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If You Have Been Seriously Injured in a Crash Involving a Commercial Vehicle

By Burg Simpson
October 8, 2019
7 min read

If You Have Been Seriously Injured in a Crash Involving a Commercial Vehicle

By: Paul D. Friedman – Certified in Injury & Wrongful Death Litigation by the State Bar of Arizona and the National Board of Trial Advocacy

The personal injury lawyers at Burg Simpson Arizona have over 40 years of experience representing clients who have been seriously injured in collisions involving big trucks and commercial vehicles.  If you, or someone you know, have been injured in in this type of crash, we can help.

Schedule Your Free Consultation

At Burg Simpson, our big truck and commercial vehicle accident lawyers are committed to assisting those who have suffered from serious injuries that were the result of the carelessness of another driver. Contact Burg Simpson today to schedule your free consultation so we can discuss the details of your case.  Allow us to handle the complexities of your legal matter so you can focus on your recovery and getting your life back on track. Call us today at: (602) 777-7000.

Obtaining Compensation

If you have suffered from injuries that resulted from a crash, our personal injury accident attorney at Burg Simpson Arizona can help you to obtain compensation for your:

  • Medical Expenses
  • Loss of Income
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Property loss and/or damage

Be Careful When in the Proximity of Large Trucks

Sharing the road with large trucks and commercial vehicles can be hazardous, so it is always important to take extra measures of care to ensure your safety:

  1. Avoiding the Large Trucks Blind Spots or “No-Zones”

“No Zones” are blind spots beside a large truck’s right-hand door, and the areas in front of and behind the vehicle.  Avoid “No-Zones” by staying out of the truck driver’s blind spots whenever possible.

  1. Maintaining Safe Distances

Large commercial vehicles require from about 20% to 40% more distance to stop than passenger vehicles traveling at the exact same speed. Maintaining a safe distance from big trucks you will keep you safer when sharing the road with large commercial vehicles.

  1. Passing Big Trucks

When you are passing a large truck, use your turn signal, pass only on the left, stay out of the “no zones”, and maintain a safe speed.

  1. Being Careful While Big Trucks are Turning

Large trucks require more room to complete turns. When you are in the vicinity of a big truck, allow them the space they need to maneuver. Be patient and do not attempt to pass the truck before they have completed the turn.

  1. Moving Over for Stopped Trucks

When truckers experience flat tires, mechanical failure, or load shifts, they need to pull over to the side of the road. If you see flares or orange triangles up ahead, avoid trouble and be safe by reducing your speed and moving into another lane.

  1. Staying Focused on the Road

Staying focused on the road and avoiding distractions is the best way to maintain your safety on the road. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of collisions, and it is important for all drivers to:

  • Buckle up before turning on the ignition.
  • Adjust your mirrors before you put the vehicle into drive.
  • Put your cell phone and other electronic devices away so you are not attempted to use them while driving
  • Avoid eating while you are on the road.
  1. Obeying Traffic Laws

Following traffic laws is the best way to avoid truck accidents. If all drivers of all vehicles obeyed the rules of the road we would all be safer: Stay safe by:

  • Passing other vehicles on the left
  • Maintaining a safe speed
  • Using your signals in advance of a turn
  • Wearing your seatbelt
  • Turning on your headlights when visibility is limited to 1,000 feet or less
  • Driving defensively
  • Being calm, courteous, and patient
  • Focusing on the road
  1. Yielding to Big Trucks Trying to Change Lanes

Stay safe and avoid dangerous situations by allowing big trucks the room they need to change lanes.

  1. Exercising Patience

Road rage is an ongoing problem and it is not usual to encounter aggressive drivers on our roadways. If you are confronted with an angry driver who is experiencing road rage, remain calm, stay focused on everyone’s safety, and simply allow the aggressive driver to pass. When you are in the presence of a driver with road rage, it is important to put as much distance as you can between their anger and your safety.

  1. Reporting Safety Violations

Automobile drivers can help prevent accidents by reporting the unsafe behaviors of large truck drivers to traffic authorities.

Collisions with Big Truck are Complex

Accidents involving commercial vehicles can be complicated because there can be more than one negligent party involved.  In addition to the truck driver, negligent parties can also include the truck driver’s employer, the trucking company, and/or the truck manufacturer.

For an Arizona personal injury lawyer to prove negligence in a trucking accident, it is important that they have experience with trucking industry regulations. Regulations can include loading requirements, inspections, and compliance issues between the truckers and the truck companies. Having an attorney who is familiar with trucking laws can help you to build a solid foundation for your personal injury case.

If You Have Been in an Crash Involving a Large Truck

Big truck and commercial vehicle accidents are now among the leading causes of fatalities on our roadways. If you were injured in a big truck wreck, you should take immediate steps to protect yourself. After the crash

  • Seek immediate medical care—even if you think you are not injured
  • Call the police and report the accident
  • Obtain contact information from the other drivers and the witnesses
  • Take photographs of the scene of the accident and your injuries
  • Contact an experienced personal injury accident lawyer as soon as possible

Contact the highly skilled and experienced big truck accident attorneys in Arizona at Burg Simpson to arrange for a free consultation and case analysis today. We can help. Call (602) 777-7000

Schedule a Free Consultation Today

Call Burg Simpson now at (602) 777-7000 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your personal injury matter. We are here to help you today.

Consult with Trial Lawyer Paul D. Friedman

Paul practices in the areas of significant personal injury, wrongful death, ethics and professional malpractice. He previously served as an Adjunct Professor of Medical and Research Ethics at Midwestern University and the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine where he instructed health care providers and graduate students in the medical field. Additionally, he authored the manual and taught attorneys and forensic experts in the Certified Forensic Consultant® program with the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute.

Paul graduated from the University of Arizona in 1985 (Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction), where he was admitted to the academic honorary society Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated from California Western School of Law in 1989 (Juris Doctorate Cum Laude). He served as an editor of the California Western Law Review-International Law Journal and was the chief editor of the California Western Directory. He received a post-doctoral master’s degree in bioethics in 2004 (Master of Arts in Bioethics), where he graduated with the Outstanding Achievement Award from the College of Health Sciences at Midwestern University and Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. Paul received a doctorate in philosophy involving business, legal and medical ethics at LaCrosse University (2006).

  • This information does not and is not intended to constitute legal advice. Instead, all information, content, and materials on this site are for general informational purposes only.

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