If you or a loved one has been unfortunate enough to be involved in a collision with a commercial truck, you may be left wondering what to do next. These types of accidents have a huge financial and personal impact on you- from injury and ongoing suffering to the damage done to your own vehicle and you’ll need legal support to help carry the burden.
In the state of Arizona, trucks are relied on to help businesses across the country with deliveries and supplies and are the majority of the road users on our highways. Due to their frequent use, however, it immediately makes them more vulnerable to having accidents with many of the repercussions having a significant impact on both the company and driver as well as the other vehicle involved.
Commercial trucks 101
A commercial vehicle is defined as a large vehicle like a large van, truck, or trailer driven by a worker on behalf of a company. Typically, the driver will be expected to work long hours, covering hundreds if not thousands of miles for their employer, statistically making them much more likely to be involved in an accident. Due to the size and weight of a typical truck, it often means the accidents cause significantly more damage to both individuals and the vehicles involved making the accident much more costly and more likely to cause injuries.
In the state of Arizona, there are laws on how long commercial drivers can be on and the responsibility of checking both vehicle maintenance as well as river wellbeing is that of the overall company. Sometimes accidents with commercial trucks are caused by a mechanical fault, other times carelessness from the driver, or lack of concentration after a long drive.
How the law in Arizona handles commercial truck accidents
If you’ve had an accident within the state of Arizona, you’ll be relieved to hear that the law is much stricter for drivers of commercial vehicles, as it’s essential they follow all rules of the road to minimize the potential for accidents. Our experienced accident attorneys can explain the implications of having a crash with a commercial truck and the laws around licensing that the employer will have to meet too. In circumstances where the drivers’ company isn’t held responsible for the accident, the case can become much more legally complex as liability will then fall elsewhere.
When a commercial truck has been involved in an accident, it’s the responsibility of the other party in the accident to prove the accident happened due to the truck drivers’ negligence. This can include proving they were driving over their allocated hours or because of the time of day or weather conditions etc. The attorney representing the driver involved will help uncover factors like this that will help prove negligence. If your case isn’t straightforward or is becoming more complex due to third-parties and their responsibilities, it’s highly advisable to hire an experienced accident attorney,
If you’re looking for further advice or want to learn more about how we could help with your car accident case, give us a call on (480) 634-7480. Our team is always happy to answer any questions you may have about an accident with a commercial truck.