Scottsdale Truck Accidents Lawyer
Car crashes are scary, but truck accidents are terrifying. When your vehicle is struck by a tractor-trailer truck weighing up to 80,000 pounds, you and your passengers can be seriously injured or killed.
Every day that you get behind the wheel, you share the road with trucks. No matter how safely you drive, you can’t control other drivers. It’s awful to feel so out of control in the moments after the crash.
At The Bourassa Law Group, we can help you take back control of your life after your truck accident. You can have the peace of mind that you’ve held the truck driver responsible for their dangerous driving. You won’t be alone, because you’ll have experienced Scottsdale truck accident lawyers on your side. We’ll fight to win you the full, fair compensation you deserve.
Contact The Bourassa Law Group today at (480) 867-7177 for a free consultation about your truck accident case, so we can begin to work toward getting you the compensation you are entitled to.
How The Bourassa Law Group Will Help You After Your Truck Accident
If you or a loved one have been hurt or killed in a truck crash, you can take legal steps to get financial compensation for your injuries, your lost income, and the pain and suffering you’re experiencing. In order to get you the money you and your family need to recover, the experienced lawyers at The Bourassa Law Group can initiate a personal injury claim on your behalf.
Hiring passionate advocates like our Arizona truck accident lawyers gives you a better chance of winning the maximum compensation for your injuries or your loved one’s death in a truck accident. We’ll leave no stone unturned when we investigate your accident.
If needed, The Bourassa Law Group will hire experts to substantiate our arguments. We’ll make the case that the truck driver and possibly their employers were negligent. If they were negligent, we can argue that they were legally responsible for the crash and your injuries.
Once we are confident of our arguments, we’ll send a demand letter on your behalf that lays out our position. From there, we’ll negotiate aggressively for you with all the insurance companies and their lawyers.
We may enter mediation, or, if necessary, take your case to court. No matter what, we’ll fight to get you the money you deserve. Contact The Bourassa Law Group today at (480) 867-7177 to discuss your case in a free, confidential consultation.
Common Truck Accident Injuries
Truck crashes can result in devastating injuries and even death. Always seek medical attention for your injuries before contacting a lawyer. Some truck accident common injuries include:
- Brain injuries (TBI)
- Broken bones
- Cuts, scrapes, and burns
- Internal organ trauma and bleeding
- Limb injuries, including amputation
- Neck and back injuries (whiplash)
- Spinal injuries, including paralysis
- Wrongful death
If your wreck was serious, you might have received medical attention on the scene. Even if you have no visible injuries, be sure to go to a doctor as soon as possible. Unfortunately, some urgent medical needs are invisible or only evident after time has passed.
Some Common Causes of Truck Accidents
We’ll investigate to understand exactly what caused your crash in order to build the best case possible. Many truck accidents involve multiple vehicles, so we’ll be sure to understand every driver’s involvement in the crash. Here are some common causes of truck accidents:
- Reckless driving. When a truck driver or another driver drives recklessly by speeding or changing lanes improperly, accidents can happen quickly and result in multiple car pile-ups.
- If the truck driver is driving too close to your vehicle, they can easily rear-end your vehicle when the flow of traffic changes.
- Improper truck maintenance or equipment failure. Tire blowouts, malfunctioning brakes, and broken taillights are all very dangerous and contribute to crashes.
- Distracted driving. Texting, eating, or talking on the phone takes a truck driver’s eyes off the road. Since trucks are so heavy, truck drivers need more time and distance to stop and any distraction can be deadly.
- Improperly loaded trucks. Tractor-trailer trucks carry very heavy loads, so it’s important that they are properly balanced. If they aren’t, the uneven load can cause the driver to lose control and sometimes roll the truck over.
No amount of defensive driving can completely protect you from the unexpected, but remember to drive safely. Never cut off a truck or drive in their blind spots. Truck accidents happen every day, and if you were injured or your loved one was killed in a truck accident, you deserve expert legal representation to get the compensation you are entitled to.
Determining Liability in Truck Accidents
After your truck accident, you may be contacted by insurance companies representing the truck driver or trucking company. They may offer you an immediate settlement. If they do, it’s because they think they can save money by avoiding negotiations with a lawyer representing you. Don’t talk to them and don’t accept their offers. Remember, their goal is to look out for their bottom line.
Contact an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible after the accident, because truck liability (a legal term for responsibility) is complicated. You’re not just dealing with an irresponsible truck driver. Your case can involve the company that owns the truck, whoever owns the cargo, and all of their insurance companies. A qualified truck accident lawyer can advocate for you and help you understand your legal options.
