If you have been involved in a truck accident, we want to express our deepest sympathy. These accidents are some of the most tragic auto accidents on the road. We see horrific injuries from truck accidents all the time and we dedicate our practice to getting compensation for these victims. We will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. This is our goal and we would be more than happy to show you how much we can help you.
Important First Steps
If you are too injured to stay on the scene and collect evidence, you should get on the ambulance and get taken to the emergency room. If you are able to stick around, there are several things you should do. You want to first make sure your vehicle is out of the way of traffic and that everyone involved is safe. You should call the police and get them on the scene right away. You should get the contact and insurance information from the truck driver as well as contact information from any witnesses. On top of that, we urge you to take photos and videos of the scene, all vehicles involved, and your injuries. We can use all of this to build a strong case for you.
How Compensation Works
Arizona allows for a lot of leeway in regards to getting compensation. We follow the rules of pure comparative negligence. What that means is if you have been deemed partially at fault for the accident, you can still receive compensation. Even if you are 99% at fault, you can still get compensation. The only catch is that your compensation will be reduced by the percent of fault you are deemed. For instance, if you are deemed 10% at fault and you are awarded $100,000 for your damages, you will be allowed to collect $90,000 of it to account for your partial fault. The only way to be completely barred from compensation is if you are 100% at fault for the accident. We will work hard to make sure that you are not blamed for the accident and that you receive full compensation for your damages.
Do NOT Talk to the Insurance Company
It is almost a guarantee that the insurance company will try to and get in contact with you after the accident. They will ask you for a recorded statement and make it seem like it would help your case if you obliged. You should never fall for this. They are looking to get an answer from you that makes you seem at fault for the accident. We truly urge you not to take that call or give a statement. Don’t give them any reason to withhold the compensation that they owe you. The best thing to do in a situation like this is to let your attorney take over all communication with the insurance company. They will make sure that the insurance company is held accountable for the damages you incurred from the accident.
Common Truck Accident Injuries
As mentioned, truck accidents can cause severe injuries. They can be truly devastating for people to be involved in. The most common truck accident injuries include:
- Concussion or traumatic brain injury
- Internal organ damage
- Spinal cord and neck damage
- Broken bones and fractures
- Cuts and lacerations
You need to get your injuries looked at right away. Do not delay getting medical attention. You may have so much adrenaline in your body right after the accident that you don’t feel the full extent of your injuries. Be sure to get yourself checked out right away.
Arizona Statute of Limitations
In order to be eligible for compensation, you must bring your claim within two years from the date of your accident. If miss the two year deadline, you will be barred from compensation. If you go to an attorney a day before the two year deadline runs out, they will not be able to help you. The sooner you get to an attorney, the better. It is important that you give your attorney as much time as possible to build you a strong case.
Frequently Asked Truck Accident Questions
What Should My First Steps Be?
If you’ve been involved in a truck accident in the state of Arizona, some of the things you should do first is make sure you get to your medical providers and get the treatment you need. Trucks can cause some serious injuries, and you want to make sure you get those evaluated and treated. Next, you want to make sure that you follow your doctor’s orders, that you take care of yourself and do everything you can to get yourself back to full strength as soon as possible.
If possible, you or someone with you should take photographs of the scene, all of the vehicles involved, and broad pictures of the scene to get as much information as you can. The next thing you should do is make sure you hire an attorney who can preserve the evidence. There’s a lot of electronic data on trucks that will go away quickly if it’s not preserved, so you want somebody to help you make sure you get all of that information preserved, make sure witnesses don’t disappear, that they’ve had a chance to be interviewed before all of that happens.
Make sure you hire the right attorney. Hire somebody who deals with trucking cases on a regular basis. Hire a trial lawyer so you’ve got somebody who knows what they’re doing, knows the process, and is willing to go as far as necessary to make sure that you get a fair settlement or resolution for your case.
How Do I Pick the Right Attorney?
