With more than ten million trucks driving around the country’s roads, it is not surprising to learn that there are close to half a million truck accidents every year. Truck drivers can be guilty of falling asleep while behind the wheel, driving under the influence, texting and driving, and many other factors that result in injuries and losses to drivers and pedestrians.
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in a truck accident, schedule a consultation with the truck accident attorneys at Wattel and York in Yuma, AZ. We are standing by to hear about your case and present the legal options available to you. There is no need for you to struggle financially while trying to recover your health. We will conduct the necessary investigation into your truck accident and prepare a strong case on your behalf. And remember, if there is no recovery, there is no fee. Call us today.
Commercial Truck Accidents
At Wattel and York, our truck accident attorneys understand that large trucks are responsible for devastating accidents and injuries. We have the experience you are looking for to make a difference when it comes to recovering monetary damages that will help you address the medical and financial challenges you are facing as a result of a commercial truck accident.
Truck accidents tend to result in extensive injuries, which might include:
- Broken bones.
- Head injuries that can include anything from concussions to traumatic brain injuries.
- Injuries to the spinal cord that could cause lifelong medical issues such as paralysis.
- Damage to internal organs.
- Deep lacerations that take a long time to heal and may cause permanent scarring.
Common Reasons for Yuma Truck Accidents
There is no doubt that truck accidents can be catastrophic. Whether you have an accident with a flatbed truck, a tractor-trailer, a tow truck, a car carrier, a cement mixer, or any other large and heavy vehicle, you run the risk of suffering severe or fatal injuries.
These accidents tend to happen for a wide variety of reasons, among them:
When a big vehicle is speeding, it may take them much longer to slow down for vehicles in front of them. Many times, truckers speed to deliver their cargo on time or meet deadlines established by their employers.
Distracted driving means taking your eyes off the road, your mind off driving, or your hands off the wheel. Texting while driving has received plenty of attention because it combines all three distractions. However, other actions such as eating or drinking while driving, switching radio stations, rubbernecking, and more, are also responsible for distracted driving accidents that cause fatalities and thousands of dollars in property damage.
Driving While Tired
There are regulations in place that govern how many hours drivers are allowed on the road before they need to take a break. However, pressure from the trucking companies and delivery deadlines that must be met sometimes have truck drivers violating these hours-of-service regulations. Tired drivers who fall asleep at the wheel can cause serious accidents.
Bad Weather and Poor Road Conditions
In some cases, no matter how careful the truck driver is, inclement weather and poor road conditions play a role in drivers losing control of their vehicles and causing accidents and pileups.
Who is Responsible for a Truck Accident?
It’s easy to point the finger at the truck driver after an accident. However, they are not necessarily the ones responsible for the accident. They may argue that it is the trucking company who is to blame, or maybe the party who improperly loaded the cargo.
When you work with a truck accident attorney from Wattel and York, you can be sure that we will take the time to investigate who is responsible for the accident. It may be a single party, or it may be multiple ones. Our investigation will extend to the truck’s manufacturer, the manufacturer of defective components or equipment, or whoever is responsible for maintaining the truck. We will not stop until we can identify the party or parties responsible for your injuries and losses.
Common Compensation for Commercial Truck Accidents
Compensatory damages in truck accident cases include economic losses, which include your medical bills and all expenses related to your injuries, and the income you have lost by not being able to work. There are also non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Your Wattel and York Yuma, AZ truck accident attorney will work with you to calculate the amount of damages you should seek. Set up your initial consultation now, and let us start working on your case.