More than 1.65 million people live in Phoenix. Each person uses various products on any given day, including personal hygiene products, food products, or even products at work. Most of those products were transported into the city by commercial trucks.
Large trucks also transport products made in Phoenix to the rest of the country or even the rest of the world. Suffice it to say: Phoenix residents rely on commercial trucks every day.
Unfortunately, despite the importance of these massive vehicles, their size creates potential hazards that, combined with negligence, can result in an accident that causes severe injuries. If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one due to a truck accident, a Phoenix truck accident attorney from Hutzler Law can help you understand the process of seeking compensation for your injuries or loss.
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According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there are nearly 600,000 commercial trucks registered in the state. More than 12,500 truck accidents occur on Arizona roadways yearly, resulting in more than 1,200 injuries and dozens of fatalities.
One of the most common causes of accidents on Phoenix roadways is speeding, which refers to exceeding the posted speed limit and driving faster than the weather or traffic conditions allow.
Speeding is dangerous in any vehicle. In a commercial truck—which weighs 20-30 times more than other vehicles on the roadway—this risky driving behavior is even more dangerous. No vehicle can stop immediately when the driver perceives a hazard and reacts to it by braking.
Instead, braking takes time to stop a truck. The heavier the vehicle, the longer the distance to stop. Likewise, the faster the vehicle travels when the brakes are applied, the harder the brakes have to work to stop. Commercial trucks (also called semi-trucks or tractor-trailers) require up to 40 percent more distance to stop than smaller vehicles without the added distance needed for braking when traveling at highway speeds.
Another common cause of truck accidents in Phoenix is truckers straying from their designated routes. Except for traveling a short distance from pick-up or drop-off locations around the city, commercial trucks must use designated truck routes to move through the city. These truck routes include most arterial streets except Central Avenue and First Avenue.
When trucks fail to use the designated routes, they face many hazards, including thick traffic congestion on narrow roadways, the potential for sharp turns that could result in rollovers, and the presence of vulnerable roadway users such as pedestrians or bicyclists.
Other common causes of truck accidents in Phoenix include:
Truck accidents produce the most serious injuries a person can incur, including traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries, which are catastrophic due to the likelihood of permanent disabilities that prevent the sufferer from earning an income.
Other commonly occurring injuries from truck accidents include:
Individuals injured in truck accidents can seek compensation for their injuries through the personal injury claims process. Here is a brief look at the steps involved in this process.
Truck accidents are highly complex claims requiring quickly gathered evidence and experience in valuing a personal injury claim. A legal team with experience in truck accident claims can provide a wealth of wisdom and guidance through the process and make proving the claim less difficult.
The attorney will investigate the accident to determine all liable parties and the insurance policies available to compensate the claim. The legal team will gather evidence and documentation to prove liability and injuries.
Your attorney will value your claim based on several factors, such as available insurance, the severity of your injury, the presence of permanent disabilities that will impact your ability to earn an income, and the expenses you incurred in treating your injury.
You first file your claim as a demand with the at-fault party’s insurance company. The insurance company can either accept the claim, deny the claim, or make an offer to settle the claim out of court for less than its full value.
Usually, an initial settlement offer for a truck accident claim is less than half of the claim’s value. Your attorney can negotiate to convince the insurer to increase their offer and can communicate counter-offers on your behalf. However, the decision as to whether to accept a settlement is yours alone.
There is a deadline on the ability of a personal injury claimant to use the court system to seek compensation for their injuries, known as the statute of limitations. In Arizona, the statute of limitations is usually two years from the accident’s date. Failing to file a lawsuit by this date usually results in the inability to collect money even through the settlement process, as an insurance provider offers a settlement to avoid going to court.
Most personal injury claims—including truck accident claims— resolve by settlement before a trial begins. However, the experienced attorneys at Hutzler Law work to ensure that all the claims they handle are court ready, as it makes stronger cases, and there is no guarantee of a settlement for any claim.
After your claim, your attorney will help you obtain your compensation. Because they work on a contingent fee basis, they will deduct fees for their services at this time.
The trucking company is liable as the truck’s owner, and the company’s owner or manager must ensure that the drivers they hire are qualified to drive. Additionally, vicarious liability refers to a business’s liability for their employee’s actions during their employment. Many drivers do not work directly for a company but work as owners/operators.
You might seek compensation from other sources of liability instead of, or in addition to, the truck driver and the trucking company that employs them. Examples include the manufacturer of defective parts used on the truck or another vehicle involved in the accident, other drivers, or the entity or individual tasked with providing service on the truck.
The statute of limitations for most cases is two years from the accident’s date. If you are filing a wrongful death truck accident claim, you have two years from the date of your loved one’s death to file the claim as a lawsuit in court.
Fortunately, the contingent fee billing method that personal injury lawyers use ensures that legal help is available for those who need it. Instead of requiring a retainer or billing the client hourly for the work, the attorney enters into a contingent fee agreement with the claimant allowing the claimant to pay for their attorney’s services through a percentage of the award.
The trucking industry is one of the most federally regulated industries in the U.S. There are many types of evidence to gather when an accident occurs due to the driver’s carelessness or recklessness. The amount of evidence also makes truck accident claims particularly difficult without the assistance of an attorney.
Let an experienced Phoenix truck accident attorney from Hutzler Law explore your legal options for compensation with you and give you more information about the truck accident claims process. Contact us at (602) 730-4530 for your free case evaluation.
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