What to do if you are hurt in a truck accident

Posted on Friday, January 27th, 2017 at 6:07 pm    

Semi-trucks and 18-wheelers are unavoidable on U.S. highways. These commercial vehicles are vital for economic transport, but their massive size and weight pose real risks to other drivers on the road. There many factors unique to large trucks that could cause a truck accident. Because the dimensions of a truck can make the vehicle difficult to navigate, truck drivers may incorrectly maneuver around obstacles, fail to see other drivers in their blind spots, or inaccurately dispense the weight of cargo in their rigs. Unfortunately, large trucks can also be equipped with defective parts that were incorrectly manufactured or installed, leading to an unexpected collision. No matter the cause of a truck accident, the excessive size of these vehicles typically results in more damage and injury to other drivers in the event of a collision.

As a result, victims of truck accidents often face the difficult challenge of recovering from their physical and emotional injuries while struggling to stay afloat financially. At Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C., our Tucson truck accident attorneys understand how frightening a truck accident is and the difficulties those injured by truck accidents are forced to endure in the aftermath of a collision. While truck accidents can cause significant devastation, our legal team believes those involved in truck accidents through no fault of their own are entitled to the full amount of restitution they deserve.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

There are many reasons truck accidents happen, including:

  • Drunk Driving
  • Mechanical Defect or Malfunction
  • Employer Negligence and Liability
  • Truck Driver Error or Negligence
  • No-Zone Accidents
  • Wrongful Death

It can be easy to feel helpless after suffering an injury from a truck accident, especially if the accident could have been prevented had other parties been less negligent. While an automobile accident is a difficult ordeal to recover from, you can still obtain compensation for the losses you have suffered.

Understandably, the legal process of obtaining just restitution for your injuries can seem overwhelming. Fortunately, the compassionate truck accident attorneys at Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C. are committed to fighting for the interests of our clients and guiding them every step of the way. If you have been the victim of a truck accident, don’t hesitate to contact our offices at (520) 529-1515 for effective representation in your case.

Arizona government and motorcyclists advocate for training

Posted on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 at 8:37 pm    

Arizona experienced a large amount of motorcycle accidents in recent years. That is why the Arizona Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Foundation, along with the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, organized a training seminar for aspiring and existing motorcycle riders in a bid to avoid more deaths and injuries on the road.

Hundreds of spots are still available for the training, which is only $100. The program was made possible through a program that was given a $250,000 grant by the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the Arizona Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council. For additional training, motorcycle riders who already have a permit but still want to take Basic Course 2 can pay $50 at one of six riding schools in the state. To learn more about this endeavor, call 888-951-3732 or visit www.amsaf.org.

Injuries in a serious personal injury accident can have significant consequences in your life. It is essential for you to procure the legal assistance of experienced legal representatives, such as the ones we have at Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C. in Tucson. Call our offices today at (520) 529-1515 to discuss your legal options.

Tucson legislator’s new motorcycle helmet proposal

Posted on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 at 3:15 pm    

Arizona Department of Transportation data showed that almost 200,000 motorcycles are registered in Arizona, out of around 8 million motor vehicles all over the country. In 2015, out of 115,609 crashes in the state, 2,988 had something to do with motorcycles, with 134 people dead and 2,497 others injured. Most motorcycle operators who died were not wearing a helmet at the time of their accident. Similarly, most of those who were critically injured had also not worn helmets.

Arizona overturned its mandatory helmet law for adults in 1976, but children below 18 years old are still subject to helmet requirements. State Representative Randall Friese filed House Bill 2046, which mandates the reinstatement of the helmet law. However, if one wishes to be exempted from the mandate, the person can pay into a special fund for people who suffer head injuries in crashes. Friese noted, “Research has shown, time and again, hundreds of millions of dollars will be saved if we prevent head injury.”

If you have been injured in a personal injury accident, you may need financial support for the costs of medical treatment and lost income. We at Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C. can help you with this predicament if you call our Tucson offices today at (800) 655-1336.

TMC employee shot in parking lot sues hospital for negligence

Posted on Saturday, December 10th, 2016 at 9:15 pm    

Twenty-five-year-old Tucson Medical Center (TMC) employee Neritza Gonzalez, who was shot after her shift at around 9 p.m. on Aug. 30, 2016 in the hospital’s parking garage, has filed a lawsuit against the hospital in Pima County Superior Court during the last week of November, claiming it was negligent for not keeping the premises reasonably safe.

TMC did not publicly make it known whether Gonzalez was still employed at the hospital or what her position was at the time of the shooting.

According to court documents, Gonzalez was depositing her handbag at the back seat of her car when someone tapped on her shoulder and fired a gun at her when she turned around, sending a bullet that “traveled through her arm and came to rest in her abdomen/hip area on the right side of her body”. Afterward, Gonzalez was brought to a trauma center.

Our lawyers at Russo, Russo & Slania, PC believe that if you got injured because of dangerous premises, you should not be forced pay for your medical bills alone and the people who are responsible for your plight should be held liable. Get in touch with us by calling our Tucson offices at (800) 655-1336.

Accidents rise after streetcar’s debut

Posted on Sunday, December 4th, 2016 at 3:43 pm    

The Cincinnati Bell Connector figured into 10 vehicular accidents and another four safety incidents since its on-street testing earlier this year.

