Tempe Truck Accident Attorney
Trucks and semi-trailers truly are the kings of the road; their sheer size (sometimes in excess of 40 tons) makes them an unstoppable force on the highway, and nowhere is that more evident than when large trucks are involved in devastating crashes with other vehicles. Trucking accidents result in the injury and even the death of thousands of people each year. From badly managed trucking runs to careless trucking companies and reckless truck drivers, the causes of these accidents vary widely but most have the same sort of negative outcome: lifelong injuries to those involved. If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident, consult with a Tempe truck accident attorney to begin the claims process and get the compensation due to you.
Truck Accident Causes
There were 11,992 trucking accidents in 2016 in Arizona alone. During the same year, nearly 4,000 people lost their lives in trucking accidents across the United States. Two-thirds of those killed were riding in passenger vehicles when they were struck by a large or commercial truck. Human error reigns supreme when it comes to the causes of most major trucking accidents. Although the trucking industry has made great strides towards practicing safe driving measures and for the most part use due diligence in screening, hiring and training drivers and maintaining their fleets, accidents still happen. Some of the most common reasons that trucking accidents occur include:
- Sleepy drivers. Commercial drivers are under intense pressure to meet their delivery deadlines. The rigorous schedule of the trucker allows little time for delays, and sleep is not always a priority. A drowsy driver who nods off for a moment can easily lose control of the tons of steel that he’s steering, leading to horrific collisions with others on the roadway.
- Distracted operators. Driver distraction can become deadly when you’re behind the wheel of a large truck. Talking or texting on a cell phone, talking with passengers or even grabbing a bite to eat can lead to deadly distraction on the road.
- Poorly trained drivers. New drivers are more prone to horrible trucking accidents, especially if their training was rushed and they have little experience driving. Newer drivers are more apt to understand when to safely turn, signal and stop, leading to increased risk of accidents.
- Poorly maintained trucks. If a trucking company fails to appropriately repair, inspect and maintain a truck, a lapse in maintenance can lead to mechanical failure and ensuing accidents.
- Improper load management. Tying, harnessing and restraining cargo makes every run safer. If a load is not secured properly, problems can result that lead to accidents.
Consulting with a Tempe Trucking Accident Attorney
Truckers and the companies that they work for are required by federal law to adhere to specific regulations when in operation. If a negligent driver or the acts of his employer have resulted in you being involved in a trucking accident, you have rights to collect compensation for your injuries. Discuss your case with a Tempe trucking accident attorney. Our Lorona & Mead office offers free consultations to review your specific situation, so schedule your appointment today.