Phoenix Large Truck Accident Lawyer
Some of the most serious and deadly accidents in the United States involve large trucks. Special handling and a thorough understanding of the federal and state commercial vehicle regulations are required for this type of case. There are guidelines set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations that must be followed by the trucking companies. Regulations that affect equipment and the amount of time a driver spends behind the wheel.
Trucker Fatigue as a Factor of Collisions
A common problem associated with Arizona truck accidents is driver fatigue as drivers regularly violate the 'hours of service' regulations. After a careful examination of a driver’s record following an accident it is apparent there are fraudulent and serious violations of this regulation. These records are only maintained for 6 months so there is urgency in obtaining those records before they are destroyed. After the destruction of those records it becomes very difficult to prove the negligence of the trucking company.
The following represents facts and figures regarding large truck accidents and the serious damages they inflict on our roadways every year. In 1999 alone, 475,000 large trucks (gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds) were involved in traffic crashes in the United States, with 4,898 of those fatal crashes. A total of 5,362 people died (13 percent of all the traffic fatalities reported in 1999) and an additional 142,000 were injured in those crashes. One out of eight traffic fatalities in 1999 resulted from a collision involving a large truck. Of these fatalities, 78 percent were occupants of another vehicle, 8 percent were non-occupants, and 14 percent were occupants of the involved truck. Of all injuries that resulted from crashes involving large trucks, 74 percent were occupants of another vehicle, 3 percent were non-occupants, and 23 percent were occupants of the involved truck.
Large trucks were much more likely to be involved in a fatal multiple-vehicle crash - as opposed to a fatal single-vehicle crash - than were passenger vehicles (84 percent of all large trucks involved in fatal crashes, compared with 62 percent of all passenger vehicles). Most of the fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred in rural areas (68 percent), during the daytime (67 percent), and on weekdays (79 percent). During the week, 74 percent of the crashes occurred during the daytime (6:00 AM to 5:59 PM). On weekends, 62 percent occurred at night (6:00 PM to 5:59 AM). The percentage of large truck drivers involved in fatal crashes who were intoxicated - with blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of 0.10 grams per deciliter (g/dl) or greater - was 1 percent in 1999.
Intoxication rates for drivers of other types of vehicles involved in fatal crashes in 1999 were 17 percent for passenger cars, 20 percent for light trucks, and 28 percent for motorcycles. Drivers of large trucks were less likely to have a previous license suspension or revocation than were passenger car drivers (9 percent and 13 percent, respectively). Almost 30 percent of all large truck drivers involved in fatal crashes in 1999 had at least one prior speeding conviction, compared to just under 20 percent of the passenger car drivers involved in fatal crashes.
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In all Phoenix automobile accident cases it is essential that measures be taken promptly to preserve evidence, investigate the accident in question, and to enable physicians or other expert witnesses to thoroughly evaluate any injuries. If you or a loved one is a victim of an automobile accident, call Breyer Law Offices now or CLICK HERE to submit a Simple Case Form. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to accept your case, we will work on a contingent fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary award or recovery of funds. Don't delay! You may have a valid claim and be entitled to compensation for your injuries, but a lawsuit must be filed before the statute of limitations expires.