Sierra Transportation Truck Accident near Picacho Peak Kills 3
As Phoenix truck accident attorneys, we know that driver fatigue is a very big cause of fatal accidents in Arizona. Recently, there was a fatal car accident involving a Sierra Transportation truck that killed three innocent people driving in a mini van. The police have reported that the Sierra truck barricaded through the median and crashed with a minivan that was traveling down the road. It has been reported that there were three fatalities in the mini van.
Driver fatigue with truck drivers is something that happens often because many truck drivers work over their required hours. Truck drivers are required by federal law to keep detailed logs of the hours that they work each day. Dome truck drivers intentionally work over these hours because they typically get paid according to the miles that they drive. Of course, there are some truck drivers who many inadvertently work over their allowable hours. Unfortunately, many times we see that truck drivers cause very serious accidents and destroy the lives of others when they work over hours because the truck driver gets tired.
This fatal Arizona semi truck accident with the people in this minivan could be a perfect example of trucker fatigue. We admit at this point we do not know the details as of yet. Truck drivers who do obey the federal law should be admired and respected. The truck drivers who do not obey the law, while we understand that they have a right to make a decent living, they need to respect the fact that when they drive over hours, they are putting the lives of innocent people in danger.
Truck driver fatigue in Arizona could be the cause of this accident that occurred on the Interstate 10 near Picacho Peak. An experienced trucking attorney in Arizona with specific experience in trucking accident cases will want to immediately get a hold of the driver’s log books. Specific letters must be sent out right away in cases like these to the trucking company so that relevant material does not get destroyed. There may be material in the Sierra company truck that gives more insight into the cause of this fatal car accident.
Examples of evidence that must be gathered immediately would be the driver’s log book, electronic data from the black box in the truck, and documents from the truck company. The black box in the truck typically will record information that can sometimes give you a detailed account of how the truck accident took place. A trucking accident reconstuctionist can use this information to determine how the accident happened and why the truck driver lost control of the vehicle. The problem is that there are laws for how long the truck company is required to keep this information.
Many times, understandably, families are grieving and unfortunately do not get a hold of an Arizona attorney who specializes in trucking accidents and this information is destroyed by the trucking company. Sierra trucking company may have safety measures in place but each truck driver is an individual so the data in the truck itself combined with the documents from the company is vital to collect.
If you would like to speak to an experienced trucking lawyer because you or a family member have been involved in a serious injury or wrongful death matter with a Sierra trucking company vehicle, contact us today at 602-457-6222. Mark Breyer is a certified specialist in injury and wrongful death law. He is an expert in this area of law and can answer all your questions. He will answer your questions straight forward and in an honest manner. Call today so that he can make sure that no evidence is destroyed.