Phoenix Truck Accident Lawyers Ensuring Your Rights Are Protected
Due to the monstrous size of a large truck compared to a passenger vehicle or a motorcycle, accidents involving large trucks are usually very serious, involving catastrophic injuries such as brain or spinal cord injuries and, often, loss of life. Large trucks include semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, dump trucks, tractor-trailers, and others.
Drivers of large trucks have specialized skills and training and must be licensed in order to work in their field. Because they are licensed professionals, truck drivers are held to a higher standard of care just as lawyers, doctors, and engineers are for their work. When they fail to act under this due standard of care and cause harm to another person, they may be liable to pay for damages, including punitive damages.
The attorneys of the law firm of Moore Injury Law have years of experience representing truck accident victims and obtaining compensation for them and their families. As your lawyers, Moore Injury Law will investigate your truck accident claim with an aim to hold both the truck driver and the trucking companies accountable for the negligent actions which resulted in your accident.
If you would like to speak to the legal team of Moore Injury Law about your trucking accident, please contact the Phoenix-based law office to schedule your free initial consultation. If you have been injured, are facing costly medical expenses, and the possibility of lost wages, do not delay. The sooner your attorneys get a chance to examine the particulars of your claims, the better they will be able to craft a winning case that benefits all of your interests.
What Are the Truck Accident Statistics?
According to the US Department of Transportation, each year in the United States, approximately 4,671 people are killed in large truck accidents, and another 106,400 people are injured. Statistically, when the truck driver is at fault for causing the accident, only 4% of the fatal crashes were caused by vehicle-related factors such as bad brakes or tires.
Overwhelmingly, when the truck driver is at fault, the cause of the accident is generally due to some kind of human error or negligence.
Common critical reasons for these accidents include the following (the numbers are based on yearly averages for the entire country):
- Poor Driving Decision (i.e. overcompensation): 11,106 accidents
- Driver Impairment (Alcohol, Drugs, Medication, etc.): 2,335 accidents
- Falling asleep at the wheel: 3,755 accidents
- Driving too fast for road conditions: 3,786 accidents
- Inattention (i.e. daydreaming): 1,966 accidents
- Internal cab distraction (i.e. reaching for something): 3,487 accidents
- Failure to check mirrors: 4,145 accidents
- Illegal Maneuver: 2,889 accidents
- External Distraction (i.e., road signs): 1,082 accidents
— Source: “Large-Truck Crash Causation Study: An Initial Overview.” – NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis
Whether the truck accident occurs because of a negligent truck driver, violations of the hours-of-service regulations, improper loading or cargo securement, driving distracted, driver fatigue, or poor vehicle maintenance, it doesn’t matter much to the truck accident victims.
Regardless of the causes of truck accidents, their victims are often left badly injured and facing costly medical expenses. As your lawyers, Moore Injury Law will seek to hold any and all at-fault parties accountable for your personal injuries and any pain and suffering.
What Should You Do Immediately After Truck Crashes?
If you are involved in a large truck accident, here are some important steps you should take immediately if you are able:
- Call the police to the scene of the accident to prepare an accident report.
- Get the name of the driver, truck number, license plate number, and the name of the owner of the truck company.
- Get insurance information from the truck driver, including their insurance company, policy number, and the phone number for the insurance company.
- Get the names and phone numbers of any witnesses that have stopped.
- Take photographs of the accident and vehicle damage.
- Do not talk about who may have been at fault or apologize or say you are okay, as this may be used against you later.
- Seek immediate medical attention at a hospital even if you feel “okay” and think there is nothing wrong.
- Contact an experienced truck accident lawyer right away.
What Types of Personal Injury Results from a Trucking Accident?
Those who are unlucky enough to find themselves involved in a truck accident often suffer a severe personal injury, or worse, death. While some may recover with enough time, surgery, and personal therapy, truck accident victims are left with permanent injuries that forever alter their standard of life from there on out.
Common types of truck accident injuries include:
- Back injury.
- Broken bones.
- Head injuries.
- Internal injuries.
- Neck injuries.
- Permanent or temporary paralysis.
- Severed limbs.
- Traumatic brain injury.
- Upper torso injuries.
- And, in some cases, wrongful death.
While trucking companies worry about their economic losses, you and your loved ones may be struggling to walk or even fighting to breathe. Even for the most serious injuries, a trucking company has teams of lawyers on the payroll ready for all types of truck accident lawsuits. But that does not mean that it is impossible to hold a commercial truck company and any other liable parties accountable for the part they played in semi-truck accidents. With an experienced trucking accident lawyer representing your interests, it could be possible to recover compensation from the trucking company, the truck drivers, and/or their insurance carriers.
If you are a semi-truck accident victim, do not let commercial trucking companies intimidate you, and do not let their insurance claims adjuster twist your words. After seeking medical attention for any serious injuries, contact a truck accident attorney at Moore Injury Law right away.
