Tempe Truck Accident Attorney
Commercial Vehicle Collisions in Maricopa County
When small passenger vehicles, SUVs, pickup trucks, and motorcycles are involved in collisions with large semi-trucks, big rigs, 18-wheelers, and commercial vehicles, the consequences are often deadly. Unfortunately, these crashes are also far more common than many people realize.
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation (DOT), there were 12,894 large truck and bus crashes in the state in 2019 (the latest year for which data are available), accounting for more than 5% of all motor vehicle accidents in that calendar year.
Moving forward after a large truck or commercial vehicle crash can be incredibly difficult. At Cook Law Office, PLLC, we understand that you are likely facing significant, life-altering consequences, from catastrophic injuries to permanent disability to immense pain and suffering. Our Tempe truck accident attorneys are here for you, ready to fight for the justice you deserve and the maximum compensation you are owed. We have what it takes to go up against large trucking companies and their insurance companies, and we have successfully represented countless individuals and families in complex truck accident claims throughout Maricopa County.
To learn how we can help you with your potential case, call (602) 560-4756 or contact us online and set up a free initial consultation.
Who Is Liable for a Truck Accident?
Arizona is an at-fault state, meaning you must typically prove that another party was to blame for an accident in order to file a claim for damages. Once you have established liability, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party and recover monetary compensation for your losses. In most standard car accident claims, the person who caused the accident is the one who is liable for the victim’s damages, but in truck accident cases, the issue of liability is much more complex.
Because truck drivers are typically “on the clock” when these collisions occur, their employers—the trucking companies—are often legally liable for the resulting damages. This is because employers in general are largely liable for the conduct of their employees while their employees are working. As such, even if the truck driver was the one who negligently caused the accident, you could have a claim against the trucking company.
However, the trucking company may dispute liability by claiming that the driver was classified as an independent contractor, not an employee. Or the trucking company may try to argue that you were the one at fault for the crash. In other cases, the trucking company might claim that another party, such as a manufacturer or third-party motorist, was to blame. At Cook Law Office, PLLC, we know how to properly investigate truck accident claims to determine exactly how the crash occurred and, most importantly, who is liable for your damages.
Depending on the specifics of your case, we may be able to file a claim against one or more of the following parties:
- The truck driver
- The trucking company
- A manufacturer
- The party responsible for truck maintenance
- A truck repair company
- The entity that loaded/unloaded cargo
- A construction company
- A road maintenance agency
- Another motorist on the road
Our Tempe truck accident lawyers investigate all possible avenues of compensation and leave no stone unturned when it comes to maximizing your recovery. We are prepared to take on powerful entities and major insurance carriers on your behalf, and we never settle for less than what we believe our clients’ cases are truly worth.
Damages in Truck Accident Cases
Due to the sheer size and weight of semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, and other large commercial vehicles, truck accidents tend to result in catastrophic bodily injury, massive property damage, and/or death. As a result, victims generally experience significant damages, both economic and non-economic.
When it comes to maximizing our clients’ cases, we seek compensation for all our clients’ damages, including but not limited to:
- Emergency medical care costs
- Ambulance fees
- Surgeries and other procedures/treatments
- Medical equipment and devices
- Mileage to and from medical appointments
- Future medical expenses
- Lost income, wages, and earning ability
- Future lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Home modifications
- In-home care and assistance
- Counseling/therapy costs
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders
If your loved one died in a large truck accident, we can also assist you in filing a wrongful death lawsuit. This allows you to seek compensation for unexpected financial losses associated with your loved one’s death, such as medical bills and funeral costs, as well as lost income. It also allows you to obtain a much-needed sense of justice and obtain the financial resources you and your family need to heal.
Call Cook Law Office, PLLC for a Free Consultation
A large truck or commercial vehicle collision can completely change your life. At Cook Law Office, PLLC, we understand the challenges you are facing, as well as the many difficulties that still lay ahead. With our team by your side, you can feel confident knowing that you have someone who will fight tirelessly for you and your recovery.
Since 2012, we have been representing victims of serious personal injury in and around Tempe, Phoenix, Maricopa County, and the entire state of Arizona. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and provide our legal services on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not owe any upfront fees or out-of-pocket expenses when you work with our firm. Instead, we only get paid if you do.
To learn more, call us at (602) 560-4756 or contact us online. Your initial consultation is completely free and entirely confidential.
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