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Gilbert Truck Accident Attorney

The size, weight, and unwieldy shape of large trucks make them a significant danger to others on the roads. Compared to standard vehicles, they not only have a damaging weight, but they’re also more prone to tire blowouts and may have unbalanced or improperly secured loads. With over 1,500 truck accidents in Arizona in 2020 and commercial shipping numbers on the rise, truck accidents cause many serious injuries and deaths.

The size and power of a truck not only make grave injuries more likely in an accident with a smaller vehicle but the size and power of trucking companies and their insurance carriers can make truck accident claims more complex than typical car accident cases.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident with a truck in Arizona, you need Phoenix personal injury attorneys with years of experience with truck accident claims to be your voice. The truck accident attorneys at Hastings & Hastings of Gilbert understand the challenges of identifying the liable party in a truck accident. We know how to stand strong against large trucking companies to give our clients the best chance for a substantial payout for their damages. Call our Gilbert office today to schedule a free consultation.

The Challenges of Proving Liability in a Truck Accident Case

Even if you thought your case was simple because you know the truck caused your accident, identifying the liable party can be difficult in truck accidents. While the driver might be liable in some accidents, in many cases the liability lies elsewhere. Depending on the circumstances, the at-fault party could be any of the following:

  • The driver
  • The trucking company
  • A company that rented the truck
  • The truck manufacturer
  • A truck parts manufacturer
  • A truck repair and maintenance company
  • Freight loading companies

The powerful insurance agencies representing many trucking companies have an advantage over our clients who’ve suffered injuries. Because there are so many options for liability, they may deny liability in your claim. The lawyers at Hastings & Hastings understand how to investigate the unique circumstances of each accident to find the liable party and prove who was at fault in the accident so your claim for damages can move forward.

Establishing Liability in an Arizona Truck Accident

Even after finding the liable party in a trucking accident, the injured party has to prove liability by showing the following:

  • That the liable party owed a duty of care to keep others on the road with the truck safe from hazards
  • That they breached this duty of care by negligence or recklessness
  • That the breach of duty of care directly caused the injury
  • That you’ve suffered significant damages due to the injury

Common Damages in a Truck Accident

Because trucks have an advantage in size and weight over ordinary vehicles, it’s most often those in standard, family cars who suffer injuries in a truck accident. If you or a family member sustained injuries this way you’ve probably suffered the following damages that deserve compensation:

  • Medical expenses and future medical costs for any ongoing treatment
  • Lost pay from missing work days and future lost wages
  • Diminished earning capacity if you’ve suffered disabling injuries
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional anguish, PTSD, and other mood disorders related to accident trauma
  • Loss of enjoyment of life and loss of consortium

Most damages cases in truck accidents settle out of court through negotiations with an insurance company. A lawyer with a strong reputation is a decided advantage in this process. The attorneys at Hastings & Hastings will passionately advocate for full compensation for your economic and non-economic damages during negotiations and in court, if need be.

Why Choose Our Gilbert Truck Accident Attorneys

At Hastings & Hastings, we offer free consultations for truck accident cases so we can begin working on a strategy for securing your compensation. Let our Gilbert personal injury lawyers put our combined 9 decades of experience to work for your accident claim. Our discounted rates and contingency fee payment method means we don’t get paid unless you receive a payout on your claim or a significant court award. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment for your case evaluation at our Gilbert office.