Truck wreck cases are extremely complex because there are vast amounts of federal and state safety and insurance regulations, as well as industry standards that govern the trucking industry. It is crucial to obtain a lawyer who is knowledgeable in the often overlapping system of trucking laws and standards.
The diligent Arizona truck accident attorneys at The Ramos Law Firm can undertake this highly technical work. If you have been involved in an accident with a large truck, contact us as soon as possible, or complete this form for a no-cost evaluation of your situation.
Lawyers for Victims of Large Trucking Accidents
Victims of semi-truck accidents often suffer more devastating injuries than other vehicle accidents — due to the size and weight of the truck, trailer, and cargo, the collision can even be fatal. Vehicles that are considered “large trucks” and cause more severe damage than personal automobiles:
- Log trucks
- Other large commercially-owned vehicles
The aftermath of a truck wreck can be an extremely difficult time due to the often life-altering injuries you’ve had to deal with. Unfortunately, you may end up fighting with your own insurance company. The same insurance company you pay to protect you and your family may not be there for you like you thought they would be. It is not uncommon to have to fight with two insurance companies, yours and the large truck’s. This is why it is important that you contact your large truck accident attorney as soon as possible.
National Large Truck Accident Statistics
In a report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), of the approximately 450,000 police-reported crashes involving large trucks in 2017, there were 4,237 (1 percent) fatal crashes and 344,000 (23 percent) injury crashes.
The report also stated that:
- From 2016 to 2017, the number of large trucks involved in injury crashes increased by 5 percent, from 102,000 to 107,000
- From 2016 to 2017, the number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes increased 10 percent, from 4,251 to 4,657
- 88 percent of nonfatal crashes and 83 percent of fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred on weekdays (Monday through Friday)
- 82 percent of fatalities were not occupants of the large truck
Common Causes for Arizona Large Truck Accidents
Of the total number of fatal vehicle crashes in Arizona in 2017, 6.6 percent involved large trucks. Truck crashes are usually caused by circumstances that could have been prevented. It may be quite difficult to find what caused a truck crash because there are often many factors involved. When investigating large truck accidents, we consider applicable federal laws, state laws, municipal laws, the records and certifications of the driver and the large truck, and the policies of the shipping and trucking companies.
While there are usually a complex set of issues behind nearly all large truck accidents, some of the most common include:
- Vehicle-related failure
- Following too closely to respond to unexpected situations
- Fatigue and falling asleep at the wheel
- Cardiac arrest or other physical issues
Other factors that are commonly associated with large truck accidents include:
- Brake issues
- Unfamiliarity with the surroundings
- Working under pressure
- Tire issues
- Illegal drug use
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
Truck Accident Lawyers Serving Phoenix & Scottsdale
The experienced truck accident attorneys at The Ramos Law Firm will ensure your complicated truck accident claim is expertly handled with care to reward you the compensation you are owed. Contact us today for a free consultation!
Arizona Trucking Accident
Frequently Asked Questions
The Ramos Injury Firm has compiled a list of a few of the questions we have answered over the years about Colorado laws and large truck accidents.
Arizona is a comparative negligence state, meaning that fault can be apportioned between different persons depending on their level of fault. For example, if both parties share fault, the insurance company can apportion liability accordingly, putting fifty percent fault on each driver if the fault is equally shared, or any combination thereof (80/20, 70/30, 60/40, etc…). If you are involved in an accident with a privately-owned truck that is considered to be at fault, you would have a claim against that driver’s insurance company. If the at-fault truck is a company vehicle, the claim would likely be against the employer’s insurance company, as the employer is vicariously liable for most actions of the employee if it occurs while they are working. Should a lawsuit have to be filed, the suit would be against both the employee individually and the employer. Make sure to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney if you are involved in an accident involving a truck.
In most cases, the statute of limitations in the state of AZ for a truck accident case is two years from the date of the accident. This means you must either settle the claim or file a lawsuit before the two years expires. If the truck is owned by a government entity, such as the state, municipality, county, or school district, the statute of limitations is one year from the date of the accident. However, there are important procedural deadlines that must be met in any case involving a government entity, and these deadlines can be as little as six months from the date of the accident. For this reason, it is very important that you consult with an experienced personal injury attorney immediately if you are involved in an accident involving a truck.
If you are injured in an accident with a semi-truck in Arizona and the semi driver is at fault, you can make a claim against that driver’s insurance company, or the employer’s insurance company if it is a company vehicle. The bodily injury claim would include special damages (compensation for any medical bills or lost wages incurred due to the accident) and general damages (compensation for pain and suffering). If you are unable to settle the claim with the insurance company within the applicable statute of limitations, either because the offer is unacceptable or the insurance company does not agree that their driver is at fault, you may file a lawsuit against the driver and the driver’s employer if the truck is a company vehicle. Be sure to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney if you are injured in an accident involving a semi-truck.
Have You Been Injured in an Arizona
Large Truck Accident?
The Arizona truck accident attorneys at Ramos Law have been fighting for the rights of accident victims for nearly a quarter-century and they stand ready to fight for you. Emergency medical physician and attorney Joseph Ramos and the commercial truck accident team at Ramos Law have the skills and experience to guide you through complex legal and medical processes.
If you have been hurt in a large truck accident in Phoenix or Scottsdale, call (602) 900-9402 to speak to one of our truck accident lawyers today for a complimentary evaluation.