Tractor-trailers are common vehicles on Arizona roads. They’re often transporting goods across the state or the country and are necessary for keeping cities and towns stocked with the supplies they need. However, transporting large quantities of goods means these trucks are extremely heavy and can cause a lot of damage if they crash. Other people in vehicles involved in the crash are likely to sustain serious injuries. If you have been hurt in a truck collision, you deserve representation that will fight for you to get justice. Your injuries and losses may have long-term consequences that will take significant medical treatment and time before you’re able to heal. A Scottsdale, AZ truck accident lawyer can represent you.
When Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm is on your side, you can trust that we’re going to defend your rights and always act in your best interests. The process of filing a truck accident claim can be complex because we’ll need to find out who was responsible and then build a case with evidence that shows their fault caused your injuries and damages. Trucking companies and their representation may try to persuade you to settle for less than what you deserve. Our attorneys won’t let that happen.
A Scottsdale, AZ Truck Accident Lawyer Will Investigate the Case
Assessing semi-truck crashes takes experience and a trained eye. A truck accident lawyer from our law firm will consult with experts if necessary to analyze all the evidence from the accident scene. Multiple factors could have contributed to the crash, but it all stems from negligent actions. Our attorneys will identify how it happened and who was responsible.
A few possible causes include driver negligence, company negligence, or an issue with the big rig. Let’s take a look at what those could look like:
Truck Driver. Truck drivers who aren’t prepared to safely operate an 18 wheeler may not be aware of the time it takes to speed up, slow down, and the blind spots. They may also not know the signs of fatigued driving, which will make their reactions slower or they could fall asleep at the wheel.
Improper Loading. If the truck isn’t loaded properly, loose cargo can fall out of the back of the rig and obstruct the road for other drivers. Sometimes, the cargo can cause the trailer to swing from behind the tractor, and cause a jackknife accident. When the trailer is out of alignment with the truck, it can collide with traffic in those lanes.
Truck Defect. Trucks are supposed to have regular maintenance and inspections before heading out on to the road. If the trucking company doesn’t do this or finds a problem and doesn’t fix it, then the driver could experience issues on the road. Sometimes, the issue may have been with a defective truck part, in which case the manufacturing company could be implicated in the crash.
When we know who caused the crash, we can start assessing the type of crash and how you were hurt. We’ve already covered jackknife accidents. Other dangerous crashes involving 18 wheelers are override crashes and rollovers.
Override crashes occur when a vehicle is trapped underneath the truck. Due to a large truck’s blind spots, the driver may not realize that a car is right in front of them. The truck traps the car underneath and can result in a devastating accident.
Rollovers may happen when a truck driver is speeding and turns the truck too quickly or something causes the truck’s wheels to lift from the ground. Once a rollover is happening, the truck driver cannot right the cab. If there are cars near the rollover, they could be crushed in the accident.
With these different types of accidents and the damages that come from them, you may be facing an uncertain future with multiple injuries and financial losses. Your truck accident lawyer will use the evidence of who was responsible, how they acted negligently, and what kind of crash you were in to fight for you to get the full and fair compensation you deserve.
When Are Injuries Considered Catastrophic?
According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, 9 out of 10 fatal crashes involving commercial trucks and cars result in the deaths of the car occupants. When the injuries aren’t fatal, they can cause permanent damage and change to your life. If an injury will cause permanent disability or prevent you from being able to return to work, it’s considered a catastrophic injury. Traumatic brain injuries, loss of limb, and paralysis are all examples of catastrophic injuries.
The medical costs and recovery associated with these injuries, in addition to not being able to work, can be expensive and continuous. You deserve to get the medical care you need without worrying about how you’re going to afford it.
Even injuries that aren’t considered catastrophic can still affect you for weeks or months following a commercial truck crash. The expenses of treating broken bones and sprains or strains can get overwhelming, too. Your Scottsdale, AZ truck accident lawyer will fight for your compensation to cover your medical bills in addition to the medical care you’ll need in the future.
Our Truck Accident Lawyers Get Clients Justice
While it may be a relief to know that your truck accident lawyer will seek damages for your injuries, that isn’t the only major expense from the accident. We’ll also seek damages for lost wages, loss of earnings, property damage, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional distress. If you lost a loved one in the truck crash, we’ll also seek loss of consortium.
We’re aware of the staggering losses that can arise from a collision with a semi, tractor-trailer, or other large truck. Your noneconomic damages will not be ignored and we will fight for your compensation to accurately reflect the total losses you’ve sustained. Our Arizona trial lawyers have experience in negotiating favorable settlements for our clients and we can also fight for you in the courtroom.
Contact Buckingham Barrera Vega Law Firm today for a free case consultation. Our lawyers will start looking into your case and we can help you find the best way to move forward.