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Car accidents are truly scary events, but car accidents with large commercial trucks make matters much worse. Because of the size differential between large commercial trucks and other vehicles on the road, collisions can be much more serious, potentially resulting in severe injuries and sometimes death.

A truck accident can leave a person in physical pain and under financial stress. Medical bills alone can be overwhelming. With this in mind, victims should consider taking action to seek compensation for their injuries from the party at fault for the accident. An experienced Phoenix truck accident attorney can help you get your life back on track and help you seek the compensation you deserve.

If you or a loved one has been in a truck accident, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% FREE case evaluation with our Phoenix truck accident lawyers.

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What to Do After a Truck Accident in Phoenix

If you were injured in an accident with a truck in Phoenix, there are some things you should do to make sure you are complying with state law ensuring your rights are protected. While you may be at a loss for what to do next below are a few important steps you should consider taking.

1. Seek Medical Attention

By far, the most important thing to do first is to receive or send out for medical attention as soon as possible for all injured parties in the accident. Your health and safety are the top priority after an accident. Call emergency services as soon as possible to make sure those injured receive the care they need. It is important to remember that you should seek medical attention no matter how minor your injuries may seem at the time. It is possible that the rush of being in an accident may mask such injuries or the injuries may become more serious as time passes without medical attention.

2. Report the Accident

After all injured parties receive medical attention, it is important that a police officer arrives at the scene to complete an accident report. This can include Arizona highway patrol, Arizona state troopers, or a local Phoenix police department. This step is taken when someone calls 911. The accident report completed by the police is an extremely important piece of evidence that you will need further down the line.

3. Document the Accident

Once the police have documented the accident, it is important that you document the accident, if possible. This includes getting the identity of the other drivers, meaning you should write down their contact information, address, phone number, insurance information, and if applicable, employment information. If there were witnesses to the accident, consider speaking to them and recording what they have to say. You should also gain contact information for any witnesses to the accident. If possible, you should also consider taking pictures of the accident and record any injuries sustained or any damage to your vehicle. If you are unable to document the accident yourself, ask someone close to you, or consider consulting a truck accident attorney who may be able to document the accident in your place. Proper documentation of the accident itself can help exponentially when you eventually seek compensation from the liable party.

4. Contact a Truck Accident Attorney

Being in an accident with a truck can be a truly terrifying experience. If you ever find yourself confused or overwhelmed as to what to do next, you should certainly consider consulting an experienced Phoenix truck accident attorney. A truck accident attorney can explain to you the steps that need to be taken, the complexities of the process, and possible outcomes to your specific case. Don’t let the opportunity to seek compensation slip away, contact a truck accident attorney to learn more about your case.

Truck Accident Statistics

Vehicle accidents occur every day all across the country, and Phoenix is no different. Accidents in Arizona are far too common, including accidents with large commercial trucks. Residents of Phoenix and Arizona should be aware of a few key statistics regarding accidents on Arizona roads. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation:

In 2017, there were more than 127,000 total crashes

  • Phoenix alone had 44,000 crashes in 2017
    • Of these 127,000+ crashes, approximately 4.81%, or 11,982, involved trucks or buses
    • Of these 11,982 crashes, there were 2,819 injuries resulting in 29 deaths
  • 2,525 crashes involved truck tractors (with or without semi-trailers)
    • 3 of these crashes were alcohol-related
    • 223 involved dump trucks
    • 112 involved garbage trucks
    • 163 involved tow trucks

Types of Truck Accident Claims

Trucking accidents can involve many types of claims. If you find yourself at a loss for the differences between truck accident claims, consider consulting an experienced Phoenix truck accident attorney who may be able to simplify things for you, so you are better able to understand. Listed below some common types of truck accident claims.

  • Rear-end collisions
  • Improper turns
  • Improper braking
  • Vehicle rollovers
  • Mechanical failures – including brake failure or tire blowouts
  • Irresponsible driving – including failure to observe blind spots or speeding
  • Lost load
  • Jackknife accident
  • T-Bone accidents
  • Head on accidents

Common Causes of Phoenix Truck Accidents

Although every accident involving a truck is different, there are a few common causes that have led to a compensation claim – some of these include:

Poor Training or Maintenance

truck drivers require special certifications before they are even able to drive such vehicles legally. But some drivers or companies sneak around these requirements allowing improperly trained drivers behind the wheels of large commercial trucks. Trucks are also subject to various standards under the law for the condition of the vehicle. Again, it is possible for some drivers or companies to sneak around these standards allow poorly maintained trucks on the road.

