The average large truck/tractor-trailer vehicle can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, according to the Federal Highway Administration. This is nearly 20 times the weight of the average car, which is approximately 4,000 pounds. When a wreck involving a passenger car and a large truck occurs, then, the aftermath can be catastrophic to say the least.
Why Do Large Truck Accidents Happen in Phoenix?
Large trucks are important – they carry products and goods to consumers all over America. Despite their importance, and the duty with which they must be operated, large trucks are not always driven safely. Large truck accidents occur for the following reasons:
- Truck driver fatigue;
- Truck driver distraction;
- Drunk driving;
- Aggressive driving;
- Road rage;
- Unsafe turns;
- Overloaded or improperly loaded cargo;
- Vehicle or vehicle part malfunctions; and
- The negligence of other drivers on the road.
Who May Be Held Liable in a Trucking Accident?
Trucking accidents are especially complex due to the number of parties who may be held liable – in a traditional car accident, fault usually falls on the shoulders of one of the drivers involved. In a truck accident, on the other hand, liability may lie with the truck driver, the truck driver’s employee/trucking company, a loader of cargo, a shipper, a vehicle part/part’s manufacturer, or another third party or other driver (or a combination of the above). You can file a claim directly against these parties, or against these parties’ insurance companies.
To prove the liability of one of the above parties, you will need to collect the right evidence, organize it, and present it to the appropriate party. The collection of evidence can be very time consuming, and in some cases may require legal intervention, such as the composition and delivery of spoliation of evidence letters.
What To Do When a Trucking Accident Occurs
There is no way to prepare yourself for a truck accident that changes your life. However, there are things that you can do immediately after a truck accident occurs to ensure that your chances of receiving your full compensation amount are as good as possible. One of the best things that you can do is to call an attorney as soon as possible.