Information available from the Arizona Department of Transportation shows that there were nearly 3,000 total collisions involving large commercial trucks, many of which led to serious injuries and several fatalities. Here, we want to review some of the most common causes of truck accidents throughout the state of Arizona. These incidents have the potential to cause deadly consequences, particularly because these larger vehicles significantly outweigh smaller passenger vehicles.
The person most immediately aligned with the safe operation of larger commercial trucks is the driver. Regardless of anything that has gone wrong up until the point of that truck hitting the roadway, the driver behind the wheel is going to be the first place to look for any negligent actions.
Truck drivers can fail to uphold their duty of care to others on the roadway in a variety of ways. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
If a truck driver is an employee of a trucking company, then the trucking company will likely be the entity liable for an incident. However, if the truck driver is an independent owner-operator and is only contracted by another company, then liability will typically stop at the owner-operator level.
Trucking companies could be held responsible for the actions of their drivers, but they may also hold liability for their own negligent actions. Trucking companies can be negligent in the following ways:
There are often various third parties involved in the overall operation of a larger commercial truck in the Arizona area. This could allow claims to be made against parties other than the driver or trucking company. Some of the most common third parties associated with truck accidents include:
If you or somebody you love has been injured in a truck accident caused by the negligence of a truck driver, trucking company, or another party, we encourage you to reach out to an attorney as soon as possible. A skilled Scottsdale truck accident lawyer can examine the facts of your case, conduct a complete investigation, and begin initial conversations with the insurance carriers or legal teams involved. The ultimate goal is to recover compensation for your losses, including medical bills, lost wages, property damage expenses, and pain and suffering damages.