Articles Posted in Trucking Accidents

Any type of traffic accident can turn deadly in Phoenix when the wrong combination of factors mix. Even collisions that seem minor may lead to death or serious injury and may cause suffering that lasts a lifetime. Semi-trucks and other large vehicles tend to be involved in a disproportionately large number of fatal crashes because their large size and weight means that a typical car or passenger vehicle is no match when going head-to-head. This is one of the reasons that trucking companies tend to have expansive insurance policies to protect their interests in the event of an accident.

Victims of Phoenix truck accidents can obtain the relief they deserve if they are willing to pursue a civil claim. Unlike charges brought by local police or state officials, a civil claim is the right of the victim to bring and cannot be barred by a negligent or at-fault driver. Additionally, any relief obtained in a civil claim will benefit the victim directly and can provide compensation for all financial losses from medical expenses to pain and suffering and even lost wages. These collisions and claims are complex and victims rarely are able to negotiate the terrain that comes with them without the help of a skilled lawyer. Speaking with a personal injury attorney in Phoenix or elsewhere in the Valley may help you understand your options and what relief may be available to you if a crash has left you injured.

An incident near 43rd Avenue and Roosevelt Street in Phoenix this morning left one man dead and a woman in critical condition. Police responded to the scene and determined that a car in the area collided with the rear of a semi-truck, leading to a serious accident that left the car heavily damaged. Neither the man nor the woman in the car were able to exit on their own and both had to be removed by firefighters who responded to the crash. The car was partially wedged under the rear of the trailer.

The male victim was pronounced dead at the scene and the female victim’s current condition remains unknown at this time. She was taken to an area hospital for treatment of her crash-related injuries but the nature and extent of those injuries has not been revealed.
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Recent decades have seen an increased focus on the effects of fatigue and tiredness among drivers on American roads and the dangers they pose. While it may surprise many, studies have revealed fatigue to be a danger along the levels of texting while driving. Tired drivers behind the wheel are a danger to themselves and to others on the roads of Phoenix and the rest of the Valley of the Sun, but despite the risks, many drivers admit to operating when they are tired. Some even admit to falling asleep behind the wheel.

These dangerous drivers are even more deadly when they operate a truck because of the large and heavy nature of a truck’s typical load. Often, truck accidents occur in Phoenix and cause disproportionately large injuries to the victims in other vehicles. Accident victims and their family members who are directly affected may be entitled to legal relief through the use of a civil claim for damages due to several Arizona laws that protect victims’ rights, but these cases can be complex, so speaking with a personal injury lawyer may help you understand your options if you have been hurt.

A Wednesday collision involving four vehicles on I-17 in Phoenix is now being blamed on the driver of a semi-truck who allegedly admitted to authorities that he took a muscle relaxant and fell asleep before the impact happened. The truck driver, a 54-year-old male, was arrested and charged with suspicion of second degree murder.

The incident took place on I-17 near Bell Road in the morning hours. Traffic was congested and officials have stated that the truck driver, hauling concrete pavers, rear-ended four vehicles that were stopped in traffic. The semi-truck continued and struck a concrete barrier which caused it to spill much of its load onto the road’s surface. At least one of the vehicles involved in the crash burst into flames, leaving a 22-year-old man dead and another person in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. Three other victims were taken to area hospitals for undisclosed injuries and several other people sustained minor injuries but did not need immediate medical assistance.

Following the impact, officials spoke with the driver of the truck who allegedly admitted that he often became tired while driving in the dark and that he fell asleep behind the wheel before the collision occurred. Further, the driver reportedly stated that he took a muscle relaxant the night before, a fact some officers on the scene said was supported by the fact that the driver had glassy, bloodshot eyes and was slurring his speech. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor at this time.
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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.
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Truck accidents result from a number of different factors in Phoenix and across the rest of the Valley. Some collisions are caused by errors on the part of other drivers. Other crashes occur because of truck driver fatigue. And still in other instances, speeding or driving too fast for conditions may lead to a crash. Regardless of the specific factors that contributed to a collision, those involved in truck accidents are likely to sustain injuries, and in the worst cases, be killed due to the extreme forces associated with an impact.

The victims of truck accidents in Phoenix have certain protections and certain rights under the laws of Arizona which may include the right to seek a financial recovery for the losses experienced, including medical expenses incurred, lost wages missed from work, and even pain and suffering. These claims are separate and distinct from any traffic-related tickets or charges brought by local authorities and often are available even if a responsible driver does not get a ticket in the crash. These cases can be complicated so it may be a good idea to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer to learn about the effects of your accident if your have been hurt in a collision.

