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Navigating Truck Accident Cases

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Article by Kelley Durham

Photography by Kelley Durham

Buckle up (see what we did there?) as we delve into what defines a truck accident in the eyes of the law so you can understand when seeking the counsel of a personal injury lawyer becomes essential if you or a loved one finds themselves in this situation.

Defining Truck Accidents in Legal Terms

Truck accidents fall under the umbrella of personal injury law, specifically in the realm of motor vehicle accidents.

When a collision involves a large commercial truck, like an 18-wheeler, the legal implications can be vastly different from typical car accidents.

You may be surprised to learn that it's not just large commercial trucks that are considered trucks in the eye of the law, often other truck types are legally registered as trucks that will classify them as a truck that is treated differently in the case of an accident than a car.

Understanding these distinctions is crucial to navigating the aftermath of such incidents, some ways to better understand these distinctions is to look at some examples.

Real-world Examples of Truck Accident Cases

  1. Driver Fatigue: Long hours on the road can lead to driver fatigue, impairing a trucker's ability to react quickly. Accidents caused by tired truck drivers are unfortunately common.
  2. Improper Maintenance: If a trucking company neglects regular maintenance or fails to address mechanical issues promptly, it can result in catastrophic accidents due to brake failures, tire blowouts, or other mechanical malfunctions.
  3. Distracted Driving: Just like in car accidents, truck accidents can result from drivers being distracted by their phones, GPS devices, or other distractions.
  4. Overloaded Trucks: Trucks carrying loads beyond their weight limits can become unstable, leading to accidents. Overloading is a violation of safety regulations.
  5. Negligent Hiring Practices: Trucking companies must ensure they hire qualified and trained drivers. Failure to do so, or overlooking a driver's history of violations, can make the company liable for accidents.

When to Seek Personal Injury Help from a Lawyer in Truck Accident Cases

  1. Severe Injuries or Fatalities: Due to their size and weight, truck accidents often result in severe injuries or fatalities. In such cases, legal assistance is crucial to secure compensation for medical expenses, loss of income, and emotional suffering.
  2. Multiple Parties Involved: Truck accidents may involve various parties, including the driver, the trucking company, and even the manufacturer of the truck or its parts. Untangling this web requires legal expertise.
  3. Disputes with Insurance Companies: Insurance companies involved in truck accident claims may try to minimize payouts. Having a lawyer can ensure that you are not shortchanged and that your rights are protected.
  4. Complex Legal Regulations: Trucking is subject to a myriad of state and federal regulations. Understanding and navigating these complexities is best left to legal professionals with experience in truck accident cases.

As you can see, Truck accidents present a unique set of challenges within the realm of personal injury law. Whether you're dealing with issues of liability, insurance disputes, or the aftermath of severe injuries, seeking legal counsel is a strategic move. Remember, the road to justice can be complex, but with the right legal guidance, you can navigate it successfully.

At K Durham Law PLLC, we specialize in handling vehicle accidents in Phoenix and the surrounding areas of Arizona. As the victim of someone else's negligence, you deserve compassionate and dignified treatment. Our primary focus is on securing your financial future and, most importantly, your well-being.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, don't hesitate to reach out to us for a free consultation by calling 480-820-9090.

We are dedicated to helping you understand your rights, guiding you through the legal process, and ensuring you receive the settlement you deserve.

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