Trucking accidents are in many ways harder cases to win than car accidents. The help of an established Scottsdale truck accident lawyer is essential for navigating the claims process if you hope to receive compensation in a timely manner. Choose your lawyer wisely—because they make a huge difference in your case.

Call CLS Law, PLLC. Our firm has the resources injured victims need when going head-to-head with gigantic trucking companies and their insurance companies. These are tricky cases to win, and no one is guaranteed compensation for their injuries. You can expect the trucker and his employer to put up a stiff defense, and you don’t want to get run over. Contact us to speak with a Scottsdale truck accident lawyer about what steps to take following a crash.

Serious Truck Accident Injuries

Commercial trucks are heavier than passenger vehicles, and collisions end up severely injuring innocent people. Some of the most significant injuries include:

  • Fractures: Broken arms, legs, ribs, and vertebrae lead to crippling pain and possibly disability. Fractures have many complications, such as an increased risk of bone loss or malunion.
  • Head injuries: A traumatic blow to the head can result in concussion, traumatic brain injury, bleeding inside the skull, and other dramatic injuries.
  • Neck injuries: Severe whiplash can fracture cervical bones, as well as leave victims with nerve damage or possibly paralysis.
  • Catastrophic injuries: Severe brain injuries, amputation, crush injuries, and paralysis are some of the catastrophic injuries a motorist can suffer.

What Causes Truck Accidents?

Large vehicles shouldn’t crash. Truckers should have specialized training and a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) which serve as proof that they’re safe to drive. Unfortunately, many preventable accidents are caused by:

  • Fatigue. Trucking is an exhausting profession, and many long haulers are on the road for more than 10 hours a day, 7 days a week. A trucker who nods off briefly could collide with another vehicle.
  • Texting. Sending or reading text messages is a major source of distraction. Federal regulations prohibit handheld phones, but even hands-free devices will cause distraction.
  • Speeding. Truckers race to get to their destination quickly because of tight deadlines. The temptation to go too fast is strong. Unfortunately, a truck needs more space to stop the faster it is going.
  • Malfunctioning parts. Imagine if the brakes failed or if the steering system froze up. A truck would be unmanageable. This is a real possibility with some trucks.
  • Cargo shifts. The center of gravity for a truck can shift quickly, which can lead to jackknifes and other accidents. Cargo should be properly loaded and secured so it doesn’t shift.

These are only some of the most common reasons for truck accidents. Contact CLS Law, PLLC for help with evidence collection. We need to spot the reason for your collision.

Possible Defendants in a Trucking Accident Case

Our Scottsdale truck accident attorney will review the evidence to finger the correct defendant. This is the person or business who has responsibility for your accident.

We typically bring a claim against one or more of the following:

  • Truckers for negligent or reckless driving
  • Trucking companies as the trucker’s employer
  • Loading companies for failing to load freight properly
  • Mechanics or manufacturers when a defect contributes to an accident
  • The government, if a road defect is to blame

How to Prove Liability with a Truck Accident

The most important question your lawyer can answer is, “Who is at fault for my crash?” After we identify fault, we can negotiate for compensation with the at-fault defendant.

Critical evidence helps us reconstruct the accident:

  • Crash data from the truck. Many big rigs have black boxes that continuously download data, including the truck’s speed and any maneuvers behind the wheel. We can ask to see this evidence.
  • Witnesses. Eyewitnesses are still an important part of most cases. As the victim, you can certainly testify about what happened, but ideally you will have other witnesses who observed the wreck.
  • Toxicology results. The trucker might have been high on drugs or even drunk when they collided with you. Test results should help us prove that fact, and we can ask to use them.
  • Trucking experts. We can lean on a network of trucking experts to help us understand some of the most common accidents including rollovers, jackknifes, and overrides. A truck could have a defect, which an expert witness could identify.
  • Statements from the trucker. The trucker might have slipped up and admitted to driving while distracted or even to drinking behind the wheel. We can seek to introduce these statements into evidence.

Why Choose CLS Law?

Countless truck accident lawyers advertise in Scottsdale. Why should you pick up the phone and call our law firm instead of one of our competitors?

We are selective about who we represent. As a boutique law firm, we can marshal our resources in support of our clients. We don’t operate a personal injury mill that accepts every possible case. Instead, we carefully review the facts and only accept cases that have a strong chance of success.

Our founder, Christopher L. Sullivan, is a fast-rising attorney in Arizona. His peers have recognized him as a Rising Star by SuperLawyers, among many other honors.

We focus on personal injury law, including truck accidents. The trucking industry doesn’t stand still. Hiring trends and vehicle innovations change regularly. We understand the industry and use this knowledge in service of our clients.

Our law firm believes in empowering clients. We focus on communication and establishing a strong attorney-client relationship. The more empowered you feel, the more satisfied you’ll be with your case.

Don’t take our word for it. Schedule a free consultation with our firm today. We can explain more about our experience and how we approach truck accident cases.

Trucking Companies Play to Win

In most cases, a trucking company will be a defendant. The company might be responsible for the crash because it did not have its truck properly serviced, or it failed to supervise its trucker. A trucking company is also legally liable under a “respondeat superior” theory. This theory creates automatic liability for Arizona employers when their employees hurt someone on the job.

Trucking companies are aggressive. They will hire dozens of lawyers, private investigators, and insurance adjusters who dedicate themselves full-time to defeating your claim. You need someone with the right mix of skill and passion to represent you.

Expect the trucking company to:

  • Blame you for the accident;
  • Reject any proposal for fair compensation;
  • Question whether you are really hurt;
  • Send investigators to the scene to begin collecting evidence within an hour after the accident;
  • Conveniently lose information or evidence in its possession;
  • Spy on your social media accounts and scrape any information they can use to minimize your claim;
  • Fight hard to limit the amount of compensation paid;
  • Force you to litigate a claim in court.

Accident victims without a lawyer could easily be bulldozed and end up with very little (or even no) compensation. Connect with our firm so we can explain all the ways we help our clients.

Ready to Talk with a Scottsdale Truck Accident Lawyer?

If you’re ready to discuss your truck accident case, our dedicated Scottsdale truck accident lawyers at CLS Law are here to assist you. We offer comprehensive, no-obligation consultations to evaluate your situation and provide expert legal advice on your best course of action. With our extensive experience and proven track record, we are committed to securing the maximum compensation you deserve. Don’t face the aftermath of a truck accident alone—reach out to us today at (855) 257-9467 and let us be your trusted advocates. Contact us now to take the first step towards justice and recovery.