Police in Phoenix were called to the scene of a collision between a semi-truck and a pedestrian late this morning and resulted in the death of the pedestrian. The incident occurred on Buckeye and forced lane closures between 7th and 16th Streets shortly before noon. It is unclear whether the truck driver was injured in the accident or whether any other parties were involved.

Police are still investigating the collision and trying to determine why the crash occurred and whether anyone erred before the impact. It could take some time before officials are able to make their final determinations or before it is announced whether any charges will be issued.
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In 2013, there were 10,741 trucking accidents in Arizona, including semi-truck collisions, garbage and concrete truck accidents, tractor trailer collisions, and tow truck accidents. These collisions accounted for just over five percent of all traffic-related accidents in the state, meaning that though truck accidents are very visible, they make up only a small portion of all collisions. Yet despite the fact that truck accidents may be less common than some may have believed, they are responsible for a large number of injuries and deaths every year because when a truck crash occurs, it tends to be very serious. Among those collisions that involved trucks, 94 accidents turned fatal and another 3,181 crashes caused injuries.

The victims of truck crashes may be forced to suffer from injuries, often including broken or fractured bones, cuts and lacerations, back and neck injuries, or even death. State officials may conduct an investigation into a crash and issue traffic tickets or criminal charges as a result but any penalties associated with those charges will not go towards the benefit of those who are hurt. Instead, injury victims may be entitled to seek financial relief through the use of a civil claim for damages, a claim possessed by the victims of car accidents to enable them to recover for the wrongs done to them. These claims can provide compensation for medical expenses, surgical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages, depending on the facts and circumstances surrounding a crash. Speaking with a lawyer who handles personal injury claims, including truck accidents, may help you understand your legal options following a crash.

An early morning crash today turned deadly on I-10 in Tucson, prompting an investigation by local authorities. Police believe that a tractor trailer was traveling westbound when the driver lost control of the vehicle for reasons that are not yet clear. The truck began to roll and reportedly crossed the center median, entering westbound lanes of traffic and allegedly colliding with a westbound vehicle. The crash caused both vehicles to catch fire and resulted in the deaths of the truck driver and the driver of the westbound vehicle.
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Many different types of trucks drive on Arizona’s freeways, expressways, and local roads every day, serving vital functions and enabling society to function as normal. Most of these trucks make it through a daily route without incident and without an accident; unfortunately, though, that is not always the case as Arizona experiences thousands of truck accidents every year.

Some of these accidents involve only one or more trucks. Many involve a truck and another type of vehicle, whether it is a car, van, or even a bus. Regardless of the vehicles involved, truck accidents are likely to result in injuries or even death to those either inside the truck or in another vehicle involved in a collision. The victims of these accidents may be forced to endure a long road toward recovery but they are not without legal options to seek relief for their damages. In fact, in Phoenix and the surrounding towns of the Valley, truck accident victims are often entitled to bring a civil claim for damages to recover financial compensation against those who caused a collision. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Phoenix may help you understand your legal options if you have been involved in a crash, including whether you are entitled to relief.

A crash on I-17 around 5:00 this morning proved fatal and led to massive closures along I-17 for morning rush hour. Police arrived at the scene and determined that a tanker truck collided with a center concrete median for reasons that are not yet clear. The incident occurred near the Loop 303 and resulted in the closure of northbound traffic at Jomax Road and southbound traffic at the Loop 303.

Debris from the collision was obstructing traffic in both northbound and southbound lanes but the biggest threat to other motorists appeared to be spillage from the tanker truck. The contents of the truck have not yet been confirmed but authorities believe it may have been fuel, and that the collision caused a spill and led to the fuel or other substance covering portions of I-17. Emergency crews were called to investigate the fluid and to clean it up before the highway would be reopened.

Police have confirmed that the tanker accident was fatal and that one person lost his or her life. At this time, though, it is not clear whether it was the driver of the tanker or another individual in the area.
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On average, semi trucks are involved in fewer accidents per mile driven than other types of vehicles, including passenger cars, vans, and SUVs. Operators of semi trucks need special licensing and additional training before they can legally operate a rig and they also have more experience behind the wheel, two factors often believed to be part of the reason that semi trucks are involved in relatively few accidents.

However, when a truck accident occurs, the results are often more severe and extreme than they would be if the accident involved smaller vehicles. The size, weight, and distribution of a truck means that it often has significant momentum and force when a collision does occur. Additionally, if a truck is involved with a vehicle or object smaller than the truck itself, the smaller object or vehicle usually absorbs the majority of the impact, leading to a potential for serious injuries stemming from any truck accident.

The victims involved in a truck accident in the Phoenix area or across the rest of Arizona may be entitled to relief for their damages. A personal injury lawyer can help you understand whether you are entitled to recover for your losses, including any medical expenses you have been forced to incur and time that you have been forced to miss from work. These claims are separate and distinct from any traffic or criminal charges that may be brought by the state; in fact, claims for personal injuries are often available even where an at-fault driver did not receive a ticket for his or her negligence.

