An Arizona Trucking Accident Can be Severe and Fatal
A trucking accident often occurs on some type of 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 regulations they 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 work day. They must rest for ten consecutive hours before getting back on the road. These laws exist to prevent fatigue and unsafe conditions. However, laws are not always obeyed, and this can lead to catastrophe.
You Must Act Quickly
If you or a loved one were involved in this type of collision; it’s imperative that you hire an experienced lawyer immediately.
Trucking companies and their insurance companies move rapidly after accidents. Shortly after the crash 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.
The Black Box
Most large 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. All 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 much larger 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, cross-country trucks crowd our roadways. Arizona does not highly regulate the trucking industry. Trucks add to an already dangerous situation on I-10 between Tucson and Phoenix. Heavy traffic on this stretch of unsafe, outdated highway, with limited median barriers, has led to numerous fatal, crossover accidents in the past 15 years.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 represented many clients in trucking accident cases. We know how to investigate them and how to determine if laws were violated.
If you or a loved were involved in an accident with a truck, contact the Leader Law Firm today for a free case evaluation.