Semi-truck accidents occur in every state in the nation, and Arizona is no exception. With numerous big rigs, tractor trailers, and other large trucks, residents may be used to the constant sight of large vehicles on local and state roads and interstates but they may think little of them. Trucks tend to travel slower than other forms of vehicles on a roadway, tend to slow before other traffic, and tend to take longer to get up to speed, leading many drivers to try to pass trucks and move on when they are seen.
While most drivers safely operate near trucks or while passing them, occasionally collisions occur in the Phoenix area. Unlike some other forms of car accidents, truck accidents tend to be severe and are likely to cause serious injuries or even death due to the large and heavy nature of the truck involved. While these accidents may be serious, the victims who are injured are not without help. The laws in Arizona provide these accident victims with the right to seek relief for any and all damages that occur, including medical expenses and lost wages, through the use of a civil claim. These claims are the right of the victim to bring and are available often even if an at-fault driver does not receive a traffic ticket or a criminal charge in response to an accident. A personal injury lawyer with experience representing truck accident victims may be able to explain your legal rights and options if you have been involved in a collision or if your loved one was injured.
Police responded to an accident west of Casa Grande Thursday morning that involved a tractor trailer and four other vehicles. Officials believe that the driver of the semi was traveling westbound on I-10 near Route 387 shortly after 5:00 a.m. when the truck driver lost control of the vehicle, left the westbound lanes and crossed the median into the eastbound lanes of traffic. The truck then caused a head-on collisions with an eastbound vehicle. The impact sent both vehicles out of control and eventually caused three other cars to be involved. Additionally, the truck reportedly turned over and came to rest on its side, blocking some of the lanes of eastbound traffic.
Police and emergency officials responded to the scene and evaluated all victims who were injured in the accident. At least one person was killed and it is unclear what other injuries were sustained at this time though officials have reported that the collisions caused substantial damage to several vehicles involved. It is not yet known what caused the truck driver to lose control or whether any citations will be issued in this instance though police have confirmed that they are still reviewing all relevant information.