Gilbert Truck Accident Attorneys
Like many other cities within the Phoenix metropolitan area, Gilbert is a busy city filled with people who travel to and from work and other destinations. Among many other vehicles, semi trucks are frequently seen traveling through Gilbert, and while most truck drivers are responsible and operate their vehicles carefully, these large machines still pose danger to others around them. Trucks are, by nature, much heavier and larger than almost any other vehicle on the road. As such, when a truck collides with a smaller vehicle, it is almost always the smaller car that feels the greatest effects of the impact.
Truck accidents can have a widespread effect, causing injury to anyone nearby to a great degree if the accident is catastrophic enough. Even the safest drivers on the road cannot defend themselves from all truck accidents and may suffer losses that are out of their control. The Gilbert, AZ car accident lawyers at The Husband & Wife Law Team understand the devastating effects of such a crash and are dedicated to seeking compensation for the losses of those affected by truck accidents.
Because of the dangerous nature of trucks and the rigorous hours and duties that a driver is subjected to while on the job, all truck drivers must be specially licensed in order to do their job. Beyond certification, truck drivers are held to strict standards and must adhere to guidelines dictating their work hours and operation of the vehicle. Truck companies must comply with these rules as well, and must properly service and maintain their vehicles in order to keep them in good condition and free of hazards.
Despite both state and federal laws mandating safety precautions and hours of service, many drivers and companies choose to break the law and drive recklessly in order to make better time on shipments and make more money. Some of the negligent or reckless actions that a truck driver or company can take that endanger others on the road include:
- Driving for longer than the Hours of Service rules allow;
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs;
- Driving on roads not suited for tractor trailers;
- Improper or lack of maintenance on vehicles;
- Driving while fatigued and/or drowsy; and
- Offering incentives for drivers to break the rules/ make faster deliveries.
Tractor trailers present a unique danger on the road that many other vehicles cannot match as they do not have the weight or size that these vehicles have. Because of these features, trucks not only cause a greater amount of destruction during a collision, but take longer to brake, slow down, and turn in order to avoid accidents and sudden hazards in the road. Truck accidents are not only more damaging versions of regular car accidents, but there are also some unique accidents that only trucks can cause. Jackknifing accidents, runaway trailers, underride collisions, and hazardous material spills cannot occur with normal vehicles as they do not carry the trailers and materials that tractor trailers do.
Truck accidents frequently result in serious and even fatal injuries for occupants of smaller vehicles involved in the collision, but can end with the truck driver unscathed.
Because of the dangerous nature of trucks, drivers and companies are called to a high standard of quality control and careful operation of these vehicles. The Gilbert injury attorneys at The Husband & Wife Law Team understand that being the victim of such a crash can be devastating, with injuries, medical bills, and many other losses piling up to create many difficulties. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the reckless or negligent actions of a truck driver and/or company, do not wait another minute to find experienced legal representation that can immediately begin searching for compensation for your injuries and losses.
For more information on how our legal team can apply their skills and years of experience to your case, contact our offices at (480) 753-4534 today.
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