Phoenix Truck Accident Lawyer
Are You The Victim of a Truck or Commercial Vehicle Accident?
Still one of the most popular means of distributing goods nationally, trucks and commercial vehicles fill America’s roadways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a division of the United States Department of Transportation, reports that hundreds of thousands of truck-related accidents occur each year. With numbers like these, it is statistically possible that you or your loved one may be involved in an accident with one of these mechanical giants in your lifetime. If you are the victim of a truck or commercial vehicle wreck, contact the Phoenix Truck Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Joel W. Black, LLC today.
Common Causes of Phoenix Truck Accidents
Unique risks surround tractor-trailers and other transporters of commercial goods. Their sheer size and weight deem them particularly dangerous in truck vs. auto accidents. A variety of factors contribute to these accidents, including:
- Driver Error
- Drug or Alcohol Impairment
- Fatigued Drivers
- Unsafe Loads (Unsecured or Unbalanced Cargo)
- Distracted Drivers
- Mechanical Defect or Failure
- Speeding or Failure to Brake In Time
- Lane Deviation
- Unsafe Following Practices
- Poor or Improper Truck Maintenance
- Unsafe Passing Practices
The personal toll that truck accidents can have on people and property can be catastrophic, if not deadly. For this reason, the trucking industry is heavily regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This agency, together with other federal departments, develops, monitors, and enforces safety standards and laws relating to the many aspects of transportation in the United States. Among them are truck size, length, and weight as well as driver safety standards including the amount of time a driver is allowed to be behind the wheel and required rest periods.
Requirements in Proving Your Trucking Accident Claim
The standards for prevailing in a personal injury case are clear. The following four elements must be proven by the plaintiff (the person injured):
- Duty – The defendant owed a legal duty to the plaintiff under the circumstances;
- Breach – The defendant breached that legal duty by acting or failing to act in a certain way;
- Causation – It was the defendant’s actions (or inaction) that actually caused the plaintiff’s injury; and
- Damages – The plaintiff was harmed or injured as a result of the defendant’s actions.
How We Can Help
The elements required in personal injury suits may seem straightforward, but how to substantiate them may prove to be harder than you expect. Identifying the truly responsible parties can be difficult. It could be the driver, the trucking company, a third party who loaded or secured cargo, and even government entities if dangerous road conditions were not identified and the public sufficiently warned. Our skilled Phoenix Personal Injury Attorneys have a wealth of experience navigating trucking accident litigation. We know what to look for in an investigation and how to deal with the insurance companies.
If you have been injured in a Phoenix truck accident, you may be legally entitled to compensation for medical treatment (present and future), lost wages, property damage and, in some cases, pain and suffering or emotional distress. Adding to the complexity of these cases can be a statute of limitation, or deadline, for filing your claim. Many people are not familiar with the local, state, or federal laws the govern personal injury accidents. Don’t take a chance with your recovery and your future, get proven legal representation – get the team at the Law Offices of Joel W. Black, LLC.
Contact Our Compassionate Lawyers Today
We’re here to help. Our attorneys are standing by to take your call and listen to your story. Let us advocate on your behalf and give you a voice. Your family depends on you and you can depend on us. Contact our office at (602) 277-1393 today to get started. We offer free, confidential initial consultations. Don’t delay. Call or fill out our online form.