If you’ve been injured in a commercial truck accident, you need to have an attorney who deals with that area of law. Commercial truck accidents deal with a lot of regulations. You need somebody who has the experience in reviewing those regulations, knows how they apply to your case, and knows how to deal with those. You need somebody who focuses on truck because they’re not just the same as a car crash in a lot of ways.
Another important thing is to get a trial attorney. A lot of these trucking companies push their cases to trial, so if you’re going to go to trial, you need somebody who’s preparing for it from the beginning and who the insurance companies will, in fact, go to trial and will take it there if necessary.
What Mistakes Can I Avoid?
As part of our practice handling trucking cases, we find a lot of people that make mistakes in handling the trucking case. People don’t get treatment soon enough. You have to get into a doctor and get the treatment they recommend. The second mistake is not following the doctor’s orders. If the doctor asks you to do something, make sure you comply with those orders.
With trucking cases, a big mistake would be not retaining an attorney quickly enough. Specifically with trucking cases, there’s a lot of electronic data on the trucks. There’s a lot of information that will go away if you don’t act. You need to get an attorney involved for that reason. You also want to make sure that you get an attorney who knows what to be looking for to keep that information from going away, and you need to have somebody who’s experienced in and focuses on trucking cases.
Will My Case Go to Trial?
If you’ve been involved in a truck crash in the state of Arizona, you may be wondering if your case will go to trial. or if it be one of the cases that settles early. It’s very difficult early on to say when a case will get resolved. Many cases get resolved before going to trial, but with some cases, you can’t get a fair offer, and so you have to take them to trial.
One of the things that we do as trial attorneys is make sure the case is prepared and make sure that you’re ready for trial if it does go that far.
How Much is My Case Worth?
Determining the value of a case involving a big truck is very difficult, initially. It’s difficult because there’s a lot of information we need to gather before we can determine what the value of the case is. We need to know about the medical bills, and we need to know how the medical treatment is working. We need to know what future treatment you’re going to have to have, as well as what kind of permanent limitations you’re going to have, if you’re missing work, and how it’s going to impact you on a daily basis.
Once we have that information, then we can have a discussion about the value of the case and talk intelligently about what your case is worth. Until we get that information, it’s too difficult.
Can I Afford an Attorney?
If you’ve been involved in a truck accident in the state of Arizona, you probably have a lot of concerns about how you’re going to pay for your medical bills and how you’re going to replace the income from not working. One of the other common questions is, “How can I afford an attorney to pursue this claim?” The good news is, when you hire us, we take on all of the costs, initially. We do everything that’s necessary to preserve the evidence, get the discovery, and get the case ready for settlement or trial, and you only pay us when there’s a successful resolution.
Should I Talk to the Insurance Company?
People who are involved in a truck accident in the state of Arizona will generally be contacted by insurance companies, possibly private investigators, attorneys or trucking company representatives themselves, to give recorded statements. People ask me, “Do I have to give a recorded statement?” I generally recommend that you not give a recorded statement without having talked to an attorney. The reason for that is the insurance agents, the adjusters, and the private investigators are all trying to get information that will help their case and hurt your case. It makes sense for you to talk to an attorney before you speak to them.
How Long Will My Case Take?
People that have been involved in a truck accident case ask me frequently, “How long is this going to take to get the case settled?” One of the issues that makes it difficult to answer that question is determining what the damages are. First, you need to know what the medical conditions are, whether that treatment you’re getting is working, and how much treatment you’re going to need in the future. You need to work through the medical process a little bit to know what’s going on there.
Once we have a good understanding of what the medical condition is, we can get a demand to the insurance company quite quickly. If they make a fair offer, we can get the case resolved. If they don’t make a fair offer, we have to go to an arbitration or to litigation, and that obviously takes a little bit more time.
Call Our Office Today
If you have a serious injury from a truck accident, please do not hesitate to call our Arizona truck accident attorneys today for a free consultation. We will do everything in our power to protect your right to compensation. We will handle the insurance company and make sure they are held accountable for the negligence of the insured. We will keep you from being blamed for the accident and ensure that you get the best possible result. Call our office today to set up your free consultation.