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Highway Truck Accidents in Arizona

October 13, 2022 By John Torgenson

Highway truck accidents are unfortunately quite common in Arizona. In fact, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, there were nearly 1,400 truck accidents on Arizona highways in 2018 alone. Across the US in 2017, there were 116,000 people injured in heavy truck accidents, a 4% increase from 2016.

Truck Accidents: Common Causes & Serious Injuries

There are many factors that can contribute to a highway truck accident, such as driver fatigue, distracted driving, poor weather conditions, and defective truck equipment. However, one of the most common causes of truck accidents is driver error, including speeding, tailgating, making improper lane changes, or failing to yield the right of way.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 4,761 large trucks involved in fatal crashes in 2017, a 9% increase from 2016. These accidents resulted in the deaths of 5,005 people, a 10% increase from 2016.

  • 72% were occupants of other vehicles
  • 16% were occupants of the large trucks
  • 12% were pedestrians or bicyclists

Large-Truck Crash Causation Study: An Initial Overview

The Large-Truck Crash Causation Study is a research effort to identify the reasons for serious crashes involving large trucks. The study will analyze a representative sample of large truck crashes that occurred in the United States in 2010.

The study will use in-depth analysis of a variety of data sources to identify the critical reasons for heavy truck crashes. The data sources include police reports, truck driver and trucking company interviews, onboard data recorders, and other information.

The FMCSA expects that the study will lead to improved large truck safety by identifying strategies to reduce the number and severity of large truck crashes. The agency will use the findings to develop and implement new or revised regulations, policies, and programs.

Highway Truck Crash

If you have been involved in a truck accident on the highway in Arizona, there are a few things you should do to ensure that you are protected. First, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. This will ensure that your injuries are properly documented and that you begin the process of healing as soon as possible.

Secondly, you should contact an experienced truck accident attorney to discuss your legal options and to ensure that you are compensated for your injuries.

Finally, it is important to keep all documentation related to the accident, including medical records, photos, and police reports, as this will be important evidence in any potential legal case.

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John Torgenson is a highly experienced personal injury lawyer with over 20 years of practice in Arizona. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and his Juris Doctor from Notre Dame. John has a proven track record of securing substantial verdicts and settlements, including an $8.25 million recovery for a gunshot injury victim. His expertise has earned him AVVO ratings and recognition as a Super Lawyer.

John is also a sought-after lecturer on personal injury law, sharing his extensive knowledge with peers and aspiring attorneys. Beyond his legal practice, John is an avid golfer and actively supports organizations like the Military Assistance Mission, Arizona School for the Arts, Page Balloon Regatta, University of Arizona Foundation, Junior Achievement of Arizona, and the Tim Huff Pro Bono Golf Classic.

Passionate about advocating for injury victims, John dedicates his career to battling insurance companies and corporate interests, ensuring that the rights of those who are hurt are vigorously defended.