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Phoenix Truck Accident Attorneys

Injured In a Truck Accident? MayesTelles Can Help.

Any time a traffic accident involves a truck, chances are the damage and injuries will be catastrophic. 18-wheelers can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds when fully loaded, which is more than 20 times the size of the average passenger car. If you or a loved one was injured in a truck accident, you want to make sure you hire an attorney who understands how to handle your case and fight for maximum compensation.

Our Phoenix truck accident lawyers at MayesTelles PLLC have successfully represented thousands of clients throughout Arizona and are more than ready to fight for your rights in court. Many attorneys get nervous at the mere thought of walking into a courtroom, but not us – we are experienced trial attorneys. Don’t wait to give us a call. We are prepared to fight for your rights no matter where the case ends up.

Give us a call at (602) 428-7104 or contact us online to speak with a truck accident lawyer in Phoenix.

Examples of Truck Driver Negligence

Staying alert while behind the wheel is one of the most important things a driver needs to do. Truck drivers need to take extra care when preparing to get on the road, both because of the sheer size of their vehicles and because of how much time they spend on the road every day. However, far too many trucking companies cut corners and push their drivers too far in an attempt to cut costs and maximize profits.

When these actions result in a crash, the injured victim deserves the chance to secure the compensation they need to cover the costs of their medical bills and any other damages they may have incurred.

In order to prepare your case for trial or negotiations, our truck accident attorneys will look into the circumstances that led up to the accident during the discovery process of your lawsuit. Some things we look at include whether the driver was resting for the federally mandated amount of time in between driving shifts, whether they kept their truck well maintained, and more.

Other factors that may constitute negligence include:

  • Speeding or driving recklessly
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • If the truck driver was tailgating, following the rules of the road, improperly changing lanes, etc.
  • If the truck driver was looking down at their mobile device, phone, etc. at the time of the crash
  • Falsified inspection logs, maintenance records, driver’s logs, etc.
  • If the truck driver was exhausted from driving past federally mandated limits
  • If the truck driver was driving recklessly based on the weather or road conditions

Hours of Service Regulations

Federal and state organizations closely regulate trucking companies in order to make sure their drivers operate their vehicles safely. One of the key regulations in place are hours of service regulations, which place limits on the amount of time the driver can operate their vehicle before stopping and resting.

Passenger-Carrying Drivers

  • Drivers are limited to 15-hour shifts on duty following an eight hour break off duty. This includes trip preparations, unloading the vehicle, pulling over to use their mobile device, food breaks, etc.;
  • Drivers are limited to 10-hour driving shifts following an eight hour break off duty;
  • Drivers are limited to 60/70 hours on duty when working for 7/8 consecutive days. In order to restart the 7/8 day period, they must remain off duty for 34 consecutive hours.

Property-Carrying Drivers

  • Drivers are limited to 14-hour shifts on duty following a 10-hour break off duty;
  • Drivers are limited to 11-hour driving shifts following a 10-hour break off duty;
  • Drivers must take a 30-minute break if they have worked for eight consecutive hours since their last break before getting back behind the wheel;
  • Drivers are limited to 60/70 hours on duty when working for 7/8 consecutive days. In order to restart the 7/8 day period, they must remain off duty for 34 consecutive hours.

Sadly, these regulations don’t stop reckless drivers from pushing past their limits or prevent trucking companies from pressuring their workers into working extra hours.

Call Now to Schedule Your Free Consultation

Our truck accident attorneys at MayesTelles understand just how stressful this time can be. Let us create a plan of action that best fits your needs and puts you in the best possible situation to secure maximum compensation. We are committed to holding negligent truckers and trucking companies accountable.

Call us at (602) 428-7104 or fill out our online form.

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