Phoenix Truck Accident Lawyers
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Getting into an accident with any type of motor vehicle can be a traumatizing event, but an accident with a semi-truck can be so much worse. A combined truck and empty trailer can easily weigh 35,000 pounds, or up to 80,000 pounds when loaded. Because of this extreme weight, an accident with one of these vehicles could lead to serious injury, or even death.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, call (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation. Our experienced and knowledgeable lawyers may be able to help you seek compensation from the at-fault party while you and your family recover from the devastating consequences of a truck accident.
TRUCK ACCIDENT STATISTICS
Accidents involving commercial semi-trucks are unfortunately common. It is important to stay vigilant while on the road and never drive while distracted.
There are thousands of truck accidents each year in the United States. Below are some statistics involving nationwide truck accidents:
- In 2018, 4,136 people died in large truck crashes
- 96% of vehicle occupants killed in 2018 in an accident involving a passenger vehicle and a truck were occupants of the passenger vehicles
- 11% of all motor vehicle crash deaths in 2018 involved a large truck accident
- 33% of truck-related fatalities in 2018 occurred on interstates and freeways
In 2019, there were 129,750 total motor vehicle accidents in Arizona alone. Of those accidents, 911 were unfortunately fatal.
As of 2019, there are 591,369 commercial vehicles registered in Arizona. With such a high number, it is no surprise that accidents with these vehicles are not uncommon. There were 12,894 accidents involving trucks and buses in Arizona in 2019. Of that number, 1,232 people were injured and 92 were killed.
COMMON CAUSES OF PHOENIX TRUCK ACCIDENTS
Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
Poor Training or Maintenance
Truck drivers are required to get certain certifications before they get behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle. If the driver or truck company tries to get around these requirements, it may result in a poorly trained driver who may end up hurting someone on the road.
Likewise, if the truck itself is improperly maintained, it may result in an accident. A commercial truck, like any vehicle, requires certain preventative maintenance, such as oil changes, tire rotation, and filter changes. Failure to maintain a truck could result in minor consequences, such as the truck breaking down on the side of the road, or something catastrophic, such as a fatal accident.
Truck drivers often drive long distances with minimal sleep. Truck drivers are often on strict schedules, which may require them to put off sleep for an unsafe amount of time. Driving while fatigued can lead to a decrease in concentration and coordination and could lead to an accident. If a truck driver was overworked and fatigued at the time of the accident, he or she may be liable for any injury resulting from that accident.
In some instances, the manufacturer of the mechanical components of the truck may be at fault for your injuries. For instance, if it can be shown that the manufacturer ignored certain safety regulations or negligently installed faulty components, the manufacturer may be responsible for an accident resulting from their defective products.
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LAWS REGARDING LARGE TRUCKS IN PHOENIX
In Arizona, each interstate has its own gross vehicle weight regulations on the maximum size and weight for commercial vehicles. For example, On Interstate 8 Eastbound (from Chuichu Road Underpass to Structure 1197) the maximum height for a commercial vehicle is 15 feet and 9 inches.
Arizona also maintains certain road restrictions during holidays. A truck that exceeds certain dimensions is not permitted to drive during major holidays, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Day.
If a truck driver does not obey the Arizona road restrictions, he or she may be liable for injuries or property damage resulting from an accident.
Under federal law, commercial vehicle motor carriers and equipment providers must systematically inspect, repair, and maintain any trucks under their control. All parts and accessories on the truck must be in safe and proper operating condition at all times. Further, motor carriers must maintain certain records for each truck. These records must include:
- An identification number of the vehicle,
- Due dates of various inspections to be performed, and
- A record of all inspections, repairs, and maintenance already done.
If a truck driver, or otherwise responsible party, has failed to inspect a commercial vehicle that subsequently gets into an accident, that responsible party may be liable for the injuries or property damage resulting from that accident.
Certain vehicle weight standards apply to all commercial vehicles. Below is the maximum gross vehicle weight per axel for a typical commercial tractor-trailer, excluding any special permits:
- Single axle: 20,000 pounds
- Tandem axle: 34,000 pounds
- Total gross vehicle weight: 80,000 pounds.
If you have been injured in a truck accident where the truck has exceeded these weight limits, you may be entitled to compensation.
Arizona has its own laws regarding the maximum size of a commercial truck. For example:
- Anything over 65 feet in length requires a special permit
- There is an 8-foot and 6-inch-wide maximum width
- There is a 13-foot and 6-inch maximum height on secondary roads.
If you were involved in an accident with a commercial truck and you believe the truck has failed to meet any of the legal requirements described above, it is important to contact an experienced truck accident attorney who may evaluate your case and help explain the legal process.
LEGAL TIME LIMITS IN ARIZONA
If you have been injured in any kind of motor vehicle accident, you have a certain amount of time to file a claim for compensation for your injuries. This time limit is referred to as the “statute of limitations.” In Arizona, you have two years to file a claim for personal injury or property damage. This means that you have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim, or you may be barred from receiving compensation. An experienced attorney may help ensure you file your claim on time.
WHY YOU NEED A PHOENIX TRUCKING ACCIDENT LAWYER
If you are the victim of a truck accident, you should contact a truck accident lawyer with experience fighting on their clients’ behalf and seeking the maximum compensation available for their injuries. Insurance companies typically want to avoid paying you the full amount of compensation you are owed. A knowledgeable attorney may negotiate with these insurance companies to get you the money you deserve for your pain and suffering, property damage, medical bills, and more.
A truck accident lawyer may also give you advice and answer any questions you may have about your claim. For example, a lawyer may explain the statute of limitations for filing a claim and help you determine what compensation you may be eligible to receive. An experienced lawyer may also explain legal verbiage, evaluate your case, determine the at-fault party, and much more.
If you aren’t able to reach a satisfactory settlement with the insurance company, a truck accident lawyer may fight for you in court. If your case ends up going to trial, you will need an attorney to advocate for you in front of a judge and jury. Zinda Law Group’s personal injury attorneys have the trial experience necessary to get you the money you deserve for your injuries and/or property damage.
ZINDA LAW GROUP’s pHOENIX TRUCK ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS MAY HELP
Getting into an accident with a semi-truck could result in serious injury and property damage. Insurance companies may try to limit the amount of compensation you receive for your hospital bills, pharmacy bills, or any property damage you sustained as a result of the accident. A truck accident attorney may deal with the insurance companies for you and help negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf.
If you have been injured in a trucking accident, call our experienced Phoenix truck accident attorneys at Zinda Law Group as soon as possible. Call (800) 863-5312 today to schedule your free consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay a thing unless we win your case.
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