Trucking Accident Attorney Tempe
A trucking company will go to great lengths to protect itself from liability and an expensive trial. They retain experienced legal defense teams and accident response teams that will work tirelessly to limit the trucking company’s liability. It’s not uncommon for a trucking company to try and shift the blame to their driver or the accident victim. When they offer a settlement, the amount is rarely sufficient to cover the cost of medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and other losses.
A trucking accident lawyer Tempe at the Ferguson Law Group is dedicated to fighting for the rights of accident victims who have suffered catastrophic injuries and other damages as the result of a negligent truck driver and/or trucking company.
If you have been injured in an accident with a commercial truck, contact our firm today to review your legal options. Our lawyers are committed to protecting accident victims and ensuring they receive the compensation they deserve for their injuries and other losses.
The Difference Between Passenger Vehicle Accidents and Trucking Accidents in AZ
Truck accident claims are very complicated, often involving several potentially liable parties, multiple vehicles, and additional rules and regulations. If you’re in a passenger vehicle accident, you only have to deal with your insurance company and the other driver’s insurance carrier.
When a commercial truck is involved in an accident, the case can include the trucker, the trucking company, various insurance providers, the facility where the cargo was loaded, and other third parties. This doesn’t take into account other vehicles that may have also been involved in the accident.
Every driver on Arizona roads is required to follow traffic laws. However, there are both state and federal rules and regulations that surround the trucking industry. Because of this, it’s critical to have an experienced trucking accident attorney on your side, someone who is familiar with all of the many legal hurdles that can arise from a trucking accident.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents in Arizona
Commercial trucks are the heaviest vehicles on the road. When these vehicles collide with a passenger vehicle, the results are often devastating. A trucking accident can occur for many reasons, however, because of the size of these trucks and their lack of maneuverability, they pose a major risk on the road, if they’re driven by a negligent trucker or a driver who lacks the type of training and experience needed to handle these massive trucks.
Common causes of trucking accidents can include:
An exhausted driver is one of the most common causes of a trucking accident. It’s not out of the ordinary for the trucker to operate their vehicle for long hours with minimal rest. A trucking company will often place pressure on its drivers to deliver their cargo as fast as possible.
Trying to meet these types of demanding deadlines will usually result in a lack of sleep. While there are federal regulations in place that are designed to prevent a trucker from driving too many hours per shift, many truckers will ignore this law to deliver their cargo early or on time.
Drug and Alcohol Use
Intoxicated truckers present major hazards to other motorists on the road. Their physical reaction time and cognitive abilities will become impaired if they operate their semi-truck under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Lack of Training
Truckers are required to obtain a certain level of training before being eligible to operate a huge commercial vehicle. However, some truckers or trucking companies fail to comply with these guidelines. In many cases, if a trucking company is short-staffed, they will put an inexperienced trucker on the road. A trucking company is required by law to ensure that its drivers are well trained and properly licensed.
By law, a trucking company is required to ensure that its fleet of trucks is regularly repaired and inspected. Semi-trucks are complicated machines and when something malfunctions an accident can occur.
Many factors can delay a trucker, from backed-up traffic to poor weather. To make up for these delays, truckers will operate their trucks at high speeds. Speeding is a common cause of collisions among commercial vehicles. However, when a commercial truck is speeding, that trucker will be unable to turn or stop in time or react to any unforeseen traffic changes. Speeding could also cause the cargo to shift, become unsecured, and unbalance the truck. When a collision occurs due to speeding, the injuries can be deadly or catastrophic.
Distracted drivers are dangerous on the road. Truckers spend long hours in isolation on the road, often growing bored. Unfortunately, many truckers will turn to cell phone use to combat boredom. Texting, talking on the phone, or surfing the net requires taking their eyes and hands off the wheel. Even looking up directions or adjusting the radio in areas where reception is poor can create a hazardous distraction. Commercial trucks have large blind spots, and the trucks take significantly longer to break or shift lanes. Because of this, if truckers fail to pay attention even for a second, they may find themselves in a collision with a passenger vehicle.
