With the majority of them weighing anywhere from 10,000 and 80,000 pounds, big trucks or semis colliding with passenger vehicles usually result in serious injuries or even the death of those in the cars. Phoenix truck accident lawyers like Nathaniel B. Preston (“Nate”) has successfully helped many victims of terrible truck accidents get the compensation they deserve for their injuries.
Cars vs. Trucks Accident Statistics
The U.S. Department of Transportation has statistics that indicate there are about 500,000 truck accidents each year, with as many as 5,000 of them leading to loss of life. That means one out of every 5,000 truck crashes involves a fatality. Overall, one out of every eight traffic fatalities are caused by a trucking accident. When a crash is involving a smaller passenger vehicle and a tractor-trailer, 98% of the fatalities were people in the cars. These are statistics that should get your attention.
Despite the strict regulations in place, big truck accidents continue to happen. There are many causes for big truck accidents, such as driver fatigue, poor vehicle maintenance, mechanical failure, reckless driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or something else. Your experienced Phoenix truck accident lawyer will investigate your accident and determine what happened and why it
Defensive Driving is Important
There is a legal responsibility for owners of trucking companies and their drivers to pay attention to all traffic laws and to make sure that their big trucks are always properly maintained and cared for. Passenger vehicle drivers should take the time to practice defensive driving, especially when traveling on the roads, interstates, and highways that are most heavily populated with tractor-trailers and bigger trucks.
Here are some helpful safety tips you need to remember when sharing the road with big trucks:
- Notice trucker’s blind spots and avoid them
- Don’t ever attempt to pass a big truck on its right-hand side when its blinker indicates that it is going to make a right turn
- Watch for truck turn signals so you can stay out of the way
- When passing, use the proper procedures and adhere to traffic regulations
- When passing a big truck, don’t throw out trash or litter
- Never follow too closely or tailgate a big truck
- Never cut off a truck because it takes them longer to stop or brake than it does a car
FREE Initial Consultation for Your Case— Call Truck Accident Attorney Warnock MacKinlay Law in Phoenix, AZ
Warnock MacKinlay Law is dedicated to representing victims who suffered injuries in truck accidents. He fights to help them get the compensation they deserve for their damages. Your initial consultation where your claim is evaluated is completely free. Plus, you don’t have to pay out anything unless Nate recovers compensation for your claim first. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries because of a big truck accident in Phoenix, AZ, act quickly and contact Nate today to schedule a free initial case evaluation by filling out the online form or by calling his offices at 602-652-2009. Nate will treat you with care and compassion while aggressively pursuing your case.