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The Difference Between Car and Truck Accidents in Arizona

By Karnas Law Firm |

When it comes to road accidents in Arizona, the dynamics, consequences, and legal implications of car and truck accidents can vary significantly. While both car and truck accidents can cause serious injuries and property damage, the nature of the vehicles involved creates crucial distinctions in the aftermath of a crash. Understanding these differences can be vital, especially if you have been involved in one.

Dynamics of Car and Truck Accidents

Car accidents are the most common type of vehicle collisions on Arizona roads. These accidents typically involve passenger vehicles and can range from minor to severe crashes. The dynamics of car accidents often involve factors such as distracted driving, speeding, and driving under the influence. 

Truck accidents, on the other hand, present a different set of dynamics. These accidents often involve large commercial vehicles such as semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, and other heavy-duty trucks. The sheer size and weight of these trucks result in significantly higher impact forces during collisions, leading to more severe damage and injuries. Factors contributing to truck accidents include driver fatigue, improper loading, mechanical failures, and longer stopping distances.

How Frequent and Severe Are Accidents?

Recent statistics highlight the stark contrast in the consequences of car and truck accidents. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, in 2023, there were over 100,000 reported car accidents in the state, resulting in approximately 1,000 fatalities and thousands of injuries. In the same year, there were around 3,500 truck accidents, but these resulted in nearly 400 fatalities, demonstrating the higher fatality rate in truck collisions – roughly 2.6% of the accidents.

In 2023, Arizona saw an increase in car accidents, with distracted driving being a leading cause. Approximately 25% of car accidents were attributed to distracted driving, highlighting the importance of awareness and preventive measures.

As for truck accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported that driver fatigue and mechanical failures were significant contributors. 

What Are the Legal Implications of Car and Truck Accidents?

The legal implications of car and truck accidents also differ significantly. Car accidents typically involve straightforward cases of negligence, where the responsible party is identified based on traffic violations or reckless behavior. A car accident attorney can help victims navigate the legal process, gather evidence, and negotiate with insurance companies to secure fair compensation.

Truck accidents, however, involve more complex legal issues. Truck drivers and trucking companies are subject to stricter federal regulations overseen by the FMCSA. Multiple parties may be held liable, including the truck driver, the trucking company, the vehicle manufacturer, and even the entity responsible for cargo loading. Additionally, trucking companies often have robust legal terms and insurance policies to protect their interests. This complexity necessitates the expertise of a specialized truck accident lawyer or a personal injury attorney who can thoroughly investigate the auto accident, identify all liable parties, and build a strong compensation case.

What Are Common Injuries and Damages?

The impact of a truck accident is often far more severe for the smaller vehicle’s occupants. Common injuries include:

  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Multiple fractures
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Internal bleeding and organ damage

The severity of injuries sustained in car accidents can range from minor cuts and bruises to severe injuries like broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord damage. In contrast, truck accidents often result in severe injuries due to the greater force of impact. Victims may suffer from life-altering injuries and even fatalities.

All these injuries can lead to extensive medical bills, lost wages, and long-term disabilities. In addition to the physical injuries, car and truck accidents can cause significant emotional distress, like PTSD, impacting mental well-being and relationships.

With the help of truck accident attorneys, you can seek compensation for the above mentioned injuries in Arizona, including lost wages, medical bills, and other out-of-pocket expenses resulting from the accident.

Secure Fair Compensation with Karnas Law Firm

At Karnas Law Firm, our personal injury lawyers understand the unique challenges of car and truck accidents in Arizona. We are committed to providing compassionate representation to get you the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, contact us today for a free consultation.