The Schmidt Law Group is a truck accident law firm in Arizona that works with individuals who have been seriously injured in truck accidents. Truck accident cases can sometimes be more complicated than car accident cases because truck accidents often involve not just the driver of the truck, but the truck company and its insurers. Truck companies and drivers are also required to abide by strict local and federal trucking laws governing truck safety. In the aftermath of an accident, victims may be suffering from serious and disabling injuries. They might find themselves negotiating with the truck company’s insurers for sometimes substantial settlements. Having a truck accident lawyer like the attorneys at the Schmidt Law Group in Arizona on your side can make a big difference in the outcome of your case. Our truck accident lawyers can review your case, estimate the value of your damages, identify all negligent parties and stakeholders (in a truck accident claim, the driver may be just one of the parties responsible—other parties can include the truck company), and help you seek damages for your losses. If you’ve been hurt in a truck wreck, you may only have a limited amount of time to make a claim. Contact the Schmidt Law Group, a truck accident law firm in Arizona today.
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Truck Laws in Arizona
One of the things that can make a truck accident claim so complex is the fact that truck companies and drivers are required to follow strict laws that specifically govern the trucking industry. When truck companies and drivers fail to follow the law, they can endanger the safety of themselves and others on the road. The trucking industry makes billions each year. Drivers and truck companies have a responsibility to protect the safety of everyone on the road. When you speak to your truck accident lawyer in Arizona at the Schmidt Law Group, one of the things we will do is evaluate the circumstances of your accident and investigate the truck company to determine if the truck company broke the law and see if the truck company has a history of breaking the law. What are some laws the truck industry and drivers must follow? Here are a few:
- Federal Hours of Service Laws. These laws limit how long a driver can operate a truck for a given shift before he or she is required to take a break. Fatigued driving is dangerous driving and federal hours of service laws are designed to keep tired drivers off the road. Still, sometimes drivers might violate these laws, with tragic consequences. Sometimes drivers falsify logs to drive for longer periods without interruption, but a review of shipping and delivery times can sometimes reveal these discrepancies.
- Load Limits. Drivers must properly load their vehicles. Improperly loaded trucks can tip over and overweighed trucks can be difficult to stop. Improperly loaded trucks can also lose their loads on highways, which can create dangerous debris that can injure those in passenger vehicles.
- Truck companies must properly maintain their vehicles and keep detailed records of maintenance. Failure to do so could result in serious accidents. For example, failure to change tires on time can result in a blown tire which can lead to a driver losing control of his or her truck. Failure to change the brakes of a truck can result in a runaway truck, which can be a hazard to others on the road.
- Driver Hiring. Truck companies have a responsibility to hire drivers with a safe driving record and to take steps to ensure that their drivers are safe behind the wheel. Truck companies should have zero tolerance policies for texting and driving and drinking and driving, and they need to make sure that their drivers meet all medical requirements. Sometimes truck companies fail to properly investigate the drivers they hire and sometimes they might fail to fire drivers with poor driving track records. Truck companies can be held responsible for negligence if this happens.
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These are just some of the laws that truck companies must follow. The Schmidt Law Group is a truck accident law firm in Arizona that can review your case, investigate your driver and truck company, and help you seek damages for your losses. We are here to help.
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The truck industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. Despite this, thousands of people die every year and thousands more are injured in truck accidents. If the same number of people died in airplane accidents, there would be a public outcry and the public would think twice before flying. But truck accident happen on a daily basis and families are left devastated. If you or someone you love was hurt in a truck accident in Arizona, the Schmidt Law Group is a truck accident law firm that is here to help. Our truck accident lawyers fight for the rights of the injured, and hold trucking companies and big business responsible when they cut corners. You are not alone.