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Commercial truck accidents may be caused trucks belonging to individuals  (e.g. a plumber or electrician) or  government agencies, or they may be part of large corporate fleets, like UPS, FEDEX, DHL, and other courier or delivery services.  If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of being involved in a truck accident, contact an experienced Phoenix, AZ truck accident lawyer for a free legal consultation.


Trucks are bigger and heavier than cars and often cause serious injuries when they are involved in crashes. Driving a truck requires special skills and added caution. The driver has to depend on mirrors to see other vehicles beside and behind the truck, and often has a larger blind spot, requiring extra care when turning or changing lanes.


Truck drivers may be under pressure to maintain strict schedules and quotas and may feel the need to hurry to complete their deliveries, which can encourage speeding and aggressive or careless driving. Drivers may be fatigued from too many hours of driving. Some truck drivers, including those who drive for the delivery service companies (UPS, etc.), are required to comply with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations that dictate how long a trucker can drive without a break, how often the company must conduct truck maintenance and inspection procedures, what records and driving logs the companies must keep, and the amount of liability insurance they must carry.

Truck Accident Injuries:

Because commercial trucks and regular trucks are usually much larger automobiles then normal cars, trucking accidents usually result in very serious injuries and even death.  Here are a few of the more common types of injuries that are sustained from truck accidents:


If you are able to do these things, they will help your truck accident lawyer in Phoenix, AZ by providing evidence to back your claim:

  • Call the police and file an accident report
  • Get the name of the company that owns the truck, the plate number, the driver’s name, and the registration and insurance information
  • Take photos of the truck and the accident scene
  • Get names of any witnesses
  • Don’t discuss who caused the accident, apologize, or state that you are okay; many injuries do not become apparent right away
  • Get medical care immediately
  • Call an experienced truck accident attorney in Phoenix, AZ

Can I settle my truck accident case directly with the company that owns the truck?

There is nothing in the law to keep you from negotiating a settlement with the insurance company or directly with the owner of the truck if they are self-insured. But the insurance adjuster or the representative of the trucking company will not be looking out for your best interest. They want to get away with the lowest possible payment.


Having an experienced Phoenix, AZ truck accident lawyer fighting for you will improve the likelihood of a settlement that is large enough to cover all of your current and future medical expenses and lost earnings along with the pain and suffering and other intangible losses from the accident. It requires knowledge of government regulations that apply to commercial trucks, access to accident reconstructionists, and legal expertise to investigate an accident and prepare the case for trial.


The Phoenix, AZ auto accident attorneys at Wattel & York have decades of litigation experience in truck accident law and a commitment to justice for individuals fighting large corporations and insurance companies. If you have been injured or a family member was killed in a collision, call today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

We advocate on behalf of accident victims in the greater Phoenix metro region, as well as Tucson, Yuma, Chandler and Glendale .You pay nothing unless we win!

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“Amazing people, they had my claim for about a week before they were able to get my truck totaled out. Otherwise I would have been stuck with a truck that had heavy front end damage if they hadn’t stepped in to help me. I tried to deal with my insurance company myself for over a month and that got me nowhere, all I got was a massive headache and a messed up truck. They are very professional and act quickly on your claim. I highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for help.”

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“I was in an accident and decided to call Wattel and York. After months of going to a Chiropractor, I finally felt better. When it came time for settlement, the insurance company was making an offer I wanted to accept, Mr. Wattel advised against it and felt the insurance company was shortchanging me. He recommended I file a lawsuit and that will get them to cave. Well, Dave filed suit, and sure enough, the insurance company increased their offer by $4,000! I am very satisfied with how my case was handled.”

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“Wattel & York were flat out outstanding with my personal injury case. They made the process painless and kept in constant communication throughout the entire time. Any questions I might’ve had were promptly answered and detail oriented. They gave me crucial advice that I would’ve otherwise not been aware of. I couldn’t have asked for more from them. Put your trust in these guys, you won’t be disappointed. Thanks Wattel & York.”

Mattew P.


“Thank you so much for all your hard work on our behalf! Thinking I could handle it on my own, I was originally reluctant to take my accident claim to an attorney. But I am SO glad I called you instead. Your people were always helpful, pleasant and responsive at every step along the way. You represented us with honesty and integrity and made a traumatic experience as painless as it could be. And best of all, you helped us get a settlement that was fair and far more than I could ever have negotiated on my own! I highly recommend Wattel &York to anyone who has suffered a personal injury.”

Cathy M.

“I was the passenger in a vehicle that was 'T- Boned' at an intersection in 2014. The issues of responsibility and recovery became a difficult and convoluted confusion. I really needed help. This Team at Wattel and York walked me patiently and encouragingly through difficult months, sorting through issues and finally arriving at a satisfactory conclusion. I especially want to name two great and encouraging "warriors" of Wattel and York who directed me along the way..Brian Torba and Melissa Patterson..to them and the whole team I say "Thank You" with heart felt gratitude. Sincerely, God Bless You.”

Robert G.

“Honesty. Integrity. Transparency. Partnership. Wattel & York brought all of these qualities and more to my accident case. I'd love to thank all of the team members who helped me with the process: David Guzman, who conducted the initial interview in my home, Aly Shomar-Esparza, who seamlessly guided me through paperwork and filings, Debbie Harrach, who conducted final review, paperwork revisions and scheduling, and Thomas Grisoni, who counseled me before and attended my deposition. I never felt alone during the arduous process and always knew there was a professional team looking out for my best interest. I highly recommend Wattel & York if you are unfortunately involved in an accident that was not your fault.”

Russ W.

“I was a passenger in a car that got t-boned a few years ago and got a huge gash. I didn't know a lot about lawyers, so I basically just picked one on the flip of a coin. I called Wattel and York and they explained everything, I went into the office and filled out paperwork. Got treatment on my gash over the time I worked with them, glad I did as it opened back up a couple times and bled. They did really good, got me the maximum amount of money, and made sure I was well taken care of. I was updated from time to time so that was good. The only thing I might change is I never got to thank or talk to my lawyer. I think it was because I was already used to dealing with the lady at their Glendale office so they just kept her as my point of contact. So it's okay, I'll thank them with a good review. The last thing I could say about them is months after I thought my case was over they called me and said they had another check for me for a few hundred dollars. Apparently, they negotiated with the hospital I went to after the accident. It was a nice surprise and shows they really had my interests in mind.”

Trent B.

“Wattel & York has been great for me in the past few years. I was involved in a really bad accident while I was on Active Duty in Yuma, Arizona and they have been patient with me every step of the way through a very long process. I would recommend them to anyone thank you for all your help.”

Levy G.

“Appreciate David taking the time to speak with me. He was most kind. From the front line with the receptionist, to him, the firm was a class act all the way around.”

Claire B.

“Dave Wattel represented me and my son on a Personal Injury case from a motor vehicle accident back in 2009. Jake P. handled my deposition and Dave did the Quarterbacking. The insurance company hired NFL referee Ed Hochuli's firm to try and deny our claim. But Wattel & York made it look as easy as Tom Brady on the football field. The result was more than acceptable and my son and I were compensated for our injuries and rehabilitation. Dave Wattel cares about his clients. If I ever find myself in a situation like this again, Wattel & York will be on speed dial!!”

Vince C.

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