Phoenix 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyers
If you have been in an accident involving your car and an 18-wheeler, you need to take extra care in choosing your personal injury attorney. Naturally, an injury victim should always research any accident attorney whom they are considering for representation, but this becomes even more important when a semi-truck is involved in the case.
There are many aspects of 18-wheeler accidents that are not found in other traffic accidents. You need a trucking attorney who has a breadth of experience with this type of case. There are many regulations for 18-wheelers, semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, and other commercial vehicles, as well as for their drivers. Knowing the laws will often point to the causes of the accident. Without using a truck accident attorney with the knowledge of these laws and the practical experience in knowing their application, you will be at a disadvantage attempting to get the compensation you are entitled to.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an 18-wheeler wreck, the Phoenix truck accident attorneys at Zinda Law Group can help. Call us at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with one of our Phoenix trucking lawyers.
Federal Trucking Regulations
One example of a federal regulation is the amount of driving hours versus rest hours that are required. There are federal laws regarding maximum continuous operation of an 18-wheeler, and how much rest is needed. Also, there is a limit on the maximum number of hours per week. The required amount of sleep or rest before operating an 18-wheeler is also specified. Drivers are required to keep logs of their driving and rest hours as well. Often, a lack of sleep is the cause of an accident. This is an area a trucking attorney will look at when investigating the traffic accident.
There are also regulations on how different items are to be transported. This becomes important if the reason for the accident was something that was being transported fell off of the truck. Usually when this happens, it is because the load was not secured properly. An 18-wheeler can also have problems because maintenance was not done on schedule. Although a tire can blow out at any time, they will seldom do so when replaced on schedule. In order to save on expense, a truck owner or truck company may push the usage of the tires beyond the limit set by the tire manufacturer. An attorney with experience will know which areas of 18-wheeler maintenance are most likely to be neglected.
If a truck driver is working for a trucking firm, there are additional issues that must be considered. A trucking firm is not only responsible for their drivers when they are on the road, but they are also responsible for their training. If a trucking firm has not been providing the proper training, a driver could easily get into an accident. In this situation, the trucking firm may be responsible for the damages.
Because of insurance reasons, a driver will need to get a drug test after a serious accident. However, this may not happen if the results are going to hurt the trucking firm. A skilled trucking attorney will be aware of this possibility. In general, knowledge truck accident attorneys will also have experience with the insurance companies that represent the trucking companies. This experience translates into protecting your interests and your rights.
Skilled Phoenix Truck Accident Lawyers
At Zinda Law Group, our Phoenix truck accident attorneys have the knowledge, experience, and resources necessary to fully represent you after an 18-wheeler accident. We will fight tirelessly against the insurance companies to help you recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and other injuries.
Call Zinda Law Group today at 800-863-5312 for a free consultation with one of our Phoenix truck accident lawyers. Meetings with attorneys by appointment only.