Another driver was killed in an Arizona auto accident involving a tractor-trailer/big rig on Arizona highways. On I 10 it was reported that somebody was killed when the vehicle they were driving was rear-ended by a Freightliner truck around 2:00 in the morning just south of Chandler, Arizona. However, this type of early morning collision, involving being rear-ended by a Freightliner, could very well have been caused by a truck driver who was fatigued.
Truck driver fatigue leads to fatalities on Arizona highways on a regular basis. There are a long series of federal regulations and laws all designed to prevent truck drivers from risking the lives of Arizona residents. When a big rig hits an innocent victim on Arizona freeways, the likelihood of surviving that crash is far less than it would be for an otherwise negligent vehicle driver. The sheer weight of these big rigs greatly increases the risk of auto accident injury on Arizona roads.
Obviously, this type of accident is not confined to Chandler, Arizona, as we have seen these types of collisions and truck accidents throughout Phoenix, Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, all the way up to Flagstaff, Arizona, and everywhere in between.
We do not know, nor do we suggest to know, whether or not the truck driver in this incident was fatigued. We do not know if he fell asleep at the wheel and that is why he rear-ended this vehicle and killed this apparently innocent victim. Perhaps it was simple negligence. Perhaps, though, it was much more. It is well documented there are many drivers who, because they’re being paid by the mile, will violate federal laws in an effort to make greater profits. There is a long list of documented cases of trucking companies that will turn a blind eye towards their truckers driving over those hours so they can make greater profits at the expense of innocent victims. Punitive damages are appropriate in cases where a trucking accident takes the life of an innocent victim when it was caused by fatigue. However, most people do not realize the very short time window that exists in many of these cases. Federal regulations allow many key documents in trucking accidents to be destroyed six months after the date of the incident. As a result, anybody who has lost a loved one in a trucking accident in Phoenix, Arizona, Chandler, Arizona, Tucson, Arizona or anywhere on our Arizona streets and highways must immediately contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. There are some cases that do not have these kinds of tight deadlines. However, if somebody knows somebody seriously injured or killed as a result of being hit by a big rig or tractor-trailer, the urgency in hiring a lawyer to collect these documents and put the trucking company on notice is much higher than it is in most motor vehicle accidents.