Phoenix Truck Accident Lawyers Advocate When Negligent Drivers Cause Injury or Death
Holding truck companies and drivers liable when their negligence harms anyone on Arizona’s roads
Truck accidents are much more dangerous and deadly than automobile accidents. The size, weight, and dimensions of the truck create huge amounts of physical force that are simply no match for cars and lighter vehicles. Accident victims who survive often suffer injuries that last a lifetime. Traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, broken bones, and damage to internal organs are just some of the serious results of truck accidents. Semis, 18-wheelers, and other commercial trucks tend to cause the most damage of all truck accidents.
It is essential to hold truck drivers and the companies that hire them liable, not just to compensate victims, but also to force the responsible parties to take corrective action. The Phoenix truck accident lawyers at Plattner Verderame, P.C. are a team of litigators that clients and other lawyers refer cases to because of our first-rate skills, resources, and professional networks.
Reasons truck drivers should be held accountable
Truck drivers are not only prone to many of the mistakes auto drivers make, they have unique pressures that often cause more accidents. All truck drivers need to follow the Arizona traffic rules on speeding, passing, tailgating, and other safety rules. All commercial drivers are required to have a valid commercial driver’s license and meet a more rigorous standard for drunk driving than other drivers.
Some of the unique truck driving problems that drivers must anticipate are:
- Driver fatigue. Drivers are often forced to drive long hours with little rest. The FMCSA rules mandate how much rest drivers should get.
- Driver distraction. It is easy to get bored on long trips, but that is no excuse for texting while driving, talking on a cellphone, or eating while operating a truck. Drivers should take steps to minimize distractions, such as using GPS systems that are voice activated so both hands are always on the wheel.
- Truck control. Trucks are more difficult to operate than other vehicles. Drivers should regularly inspect their trucks before they get on the road and should fully understand the dangers of rollovers, truck jackknifes, and cargo spills. They should make sure they are properly trained on how to use the truck and what to do in an emergency.
The owners of trucks can also be held liable for the actions of their drivers. Some trucks are owned by the trucking companies and operated by hired drivers, while drivers who companies contract independently own other trucks.
Reasons why truck companies may be held liable
The federal rules enacted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) were put in place to regulate driver fitness, alcohol use, fatigue, and safety. But trucking companies often place profit before public safety. The more goods their truck drivers can deliver in the least amount of time, the more money they can make. The greed of trucking companies is one reason the FMCSA was created.
Our Phoenix commercial truck accident attorneys hold shipping companies liable if they:
- Hire untrained workers or workers without a valid commercial driver’s license
- Force their drivers to operate their vehicles without proper rest
- Overload their trucks with cargo or fail to properly secure the cargo
- Fail to inspect and adequately maintain the trucks
- Pressure their drivers to speed
- Ignore evidence that the driver has a record of prior accidents or driving while intoxicated
Often, reviewing the appropriate documentation, such as driving logs and inspection records, can bring these violations to light. Our lawyers understand where to look to find the evidence that the shipping company was at fault.
Our legal team reviews whether the truck company complied with vehicle repair and inspection requirements. We demand payment for all applicable economic and emotional damages. When someone tragically dies in an Arizona truck accident, our lawyers represent the family in survival and wrongful death actions. High verdicts and settlements do send a message to correct negligence and deliberate misconduct.
Other responsible parties
In addition to the driver, owner, and truck company, other parties may be responsible for injuries or deaths resulting from a truck crash. A manufacturer, distributor, or retailer of a defective truck or truck part can be held liable for the deaths or injuries the defect causes. Restaurant and tavern owners who serve alcohol to a truck driver knowing he/she was intoxicated can also be held accountable if a truck crash occurs.
Make an appointment with a dependable Arizona truck accident lawyer today
If you were injured in a truck-trailer accident or a loved one was killed, you need a strong, skilled lawyer on your side. At Plattner Verderame, P.C., our partners are top-rated by peer review agencies. Many lawyers refer to our firm because they trust and respect our ability to take on the most complex cases. Our savvy Phoenix truck accident attorneys are ready to investigate the cause of the truck collision and to prepare your case for trial.
To review your case, phone us in Phoenix at 602-783-8793 or toll free at 888-657-3573. You can also complete our contact form for a free consultation. We handle cases on a contingency fee basis. If your case does not settle, you owe us nothing.