If you are not an expert in commercial trucks or accident reconstruction, it is nearly impossible to know what caused your truck accident. These types of accidents are some of the most serious due to the massive impact that is created when a large truck hits a smaller vehicle. While trucker fatigue, speeding, aggressive driving and improper loads are among the many factors often cited in Arizona truck accidents, there is one you might not have thought about – defective maintenance.
The Truck Safety Coalition has a website, StopBiggerTrucks.org, which is dedicated to keeping the roads safe. This truck safety advocacy group is made up of truck accident survivors and family members of individuals killed in truck crashes. According to its website, large trucks often have safety defects. A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is cited by this advocacy group, which showed that 76 percent of trucks involved in collisions had broken, substandard or defective parts.
These safety defects range, but some of the most common ones involve brakes. The Large Truck Crash Causation Study published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration revealed that 29 percent of the trucks studied had brakes that were not adjusted properly.
What happens when you are injured in a truck accident?
As an accident victim, you may be able to pursue compensation for your injuries. However, since it is difficult to know what caused your crash, it is wise to consult with an experienced Phoenix truck accident attorney.
A lawyer will be able to review your case to determine if the trucker, trucking company and/or another party was responsible for your accident. If you are successful with your case, you may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, lost income and more.
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The Law Offices of Nathan Hogle is located in Mesa, Arizona, and handles cases throughout Maricopa County, including Gilbert, Chandler, Phoenix, Queen Creek, Tempe, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Ahwatukee, Apache Junction, Anthem, Glendale, El Mirage, Tolleson, Goodyear, Avondale, Litchfield Park, Peoria, Surprise, Sun City and Buckeye.