Local police in Surprise responded to the scene of an accident on the Loop 303 this morning and found a gruesome sight. A truck traveling near Grand Avenue left the road’s surface and struck a guard rail on the right side, causing a piece of metal from the guard rail to impale the truck from the windshield area through the back of the truck which reportedly carried newspapers. The metal also impaired the driver’s leg, nearly severing it and leaving the man with critical injuries.
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On average, a semi truck travel more miles every year than a passenger car, particularly on highways and freeways as they move product from one location to another. Though they travel a lot of miles, semi trucks are involved in fewer accidents per mile than most other drivers. This, in part, is due to stricter requirements for truck drivers as well as addition required training.

But semi truck accidents still occur, some in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. And when a semi truck is involved in a crash, often the results are serious. The large size and weight of a semi truck means that it causes more damage than other vehicles when it is involved in an accident. In addition to any damage done to a car, a semi crash can also leave those involved with serious or even fatal injuries. Speaking with an injury lawyer after a crash is the best way to learn about the legal options if you have been hurt in an accident.

Police in Phoenix were called to the scene of an accident on Wednesday morning that involved a pickup truck and a semi near the intersection of 7th Avenue and a frontage road for I-17. Police believe that the two vehicles collided while traveling in different directions. According to the driver of the semi, he was eastbound and had a green light when the oncoming pickup truck collided with his vehicle. It is not clear whether there are any independent witnesses to the collision that can confirm or deny this version of events.

In addition to police, emergency crews responded to the crash and transported the driver and the passenger in the pickup to area hospitals for evaluation and treatment of their injuries. Their current conditions remain unknown.

Police are still investigating the crash and trying to determine if the pickup ran a red light, and if so, why. Reportedly they are considering all possible scenarios including whether alcohol may have played a factor in the accident.
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Semi trucks present a significant threat to all other drivers on the road. Their large size and generally heavy weight means that they outmatch any passenger car that is in their way, meaning that when a collision occurs, the passenger car will almost always fare worse than the truck. Those injured through the negligence of a semi truck driver may be entitled to bring a claim for their damages and speaking with an injury lawyer can help you understand what your options may be.

Police have reported shocking facts from a fatal crash outside of Quartzsite yesterday morning between an SUV and a semi. At this time, police believe that the driver of the semi was driving under the influence of drugs on Interstate 10 as he approached an SUV with at least seven people inside. The truck driver reportedly rear-ended the SUV, causing a crash that pushed the SUV off the road and forced it to roll over at least once.

Two people inside the SUV were ejected during the crash, and unfortunately, both of them lost their lives as a result of the injuries they sustained. Five others in the SUV suffered injuries but were expected to survive.

According to local authorities, the driver of the semi fled the scene but was apprehended about a half a mile away from the crash site. He has been arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree murder, five counts of aggravated assault, driving under the influence of drugs, and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. It is unclear whether he was also injured in the crash.

If the allegations against this truck driver are proven to be true, he could face serious penalties, including incarceration. But that may not be the end of the driver’s legal liability stemming from this incident.
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The Arizona Department of Public Safety is participating in Operation Safe Driver this week (Oct. 17 to 23) by focusing on aggressive driving by both commercial drivers and the drivers of passenger vehicles.

Many Phoenix car accidents and trucking accidents in Arizona are caused by some form of aggressive driving, including speeding.As we reported recently on our Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, 806 motorists were killed and more than 50,000 injured in Arizona traffic accidents last year. Arizona trucking accidents killed 99 motorists in 2008.

Aggressive driving is a significant threat to motorists on the road. While many drivers associate aggressive driving with road rage, they are not the same thing. Road rage is a criminal offense, aggressive driving is a much broader category of driving behaviors that includes speeding, failure to pay attention while driving, tailgating, making frequent lane changes, running read lights, inappropriate passing, cutting drivers off in traffic and not using your turn signals.

Those who are prone to driving aggressively should slow down, plan ahead and allow extra time to reach their destination, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

When confronted by an aggressive driver, a motorist should move out of the way, avoid eye contact and should not respond to gestures. Dangerous drivers should also be reported to police.

Arizona safety officials hope to combat the dangers of aggressive driving and other poor driving decisions on a number of fronts. The Department of Public Safety’s objectives this week include:

-Increased traffic and safety belt enforcement.

-More roadside inspections of commercial vehicles.

-Increase education among drivers, especially teen drivers, of the dangers of driving around large trucks and buses.

-Promote awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.

-Implement education and awareness programs for commercial drivers.
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