One such victim of this kind of accident was Loveland resident Nick Haverkos, who was slowing his pickup truck in anticipation of the streetcar in his path. However, the two vehicles still collided, and Haverkos’ truck acquired a dent two feet long. It was also reported that streetcars have knocked off a mirror or scraped the side of cars parked too close to the lane of the streetcars. On November 1, a streetcar clipped both a Metro bus and a cement truck. Another Metro bus was struck on November 18.

A person who is a victim of a personal injury accident can understandably face grave difficulties, such as debilitating physical pain, expensive medical bills, and serious emotional trauma. That is why we at Russo, Russo, & Slania, P.C. provide legal services for our clients in Tucson and other areas in Arizona. We will do our best to provide extensive legal help to victims who seek our aid. Call our offices today at (520) 529-1515 or (800) 655-1336 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team.

Woman dead and children hurt in pedestrian accident

Posted on Sunday, November 20th, 2016 at 9:22 pm    

A pedestrian accident that transpired around 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 12 near College Avenue and Ray Road in Chandler, Arizona claimed the life of 35-year-old Chandler resident Pamela Hesselbacher. The accident, which occurred in Maricopa County, also caused injuries to two children.

According to the Chandler Police Department, Hesselbacher and her two children – a two-year-old and a three-year-old – were walking along Ray Road in the crosswalk when they were hit by a vehicle driven by 39-year-old William Joseph Epperlein. The children were inside strollers and bikes when the accident happened. Hesselbacher and her children were transported to a nearby hospital to receive medical attention for their critical injuries. Hesselbacher succumbed to her mortal injuries there.

Epperlein was charged with causing death by use of a car while driving on a suspended license. Police investigators are trying to assess if he ran a red light, with Lieutenant Scott Veach saying, “Preliminary information indicates that they had the walk sign and that the light was red when the driver came through. We are still sorting that out through witnesses, but the first two witnesses we talked to confirm that.”

Glendale vehicular accidents kill two

Posted on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 at 8:39 pm    

Separate vehicular accidents that occurred in Glendale in Maricopa County, Arizona claimed the lives of two people on Monday, November 7.

Police officials are trying to find the person who caused the accident in one of the incidents, as the incident was said to be a hit and run.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, a motorcycle and a car collided with each other on U.S. Route 60 at Alma School Road. Preliminary investigations showed that another vehicle pulling a trailer ran over the motorcycle rider after the initial crash between the motorcycle and the automobile. The motorcycle rider died at the scene.

A separate vehicular collision happened on the Loop 101 Agua Fria during that day. One person was also killed during the incident.

Our thoughts at Russo, Russo & Slania, PC, go out to all the victims and their loved ones and we wish a speedy recovery for any injured persons.

Woman dies in Swan vehicular accident

Posted on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 at 5:27 pm    

Nineteen-year-old Gisela Puerta lost her life after a late-night vehicular accident on North Swan Road near East Glenn Street in Tucson, Arizona. The fatal accident occurred last Monday, October 31 at approximately 12:20 a.m.

According to the Tucson Police Department, Puerta was driving a white 2001 Toyota Corolla northbound on Swan Road, north of Glenn Street. She was in the median lane when her vehicle collided with a white 2004 Toyota Camry headed south on Swan, approaching Glenn Street.

Puerta was declared dead at the scene of the accident while her passenger, a woman yet to be identified publicly by police authorities, was taken to Banner University Medical Center for treatment of her critical injuries. A second passenger in Puerta’s vehicle, a man, was unharmed during the incident.

The attorneys at Russo, Russo & Slania, PC see far too many tragic accidents such as this one and are saddened to hear of the loss felt by the friends and family of the victim.

Honda has not fixed defective Takata air bag inflators despite warnings

Posted on Thursday, October 27th, 2016 at 6:23 pm    

Owners of over 300,000 Honda Motor Co. vehicles still don’t have their air bags fixed, despite warnings from auto manufacturers and regulators that the Takata inflators are extremely prone to rupture and can cause injury or death.

In a statement, Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) said, “No responsible automaker should be so slow in repairing defective vehicles where there’s up to a 50% chance a driver could be killed or seriously injured if an air bag deploys.” Nelson said even though Honda already sent thousands of mailed notices since June 2016, they have yet to repair the air bag inflators inside their steering wheels.

Our attorneys at Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C. assist individuals pursuing financial compensation and filing a personal injury claim in Tucson or another area of Arizona. Get in touch with a qualified member of our legal staff by calling our offices today at 800-655-1336.

Phoenix Airport implements department’s ban on Samsung Note 7 smartphones

Posted on Monday, October 17th, 2016 at 5:32 pm    

Passengers flying home who were scheduled for flights at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport on Saturday, October 15 were surprised when airport authorities told them to get rid of their Note 7 smartphones. The phones, which were manufactured by Samsung, needed to be left behind before passengers were allowed to board.

Phoenix Sky Harbor spokesman Greg Roybal said that passengers can consult their information desks for help when it comes to shipping their Samsung Note 7 smartphones. This move is in accordance with the United States Department of Transportation’s ban on Samsung Note 7 smartphones on any aircraft flying within, to, or from the country. There are reports that they have been exploding, with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx saying, “We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority.”

Our attorneys at Russo, Russo & Slania have substantial experience when it comes to handling personal injury representation for our clients residing in Tucson or other areas in Arizona. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team and ask for his or her legal assistance by calling our offices today at (520) 529-1515.