After working out a settlement for fair compensation, the trucking company, their commercial drivers, and their insurance carriers could help pay for any medical expenses, past or future lost wages, property damage to passenger vehicles, and wrongful death settlements for fatal accidents.
Do You Need a Truck Accident Lawyer, or Can You Deal with the Insurance Company Yourself?
Truck companies often have teams of attorneys available day and night, and they usually reach the scene of a truck accident before the police even arrive. They may try to speak to you, asking seemingly innocent questions such as, “Are you okay?” The answers to these questions may be used against you later to try and downplay your injuries and any potential damages.
If you are able to stand and speak, you may be feeling very lucky and relatively “okay,” but that doesn’t mean you’re not seriously injured. Adrenaline itself can delay the realization of just how hurt you really are. Regular people in an accident are not typically thinking about details like this, but the defense attorneys are, and they will try to take advantage of you in your vulnerable situation.
Hiring an experienced truck accident lawyer immediately is critical to protect your ability to get the compensation you deserve. Phoenix truck accident lawyer Lew Moore has experience fighting against the largest trucking insurance companies such as AIG, Liberty Mutual, Allstate, State Farm, Farmers Insurance, Progressive, and others. He is tenacious and knows every detail of how to handle your claim with the aim of getting you the compensation you are owed.
How Could a Truck Accident Attorney Help with Your Personal Injury Claim?
If you were in a serious truck accident, your lawyers will attempt to represent your personal injury case with the intention of seeing, at the very least, all medical bills covered by the at-fault party. A large part of pursuing compensation from the truck company or their employee is accomplished by establishing the other party’s negligence and how it led to the trucking accidents.
Federal trucking laws from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulate the trucking industry in America. The FMCSA requires only a certain number of driving hours of operation. These rules are constantly being modified, with recent rules requiring eight hours of off-duty rest for every ten hours driving on the road. All commercial vehicles must adhere to federal regulations to prevent driver fatigue.
In addition to providing all necessary training to their truck drivers, commercial truck companies must also conduct pre-hiring drug tests for their commercial truckers. Failure to have taken these necessary measures in the hiring process puts everyone on the roads at risk of a semi-truck collision.
Sometimes the blame may fall on those who loaded the truck’s cargo for the shipping company. Trucking accidents can occur if the cargo was improperly loaded onto commercial trucks.
And still, other times, it may come down to defective design from the parts manufacturer or poor truck maintenance. If a manufacturer or mechanic knew of a defect but did nothing to report it or correct it, your lawyer may hold them liable for damages in personal injury cases.
Just like other drivers of smaller vehicles, the driver of a tractor-trailer is only human and prone to the same sort of errors that cause auto accidents. Distracted driving is no excuse for semi-truck accidents, not least of all for the accident victims, but a commercial vehicle trucking accident involving driver negligence is sadly fairly common. Some truck accident cases involve truck drivers who are blamed for distracted driving, but their commercial trucking operation demands that they not take a break for sleep or rest.
Whatever the cause of the truck accidents you or your loved ones fell victim to, it is important that you know you have rights. The personal injury law firm of Moore Injury Law provides a free case evaluation for all new clients with a truck accident claim.
Contact the Truck Accident Lawyers of Moore Injury Law for a Free Consultation
Truck accidents can be among the most dangerous that most of us risk every day we take our cars out onto the highway. While most commercial truck drivers have never been in a single collision in all their driving, it only takes one crash to do permanent damage to the human body or an accident survivor’s psyche. And whether it was due to fatigue, distracted driving, improperly loaded cargo, or driving under the influence, the result is the same: shattered lives.
While the trucking company may stress about the economic damages following truck accidents, you and your lawyer will do everything you can to see that all responsible parties are held liable for the damage they have done. After surviving your commercial truck accident, you should not have to worry about lost wages or whether you can afford rent, or any future medical expenses. It is only right that those who are responsible for commercial trucking accidents compensate their victims for any property damage, medical bills, and pain and suffering caused.
In Phoenix, AZ, Moore Injury Law is one of the most well-respected law firms for a truck accident and injury claims. The trucking companies and their lawyers will work to intimidate you so that you do not attempt to file any truck accident lawsuits against them or their employees. However, Moore Injury Law has a history of success in taking on the trucking industry and their insurance companies. If you are looking for a law firm with a history of success in recovering compensation for those injured in truck accidents across the state of Arizona, please contact Moore Injury Law to schedule your free case review.
The attorneys of Moore Injury Law always work on a contingency fee basis, which means if you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid either. A consultation is of no risk to you, as it is confidential and comes with no strings attached, saying that you are obligated to take on our lawyers as your legal representation for your trucking accident claims.
We always offer a free consultation, so please call us at 602-795-6605.