Commercial trucks are limited by federal regulations that restrict the weight of the truck to no more than 80,000 pounds. A commercial truck fully loaded is 20 to 30 times the weight of a passenger vehicle. This also means that the truck will require 20 times the stopping distance of an average passenger vehicle.
Additionally, these trucks are very limited in terms of mobility especially in emergencies when they’re already weighed down by heavy cargo. A truck can easily jackknife, rollover, or tip during sudden or quick movements, which can result in a serious accident.
Types of Truck Accidents in Arizona
The variety of injuries a trucking accident victim may suffer can often directly relate to the type of accident that occurred. Additionally, the type of truck accident can also present additional challenges when it comes to proving fault or negligence.
Below is a list of the most common types of trucking accidents that our Arizona trucking accident attorneys have come across.
Most drivers are familiar with rear-end collisions. Unfortunately, a truck takes much longer to stop compared to a passenger vehicle. Because of this, if a truck is following behind a passenger vehicle too closely, a regular stop can result in a devastating rear-end accident. When a passenger vehicle is hit from behind by another vehicle it will usually cause the hit vehicle to jolt forward. When a truck hits a passenger vehicle from the rear it could end up driving over the passenger vehicle and crushing anyone sitting in the back seat.
A head-on accident with a commercial vehicle is often deadly. Usually, this type of accident is caused by a fatigued driver or someone who has been driving under the influence of alcohol. Similar to a rear-end accident, when a commercial truck collides into a passenger vehicle that is coming in the opposite direction, the injuries sustained by the people in the passenger vehicle are often fatal or catastrophic.
Jackknife accidents occur when a trucker suddenly brakes and loses control of their trailer causing the trailer to swing out at a 90-degree angle. The swinging trailer will often collide with several vehicles. An accident can also occur in the wake of a jackknife crash when another driver reacts to avoid the massive out-of-control trailer.
Blind Spot Accidents
Every type of vehicle has a blind spot. Commercial vehicles have very large blind spots or areas where the sight of another vehicle is lost because of the coverage and angles of the truck’s mirrors. While another motorist can take precautions to avoid driving in a commercial truck’s blind spot, the trucker must still thoroughly check out the road to be sure they can change lanes or merge safely with traffic.
Jackknifed trailers often flip over. This can also happen when a trucker takes a turn too fast or loses control of their vehicle. When a semi-truck rolls over it can easily crush any nearby vehicles, or its cargo can spill out onto the road creating hazardous conditions for every motorist on the road.
The massive size of a commercial truck presents additional dangers to other drivers on the road. Underride accidents are one of the deadliest types of trucking accidents. When an approaching vehicle gets stuck underneath a trailer its top is usually ripped off resulting in fatal or devastating injuries.
Anyone who has driven on a highway has come across the shredded and torn remains of truck tires. When a commercial truck’s tire blows, the trucker often loses control and crashes into nearby traffic.
Liability in a Trucking Accident
In a trucking accident, multiple parties can be held liable for the collision. Not only will the truck driver be investigated for liability, but so will the trucking company, the company that is responsible for loading the truck’s cargo, truck part manufacturers, the entity or person responsible for repairs and maintenance to the vehicle, and any other vehicles involved in the accident.
With a thorough investigation, your trucking accident lawyer will be able to identify every avenue of possible compensation to cover the cost of damages that you have suffered due to the negligence of other people or entities.
This will help you receive the full compensation you deserve for your injuries, lost wages from work, possible lost earning capacity if you have sustained severe injuries or a permanent disability, ongoing medical treatment, property damage, and other losses.
Contact a Tempe, AZ Trucking Accident Lawyer Today
If you have been injured in a trucking accident due to the negligent actions of a trucker and/or their employer, contact the top Arizona trucking accident attorneys at the Ferguson Law Group today. We will schedule a free consultation and meet with you to discuss the facts of your case. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and will help you make an informed decision regarding how to proceed with your case. Contact our office today and find out how the Ferguson Law Group can help you protect your claim and your rights.
Arizona Personal Injury Lawyers3111 N Central Ave UNIT A207, Phoenix, Arizona 85012