Trucking accidents can be just as scary, if not more terrifying than auto accidents. Unfortunately, these accidents happen with some regularity in Arizona and require intense attention if you’ve suffered any injuries following the incident. If you think the incident has left you with potential emotional distress, read on to learn how it might qualify for further compensation.

How Arizona Views Emotional Pain and Suffering

In Arizona, emotional distress is classified as a “noneconomic loss”. These damages are often considered secondary to any economic damages, but noneconomic loss can include disability, anxiety, loss of companionship, and other emotional symptoms.

There are no state-imposed caps on how much these damages can be, so it’s important to understand the extent of your injuries. An excellent personal injury attorney will help put a value on your emotional distress relative to the interruption it brings to your life. You will likely need to file a case within two years of the incident for it to have any potential legal standing.

Documentation Proving Emotional Distress

In most cases, you’ll need to be formally evaluated by a medical professional to understand how serious your symptoms actually are. Sometimes, your personal injury law team will have experts ready to help work through this. In other cases, you’ll need to be examined by the insurance company’s preferred medical team along with your own. Above all, you’ll need detailed documentation showing the extent of your emotional injuries to create a case for potential compensation. These documents include doctor’s notes, psychological evaluations, potential imaging, and more.


Even minor truck accidents can be traumatic and difficult incidents to work through. As you’re working to recover emotionally and physically, you shouldn’t attempt to figure out any possible routes for legal action on your own. Instead, let the team at Rabb & Rabb, PLLC advocate for you throughout your trucking accident recovery. Call (520) 888-6740 to learn more and schedule a free review of your case.

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