Have you been injured in a truck accident? Are you tired of insurance companies pushing you around? Well, look no further. There are many personal injury attorneys in Phoenix, but only one law firm that stands out from the rest. The Phoenix truck accident attorneys Zanes Law have the know-how to help you with your legal needs.
There is a difference between how Zanes Law and other Phoenix truck accident attorneys deal with various accident scenarios. Zanes Law recognizes that when compared to motorcycle and car accidents, truck accidents are the most severe kind of crash. A truck is heavier and takes up more space on the highway. When a truck is involved in an accident, it can take out a number of cars, as well as an unfortunate motorcycle driver. The truck’s weight is hazardous in and of itself. If a truck overturns on a car, it can crush it, killing whoever is in the car. The severity of truck accidents makes choosing experienced Phoenix truck accident attorneys a necessity.
There are many factors that can cause truck accidents, and at Zanes Law we examine in detail the circumstances surrounding each accident. Driver fatigue is one of the main causes of truck accidents. Drivers of big rig trucks are required by law to drive for a only certain number of hours for their own safety and that of others on the road. But sometimes truck drivers choose to exceed their time limits in order to complete their hauls. These hours are kept in a logbook, and Zanes Law will make sure to track that logbook down. There are many other factors that can contribue to a truck driving accident, some intentional and some not.
Some truck drivers get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or other types of drugs. It is hard to believe that anyone would do this, but it does happen because of the powerful hold that addictions can have over people. Overloaded and improperly loaded trucks can also contribute to crashes. Sometimes an accident is not the driver’s fault at all, but is due to equipment failure. Trucks are machines that are built to endure, but they are still susceptible to breaking down. Trucking companies are required to follow a maintenance schedule and keep a logbook of their repairs. Our Phoenix truck accident attorneys will make sure to obtain these records in the event of an accident so that we can obtain the best possible evidence for our clients’ cases.
Poor training is another factor that can cause drivers to have accidents on the road. Inexperienced or improperly trained truck drivers are extremely hazardous and result in a lot of motorists being hurt or killed. Those seeking out training as truck drivers should make sure the programs they are looking at have good reputations and solid references. Something else that can cause horrific truck accidents, many of which involve cars, is dangerous weather. Again, these types of crashes are especially damaging because of the sheer size and weight of the trucks.
Big rig trucks travel at almost the same speeds as passenger cars, but with three to four times the weight and five times the stopping distance. So you can imagine how much harm these trucks can do. Many modern trucks carry a black box that records the notable events that occur in an accident. A reputable law firm such as Zanes Law and our Phoenix truck accident attorneys will obtain this information in order to develop and win a personal injury case for you.
Truck accidents can be horrific events and it is important to know exactly what to do if you are involved in one. As Phoenix truck accident attorneys we recommend that you do the following if you are involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler or other commercial truck.
Unfortunately, most accident victims who are involved in a truck accident end up with some kind of injury. That is why these events are so life changing. Commercial trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, which is about ten-times heaver than a normal passenger vehicle. Because even low speed accidents with commercial vehicles can cause significant injuries, always seek medical care even if you think that you may be fine. This is important because many times people involved in these accidents realize later that they are hurt. These injuries that are initially unknown consist of head injuries like concussions and spinal injuries like herniated disks. So do not make the mistake of simply trying to work through the pain and get past the injury. The longer it takes you to see a doctor the better the insurance company’s case against you will be. It is important to see a doctor, get your injuries documents, and get the medical treatment that you need to get better. If you don’t have medical insurance and are unable to obtain the medical care that you need, our Phoenix truck accident attorneys will assist and advise you regarding your medical options.
In order to document the accident it is important that you gather as much evidence as possible. Many times law enforcement will be extremely helpful with this process because they will be the first on scene and will most likely do an accident investigation. As we move forward on you case will will want to get phots of the accident scene, the vehicles involved, and the black-box data from the semi-truck. The Phoenix truck accident attorneys at Zanes Law will respond quickly and immediately investigate these serious injury or wrongful death trucking cases. We will immediately retain the accident experts that we will need to throughly investigate the accident. This is important because while we are doing this, the insurance carriers will be doing the same.
Our experts will begin with a thorough examination of the scene itself. They will use the information collected by las enforcement, which will include measurements and photographs. Our experts will that reconstruct the accident in order to fill in any gaps in the original investigation. If you are able to take photos of the vehicles and the scene on your cell phone that information can be helpful as well. Make sure that you get photographs of any skid marks and debris in the road. It is important that you understand that the insurance companies will hire an accident reconstruction expert because they want to put the blame for the accident on you. Your photographs can be instrumental in winning this fight.
Finally, in a sever injury case it is important to keep your vehicle even though it is no longer drivable. This will allow you to pursue a case against the vehicle’s manufacturer if a defect in your vehicle was directly related to the severity of the injuries. Make sure that you speak with our Phoenix truck accident attorneys before your vehicle is totaled out or repaired if injuries were involved.
The Zanes Law trucking accident lawyers will fight to get you the following legal damages:
Federal law dictates what rules 18 wheeler drivers are expected to follow. It lays out the the amount of time commercial driver may actually drive his truck before the driver is legally required to stop and rest.
Unfortunately, commercial drivers are often pushed by their employers to violate these regulations in order to deliver their cargo more quickly. This creates situations involving driver fatigue and driver drug use in order to stay awake, which leads to horrific accidents. When you hire the experienced trucking accident lawyers at Zanes Law we will properly investigate driver fatigue and violations of the federal regulations.
After a serious truck accident we make sure that we collect the following evidence:
Many semi-truck drivers have a commercial drivers license and are simply turned loose on the highways to deliver their loads. At Zanes Law, our Phoenix truck accident attorneys believe that this is dangerous. All drivers need to have significant safety training before getting behind the wheel of an 80,000 pound truck. Trucking companies have a duty to provide both initial and on-going safety training to their drivers.
Commercial carriers are required to properly maintain their trucks and to make sure that their trucks are mechanically safe on the roads. A commercial truck driver is required to inspect their trucks, trailers, and loads each day. They need to make sure that their trucks and trailers are in good working condition and that their loads are properly secured. In fact, the federal regulations dictate that a driver must inspect the following items at the beginning of every trip:
Then at the end of the trip all of these items must again be inspected. The driver must log any dangerous conditions and defects, and the driver must report these to the trucking company before beginning the next trip. After an accident, this information will be an important part of an 18 wheeler accident lawsuit by our Phoenix truck accident attorneys.
Trucking companies carry insurance policies in order to protect themselves and their driver against claims for personal injury or wrongful death. These insurance policies generally carry seven-figure liability coverage amounts and so the stakes are substantial for the insurance carrier. This exposure makes the insurance carrier fight harder to try to protect their money and pay as little as possible on the claim. You are going to need the experienced Phoenix truck accident attorneys at Zanes Law who know how to beat the trucking companies.
After I was hit by a drunk driver last year, Zanes Law handled my case and my experience was a positive one. Even though the guy was never given a sobriety test (due to a lot of inconvenient and frustrating circumstances including police incompetence and other thinKayley Self Personal Injury
Good people to work with.Greg King Personal Injury
I never though of myself as a person that would ever file a lawsuit, but sometimes you have to do what you don't want to do to get what you need/deserve this was one of those times i didn't know a thing about the process they we very helpful in answering all of myNate Ash Showers Personal Injury
4222 E. Thomas Rd., #230
Phoenix, Arizona 85018
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, or worse... we are here to help. Please don't hesitate to reach out.