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Phoenix Truck Accident Lawyer
Semi and commercial truck accidents differ from standard passenger vehicle accidents and need an experienced attorney with experience handling these specific types of personal injury cases. At Ybarra Maldonado Law Group, our Phoenix truck accident lawyers devote themselves to helping truck accident victims get optimal compensation for the serious injuries sustained during the truck crash, whether those be physical, emotional, or financial.
Before you accept a settlement from the insurance company, please reach out to an experienced Phoenix truck accident attorney at Ybarra Maldonado Law Group for a free initial consultation.
At Ybarra Maldonado Law Group, our experienced Phoenix personal injury attorneys will fight on your behalf. We won’t let “for profit” insurance companies take advantage of your situation. To get your life back on track, our number one priority is getting the compensation you deserve.
18-wheelers and tractor trailers are some of the largest vehicles driven on Arizona roads and highways. When an 18 wheeler or tractor trailer collides with a passenger vehicle at standard freeway speeds, the results are often serious or catastrophic injuries or devastating injuries that result in wrongful death.
Phoenix Truck Accident Types
A few different types of trucking accidents in Arizona include:
Head on collisions
Lane change accidents
Rear end collisions
Wrong left turn accidents
Causes of Semi Truck Accidents in Arizona
Many factors contribute to truck accidents. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) outlined each of the below common causes of big rig accidents in their report on large truck crash causation.
18 Wheeler Accidents in Phoenix FAQ
What is a Semi Truck?
A semi truck refers to the truck or tractor portion of an 18-wheeler that has the engine. This part can run on its own, while the trailer portion cannot. Semi trucks attach to the trailer with the use of a fifth wheel hitch, and they have several axles for hauling heavy loads. These “big rigs” consist of the tractor, as well as one or more trailers.
If I’m Hit by a Semi Truck in Phoenix, Who Is Legally Responsible?
The first step to getting compensation for your accident is proving negligence. While the driver might seem to be the obvious choice for assigning negligence, a number of third parties have the potential to be responsible for trucking accidents. For this reason, many who have sustained serious injuries from a trucking accident, find this type of personal injury case to be more complicated than that of a car accident when considering whether or not to file a truck accident claim in Phoenix, or who to file a claim against.
Many times, a claim for a serious accident with a truck involved will include multiple parties, such as the truck driver potentially responsible for the accident, the trucking company for which the truck driver worked, the truck manufacturer, as well as the truck maintenance staff, and the company who rented the trailer, if the claim involves a tractor trailer.
The United States trucking industry is vast. It’s also governed by strict state and federal regulations. So, if you’ve been injured in a trucking accident that wasn’t your fault, hiring an experienced law firm will give you the best shot at recovering fair compensation for your medical expenses, property damage, physical pain and suffering, as well as other economic and non-economic damages from all of the at fault parties.
You may be able to recover compensation from the following via a personal injury claim:
Truck driver: As mentioned, the truck driver is the first consideration for truck accident claims. Our law firm investigates whether or not reckless driving was involved, whether the truck was properly loaded or improperly loaded, if driver fatigue played a roll in the trucking accident, etc. We’ll ask other drivers what their take is on the witness statements.
Trucking company: In order to avoid liability, employers have certain obligations to uphold. These include conducting background checks on new hires, conducting random drug and alcohol tests on drivers, ensuring that all trucks are safe to operate, and immediately suspending or firing unsafe drivers.
Truck or big rig owner. Many trucking companies will rent out their vehicles to other drivers. If the truck’s owner didn’t maintain their property and equipment failure caused the truck accident that lead to serious injury, our truck accident lawyers will push to hold that person responsible, as well. There are service regulations that must be followed in these cases.
Truck manufacturer: Defects in vehicles can be extremely dangerous. If a defect is what lead to the truck accident, the manufacturer of the truck might be at fault and held responsible in your truck accident case.
Cargo company: Third party cargo companies are responsible for loading and unloading the trucks. Therefore, if an improperly loaded truck could have caused the crash, our team of experienced investigators will compile the data there.
Parts manufacturer: Every large truck, tractor trailer, and delivery truck contains thousands of different parts. Those involved in trucking accidents that are caused, even in part, by this party’s negligence, have a claim against the third party parts manufacturer, (and sometimes even dealer) as well.
What is Truck Driver Negligence?
As we previously mentioned, oftentimes, the truck driver operating the vehicle during the accident is who we typically look into, once we’ve established a lawyer client relationship with a truck accident victim.
In terms of truck driver negligence, this occurs when the person operating the vehicle fails to perform an expected duty of care. While sometimes, this negligence goes unnoticed, other times, it results in crashes leading to claims for severe injuries and sadly, wrongful death cases.
Common Examples of Truck Driver Negligence
Common examples of truck driver negligence that lead to personal injury cases include:
driving under the influence
What Is a Settlement for a Semi Truck Accident?
Semi truck accidents have the potential to be catastrophic. Because of the significant size and weight involved, semi trucks cause greater harm than passenger vehicles. The victims of these accidents deserve just compensation for any and all injuries they suffered.
Semi truck accident settlements also have the potential to be much more valuable than the average passenger vehicle crash. This is because of the trucking company’s requirement to carry large amounts of insurance.
Below, we list the circumstances we take into account while valuing a truck accident settlement:
Any and all medical bills associated with the accident
Lost wages, benefits, or compensation
Emotional or mental trauma
Decline in quality of life
Property and/or vehicle damage
While there is no “average” settlement reward for trucking accidents, our experienced personal injury attorneys in Phoenix will aggressively pursue appropriate compensation for you.
Do You Need an Attorney for Semi Truck Accidents in Phoenix?
Absolutely. Trucking accidents differ greatly from passenger vehicle accidents, and you can rest assured the the insurance carriers have experienced defense attorneys working on their side.
Size and weight contribute to the severity of an accident, as well as how much insurance an individual or trucking company might hold.
Because of these complexities and considerations, we highly recommend securing an experienced Phoenix truck accident lawyer for your case. We also recommend speaking to a trucking accident lawyer before answering any questions from the insurance company or providing any details for police reports. Your free initial consultation creates an attorney client relationship, so anything you tell us will be confidential.
How Do I Select the Best Phoenix Semi Truck Accident Attorney?
Having an experienced Phoenix truck accident lawyer on your side is a must. Semi truck accidents are complex, and are difficult to navigate. Experienced attorneys have extensive knowledge of all FMCSA regulations, and use this knowledge to litigate cases appropriately. At Ybarra Maldonado Law Group, we put our experience to use in getting the compensation you deserve.
Experienced Phoenix Semi Truck Accident Lawyers
As a top personal injury law group in Phoenix, we’re not afraid to take your case to trial. Insurance and trucking companies will try to low-ball you, but we won’t settle for that. If you were hurt in a semi truck accident and sustained serious injuries, call our office today to set up a free consultation. Don’t wait until it’s too late to get just compensation. Call us at 602-910-4040 or fill out our contact form below for a free consultation with a commercial vehicle accident lawyer in Phoenix.
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