When Truck Accidents Cause Harm
When large trucks crash, impact-related consequences are usually devastating and are too often deadly. Many crash victims who survive the force of impact in a collision involving a large truck suffer catastrophic injuries that cost thousands – if not millions – of dollars to treat. Many either have to take a substantial leave of absence from work or find that they cannot return to the workforce at all due to the harm they’ve suffered. Surviving loved ones of fatal crashes suffer a loss that can only be described as unimaginable.
If you or a loved one has recently suffered harm as a result of a truck accident, it’s time to speak with a Perez Law Group truck accident attorney about your situation. Chances are that the harm in question is going to cost you and your family a great deal. If you’re owed compensation at this time, it’s important to understand your legal options. Allow an experience truck accident attorney at Perez Law Group get you the compensation you deserve.
When Are Truck Accidents Legally Actionable?
An injury victim is likely in a strong position to take legal action if their injuries were caused directly by the negligence, recklessness, or intentionally dangerous conduct of another. This is a complex legal standard and it must be applied to each victim’s situation uniquely before it will become apparent whether that victim has a strong case to make. With that said, most truck accidents are legally actionable because few of these collisions occur in ways that are “nobody’s fault.”
One of the reasons why truck accidents tend to be notoriously complex is that there are so many behind-the-scenes players who may be partially liable for what happened. Obviously, any motor vehicle operators involved in a collision may be partially or totally liable for harm resulting from that crash. However, in truck accident scenarios, a host of others may also be partially or totally liable for the financial losses sustained by an accident victim. Common individuals and entities that are named as defendants in truck accident lawsuits include:
- Trucking companies that employ drivers
- Truck owners that lease vehicles to truck operators
- Maintenance professionals tasked with safe upkeep of equipment
- Manufacturers of motor vehicle parts
- Government agencies tasked with safe road maintenance
Compensation for Your Injuries
Truck accident injury victims may be able to explore multiple avenues while pursuing compensation for their harm. Traditional insurance claims may be a straightforward option in cases that have caused only mild-to-moderate injuries and property damage. Workers’ compensation benefits may be an option when truck accident victims are engaged in work-related activities at the time of the accidents. And seeking personal injury damages from one or more at-fault parties is frequently an option in the aftermath of serious, catastrophic, and fatal truck accidents.
A successful personal injury lawsuit will likely result in compensation awards that include both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages pertain to objective losses, like medical bills related to someone’s injuries, lost wages, and burial costs. Non-economic damages pertain to more subjective losses, like pain and suffering and the loss of a loved one’s support. Determining the value of a victim’s case is an important part of the legal process. Perez Law Group truck accident attorneys are experienced counsel well-versed in determining the value of a victim’s claim negotiations and – when necessary – trial.
Partial Liability Concerns
Individuals who are hurt in truck accidents in Arizona benefit from the state’s pure comparative negligence approach to liability. In most of the country, injury victims can’t seek compensation from others whose negligence, recklessness, or intentionally dangerous conduct directly contributed to the reasons why they got hurt unless those victims are less than 50% responsible for their own harm. In some states, victims can’t pursue compensation if they are even 1% to blame for what happened to them.
These legal restrictions can be particularly burdensome when truck accidents cause catastrophic harm. Say that your injuries are so extensive that your case is valued at $5 million. You’ve been assigned 60% of the blame for what happened because you were texting while driving just before impact. In most of the country, you can’t seek a single cent from the parties that were 40% to blame for the crash. Yet, in Arizona – thanks to the state’s pure comparative negligence approach – you would be able to seek $2 million in damages from those parties. You would still shoulder 60% of the value of your harm, but a $2 million damages award goes a lot farther than a $0 damages award.
This is one of the many reasons why it is so important to connect with an experienced Arizona truck accident lawyer as soon as you possibly can after sustaining injuries in a truck crash. Even if you are concerned that you may have been partially to blame for what happened to you, Arizona’s broad legal protections for accident injury victims mean that you may still be entitled to considerable compensation in a truck accident claim or lawsuit.
Contact A Reputable Arizona Truck Accident Attorney Today To Learn More
You do not want to navigate the complex legal and financial aftermath of an injurious or fatal truck accident alone. Take a few minutes to schedule a consultation with Perez Law Group by calling (602) 730-7100 or filling out a contact form on our website. Once we have heard your story, we will act quickly and decisively to preserve your legal options and protect your rights.
Once we’ve thoroughly and objectively investigated the circumstances surrounding your crash, we’ll begin building the strongest case possible on your behalf. We may need to communicate with a variety of insurance providers, negotiate with numerous trucking-related companies, and track down evidence that other motorists involved in the crash would prefer to remain hidden.
As we pursue the maximum amount of compensation to which you’re rightfully entitled, we will advocate both aggressively and creatively on your behalf to better ensure that you receive what you’re owed. While we’re engaging in this complex work, you’ll be able to rest and recover easier, knowing that you have committed advocates who are dedicated to your case and who are seeking the most favorable outcome possible under the circumstances. We look forward to speaking with you.