Large Truck Accident Lawyers in Phoenix, Arizona
Our Large Truck Accident Lawyers have extensive experience in all types of large truck accidents, whether a person was injured by a semi-truck, tractor trailer, 18-wheeler, or a big rig. We are familiar with federal and state laws, as well as federal regulations that regulate the interstate trucking industry. The knowledge of these laws and regulations is a key component in the successful handling of a truck accident case.
The consequences of a truck accident can be devastating. Many semi-trucks, tractor trailers, 18-wheelers, and big rigs are carrying loads of 60,000 pounds or more on our interstate highways and city streets. If a driver falls asleep, is inattentive, or if their brakes fail, the resulting accident can lead to serious injuries and Wrongful Death.
Investigating a Large Truck Accident
A critical aspect of successfully handling a large truck accident case is undertaking a prompt investigation immediately following the accident. We work with a team of experts to preserve evidence after a truck accident. This physical evidence can include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Accident debris
- Fluid stains
- Skid marks
- Vehicle damages
If this information is not immediately obtained, critical evidence can be lost, altered, or even destroyed. It is also important to preserve the logbook of the driver of the truck. Any eyewitnesses to the accident must be spoken to as soon as possible.
Additional Large Truck Accident Evidence
Federal regulations limit the amount of time a driver of a truck may spend driving in a single day and over the course of a week. Despite this, drivers frequently disregard federal laws and drive more than they are legally permitted. Additionally, a few truck drivers may even go so far as to maintain a false set of log books. This is usually because trucking companies pressure and entice their drivers with additional earnings to deliver cargo on tight schedules.
Fortunately, however, many trucks have GPS satellite tracking devices and "black box" computer information on board. The information gathered by this equipment is evidence that must be preserved immediately following an accident; it will demonstrate how long the truck was on the road, how fast it was going at the time of the accident, and other information extremely crucial to a truck accident case.
Why Large Truck Accidents Occur
Trucks, whether they are semi-trucks, tractor trailers, 18-wheelers, or big rigs, can weigh at least 10 times more than a passenger vehicle. Therefore, the amount of time it takes for a truck to brake and stop is significantly greater than that of a passenger vehicle. If a truck driver does not maintain a reasonable and safe distance behind passenger vehicles while driving, they may be unable to stop and avoid an accident in the event of an emergency. Other reasons why truck accidents occur are because of the following:
- Inattentive drivers or drivers who fall asleep at the wheel
- Negligent maintenance and/or repair of trucks and equipment
- Bad weather conditions, including rain, snow, or ice
- Inability to brake in time to avoid accident
Trucking Companies Defend These Accidents Immediately
Many trucking companies immediately dispatch their defense attorneys and accident investigators as soon as they are informed about an accident. This occurs regardless of the time of day or night and, in many cases, the defense attorneys and/or accident investigators arrive before the local police. The defense attorneys will prepare the driver to speak with the police in a way to minimize the exposure of the trucking company. For these reasons, it is extremely important to contact our Large Truck Accident Lawyers if you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident.
Our Large Truck Accident Experience
Our Truck Accident Lawyers assemble an experienced team of accident reconstruction experts, truck experts, engineering experts, and private investigators in order to thoroughly investigate, develop, and prosecute truck accident cases. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, please contact our Large Truck Accident Lawyers immediately for a free consultation. You can contact the Law Offices of Michael Cordova at 602-265-6700.
Our lawyers not only work on large truck accident cases but in other Personal Injury areas, as well as car accidents, dog bites, motorcycle accidents, product and premises liability, and criminal defense and DUI, so please contact your local Phoenix attorneys for a free consultation.
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