Tractor trailers are quite common on the roads and highways. However, they can also be quite concerning to drive around. This is not surprising when one considers just how dangerous an accident with these vehicles can be for the average driver. In a 2018 article from the Insurance Information Institute (III), there was a 31 percent increase in fatal truck accidents compared to 2009, when these types of accidents were at their lowest.
If you are involved in an accident with a truck, your life can change forever. Aside from the injuries you may be recovering from, trying to pursue legal action can also be difficult. Having to take on the trucking company and their insurance by yourself can be a daunting task.
However, you don’t have to go through this alone. We here at Ben Crump Law, PLLC are ready to help you today. We don’t shy away from the tough cases, and we work on a contingency fee basis. That means you won’t pay anything unless you are awarded compensation. Call us at (800) 630-9229 and we can help you speak to a Phoenix truck accident lawyer on our team.
Navigating Phoenix Truck Accidents
Drivers may not realize factors that come into play for a truck accident, as truck accidents can be more complicated than a standard car accident. Trucks and their drivers will usually be a part of larger companies with different types of insurance. This can require an attorney to take a different approach than with a standard car accident case.
There are many different parties which can have a degree of liability. These include, but are not limited to:
- The truck driver
- The truck/trailer owner
- The shipping company
- The manufactures of the truck and its parts
Determining liability can be tough, as each trip can involve a number of different factors which must be considered. This is where a Phoenix truck accident lawyer can help. Someone from our team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC can help to determine who exactly is liable and build a case to show why.
For a free legal consultation with a truck accidents lawyer serving Phoenix, call 800) 630-9229
Negligence in Truck Accidents
Some truck accidents are the result of the truck driver being negligent. Negligence can come in several ways. Some common examples include:
- Failure to adapt to poor road or driving conditions
- Excessively speeding, especially in dangerous areas
- Staying on the road for too long
- Being distracted by something like their phone
- Overloading or poorly loading a truck’s cargo
- Driving under the influence
Much like with liability, there are many other types of negligence. With just how many factors can be at play, along with how the trucking company will seek to dispute them, you may find it useful to seek representation to help you protect your rights.
Negligence Law in Arizona
According to Arizona Revised Statute § 12-2505, Arizona is what is known as a pure comparative negligence state. Under this system, the court will determine what percentage of blame for the accident should be placed on you and the liable parties, along with the amount of total compensation you can receive.
What this system means is that a plaintiff can still receive awards, but the amount they receive will be reduced by the percentage they are found to be at fault for. As an example, if you receive $20,000 in damages, but the court finds you to be 20% at fault, then you will only receive $16,000 in total. This system also will allow for you to receive damages even if you are 50% or more at fault.
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How a Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help You
Members of our team can help you with your truck accident case in a several different ways. Some of the ways we can assist you include:
After a truck accident, you can expect that both the trucking company and local authorities will conduct investigations into the matter. Our team can help to ensure that these investigations are done properly, and their results reflect that.
We can also conduct our own investigation into the accident to help build your own case. This is done by interviewing both eyewitnesses and medical personnel, gaining access to a truck’s “black box” which will contain key information regarding the crash, and gathering and preserving other important evidence.
Assessing Recoverable Damages
You may be entitled to awards if you have injuries from a truck accident in Arizona. These awards can help you with matters such as:
- Your current and future medical costs, including hospital stays, doctor’s visits, and prescriptions
- Any current and future lost wages caused by your injuries preventing you from working
- Pain and suffering you endure due to your injuries
You may also be able to receive other damages for certain types of property involved in the accident or for the wrongful death of a family member. Our team can assist you in determining what awards you may be able to receive along with their value.
Fight to Prove Negligence
You can expect that both the truck company and their insurance will try and claim that you were either mainly or completely at fault for your accident. They may try and do this by claiming you were driving distracted, aggressively, or otherwise dangerously. Our team will fight to show that you were not the one who was the most at fault in the accident. In doing so, we will help you get the awards that you deserve.
Find a Truck Accident Lawyer Serving Phoenix Now at Ben Crump Law, PLLC
A truck accident can result in some serious injuries and property damage, with effects that can be felt for years to come. We know this is a difficult time for you, which is why our team is waiting to help you as best as we can. Our team believes that injury cases are about making sure those who are responsible pay for your damages, not you.
Should you feel like you aren’t getting the justice you deserve, it may be time to contact the office of a Phoenix truck accident lawyer from the Ben Crump Law, PLLC team. Remember that we don’t back down from the tough cases, and you won’t pay unless you receive compensation. Let us help you by giving us a call at (800) 630-9229 today.