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Trucking Accidents

LEON LAW

TRUCKING ACCIDENT ATTORNEY IN PHOENIX, AZ

Whether you call it a truck, a big rig, an 18-wheeler, or a semi, these vehicles are big and can cause big damage. Some of the most serious accidents in the nation involve big trucks, and many of those include severe injuries or death. If you or a loved one was involved in a trucking accident, Leon Law, PLLC, is standing by to handle your case. You need strong representation from someone with experience, which is exactly what we have.

Causes of Trucking Accidents

By understanding some of the most common causes of trucking accidents, you can hopefully avoid some of them. If you’ve already been in an accident, understanding the causes can help you seek the right compensation from the right party. Some cases are obvious and only have one responsible party, while others are quite complex and will have multiple parties who are liable. 

The following are some examples of trucking accident causes:

  • Violating Rules and Regulations – Truck drivers have specific rules and regulations they must abide by while on the road. For example, there may be certain hours they are and are not allowed to drive. They may need a specific amount of sleep before they are allowed to drive a certain distance. If a driver gets on the road and hasn’t slept for an appropriate amount of time, he or she could cause a serious accident due to drowsy driving.
  • Negligent Driving – Sometimes a truck driver doesn’t use common sense while behind the wheel. Some common negligent behaviors include drunk driving, improper vehicle handling, speeding, tailgating, and other similar actions.
  • Threatening Employers – There are some trucking companies that put too much pressure on their drivers. They may offer incentives or threaten their drivers so the driver feels obligated to complete a job in an unreasonable amount of time. This often leads to speeding, drowsy driving, and ultimately accidents.
  • Roads in Disrepair – A big truck is going to have a harder time staying in control of the vehicle if the road is in disrepair. The county, the city, or even a private citizen might be responsible for an accident caused by a road that created an unsafe environment for a truck driver.
  • Failing Parts – A truck manufacturer might be responsible for the crash if it is determined that a truck part failed, which is what led to the accident. There are a lot of parts that go into keeping a big truck safe, so there could be multiple manufacturers and parties involved in such a situation.
  • Other Drivers – It’s not always the truck or the truck driver who causes an accident in which they’re involved. There’s also the possibility another driver on the road was acting negligently and caused the truck to swerve or perform another dangerous maneuver.

Another consideration is the truck’s blind spot. If you think about checking your blind spot in your family car, you’ll realize a truck driver couldn’t make the same observation because the cab is in the way. Truck drivers have huge blind spots that begin at their mirrors and extend the entire length of the cab. There’s also a 200-foot area behind the truck they can’t see. If there’s a car riding in the truck driver’s blind spot, that could cause an accident.

Compensation for Trucking Accidents

Because of how serious a truck crash can be, settlements often read hundreds of thousands, sometimes millions, of dollars. Big trucks can cause some serious damage, which could result in serious compensation. Working with your trucking accident lawyer, you could receive the following types of compensation, depending on your case.

  • Medical Expenses – This could include both the medical expenses you’ve already paid as a result of your accident and the expenses your doctor projects for the future. Surgeries, physical therapy, prescription medication, and a variety of other medical expenses could all be included.
  • Lost Wages – Immediately following your accident, you most likely lost work due to medical care and recovery. You should be compensated for the lost wages. There’s also a chance you may not be able to go back to work for some time, possibly forever. You could receive compensation for those lost wages as well. If your injuries have resulted in you having to take a lesser paying job, you may be able to seek compensation for the difference.
  • Property Loss – Chances are your vehicle was damaged quite severely in the accident, so you may be able to seek compensation for property loss.
  • Pain and Suffering – Of course there’s the physical pain you’ll experience after being injured in a truck wreck, but there are emotional pains as well. You can typically seek compensation for both.
  • Punitive Damages – Depending on the situation, you may receive punitive damages. This is an award that is meant to punish the defendant if he or she acted particularly negligent, resulting in your accident. While it is a punishment, you receive the benefit of it.

Let’s Discuss Your Case

At Leon Law, PLLC, we are committed to helping you fight for the compensation you deserve. You should never have to suffer the effects of a trucking accident on your own. Give us a call at 480-269-1083 today or fill in our online form and let’s discuss your case more in detail.

As with any accident, it can be difficult to establish exactly who’s responsible when you’ve been involved in an accident with a commercial truck. In many cases, truck accident victims face one or more of the following parties following a crash:

  • Maintenance contractors—faulty equipment, service lapses, unsatisfactory repairs
  • Truck drivers—careless, impaired, or negligent behavior
  • Trucking companies—lack of training, supervision, or safety standards for drivers

According to statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration:

  • Of the approximately 415,000 police-reported crashes involving large trucks in 2015, there were 3,598 (1 percent) fatal crashes and 83,000 (20 percent) injury crashes.
  • Thirty-five percent of all fatal crashes, 21 percent of all injury crashes, and 19 percent of all property damage only crashes involving large trucks occurred at night (6:00 pm to 6:00 am).
  • In 2015, 27 percent of work zone fatal crashes and 11 percent of work zone injury crashes involved at least one large truck.
  • There were 11.2 fatal large truck crashes per million people in the United States in 2015, a 6-percent increase from 2010.
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