Truck accidents are a plague that affects our freeways across the valley and country. According to the federal Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), in 2008 alone, there were 4,229 truck accident deaths across the country.

In an effort to understand the causes of semi-truck accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) worked together to complete the Large Truck Causation Study.

Researchers investigated 963 truck accidents during the study, which was a national sample of the 120,000 collisions that occurred from April 2001 through December 2003. The studied truck crashes resulted in 249 deaths and 1,654 injuries.

It was discovered that there were hundreds of factors associated with these truck crashes, but researchers were able to put together a top ten list. According to the study results, the top ten associated factors of truck accidents are as follows:

  • Brake problems
  • Interruption in traffic flow
  • Prescription drug use
  • Driving too fast for conditions
  • Unfamiliarity with the road
  • Problems with the road
  • Required traffic stop
  • Over-the-counter drug use
  • Inadequate surveillance
  • Fatigue

Some safety advocates have also argued that heavy truck loads, medically unfit drivers and poor training are to blame for numerous trucking accidents each year. If you have been injured in an Arizona truck accident, you need to contact a Phoenix truck accident attorney who will explain your legal options. You may be able to hold the trucker, trucking company and/or manufacturer accountable for their actions and could be entitled to compensation for your serious injuries. Contact the Law Offices of Nathan Hogle at 480-999-0646 for a free legal consultation.

Attorney Nathan Hogle is a former defense lawyer who used to represent some of the big insurance companies and trucking companies. He knows what they are looking for and can use this knowledge to help you win your case. The Law Offices of Nathan Hogle represents tractor-trailer accident cases throughout Maricopa County, including the metropolitan Phoenix area, east valley and west valley.

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.