Trucking Accident Attorneys serving Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Cases
Andrew Alex, founder of Alex & Saavedra, has been representing truck accident victims for over 37 years. Using years of experience and expertise, Andrew and Alex & Saavedra have obtained remarkable results for their clients.
Tractor trailer accidents are generally complex and accident victims are often seriously and permanently injured. The key to maintaining a dignified life (as opposed to a life of charity) after a serious tractor trailer accident is the quality of your attorney.
Phoenix Truck Accident Lawyer Alex & Saavedra may be reached at 602-971-1775 for a free consultation.
WHY EXPERIENCE COUNTS
An accident involving an 18-wheeler, tractor-trailer, or semi-truck is often life-altering, and sometimes fatal, for occupants of a passenger vehicle or pedestrians involved in the accident. Tractor trailer accidents are more complex than car accident cases.
A tractor trailer can weigh more than 80,000 pounds and be up to 75 feet in length. According to the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), out of 500,000 tractor trailer accidents each year, about 5,000 are fatal. Many tractor trailer accidents are caused by driver fatigue.
According to Dan Ramsdell, National Director of The Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers (APITLAmerica), one of the most pressing problems in the trucking industry today is “fatigued driving,” with nearly 40% of big truck crashes being caused by or contributed to due to a fatigued driver. A skilled lawyer will determine whether the accident was caused by a fatigued truck driver and, if so, you may be entitled to punitive damages in addition to compensatory losses.
Tractor trailer accidents may involve multiple insurance companies, regulatory agencies and law enforcement agencies. Trucking industry regulations allow victims of tractor trailer accidents to bring claims against both the truck driver and the trucking company that employs or contracts with the driver.
ALEX & ASSOCIATES CASES AGAINST TRUCKING COMPANIES
Alex & Saavedra handles 18-wheeler and tractor trailer accidents claims for clients throughout Arizona, California, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, and Texas from our offices in the Phoenix area, and are happy to assist out-of-state firms in claims handled in Arizona courts. If you would like to arrange a free consultation with a tractor trailer accident attorney please contact our firm.
We have successfully recovered impressive settlements and verdicts on behalf of clients for losses in tractor trailer accidents. The key to successful results is preserving critical evidence. It is important to retain an experienced trucking accident attorney as soon as possible. Keep in mind, national trucking companies immediately send a team of “company investigators” to the accident scene. They sometimes arrive at the scene at the same time as police and other emergency personnel.
PRESERVING CRITICAL EVIDENCE
Alex & Saavedra’s investigators and expert reconstructionists often travel to the scene of the accident to gather their own data, including skid marks, accident debris and other physical evidence at the scene. Eye witnesses and the investigating police officers are interviewed as soon as possible while the information is fresh.
Alex & Saavedra will send a certified letter to the trucking company requiring the company to preserve critical evidence. This letter requests 21 items of evidence to be preserved, including:
- Duty status logs of the truck driver
- Black box data
- Fuel receipts
- Weight scale receipts
- Delivery gate receipts
- Bill of ladings
- Satellite position devices (GPS)
- Dispatch records and logs
COMPENSATION FOR TRUCKING ACCIDENT VICTIMS
Victims of a trucking accident are entitled to compensation for their injuries (often severe), hospital, doctor and other medical bills, lost wages (including lost earning capacity), pain and suffering (past and future) and permanent impairment and disfigurement. The victim’s damages may change their life forever and result in medical expenses and lost earnings over the course of a lifetime.
If the trucking accident results in a fatality, Arizona’s wrongful death statue governs who can bring a claim, commonly referred to as “statutory beneficiaries”. The measure of damages for the statutory beneficiaries is complex and requires experts to establish full value of the claim.
YOUR TEAM OF EXPERTS
Tractor trailer accidents are never routine and almost always require a team of leading experts including accident reconstructionists, investigators, log book examiners, doctors, vocational rehabilitation specialists and economists to demonstrate the full value of our client’s claim. Alex & Saavedra has the commitment and resources to assemble that team and take the case to trial, or appeal if necessary, to recover maximum compensation for our client.
When handling an injury or death claim from a truck accident a tractor trailer accident attorney from Alex & Saavedra will send an investigator to the scene of the accident, often on the day we take your case, to see that evidence is preserved and witness statements are recorded while memories are fresh.
It is important it is to retain a winning tractor trailer accident attorney — one with experience in these complex cases — as soon as possible.
OTHER COMMERCIAL VEHICLES
In addition to commercial tractor trailer accidents, our lawyers are prepared to handle all commercial vehicle accidents including, rock haulers, log trucks, box trucks, dump trucks, cement trucks and construction vehicles.
GOOD NEGOTIATORS & WINNING TRIAL ATTORNEYS
Almost all tractor trailer and commercial vehicle accidents involving serious injuries are not settled until a lawsuit is filed and substantial discovery has been performed. The trucking company or its insurance company vigorously defend the case. It is important that your attorney has a great deal of experience handling trucking accidents. Over and above, the partners at Alex & Saavedra have earned a reputation as good negotiators and winning trial attorneys.
To speak to a senior attorney regarding your tractor trailer accident, please call us for a free consultation at 602-971-1775.