information about the most dangerous New Mexico highways and victims of trucking accidents so you can hopefully be on guard against a potential Las Cruces trucking accident the next time you’re on the road. If you have experienced a significant accident on one of these highways recently, on the other hand, be sure to contact a lawyer as soon as possible.

Most Dangerous New Mexico Highways

Highway 285 / Route 285 (“Death Highway”)

Nicknamed “Death Highway,” this road is extremely dangerous and is the site of dozens of fatalities every year. It’s been called the deadliest highway in the U.S., and 93 people lost their lives on this stretch in 2017 alone. Fortunately, the government is working to curtail accidents on this route by increasing traffic fines in hopes of promoting safer driving. But because there are so many oil companies in the area, the large number of commercial vehicles that traverse U.S. 285 still pose a significant threat to drivers on this road, and cause dozens of Las Cruces trucking accidents every year.

U.S. Route 550 (“Million Dollar Highway”)

This scenic highway is so dangerous that it actually made The Travel’s list of “15 US Roads to Avoid (10 Highways to Never Cross)” AND ValuePenguin’s list of the 50 most dangerous highways in the U.S. (based on National Highway Traffic Safety data). Often called the “Million Dollar Highway” due to its scenic mountain views, this highway is rife with very narrow hairpin turns and is severely lacking in guardrails.


Number 36 on the list of the United States’ most dangerous highways is I-10, which runs through New Mexico. This highway begins in Californica and stretches across the southern United States all the way to Florida. Sadly, dozens of fatal and injurious crashes occur on this section of I-10 each year.

What to Do if You’ve Been in a Las Cruces Trucking Accident

If you’ve been injured in a wreck in New Mexico involving a commercial vehicle, the first thing to do is seek medical attention – and the next thing you should do is contact an experienced personal injury attorney. The right lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve so that you will be able to recover without worrying how your medical bills and vehicle damages will be paid for.

How Do I Find the Best Semi Truck Accident Lawyers Near Me?

If you’ve decided to file a semi truck accident lawsuit in Las Cruces, you may be wondering how to choose the right attorney.

Here at Carabin Shaw, we hire only the best Las Cruces truck accident lawyers, and we’ve been handling accident cases like yours for more than two decades. We’ve helped our clients recover more than $500 million in damages, and we know how to get you the maximum possible compensation for your claim. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a wreck, we will fight tirelessly for you and help you pursue justice.

Your initial consultation with a truck accident lawyer in Las Cruces is free and without obligation, meaning you have nothing to lose by giving us a call. So call us today for a free consultation at 915-779-2301 to find out what our experienced lawyers at Carabin Shaw can do for you.

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