If you or someone you love has been injured by a truck accident, it can turn your life upside down.
You need an experienced team of attorneys fighting to get you the compensation you deserve.
Arizona Truck Accidents
What you need to know
Truck collisions can produce an assortment of problems that are more serious, more complicated, and more emotional than you might have expected. Sometimes I see insurance companies underestimate the damage caused by truck accidents, and I know perfectly well why they do this. They do it to trivialize the human costs of these crashes, but if you’ve been injured in a truck collision, then you already know that they cause some very real problems for their victims, including:
Health Problems. When you have been injured truck accident, you need to get all of the treatment that your doctor recommends. It is especially important to get any imaging studies that he or she requests. It is important for your recovery, and it is important evidence of your injury.
Financial Problems. Due to medical bills, lost wages, or additional (and unexpected) child care expenses, you may quickly find yourself in a financial pinch.
Legal Problems. When you have been injured in a truck accident, you may have a variety of legal issues arise that are not easy to navigate alone. In some cases, you may have been cited by an officer who believed you were, in part, to blame. It can be intimidating to show up at a traffic hearing when you feel wrongly accused. You may have questions about who you should speak to or give recorded statements to? Are there some people that you have a duty to speak to?
Unfortunately, there is another type of problem that victims face after a truck accident and it is even scarier than those listed above–because it is a hidden problem. It is the unknown. And you just don’t know what you don’t know. But, that’s where we come in.
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Finding Liability in Truck Crashes
Because of the nature of the truck driving business and the possibilities of injury or death in an accident, truck drivers must:
- Drive only a limited number of hours per day, logged daily
- Pass random drug and alcohol tests
- Buy special insurance
- Follow much stricter safety standards than drivers of passenger vehicles
Who is responsible for a trucking collision? Plaintiffs in Phoenix truck accident cases often learn that there may be more than one defendant, including but not limited to:
- Truck driver;
- Truck driver’s employer;
- Truck mechanic;
- Vehicle loader;
- Designer of defective truck parts; and
- Manufacturer of defective truck parts.
An aggressive truck accident lawyer in Phoenix can discuss your options for seeking compensation.
Phoenix residents who regularly drive on I-10 or I-17 know that everyone behind the wheel of a passenger vehicle has to share the highway with large trucks. When a semi-truck driver is negligent and causes a serious crash, an experienced Phoenix truck accident lawyer can help.
You Need a Great Semi-Truck Accident Attorney on Your Side
A collision with a large truck can be catastrophic for the driver of the passenger vehicle and is much more likely to cause severe injuries or death than a collision between passenger vehicles. A fully loaded 18-wheeled vehicle can weigh more than 80,000 pounds. Because of the likelihood of damages, truck drivers have to follow strict rules when driving on the nation’s highways. Failure to do so could have disastrous results.
Some of the leading causes of accidents with semi-trucks are:
- Driving aggressively
- Unrealistic schedules
- Failure to keep truck up to safety code
- Not leaving enough space to stop safely
- Long work-shifts, resulting in driver fatigue
- Cell phone use
- Speeding and ignoring reduced truck speed limit
Any of these truck-related accidents which cause injury or death are potentially compensable under Arizona law. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a truck accident, be sure to get in contact with a Metro Phoenix truck accident attorney at our firm today.
Trucking accidents often are extremely severe, resulting in serious injury or death among passenger vehicle occupants. The Insurance Information for Highway Safety (IIHS) emphasizes that semi-trucks weigh 10,000 pounds or more, which is at least five times the weight of an average passenger car.
While trucking accidents only account for about 4 percent of all traffic collisions in the country, these crashes have a higher rate of fatalities due to the large size and weight of the truck. In 2015, nearly 4,000 people died in large truck crashes, and almost 70 percent of those fatalities were passenger vehicle occupants.
Time limits for filing your Phoenix Truck Crash Law Suit
It is important to know that there is a statute of limitations for your truck crash claim. Most Arizona personal injury cases, including truck accident lawsuits, will have a two-year statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is a legal term that refers to the timetable for filing a lawsuit. Typically, the statute of limitations begins “running” once the injury occurs. For truck accident cases, it runs out once two years have passed. As such, it is essential to file your claim within two years from the date of your injuries.
There are many reasons to file even sooner. At Cluff Injury Lawyers, we can speak with you about the importance of early investigation in truck accident cases and your ability to obtain financial compensation for your losses.