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3 Common Myths About Arizona Truck Accidents

Heavy 18-wheelers exist amongst regular motor vehicles and motorcycles on roads and highways. Weighing up to 80,000 pounds fully loaded with cargo, these enormous transport trucks require a professional driver with highly regulated rules and requirements. Unfortunately, even with these restrictions, accidents may still occur. 

This is in large part due to common misconceptions about truck drivers and the accidents their recklessness can cause. To help dispel some of these myths, the team of qualified personal injury lawyers at Feller & Wendt has put together a guide to discuss and dive into three common illusions regarding Arizona truck accidents. If you have already been in an accident due to the negligence of a truck driver or a reckless party, we can help you fight for damages today. 

3 Common Myths About Arizona Truck Accidents

To make our streets safer, here are three of the most common myths regarding truck accidents, truck drivers, and their companies: 

Truck Drivers Can Driver Longer Than Other Drivers

People assume that, because the drivers are professionals and have received training and a special license, they are prepared to drive for extremely long hours with no problem. This is not true. In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) imposes strict regulations on exactly how long truck drivers are allowed to legally operate their vehicles before they must break or stop working for the day in general. 

When a driver breaks their imposed driving hours or lies about their breaks, they are putting themselves and others at risk of an accident due to tired or distracted driving. Lack of sleep can mess with motor functions and decision-making, resulting in slower response times and an increased chance of a collision. 

The Trucks’ Large Mirrors Mean They Can See Better

Trucks come with large mirrors to help compensate for their bulky builds and long exteriors. Despite the large mirrors you can see from behind the truck, the driver still has larger blind spots than a regular driver has. A good rule of thumb is that if you cannot see the driver through the mirrors, it is likely the driver cannot see you. 

Do not follow trucks too closely and keep a reasonable distance when possible. It is up to the driver to follow the rules of the road and ensure they are double checking their blind spots before turning, but other driver’s recklessness can still result in an accident.

Trucking Companies Emphasize Safety

When you are involved in an accident with a truck, it is possible neither you nor the driver is at fault for the collision. Trucking companies also play a role in the driver’s safety. The trucking company’s duty is to ensure all drivers have a safe truck to operate and that the cargo is secured and does not exceed any weight limitations. 

Unfortunately, this is not always the case. When the truck is overloaded, it can cause the truck to tip and result in catastrophic damages. 

Injured in a Truck Accident? Schedule Your Free Consultation Today

Feller & Wendt is committed to being your advocate in seeking justice after your truck accident. Don’t try to navigate the world of a personal injury claim alone. With extensive experience in serving the state of Arizona and successfully securing substantial compensation for victims of negligence and reckless truck driving, we’re ready to take on the tough challenges on your behalf. While you concentrate on your recovery, let us handle the fight for your rights.

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