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In 2009, there were 3,215 fatal crashes involving large trucks, accounting for 7.1 percent of all fatal accidents in the United States (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). In most cases, fatal truck accidents occurred in rural areas and only 1 percent were DUI-related. On the other hand, truck driver fatigue is a major cause of fatal truck accidents. In fact, research showed that 30% of all truck crashes were a result of truck drivers driving without taking enough rest and getting the required amount of sleep.

In Arizona, only 67 large trucks or 6.6 percent out of 1,008 vehicles were involved in fatal crashes in 2009. From this total number, 8 resulted in roll over and 14 resulted in a fire. Large truck accidents in Arizona are the second most infrequent type of accident, next to buses, according to data from NHTSA-FARS.

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Far too often, as Phoenix personal injury attorneys, we see wounded, even permanently impaired, Arizona construction workers who never avail themselves of their rights under the personal injury system. Many construction site accidents are caused by other subcontractors or workers at the jobsite who fail to follow OSHA standards and other laws related to workplace safety. Disregarding acceptable standards of caution in a construction trade, and causing injury to someone else, often opens the floodgates for claims to be made in addition to workers’ compensation. This happens without forfeiting any available rights pertaining to the workers’ compensation claim. Personal injury claims are made in addition to, not instead of, the workers’ compensation claim.

It is important not to allow the type of construction accident that has occurred to get in the way of a proper analysis. There is no restriction that dictates which types of construction accident allow personal injury claims to be brought. That’s why it’s vital to find a skilled attorney to review a claim and see if more compensation can be sought outside of workers’ compensation.

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Causes for construction accidents vary and are dependent on the type of job. Dangers include falling objects, working with live electricity, explosive chemicals, equipment failures, and injuries relating to slips and falls. These tend to be the most common type of construction related injuries.

The causes of accidents can be attributed to negligence on the part of general contractors, sub-contractors, vendors, and employees. Such are the extreme dangers that exist on almost every job site throughout the country, which can often lead to construction accidents that then can cause life-threatening conditions. Accidents on construction sites may require reconstructive surgery or amputation, or even result in serious brain injury. Some other incidents may leave construction workers with lifelong conditions that disfigure their bodies and negatively impact their ability to work or even pay for their own care.

Though workers’ compensation may cover a lot of the injuries associated with construction accidents, the monetary value of many workers’ compensation claims are not enough to provide for all the damages that are associated with meeting the workers’ fiscal responsibilities associated with the accident.

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There exists an archaic law known as the firefighter’s rule. This rule has been written out of the law in many states throughout the country. Unfortunately, this is not so with Arizona. Arizona’s legal system punishes its police officers and firefighters with unjust laws like the firefighter’s rule. The firefighter’s rule prevents police officers (or their families) from bringing a lawsuit against a person who through their negligent actions seriously injured or killed the officer while in the line of duty. This is even the case when the negligent party directly causes injury or death to a police officer or firefighter.

People like firefighters or police officers who put their lives on the line have a right to hold others whose negligent actions cause them harm accountable. At Breyer Law Offices, we have had the honor to represent a number of brave police officers. We have had to overcome efforts to dismiss their cases because of outdated legislation akin to the firefighter’s rule. We feel it is incredibly important to ensure that full and fair compensation is not denied to those who put their lives on the line for the people of Arizona each and every day. Police officers and firefighters deserve the chance to receive compensation for injuries caused while on the job.

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Unfortunately, construction sites can be very dangerous places. Even for those who try to be careful and follow all of the safety requirements under OSHA, they can suffer injuries as a result of the negligence of others. Far too many people are injured due to falls that occur on jobsites in Arizona. Many times, these falls would have been prevented had other subcontractors on the scene been more aware of following fall protection standards under OSHA guidelines.

However, there are many personal injury lawyers that do not handle construction accident injury cases or do not have any experience in finding the right experts to pursue them. For those who have been seriously injured in a construction site accident and need answers, it is best to find the top construction accident lawyer in Arizona that you can seek out. Many times, people injured in construction accidents have the right to not only a workers’ compensation claim for the construction accident but also have the right to make an injury claim as an added for of compensation that will not hurt the workers’ comp claim.

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In a construction accident in Arizona, a photograph may be the difference between prevailing over a devastating injury and facing financial ruin.

Construction accident claims in Arizona aren’t simple. Many hurt in construction accidents seek reimbursement only from workers’ compensation. In plenty of cases, workers’ compensation in Arizona is the only possible recovery. However, workers hurt in construction trades are able and entitled to bring a claim against a third party who negligently caused the injury. Most Arizona construction workers don’t know they may have the right to bring this claim. Since they don’t know their rights, they fail to get photo evidence at the job site.

Construction sites change quickly and evidence can be destroyed or altered within moments. It’s vital to inform anybody who has suffered a jobsite injury that photographs of the site must be taken immediately.

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Too many Arizona construction workers suffer serious injuries without seeking aid from the best Arizona construction accident attorney because they don’t know their rights. All too often, those seriously hurt on the job look only to workers’ compensation as the most direct remedy after on-the-job injuries.

However, workers’ compensation does not pay full wages. Workers’ compensation provides no money for the loss of enjoyment of life, pain, and other general damages available in a personal injury situation.

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We usually imagine gunshot wounds or fights with dangerous assailants when we hear of officers killed in the line of duty. But often our police officers die at the hands of negligent drivers on our roads. According to one account, of 132 officers killed in our country in 2008, no less than 59 were killed in automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, and train accidents combined. In Arizona four patrolmen tragically lost their lives in 2008.

No feeling equals the heartache and sadness of families who lose a police officer. And many police officers are the primary income to their families.

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Why do so many people need Arizona construction accident attorneys? According to a government report, construction is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country: construction-related accidents killed 1,239 people in 2006.

Consider the ramifications of serious injury or wrongful death at a construction site. In most cases, the family is grieving because of what may have been a preventable accident.
Beyond the severe emotional trauma to children, spouses and parents, consider the wages lost and all the people who rely upon the hard work they perform. Consider loss of a house, inability to pay bills, changing schools, and maybe even moving to a completely different area after an unnecessary death.

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In the aftermath of a construction accident when a loved one has been injured or killed, the last thing on families’ mind is contacting an experienced Tuscon construction accident lawyer. However, in such cases, the hours and days following the accident are crucially important as the victim’s family may be pressured to sign documentation that they do not fully understand. These documents often limit their options for compensation from those responsible for the accident. In many cases, construction accidents occur due to lax safety measures. If you or a family member is injured or killed in a construction site accident, contact the Arizona personal injury law firm of Breyer Law Offices P.C.

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