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PHOENIX, AZ, July 16, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The highways are home to some of the biggest vehicles on the road including a large variety of trucks. These vehicles can be extremely dangerous especially due to their massive size. Large trucks are also prone to accidents since they take 3 times the amount of time to come to a complete stop compared to a normal vehicle. According to truckingaccidents.com, in 2006 there were around 5,000 fatalities due to trucking accidents. If you or a loved one was injured in a trucking accident, then you may be entitled to compensation by the parties responsible.
These types of accidents happen every 16 minutes in the United States, and in Arizona trucking accidents are just as big of a risk as any major city. Some of the types of injuries that can occur if you are involved in a trucking accident can vary from minor to life changing injuries. Some examples include:
Types of Injuries from Trucking Accidents
• Brain injury
• Broken bones
• Spinal Cord injury
The truck driver or his employer might be responsible for your injuries, and it is important to consult an Arizona personal injury attorney to discuss your options. With long hours on the road, the rules of the road are sometimes neglected by truck drivers as a result of fatigue. However truck drivers are also in charge of other mechanical components such as making sure that their truck is operating correctly with no signs of malfunctions. There have also been cases where the driver was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when the accident occurred.
There are many precautions you can take while riding on the road with these types of vehicles. Some examples from Roadsafeamerica.org include:
Safe Driving Tips
• Be alert while driving along big trucks since they tend to drive differently than cars.
• Do not cut in front of these large vehicles, since they tend to take a longer time to stop.
• Call authorities if you see unsafe and dangerous driving.
• Avoid blind spots of trucks, if you cannot see the side mirrors of the vehicle, the truck driver cannot see you.
• Give trucks at least 4 to 6 seconds of space during wet and icy conditions and at highway speeds.
• Observe the turn signals of the truck.
• Familiarize yourself with the trucking regulations in the state in which you are driving, each state has different rules and standards when dealing with accidents involving these vehicles.
Contact an Arizona Personal Injury Attorney
A fully loaded commercial truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and the impact of this kind of vehicle can be fatal and essentially life changing. In Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe and surrounding areas are vulnerable to trucking accidents on our freeways and main roads. An Arizona personal injury attorney can help you receive compensation for your hospital bills, time away from work, physical therapy, and can also help to assess who is at fault. For more information: www.solomonrelihan.com.
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