According to Arizona’s Department of Transportation’s (ADOT) “Motor Vehicle Division Statistical Summary,” more than 8 million vehicles were registered in the State of Arizona by June 30, 2017. This represents a high volume of car and truck traffic on Arizona’s roads, especially in high population cities like Phoenix. Every vehicle, from small cars and SUV’s to large commercial eighteen wheelers, has to share the same roads every day, making it likely for an accident to happen. However, not all accidents can be equally measured. A regular car crash cannot be compared to a crash involving a large commercial truck. These events can have traumatic outcomes.
The truck accident lawyers at Reiff & Bily’s The Truck Accident Team in Phoenix, Arizona have decades of experience representing clients who have been injured in truck accidents. We have fought and dedicated our practice to representing our clients’ interests and making sure they are properly compensated for their pain and suffering. For a free and confidential consultation, call our legal offices at (800)-896-6173 today.
Common Truck Accident Causes in Arizona
Many truck accidents are caused by drivers and trucking companies that violate federal trucking regulations. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), “elements such as fatigue, drinking alcohol and speeding are major factors in motor vehicle crashes overall.” There are, however, other variables that could also cause accidents such as a flat tire, break malfunction, snow, heavy rain and more.
The FMCSA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted The Large Truck Crash Causation Study to determine the reasons for serious crashes involving large trucks. The study analyzed 963 crashes involving 1,123 large trucks and 959 motor vehicles that were not large trucks. Out of the 963 crashes, 73 percent involved a large truck colliding with at least one other vehicle. The top associated factors found in this study were:
- Brake problems
- Traffic low interruption (congestion, previous crash)
- Prescription drug use
- Travelling too fast for conditions
- Unfamiliarity with roadway
- Roadway problems
- Required to stop before crash (traffic control device, crosswalk)
- Over-the-counter drug use
- Inadequate surveillance
Injured individuals may hold truck companies and their insurance company legally liable for injuries suffered as the result of an accident due to negligence or non-compliance with state and/or Federal regulations. Contact the offices of Reiff & Bily and let us help. Our experience and resources can assist you throughout your legal claim. For a free & confidential consultation, call (800) 896-6173 today.
How Can Truck Accidents Be Prevented?
The FMCSA requires truck drivers to undergo a physical examination prior to obtaining a trucking license. Extended hours of driving and siting represent a risk to a driver’s health and overall safety. During this examination process, drivers must fill out a medical history which includes preexisting conditions, surgeries, medication, substance abuse issues, among other factors. License applicants are subsequently evaluated by a physician. Some of the test to be performed are: blood pressure analysis, vision test in both eyes and urinalysis test to detect the presence of drugs or alcohol.
Through the FMCSA, the Federal Government also establishes regulations to make trucking safer and to help prevent accidents. Some of the regulations and rules that apply to every truck driver in the country include:
11 Hour Driving Limit:
As a safety method, drivers must take a ten-hour break after a maximum eleven-hour driving period. Since trucking usually requires driving long distances over an extended period of time, truckers must take note of their driving periods in order to take appropriate breaks.
A driver may drive only if 8 hours or less have passed since the driver’s last off-duty or sleeper berth period of at least 30 minutes. This is another example of driver fatigue precaution in an effort to prevent truck accidents.
Other regulations that apply to truck drivers can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Sections 82.201 to 382. 507 of the CFR provide everything regarding truck driver alcohol and controlled substance consumption, on-duty use, pre-duty use, testing, and consequences for drivers engaging in conduct related to substance abuse.
Our Phoenix, Arizona Attorneys Can Help
A serious truck accident can lead to a stressful and difficult situation. Handling your claim and negotiating with insurance companies while recovering from injuries can be frustrating. If you have been involved in a situation like this, you need the help of an experienced truck accident attorney. We bring decades of experience in handling cases such as yours. Call at our law offices at (800) 896-6173 for a free and confidential consultation.