When you hire The Bourassa Law Group, we’ll investigate the truck driver and all of the parties involved to establish who was liable and to what degree. We might find that the company that hired the driver was negligent because they didn’t train the driver or maintain the truck properly. We could find that the truck was loaded in a dangerous way. We might find that the driver was negligent, because they broke hours of service regulations, used illegal drugs or alcohol, or otherwise drove dangerously.
Evidence for Your Truck Accident Case
To advocate on your behalf, our truck accident lawyers will gather as much information about your truck accident as possible. It’s important that you keep all documentation related to your truck accident to help this process. Important evidence you can provide includes:
- Photographs of the scene of the crash. Take pictures of as much as you can, including your car, the truck, and any other vehicles involved.
- Photographs of and documentation about your car after the crash. If you have bills from your mechanic or statements from your insurance company about your car, keep it all.
- Witness statements, if applicable. Take the name and number of anyone you see near your crash and take their statement if you can. If not, contact them later to do so.
- Accident reports. Police will respond to most truck accidents. You can take the police officer’s name and badge number at the scene, and request the report after it’s completed.
- Doctor’s statements and medical bills. Be sure to keep everything you receive related to your medical treatment, including insurance documents, doctor’s records, and bills.
We’ll get other information from the driver and their employers, using subpoenas if we have to. This evidence might include:
- Cargo logs. These can help us establish if the truck was improperly loaded, making it dangerously heavy or unbalanced.
- Truck driver’s history and logs. If we find the driver violated regulations that dictate how long they could legally be on the road, the driver can be found negligent. We might also look to see if they have a history of irresponsible driving behavior.
- Drug and alcohol test records. If the truck driver is found to have been using drugs or alcohol, the company might be liable for irresponsibly keeping a dangerous driver in their employ.
- Maintenance logs and inspection reports. If the trucking company failed to properly keep the truck in good working order, they might be found liable.
Once we have everything we need, we’ll be able to substantiate your claim that the truck driver and/or trucking company is liable for your accident. Even if they have evidence that the crash was partly your fault, we can hold them partially liable and seek proportional compensation. Our professional team will walk you through every step of the process so that nothing surprises you.
Compensation After We Prove the Truck Driver and/or Trucking Company is Liable
If you’ve been hurt in an Arizona truck accident, and we prove that the truck driver and/or trucking company is liable, you could be awarded damages. Damages are financial compensation. They can include amounts to cover the following:
- Past medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages or salary
- Property damage (like your car)
- Pain and suffering
- In some cases, punitive damages
Every truck accident is different, so we’ll calculate the damages you are owed based on exactly what happened in your truck accident. You can trust that we have the experience in Arizona courts to win for you. We know Arizona truck accident laws, and we’ll do everything we can to make them work for you.
Contact The Bourassa Law Group Today for Experienced Scottsdale Representation
At The Bourassa Law Group, our team of Scottsdale truck accident lawyers will work tirelessly for you. Our firm uses a contingency fee system, so you won’t pay us anything until the successful conclusion of your case. You don’t have to fight for justice after your truck accident by yourself. Use your energy to heal physically and mentally. Let us help you recover financially.
We’re ready to talk 24/7, so contact us now. Call us at (480) 867-7177, chat with us, or fill out our contact form today.
Frequently asked questions
The legal definition of a personal injury is when someone’s failure to use reasonable care in a particular situation results in another person’s physical, emotional, or psychological injury. Personal injury cases often rely on the elements of negligence to prove the responsible party’s actions were the cause of the other party’s injuries.
The length of a personal injury case depends on the type of case and various factors, such as the severity of the injury sustained and the duration of necessary treatment. A car accident case might take six months to resolve, while a wrongful death lawsuit could take two years. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the case.
No. Whether you got hurt in a car accident or on someone else’s property, you should never speak with their liability insurance company about the claim. They try to save money whenever possible and could attempt to trick you into accepting a low settlement amount or intimidate you into dropping the case. Your Denver personal injury lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.
It depends. A vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. When we file a claim with the insurance company, we’ll submit evidence that proves you deserve compensation for your injuries. Sometimes the insurer is willing to settle. Other times, they deny the claim or provide a settlement much lower than you deserve. Under those circumstances, we will file a lawsuit and take the case to court.
Mediation is a step during a lawsuit where both sides meet to try to reach an agreement. The mediator listens to the arguments on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s sides and attempts to resolve the issue. If they can reach an agreement, they will settle out of court, and the case will get dismissed. If they can’t resolve the matter, the case will proceed to trial.