Arizona sees many tractor-trailers on highways and minor roads, going to Phoenix or delivering goods to California. Our state is also home to a thriving farming community, with ranching and agriculture forming one of the state’s largest revenue streams. With abundant agriculture comes lots of trailers on the roadways, carrying livestock or hefty loads of produce. Sadly, the price of a healthy economy is severe: trailer accidents cause devastating injuries and fatalities.
If you were injured in an accident involving a runaway trailer, a Phoenix truck accident attorney at Cullan & Cullan can help. We have four lawyers who are also doctors. We also are one of the few firms in the United States to have an attorney trained in engineering, as well as advanced training in semi-truck accident reconstruction. This level of knowledge, combined with our considerable legal experience and record setting verdicts, makes us a more effective team as we protect the interests of those injured in runaway trailer and other trucking accidents.
To find out how we can help you, call (602) 900-9483 for a free consultation.
Arizona Trailer Regulations
Arizona is one of 28 states with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) approved plans for the trucking industry. Accordingly, Arizona enforces certain safety standards and regulations for tractor-trailers. This covers agricultural commodity trailers, commercial motor vehicles, heavy hauler trailers, and pulpwood trailers. These regulations are in place to prevent runaway trailer and other serious trailer accidents, protecting everyone on the road.
The list of regulations is expansive and encompasses safety measures such as:
- Trailer height and width
- Trailer maintenance and inspections
- Trailer strength
- Hours of service regulations
- Lunch and rest break safety
- Loading and unloading regulations
- Transporting hazardous material regulations
If the driver of any type of trailer fails to adhere to OSHA regulations or federal and state safe driver rules, an attorney can use this lapse of judgment in court to prove that negligence caused a trailer accident. Common runaway trailer accidents all involve this kind of oversight, from improperly loaded cargo to poorly maintained trailer components. When the owner or driver of a trailer causes an accident, victims can demand recompense.
Seek Justice After a Trailer Accident in Phoenix
The large number of trailers navigating our twisting, winding roads invariably leads to tragic accidents. When tractor-trailer drivers take curves too sharply, drive fatigued, or fail to obey safety laws and regulations, the results can be deadly. Trailer drivers have an immense responsibility on the roadway while driving large and dangerous vehicles next to passenger cars. Drivers hauling trailers behind their regular vehicles are also responsible for driving carefully and ensuring the safety of their rigs.
If a trucking company or the driver of a vehicle hauling a trailer failed to obey traffic laws, federal trucking regulations, or simple common sense, you may have a valid case. Our Phoenix tractor-trailer accident lawyers can investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident to determine how it occurred and how to prove liability.
Call (602) 900-9483 now for experienced help after a runaway trailer accident.