A Truck Accident can be Severe and Often Fatal
A trucking accident often occurs on a highway while goods are being transported. Sometimes, truckers drive dangerously to get their loads delivered earlier or at least on time. Due to their size and weight, severe and sometimes fatal injuries can result from trucking accidents.
There are many federal regulations truck companies must comply with, including limits on how many hours they can drive. Under federal law, a driver can operate their vehicle for a maximum of 11 continuous hours in a 14-hour workday. They must rest for ten consecutive hours before getting back on the road. These laws exist to prevent fatigue and unsafe conditions.
The Black Box
Trucking companies and their insurance companies act quickly after a crash. Shortly after the collision occurs, the company will have a claim’s investigator on the scene. The “rapid response team” gets on site to collect evidence that is favorable to the company, not you.
Most large truck corporations have a “black box” on all trucks with data generated by the engine’s operating system. The data is relevant in proving the performance of the vehicle and driver. The information must be downloaded immediately, or the data could be lost. It’s critical to act quickly to obtain all the information.
The company may attempt to convince the accident victim that they will give them a “good settlement.” They may make an offer directly to the victims, knowing that an offer negotiated through a law firm could be more significant for the victim. Trucking companies and their insurers have a team of professionals on their side, dedicated to protecting the company interests, regardless of possible fault.
Arizona Lacks Trucking Regulations
Massive, semi trucks and tractor trailers hauling cargo crowd Arizona’s highways.
Unlike other states, Arizona does not have strict trucking regulations. Heavy truck traffic adds to an already dangerous situation on I-10 between Tucson and Phoenix. Extensive traffic on this stretch of unsafe, outdated highway, with limited cable median barriers, has led to numerous fatal, crossover accidents in the past 15 years. I-10 is continually ranked as one of the most dangerous highways in the country.
How We Can Help
The Leader Law Firm has successfully represented many clients in trucking accident cases. We know how to investigate them and how to determine if laws or regulations were violated.
If you or a loved were involved in an accident with a large truck, contact the Leader Law Firm today for a free case evaluation.