Arizona has a high volume of interstate truck traffic. Produce and other products pass through Arizona en route to other states. Unfortunately, due in part to the size and weight of tractor-trailer trucks, when these trucks collide with other motorists the results can be deadly. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a trucking accident, call the experienced Arizona trucking accident attorneys at Bode & Collins, P.L.C. We are here to help.
About Trucking Accidents
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), there were 12,669 accidents in 2009 involving trucks and buses. Of these accidents, 3,477 resulted in personal injury to at least one person. In 113 of these accidents, someone lost their life.
Large semi-trailer trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 lbs while conventional passenger automobiles generally weigh between 3,000 and 5,000 lbs. Not surprisingly, when tractor-trailer trucks collide with smaller cars, smaller cars and their drivers do not fare well.
Although many over-the-road drivers are highly responsible drivers with clean safety records, some are not. This is in part because there is immense financial pressure on these drivers to deliver their loads on time, which creates temptation to drive too many hours, drive tired, or to take drugs to stay awake.
Drivers of tractor-trailers and big buses owe a duty of reasonable care to others on the roadways. When commercial drivers breach this duty and cause injury or death, they can be held accountable.
Some examples of negligence that has contributed to trucking accidents in Arizona include:
- Failing to Yield
- Unlawful Lane Changes
- Ignoring Signage or Signals
- Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
- Driving too Many Hours
- Driving in the Wrong Lane or Encroaching on Another Lane of Travel
- Failing to Properly Tie Down or Secure Cargo
- Driving Overweight or Overloaded
- Poor Maintenance of the Vehicle
Why Choose Bode & Collins, P.L.C.?
At Bode & Collins, PLC., we treat our clients the way we would like to be treated and tailor our services to the individual legal and personal needs of our clients.
When you retain Bode & Collins, P.L.C. to fight for your rights, you get seasoned attorneys Chris Bode and Natalie Collins working on your case, not a junior lawyer who is just learning the ropes. Combined our attorneys have more than forty years of litigation experience and have recovered millions of dollars for their clients during that time.
Bode & Collins, P.L.C. represents clients all over Arizona, including Scottsdale, North Scottsdale, Phoenix, Glendale, Tempe, Mesa, Avondale, Cave Creek, Prescott, Flagstaff, Bullhead City, Kingman, and Tucson. We also work for people who have been injured while visiting Arizona from other states or countries like Canada.
If you or someone close to you has been injured or killed in a trucking accident in Arizona, call or contact us today for a free initial consultation. If we take your case we will front all costs and will work on a contingency fee, meaning you won’t pay any attorneys’ fees unless and until there is a settlement or verdict in your favor.