• October 20, 2022

Luis Borunda Killed in 18-Wheeler Accident on US-285 near Hagerman, NM

Hagerman, NM — October 19, 2022, 23-year-old Luis Borunda died and two people were injured in a crash with a tractor-trailer on US-285 near Hagerman.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:30 a.m. on US-285 near mile marker 88. Preliminary investigation suggests an 18-wheeler was southbound on the highway when it rear-ended a Chevrolet pickup for unknown reasons. After the impact the Chevy rolled of the road and overturned.

Borunda, a passenger in the Chevy, was pronounced dead at the scene. The pickup's driver and another passenger were taken to an area hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening. The semi-truck driver was unhurt.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Luis Borunda Killed in 18-Wheeler Accident on US-285 near Hagerman, NM

Commentary on Luis Borunda Accident near Hagerman

Reports make it sound like the commercial driver simply made a deadly mistake and rear-ended the victims here. That may be what happened, but there could also be other explanations and I caution against thinking any commercial truck accident is simple to resolve. Many victims who thought their situation was indisputably clear are unpleasantly surprised when a trucking company refuses to accept fault for their injuries.

As a matter of fact, trucking companies have a long and storied history of fighting tooth and nail against taking on any liability for accidents--no matter how damning the preliminary reports may have been. They argue with police findings, make excuses and point fingers at scapegoats, and send out their own investigators to find evidence of alternate explanations, among other tricks and strategies. Their will and their inventiveness should never be underestimated.

That's not said out of cynicism but experience; in all my years of working on truck accident cases I've encountered just one company that admitted fault and did the right thing without a prolonged battle. That's why I wrote some more about the hurdles truck accident victims and their families should anticipate, as well as some of the ways to overcome them. Click below to read more.

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