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Truck Driver Negligence

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You will face great difficulties in the aftermath of a devastating truck accident. You might also feel like you’re alone without the necessary support you need. No one likes to be involved in an accident, and recovering the compensation you need can be difficult and confusing. An Arizona truck driver negligence lawyer can help you start a claim and begin your recovery process.   

If you have been injured as a result of a negligent truck driver in Arizona, it is important to seek legal remedies. Wattel & York can help you determine who’s responsible for your truck driver accident and hold those negligent parties responsible. Contact us for a free initial consultation today and read on for more information on recovering full and fair compensation for your AZ commercial truck accident. 

Proving Trucking Negligence

One of your legal team’s duties is to investigate and demonstrate who’s responsible for your injuries when involved in a truck accident.  Your AZ truck driver accident attorney will review the evidence left behind and use the following to prove negligence in a commercial trucking accident:

  • Cell phone records, including calls or texts made during the accident
  • Security cameras that catch drivers engaged in reckless driving practices, 
  • Breathalyzer examination shows that the driver used drugs or alcohol
  • Driving without the proper commercial driving credentials

All of the above and more can make big rig drivers responsible for your associated accident injuries. Sometimes faulty equipment on the commercial vehicle or improperly loaded cargo can also cause accidents. Speak with an AZ trucking accident attorney about proving negligence in your claim today. 

Arizona Truck Accident Liability

If you are injured in an accident involving a negligent commercial vehicle, you can file a claim against the individual driver or the trucking company. Who you file a claim against depends on the specific causes found in your investigation. In some cases, you may even be able to sue the truck manufacturer.

Truck Driver Liability

If the truck driver works as an independent contractor, they are legally responsible for the resulting damages, and their insurance policy is responsible for processing your claim.

Trucking Company Liability

Suppose the driver in your commercial trucking accident is a trucking company employee who was driving a company truck at the time of the collision. In that case, their employer can be held liable for the driver’s negligence. Generally, said negligence is covered under the employer’s insurance policy. 

In these types of cases, both the driver and the trucking company employer are listed as defendants in the personal injury claim. If you require assistance holding truck drivers, companies, and manufacturers liable, contact Wattel & York. 

Filing an AZ Truck Negligence Claim

AZ personal injury law professionals suggest filing a claim after a trucking accident if the truck driver, trucking company, or truck manufacturer was responsible for your accident. If any of the following applies to your claim, you can be entitled to personal injury damages:

  • You were injured in the accident, or the accident caused property damage
  • You incurred significant expenses because of your accident
  • You are experiencing an ongoing disability, additional medical expenses, and other consequences because of your accident

If you are considering filing a trucking accident claim in Arizona, hire an experienced AZ personal injury lawyer. They will use the necessary knowledge of AZ tort law and commercial vehicle protocols to recover maximum compensation for you. 

Arizona Statute of Limitations

Generally, all Arizona civil claims have a two-year statute of limitation. This means that if your claim is not resolved within two years of the collision, you would need to file a lawsuit to continue pursuing your claim. The statute of limitations is considerably shorter if the defendant is a government entity.

The State where the collision occurs typically governs what laws apply in an accident, so you’ll want an experienced interstate personal injury lawyer on your side. Don’t wait for the statute of limitations to come up before filing a lawsuit if you’ve been unsuccessful in resolving your claim. 

Let Wattel & York get started on your claim now. If you are the victim of a trucking accident, you have the right to seek legal representation from an experienced attorney. Trucking accidents can have a severe impact on your life. That’s why we recommend working with adept 18-wheeler accident attorneys to recover the damages you’re entitled to. 

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