Las Vegas Truck Accident Laws

Injured in a truck accident? Nevada law may entitle you to compensation

The sad reality is that when cars are involved in an accident with a large truck, the occupants of the truck usually fare much better than the occupants of the other vehicles.

If you've been involved in a truck accident in Nevada, our caring Las Vegas personal injury lawyers may be able to help you recover damages for your medical bills, property damage, lost wages, lost earning capacitypain and suffering, and other losses.

For a free consultation to discuss how to file a lawsuit for injuries sustained in a trucking accident, call us at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673).

And to help you learn more about truck accident laws in Nevada, we address the following, below:

Also see our related article on tractor trailer accidents in Nevada.

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1. What compensation can I get after a truck accident in Las Vegas?

If you were injured in a truck accident in Nevada, you may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Medical bills (including future, anticipated expenses),
  • Property damage,
  • Lost work time,
  • Loss of future earnings,
  • Physical and/or occupational therapy,
  • Short- or long-term care,
  • Pain and suffering,
  • Disfigurement, and/or
  • Court costs.

You may also be collect additional sums under NRS 42.005, Nevada's punitive damages law, if the driver of the truck was drunk or driving recklessly.

And if a truck accident was to blame for the death of a loved one, you may be entitled to recover under Nevada's wrongful death law.

2. How can a Nevada truck accident lawyer help?

Truck drivers are subject to heightened rules and regulations that drivers of non-commercial vehicles are not subject to. The companies that own the trucks are responsible for ensuring that truck drivers are qualified and that these large and potentially dangerous vehicles are properly serviced and maintained.

If you are involved with an accident involving a large truck, you may be unaware of any potential violations the driver of the truck may have committed. An experienced injury attorney will have extensive knowledge of the rules and regulations governing the operation of a large truck in Las Vegas and will help ensure that any potential violations will be investigated and explored.

Our Nevada truck accident lawyers can also sort through the complicated corporate structures trucking companies often use to shield themselves from liability. We understand both the Nevada and federal laws that apply to trucking companies.

Though truck accidents may not be as common as typical automobile accidents, the statistics show that they do happen with regularity and carry significant potential to cause bodily injury and even death.

Trucking and insurance companies will often attempt to settle your case for less than you deserve. But we won't let that happen.

Don't let yourself be denied compensation while the drivers, owners and dispatchers point the finger at each other. Call our Las Vegas truck accident lawyers at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673) to get the money you need now to cover your medical bills and lost wages.

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3. Common causes of truck accidents in Nevada

Driving a truck can be a mentally and physically draining occupation. To keep up with tight deadlines and long hours, truckers often drive for long periods of time on little or no sleep. Operating a massive motor vehicle on little-to-no sleep can obviously create dangerous situations on the road.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 12% of truck accidents are attributable to driver non-performance. Driver non-performance includes medical events such as the driver falling asleep, or the driver experiencing a medical event such as a heart attack.

In addition to the physically demanding hours truck drivers must keep, professional drivers are not immune to the distractions we all face while driving. The advent of mobile technology means that there are more stimuli than ever competing for our attention. Inattentiveness on the part of truck drivers can lead to severe accidents and death.

The same FMCSA study mentioned above confirms this, concluding that driver inattentiveness and distraction was the primary cause of an estimated 28% of truck accidents.

The most common cause of truck accidents, however, is probably not surprising. Most drivers on the roadway have succumbed to the temptation to exceed the speed limit at one point or another and commercial truck drivers are no different. Compounding the common temptation to speed are tight deadlines and schedules that truck drivers are often forced to keep.

The FMCSA estimates that driver decisions – traveling too fast for conditions, misjudging the speed of other vehicles, and following vehicles too closely – are the cause of 38% of truck accidents.

4. U.S. & Nevada truck accident statistics

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report that there were 273,000 accidents involving large trucks in the United States in 2011 alone. Of those 273,000 large truck accidents, 210,000 caused only property damage.

Unfortunately, these means that over 60,000 truck accidents caused more than just property damage. And the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that of the injury accidents involving trucks in 2011, 3,757 proved fatal.  

Nevada, like any other state, sees its fair share of truck accidents. According to one FMCSA study, in the state of Nevada alone, there were 394 fatalities stemming from collisions involving large trucks during the period covering 1999 through 2009. These have prompted the Nevada legislature to enact a strict set of truck accident laws designed to protect motorists. 

Injured in a truck accident in Clark County? Call us for help...

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If you or someone you know has suffered injuries in a truck accident in Nevada, our Las Vegas personal injury attorneys may be able to help.

We offer free consultations and proactive, aggressive representation.

To schedule your free consultation and find out whether you may be entitled to compensation, fill out the form below or call us at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673).

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