Hire a competent and compassionate group of professional truck accident lawyers in order to secure the highest settlement possible for your truck crash case.
We at Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, LLC, has been providing the community with legal representation for vehicle accidents for over 50 years. Accidents involving vehicles of all kinds are something that happens to many, but when they happen, your rights are involved. And we're here to help you protect your rights when you're involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler. You can learn more with a free consultation with a Mesa truck accident lawyer at our firm and how we help you protect your rights.
Why Hire an Attorney for a Truck Accident?
Truck drivers are required to log their travel times in a written or electronic log. Federal transportation laws now require a majority of transport companies log their Record of Duty Status (RODS) via an electronic monitoring system. This system accurately logs the time by monitoring how long the engine has been running. It's designed to eliminate the problems that were rampant with written logs, but there are operators who are exempt from the law. Both systems use language that's specific to the industry and it's tough to decipher unless you're a Mesa truck accident lawyer who's trained in reading said logs.
Logs are important because they can help you prove that you weren't at fault. But if you don't know how to read them, you won't be able to use them effectively in your case, and you run the risk of losing your case. A truck accident attorney has spent time studying the language of the trucking industry and its laws and can effectively apply that knowledge to help you pursue your case. Putting an attorney to work on your behalf increases the likelihood of a better outcome for you.
Arizona Commercial Truck Accident Statistics
Chances are good that you don't put much thought into the odds of your having an accident with a semi, much less another vehicle. But there is always a chance that you'll find yourself on the receiving end of a bad decision made by the driver who's handling an 18-wheeler. The state of Arizona has almost 5 million privately owned vehicles and over 525,000 commercial vehicles on the road. The odds are based on the amount of registrations, but that doesn't take into account the amount of semis that come from from other states.
Here's the types of accidents and their odds of happening anywhere in the state at any given time:
- Semi-truck with or without trailer: 1.019 percent
- Concrete mixer trucks: .023 percent
- Dump trucks: .082 percent
- Tanker trucks: .016 percent
- Wrecker/tow trucks: .053 percent
- Other truck combinations: 3.149 percent
- Commercial/non-commercial bus: .360 percent
Taking these odds at face value would imply that your odds of getting into an accident with any one of these types of vehicles are very low. But you can't rely on the odds to protect you from getting into an accident. The reason being is because the odds still exist that you're going to be involved in a collision with a semi truck. And when you find yourself in an accident with an 18-wheeler, the odds of you having a bad outcome are high.
Common Truck Accident Injuries
Take a moment to consider the size of a semi truck when compared to the average automobile. It's not hard to see that the semi is much larger than the car and can easily crush the car at speed. Even low speed collisions can result in serious injuries due to the physics behind the operation of the semi. When the truck, also known as a tractor, gets moving forward, it's drawing a lot of weight behind it in the trailer. That weight can push the tractor forward even if the load is balanced and the truck is moving at a slow rate of speed. Take into consideration the mass of the semi truck and the momentum behind it when it's in motion and you can get an idea of just how catastrophic the damage to a car can be along with the injuries sustained by the occupants inside the car. Some of the more common truck accident injuries include:
- Soft tissue injuries caused by whiplash, seat belt, or airbag
- Spine and neck injuries from the impact throwing the body back and forth into the seat and seat belt
- Broken bones
- Head and brain injuries
As previously mentioned, physics is not in your favor when you are in an accident involving a semi truck. Your body is going to get thrown around even if it's restrained by a seat belt. The forces generated by the truck are much greater than you might think and those forces are transmitted through your body upon impact. Truck drivers and their companies are aware of the damage their vehicles do to smaller cars and their occupants, but they still flaunt safety rules, putting others on the road at risk.
What Can be Recovered After a Truck Accident in Mesa?
An accident with a semi truck can be devastating, even if you only suffered minor injuries. Your car may not be drivable because of the damage or you may have lost time at work because you were unable to get there due to injuries and/or a lack of vehicle. You can be made whole again in the form of compensation for the violation of your rights, especially the one where you have an implied right to always be free from harm. To that end, you can make a demand of the offenders to compensate you for things that include:
- Repair or replacement of your vehicle
- Pain and suffering
- Compensation for lost wages
- Emotional distress you suffered from the trauma of the accident
- Medical bills that aren't covered by insurance
- Punitive damages in the event the truck operator or company violated state and/or federal laws that caused the accident
Your Mesa truck accident lawyer will work hard on your behalf to do what they can to help you recover damages from those who are at fault. We know trucking law in Arizona well. Our team of highly trained attorneys and investigators will get to the truth of the matter so you can get on with your life without worrying about how you're going to get back to normal.