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Understanding Liability in Arizona Truck Underride Accidents

Sliding under the trailer of a big truck is a nightmare for any Arizona driver. These deadly collisions are known as underride accidents and can result in the smaller vehicle being crushed or ripped apart. Underride accidents are often severe, and victims are typically forced to endure extended hospital stays and a long, arduous road to recovery. The pain, suffering, and medical expenses associated with an underride accident can compound over time, overwhelming victims and their families. If you have been injured in a truck underride accident in Arizona, you deserve compensation for the full extent of your losses. 

The dedicated attorneys at Feller & Wendt find the negligence of truck drivers and trucking companies unacceptable and will fight tirelessly to hold all liable parties fully accountable for the harm they have caused. We have extensive experience fighting for accident victims’ rights in Arizona and are ready to apply our expertise to your unique case. 

Who Can Be Held Liable for Truck Underride Accidents in Arizona?

Many parties are involved in ensuring large trucks are safely operated and maintained. Some parties that may bear liability for your underride accident include the following:

  • The truck driver
  • The trucking company
  • The truck manufacturer
  • The parts manufacturer
  • The truck repair company
  • Cargo loaders
  • The government entity responsible for safely maintaining roads
  • Another driver who caused a chain reaction

Since several different parties can be involved in an underride collision, more than one may bear fault for your accident and subsequent losses. When you retain the services of a skilled attorney at Feller & Wendt, they can meticulously investigate your case to uncover the cause of your accident and each party that may have contributed to your injuries. 

Examples of Negligence That Can Lead to Truck Underride Accidents

To establish liability and pursue a successful underride accident claim, your attorney must prove that the responsible party caused your accident by acting negligently. A few examples of negligence that can lead to underride accidents include the following:

  • Failure to install or repair underride guards
  • Failure to notice and address broken tail lights
  • Distracted driving 
  • Drowsy driving
  • Failure to use turn signals or emergency flashers
  • Failure to abide by the rules of the road
  • Sudden stops
  • Encouragement of unsafe driving by trucking companies
  • Overscheduling
  • Improper training and hiring practices
  • Failure to conduct inspections and perform maintenance
  • Failure to install reflective tape

Of the examples above, one of the most common is failure to address issues with the underride guard. This piece of equipment hangs between the trailer and the road to prevent cars from slipping under the truck and getting crushed. When this part is missing or defective, catastrophic injuries can occur. The attorneys at Feller & Wendt know how devastating an underride accident can be and will work tirelessly to determine the cause of your accident and help you pursue the maximum compensation available for your losses. 

Retain the Services of an Award-Winning Truck Accident Attorney at Feller & Wendt

After being injured or losing a loved one in a truck underride accident in Arizona, do not hesitate to contact an experienced truck accident attorney. At Feller & Wendt, we have several years of experience helping underride accident victims achieve justice for the harm they have suffered. Our attorneys are committed to helping you pursue damages for your physical, emotional, and financial losses. When you partner with us, you can trust that you have an aggressive legal advocate in your corner. To schedule a free consultation, call us at (480) 702-2277 or complete our contact form today.

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