Mesa Truck Accident Lawyer
Injuries sustained from truck crashes can lead to lifelong complications for accident victims. Often, commercial vehicle operators will push drivers to work longer hours to meet deadlines, which can have disastrous consequences for other motorists.
Have you or someone that you care for been injured in a collision with a truck?
For more than 27 years, Phillips Law Group has been helping to protect the rights of injury victims. Our team has represented more than 155,000 consumer clients and we have direct experience successfully handling motor vehicle accident cases including a $4,000,000 recovery on behalf of a motorist that suffered a spine injury and paralysis, a $3,100,000 recovery for the family of a motorist that was fatally injured in a collision and $2,350,000 for a motorist that suffered a broken neck.
We understand the trauma that families can experience following a serious collision and charge no upfront fees if we take on your truck accident case. Your initial consultation is also free, and we only get paid when we obtain a recovery on your behalf.
Phillips Law Group. Free Consultation. Ph: 1-800-706-3000.
Who Can Be Held Responsible for Your Injuries?
Recovering damages from a truck accident lawsuit can be a complex and time consuming task. Often, multiple parties may have ownership in a commercial vehicle and/or the cargo that it may be hauling, while other parties may have a responsibility to ensure that the vehicle is in a roadworthy condition.
In the event of a collision, some of the following parties may be investigated as part of building a damages case:
- The Driver - often, drivers can be pressured by haulage companies to drive for long periods of time in order to meet deadlines and/or to take on more jobs. While the US Department of Transportation regulates the number of hours that a driver is allowed to drive per week (generally limited to 11 hours of driving time per day and no more than 60 hours of duty over seven days in a row - with certain exceptions permitted). However, driver distraction can also be a cause for some collisions, with driver intoxication and texting and driving being some of the potential causes of a serious collision.
- The Haulage Company - trucking companies often have drivers that are on payroll while also using the services of sub contractors. In the event of a collision, the haulage company may be responsible for the training of a driver and also for the condition of the vehicle that the driver was operating.
- The Truck Owner - commercial vehicles are often leased or rented to other companies, to help cover a vehicle shortage, or to handle a specific job. In the event that a vehicle defect was a contributing factor to a collision, the truck owner may be responsible.
- The Trailer Owner - the trailers that prime movers are hooked up to, are often owned by third parties (not the haulage company and not the truck owner), with many of these trailers being registered interstate. In the event of a jack-knife type of collision or another type of crash that was caused by a trailer defect, the owner of that trailer may be liable for damages.
- The Cargo Loading Company - trucks are commonly loaded at warehouses - either by hand, by a forklift (palletized cargo) or perhaps, a combination of both. When cargo is not correctly declared (for example - hazmat not being declared as being dangerous) or in the event that the cargo moves while in transit, these circumstances can have a serious impact on how the truck can be controlled when on the road. In the event that a cargo-related issue caused - or contributed to - an accident, the company that loaded the cargo may be responsible.
- The Maintenance Company - haulage companies that own large fleets of trucks - and even independent contractors - can outsource the maintenance of their vehicles. Should a truck not be in a roadworthy condition and a defect contributed to - or caused - an accident, the maintenance company may be liable for damages.
Having represented more than 155,000 consumer clients, at Phillips Law Group we understand how to build a robust argument for your damages claim and are ready to help you today.
How Much Is Your Case Worth?
When medical bills start to add up and accident victims have been unable to return to work due to their injuries, victims and their families may begin to wonder if they have a case and if so, how much compensation they may be able to recover.
Truck accident cases are often complex and providing an exact amount can be difficult without knowing the specifics of your incident.
However, the truck accident attorneys at Phillips Law Group understand the challenges that injury victims face following a collision and we can help to provide answers to questions you may have about your potential lawsuit.
That process can begin when you call a lawyer at our firm today at 1-800-706-3000, or by completing the Free Case Evaluation form on this page. Your initial consultation is free, there are no upfront fees if you hire us and we only get paid when we win.
Free Consultation. No Upfront Fees. Ph: 1-800-706-3000.
How Can A Lawyer Help Recover Compensation?
When an injury lawyer represents a plaintiff in a damages case, those cases return more financial compensation compared to cases where a lawyer is not involved.
In order to validate the claim, it must be proven that:
- The driver of the vehicle responsible for the collision acted in a negligent manner
- The accident was the direct cause of the injuries that you sustained
Following an injury causing collision, victims are often physically unable to begin investigating the incident, and many do not have the financial resources or experience to obtain the information that is needed to build a strong lawsuit.
Insurance companies may argue that their client (the defendant) was not negligent or that the plaintiff was partially responsible for the collision. An experienced lawyer can help to disprove these types of statements using evidence that they have gathered while building a case. This is very important, as each time a claim from the insurance company cannot be disproven by the plaintiff, the amount of financial compensation may be significantly reduced.
How Long Do You Have To File A Case In Arizona?
The Statute of Limitations for personal injury claims in the state of Arizona is two years from the date of the accident. Should you fail to file your lawsuit within that two year period, you may lose the right to file a claim.
While there can be some exceptions to this rule - for example, if the accident victim was under the age of 18 years old at the time of the accident, that two-year period may be reset to when the victim turns 18.
If you are unsure if you still have time to file a lawsuit, we encourage you to call our team today, and to discuss your incident with a licensed attorney at our firm.
Free Consultation. Ph: 1-800-706-3000.
Should You Accept A Settlement Offer from An Insurance Company Without Talking To A Lawyer?
No. Insurance companies have decades of experience handling insurance claims. Their obligation is to provide shareholders with a profit - not to pay accident victims compensation. To do this, they aim to leverage any information that you provide to them, to discredit your claim. Their goal is to close the claim as quickly as possible for little, to no financial outlay.
Accident victims are often unaware that commercial vehicles may have multiple insurance policies that cover the vehicle - and the contents in that vehicle. Some of these policies may be eligible to be claimed against in a lawsuit and may include:
- Liability Insurance - drivers in Arizona MUST have liability insurance.
- Cargo Insurance - haulage operators may choose to insure the goods that they are transporting.
- Uninsured Motorist / Underinsured Motorist Insurance - truck companies are aware that the insurance policies of other drivers may not be enough to cover the damage that their trucks may receive in a collision. To offset this shortfall, they may choose to pay for additional insurance.
- Motor-Carrier Insurance - these policies are often taken out when a carrier uses independent contractors.
- Collision Insurance - these policies generally include coverage for damages.
- Medical Payments Insurance - these provide accident victims with coverage for the costs that may be associated with injuries sustained in a collision.
Having an experienced lawyer in your corner can help to ensure your best interests are being protected. For more than 27 years, our lawyers have been negotiating settlements and taking cases to court against insurance companies and other organizations, and we understand the tactics that insurers often use in damages cases. We can help to build your case in preparation of these tactics and keep you up to date with developments in your case as information becomes available.
Contact A Mesa Truck Accident Attorney Today
For decades, Phillips Law Group has been protecting the rights of the injured. Our lawyers have recovered more than $750,000,000 in compensation on behalf of our clients and we only get paid when we obtain a recovery.
Our founder - Jeffrey Phillips - is an award-winning trial attorney that has obtained significant verdicts across Arizona including Maricopa County, Pinal County, Pima County, Navajo County and more.
For help with your damages claim, contact us today and speak to a lawyer by calling 1-800-706-3000. You can also complete the Free Case Evaluation form on this page and a member from our team will be in contact with you shortly.
Phillips Law Group - No Upfront Fees. Ph: 1-800-706-3000.