Why Do Truck Accidents Happen?

Truck Accident Lawyer Phoenix, AZ

Why Do Truck Accidents Happen?When you have been injured in a commercial truck accident after the driver fell asleep at the wheel, you may be able to file for monetary compensation. No two claims are equal, but all require the guidance of the skilled truck accident lawyer Phoenix, AZ calls first, Kamper Estrada, LLP.

Turn To Kamper Estrada, LLP

For decades, the dedicated truck accident lawyers from our Phoenix, AZ office have been helping victims of truck accidents recover money for medical treatment, lost wages, and other non economic damages. We know that most collisions involving an 80,000 pound commercial truck are catastrophic, and life changing. Paralysis, loss of limb, scaring, chronic pain, and even death are injuries we frequently assess in these claims. By choosing us to represent you, we will work as diligently as possible to get you the compensation you need and deserve. A few more reasons to retain our firm include:

  • We prepare each case as if it were going to trial
  • Our firm is recognized as being one of leading truck accident law firms
  • We understand federal and state trucking laws
  • We are confident in our ability to defend you against some of the largest insurance companies in the U.S.
  • We have recovered millions in damages for truck accident victims

Truck Driver Fatigue Claims

Commercial truck accidents can result from many reasons. Some may be driver related and others weather, roadway, or parts related. Truck accident lawyers in Phoenix show that the vast majority can be attributed to an error on part of the truck driver. Among these is driver fatigue and accounts for one in ten accidents.

The Pressure to Meet Deadlines

Commercial trucks are the primary method of transportation for U.S industry. Everyday goods are shipped to cities and towns across the country, and time is of the essence. This results in the drivers of the truck to feel an immense amount of pressure to deliver the goods as quickly as possible. Some will even be paid a “bonus” when they deliver before the deadline.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there are regulations that drivers must adhere to; these include:

  • A driver of a tractor trailer can drive up to 11 hours in one-14 hour period
  • Truckers can drive up to 60 hours in 7 days, or 70 hours in 8 days
  • A driver must take mandatory breaks and log their drive time

Even with these rules in place, truckers tend to work maximum hours. Some run afoul of the FMCSA regulations. Both actions can result in extreme fatigue and falling asleep at the wheel. When this happens, and an accident results, the driver can be held liable. A good Phoenix, AZ truck accident lawyer will likely be necessary to prove this negligent action.

Stimulant Usage While Driving a Commercial Truck

As a Phoenix truck accident lawyer, many of the cases we’ve handled have included the use of stimulants such as prescription medications, OTC amphetamines, caffeine pills, and more. Sometimes a driver will use these legal and prescribed drugs to deliver their cargo as quickly as possible. Stimulants can mask the symptoms of fatigue, but eventually the brain and body will shut down. This can result in a rapid increase of fatigue which hits the driver suddenly and makes them at a high risk for falling asleep at the wheel. To prove stimulant usage, driving over the mandated time limits, or driver fatigue, a lawyer may review the trucker’s logs, black box data, camera footage, witness statements, police reports, and more.

The Sooner You Call A Lawyer, the Better

A truck accident case requires an in depth investigation as well as ample time and financial resources. It is essential you let an experienced lawyer from Kamper Estrada, LLP handle your case. If you believe the driver of a truck to have fallen asleep at the wheel, which resulted in your injuries, call the truck accident lawyer Phoenix, AZ trusts today.