Flagstaff Truck Accident Attorneys
Get Legal Help After a Big Rig Collision
The city of Flagstaff is located in the northern part of Arizona in Coconino County. The city remains an important distribution hub for major companies such as Walgreens and Nestle Purina Pet Care, and has a strong tourism industry due to its proximity to popular sites such as Grand Canyon National Park. Both of these factors mean there will be a large amount of people on Flagstaff roads at any given time, including commercial trucks.
Simply because of the immense size of semi trucks, these large vehicles present unique dangers to motorists. It is estimated that 500,000 truck accidents occur each year, and one out of every eight traffic fatalities involves a truck collision. An accident involving a commercial truck is much more likely to result in serious, life-threatening injuries to the occupants of the smaller vehicle, or even fatalities, as a big rig can weigh in at more than 80,000 pounds. The Flagstaff accident attorneys at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. understand that those injured in such accidents may be subjected to serious injuries that result in heavy medical bills and loss of wages during recovery. Those who suffer such injuries have the right to seek compensation from the responsible parties.
Truck Accident Statistics
The trucking industry is a billion dollar business, employing an estimated 8.9 million people in trucking-related occupations, with an approximate 15.5 million trucks operating in the U.S. As the trucking industry continues to grow each year, more and more semi trucks will be on the open roads along with motorists and motorcyclists, increasing the chances of truck collisions. In Arizona, there were 2,662 large truck accidents in 2010, which accounted for 1.318 percent of all traffic accidents for the year.
What Causes Truck Accidents?
Commercial drivers are often skilled and patient; however, truck driver negligence can certainly contribute to a dangerous collision occurring. In addition, characteristics of the trucking industry itself can contribute to truck accidents. The following are reasons why dangerous truck accidents occur, including negligent truck driver behavior and trucking industry traits:
- Inadequate truck driver training;
- System of compensation, unrealistic schedules, and expectations of trucking companies, which may encourage drivers to speed and stay behind the wheel more consecutive hours than is legal;
- Aggressive driving behavior and illegal maneuvering;
- Excessive speeds; and
- Driver fatigue.
Motorists can also be at-fault for causing truck accidents. Some risky behaviors include: unsafe passing, failing to slow down or speed up when a semi is changing lanes or merging, and driving in the "no zone" where a trucker may have limited visibility or may not be able to see other vehicles at all.
Hiring an Experienced Flagstaff Truck Accident Attorney
At Breyer Law Offices, P.C., our Flagstaff accident lawyers understands the physical, financial, and emotional toll a truck accident can have on an individual. We have years of experience representing clients who have been injured in a truck crash and have an outstanding track record of obtaining excellent results, winning settlements that help the injured party pay for expenses such as medical bills and lost wages. If you are injured in a truck accident caused by another party’s negligence, call (602) 457-6222 for a complimentary consultation with one of our knowledgeable legal professionals.