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Nevada does not have a specific statute regarding trucking accidents. Instead, the general personal injury laws that govern automobile collisions extend to trucking accidents as well. And since trucks are usually commercial vehicles, accident victims may be able to sue the company that owns the truck – which will have deeper pockets than the truck driver who caused the crash.
Depending on the circumstances of the case, truck collision victims (plaintiffs) may be able to sue one or more of the following five parties (defendants):
In cases where the truck was being driven by a commercial driver, the driver’s employer may be vicariously liable to the plaintiff. In these cases, the plaintiff would need to show that:
If the trucker was on duty at the time of the crash, odds are the trucker’s employer would be liable for the plaintiff’s injuries.
The most common claim in Nevada trucking accident cases is that the defendant was negligent. The key elements of this claim that the plaintiff would have to prove are:
A related claim that truck crash victims often bring is negligence per se. The elements are:
And if the crash may have been caused by the truck malfunctioning, the plaintiff can sue the manufacturer on product liability grounds. These elements are:
Note that if the victim died, his/her family or estate can bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault parties. The elements of a wrongful death claim include:
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