Unsafe Lane Change Truck Accident Attorneys in Phoenix
Being run off the road by a big rig driver is a terrifying experience. If you were fortunate enough to be in the lane adjacent to the shoulder, you may have been able to avoid serious injuries. Sadly, many victims of aggressive, unsafe truck driver lane changes have not been so lucky.
Commercial truck accidents kill and injure motorists on America’s roadways every day. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,903 people were killed in large truck traffic crashes in the U.S. in a single year. Many truck accidents on our roads and highways are the direct result of an act of negligence by truck drivers. Aggressive and unsafe lane changes are one of the most common hazards that drivers face.
The Husband & Wife Law Team knows how to hold negligent truck drivers and their employers accountable for their unsafe actions. They’ll help you get fair compensation to cover the cost of your injuries. Call (602) 457-6222 to learn more.
A collision with a fully-loaded 80,000 lb. 18-wheeler often results in fatal or catastrophic injuries for occupants of passenger vehicles. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an underride collision caused by a truck driver who has made an unsafe lane change, it’s important to speak with an experienced Phoenix truck accident attorney right away.
Most truck drivers on the road are professional and courteous to other drivers. Unfortunately, some truck drivers have given the profession a bad reputation by engaging in aggressive driving, unsafe lane changes, dangerous wide turns, or by failing to yield the legal right-of-way to other drivers.
This type of aggressive behavior is dangerous in any case, but it’s particularly harmful when committed by drivers of big rigs. Truck drivers are held to a much higher standard than other vehicle operators – and rightly so. Under federal regulations, these drivers are required to undergo extensive training and testing to qualify for a commercial driver’s license.
A fully loaded semi tractor-trailer weighs nearly 30 times as much as the average passenger vehicle. In a collision between any passenger vehicle and a large commercial truck, there is generally no contest as to which vehicle – and which vehicle’s occupants – will suffer the most harm. Another reason trucks are so dangerous is because they have blind spots on all four sides. That’s why you always want to give a truck a lot of space, and never pass a truck on the right- hand side.
Truck drivers are taught how to deal with blind spots and how to safely and properly change lanes. Despite their extensive training, some truck drivers operate their vehicles in a careless manner. They take risks or make mistakes that lead to accidents, causing serious and fatal injuries to people who were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Unsafe truck driver behavior that contributes to unsafe lane changes includes:
- Driver fatigue
- Distracted driving
- Drug and alcohol use
- Unwillingness to yield the right of way
- Unsafe mergers
Aggressive commercial truck drivers who make unsafe lane changes that injure other drivers must be held accountable. At The Husband & Wife Law Team, we are diligent advocates for injury victims. Our Phoenix truck crash lawyers will pursue a fair settlement on your behalf. Call (602) 457-6222 today for a FREE case consultation with no obligation. We’re on your side.
- Aggressive & Unsafe Lane Change Truck Accident in Phoenix
- AZ Law: 28-729. Driving on Roadways Laned for Traffic
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