Fatigue

truck drivers may be subject to driving extremely long distances with very little rest. This is an extremely common occurrence especially on Interstate 10. Truck drivers may be driving from California to Florida and may be seen passing through Phoenix with little rest in between. With pressure from their employers to arrive at destinations within given timeframes, drivers may put off rest for an unsafe amount of time. This can lead to a decrease in the quality of driving, causing a loss in concentration or coordination.

Mechanical Failures

it may be possible that the driver themselves are not to blame at all, but instead the manufacturers of the mechanical components of the truck itself. It is possible that some safety regulations are ignored while fitting trucks with some of their components, resulting in very serious accidents. Mechanical failures happen all the time not just with trucks but with all vehicles on the road. These failures may be spurred along with defects in the road that are all too common in the Phoenix area.

How to File a Truck Accident Lawsuit

After an accident with a large commercial truck, victims may find themselves with serious injuries and overwhelming financial damages. If it is determined that another party besides the victim was negligent, the victim may be able to file a lawsuit in an effort to seek damages.

1. Call a Truck Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been the victim in an accident involving a truck you may find yourself overwhelmed as to what to do next. Here is where an experienced Phoenix truck accident lawyer can help. An experienced attorney can tell you what you need to know and explain to you the steps that need to be taken. Lawsuits may seem complex, but experienced attorneys can help simplify the process.

2. Investigation

Your attorney will collect all of the information you previously obtained from the scene of the accident itself as well as any additional information such as medical records or repair costs, for example. From here, your lawyer will build your case.

3. Case Settlement

One of the final stages of the lawsuit process will be a settlement. Because this step involves money and direct communication with the opposing party, it may seem confusing. Your attorney will be by your side and will handle negotiations with the other side and seek compensation for you.

Who is Liable?

In truck accidents, the liable party may be someone besides the driver. When considering who to file suit against if you are the victim of an accident with a truck, there are usually three options: the truck driver, the trucking company, and/or the manufacturer of the vehicle itself or parts of the vehicle.

If you find yourself confused as to who may be liable in your specific case, it is again important to consult with an experienced attorney. In some cases, more than one party may be held liable, potentially increasing the amount you may be able to receive in compensation for the damages you sustained.

Proving Truck Driver Negligence

When filing a lawsuit involving a truck accident negligence must be proven to seek a claim. Negligence is broken up into four categories, and each category must then be proven. Your attorney will work on proving negligence when building your case by focusing on these four areas:

  • Duty of Care – there existed a legal duty that the defendant owed the plaintiff
  • Breach of Duty – the defendant breached that duty of care
  • Causation – the breach of that duty caused an injury to the plaintiff
  • Damages – the plaintiff was harmed due to the actions of the defendant

Compensation

Compensation is the award given to the injured part after a truck accident that was not their fault and is split into two main categories: Economic and non-economic damages. ‘Damages’ refers to the losses you incurred because of the accident – financial or otherwise. Examples may include:

  • Medical bills or expenses – including ambulance fees, emergency treatments, prescription costs, or medical supplies
  • Vehicle repairs
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Future medical expenses

Arizona Legal Time Limits (Statute of Limitations)

Like every other state, Arizona has its own specific legal time limit for personal injury cases. This legal time limit is called a ‘statute of limitations.’ In Arizona, a victim has two years to file a lawsuit related to a personal injury in most cases. If you find yourself confused as to how this time limit affects your specific case, consider consulting with an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible.

Why You Need a Phoenix Trucking Accident Lawyer

After an accident trucking companies and their insurance carriers will have only one goal: to limit the amount of money they pay when they settle a claim. Before you talk to or negotiate with the insurance company, it is recommended you seek counsel from a truck accident attorney. A semi-truck injury attorney will know the amount of compensation you may be eligible for and can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. By not speaking with the insurance company you can also avoid any common mistakes that could jeopardize your claim.

If you or a loved one were injured in a trucking accident in Phoenix, you should contact a personal injury attorney from Zinda Law Group to review the facts of your case.

We offer 100% free case evaluations and can discuss the available options to seek fair compensation for your losses.

Call our semi-truck accident attorneys in Phoenix today at (800) 863-5312 to get help with your case.

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