Truck Accident | Phoenix Personal Injury Law Blog - Breyer Law Offices, P.C.
Any large truck wreck can have catastrophic consequences for all the people (and vehicles) involved. When the truck is a tanker trunk, however, there are unique hazards that can cause worse injuries to the victims.
Three trucks were involved in a fatal crash on April 17, 2018, near Tonopah, Arizona. One semi-truck rolled over on I-10 near milepost 79, causing two other trucks behind it to collide. The driver of the third truck died because of the impact, which pushed the second truck into the first and caused injuries to the other drivers. Roads were closed for several hours while emergency responders attended to the victims and crews cleaned up debris.
A recent crash involving five people and one transport truck on 59th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road has highlighted just how dangerous accidents involving trucks can be. But it wasn’t the only truck crash around that time, nor is it likely to be the last one this year in Arizona!
The simple answer is yes, you should absolutely have a lawyer to represent you when dealing with a commercial truck business and its insurance company. Both the trucking business and the insurance company are intent on making money, which means paying as little as possible to you. Even your own insurance company is, ultimately, going to make every effort to pay as little money as it can to anyone involved in a crash. After any accident, no matter who was at fault, contact an experienced Phoenix-area personal injury lawyer to represent you and protect your rights.
Sharing the road with large trucks is pretty common around Phoenix, especially on the freeways and between cities like Prescott, Flagstaff, and Tucson. Driving around these big vehicles can be perfectly safe as long as you keep a few simple things in mind and make sure to always practice general safe driving procedures. You should always fasten your seat belt, obey speed limits and posted signs with traffic instructions, and never use your phone or become distracted by passengers and events outside the vehicle.
Blame, especially in terms of legal liability, typically depends a great deal on the specifics of a crash and what went wrong to cause the accident. Any time a large truck is involved in a collision in Phoenix there are typically many people with concerns who are involved.
That is a very important question, but also one that can be difficult to answer. In general, liability comes down to the specific nature of a crash or accident in Phoenix, though there are some basic guidelines that can help you understand who is to blame. Establishing liability is vital to moving forward with a civil claim against another party when you have been injured or had your property damaged. Liability means a party was negligent and caused the damages, which means you need to establish who behaved negligently.
The day after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest shopping days in America, as the crowds who gather at Scottsdale Fashion Square and Arizona Mills can attest. Over the past few years, however, the following Monday has become a major event for shopping online with various retailers. While the deals can be great, all of those orders need to be delivered to the homes and businesses of the people who placed them. That means there will be more big trucks out making deliveries the week after Thanksgiving. Be cautious and safe while driving and you can easily share the road with all of these vehicles.
The Arizona Trucking Association (ATA) took the initiative by recently instituting their “Share the Road” program which is being funded through a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. The trucking industry in Arizona is using this program to demonstrate a commitment to sharing the roadways safely along with all vehicles. One aspect of the Share the Road program uses industry veterans to reach out to passenger vehicle drivers in the local communities to engage them on safety topics.
Large commercial trucks are vehicles on our roadways with the capability of causing accidents of catastrophic levels due to their size and weight. These vehicles are commonly referred to as “semi-trailers” or “tractor-trailers” and are a crucial aspect of our economy, as they transport the products and goods that we all use. The danger associated with these trucks is that while the weight of a passenger vehicle averages approximately 4,000 pounds, these trucks can often weigh up to 80,000 pounds, and have considerable less maneuverability and braking speed. Studies indicate that when there is fatal accident involving both a passenger car and a truck, that 9 out of 10 times the occupant in the passenger car is the person killed.
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