Truck Accidents

A truck accident, specifically a semi truck or other freight and cargo haulers, can cause catastrophic damage. If you have been involved in a truck accident, the personal injury lawyers at Spartacus Law Firm are here to help you. We understand the gravity of a trucking accident which is why we make sure that your case is handled with the utmost care and thoroughly review your case to make sure you receive the maximum compensation or if necessary, prepare to take your case to trial. 

Semi trucks and other freight haulers are much bigger than standard vehicles, leading to severe damage, injury, and even death. Injuries can be life-altering and extremely expensive, and negligence from the other party involved can cause emotional distress, loss of income, and daily pain and suffering for the victim. 

To paint a more detailed picture of the severity of truck accidents, here are some statistics:

  • According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were at least 112,000 injury-related crashes and 414,000 property damage crashes involving large trucks in 2018.
  • Semi-trucks caused 46% more fatalities than single-unit trucks in 2018, per data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). 
  • 4,136 people died in large truck crashes in 2018, which was 31% higher than in 2009, when truck fatalities were the lowest ever recorded (IIHS).
  • Data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) notes that 97% of vehicle occupants who were killed in crashes involving a passenger car and a large truck in 2019 were occupants of the car. Only 3% of the truck drivers were killed.
  • U.S. FARS data also shows that 64% of the truck drivers killed in multiple vehicle crashes in 2019 occurred due to collisions involving another large semi.

In the complex legal system we have, insurance companies and other parties will do anything they can to minimize the value of your claim.  You do not have to  settle for this. At the Spartacus Law Firm, our experts understand the legal complexities and factors that can impact the value of your case, and will work with you to obtain the care and compensation for the wrongs you have suffered, fighting for what you deserve. 

Causes Of Truck Accidents

Commercial truck drivers are required to travel for many hours to transport their cargoes, which can lead to fatigue. Federal and state regulations require drivers to take regular breaks, but not all drivers actually do so, which can lead to accidents down the road. There are many additional factors that can lead to a truck accident including:

- Distracted or impaired driving
- Speed
- Poor judgment
- Failure to follow traffic rules
- Lack of experience and training
- Improper cargo loading
- Maintenance negligence
- Industry demands
- Driver fatigue

Truck drivers aren’t solely responsible for semi-related accidents, so are passenger cars around them. Here are some of the most common unsafe driving acts by such drivers that can contribute to collisions:

- Driving in a truck driver’s blind spot
- Illegal maneuvers
- Texting or under the influence while driving
- Cutting off a truck
- Following too closely

It’s important to remember that multi-vehicle crashes are more likely to cause death and severe injury, and everyone on the road plays a crucial role in the safety of one another.

Injuries from truck accidents

Injuries resulting from truck-related accidents are typically more severe due to a multitude of factors. Commercial trucks are large, weigh thousands of pounds, can carry dangerous cargo, and have larger gas tanks, which are more prone to explosion upon collision. Physical effects from a crash can include life-threatening injuries, permanent disfigurement, severe lacerations and scarring for both the victim(s) and the driver. Here are some specific types of common severe injuries and alterations due to truck accidents:

Head and brain: concussions, memory loss, paralysis, and speech difficulty can have long-term consequences and even lead to death
Head and brain: concussions, memory loss, paralysis, and speech difficulty can have long-term consequences and even lead to death
Spinal cord: stages of paralysis in torso and lower body, impacts internal nerve communication, needing months to years of treatment and physical therapy, and you could become permanently disabled.
Internal: damages or punctures to internal organs or their protective cavities, causing internal bleeding which could lead to death.
Amputation and disfigurement: due to collision impacts or as a result of other injuries, requiring adaptive devices so you can perform everyday tasks, that may also require caretakers and physical therapy.
Burns: due to exploding fuel tanks and fire spreading quickly to surrounding vehicles, which could lead to infections and disfigurement.
Broken bones & lacerations: blunt force trauma due to impact can damage bones, and surrounding debris and unanchored objects in the vehicle can cause deep cuts, scars, and infection, which can lead to disfigurement.

Injuries from truck accidents

When you are injured in a truck accident, there are more losses and hefty bills than you may initially think of. In addition to surgeries and treatment-based medical bills, there could be bills for an at-home aide, such as a nurse to assist with everyday tasks due to a victim’s paralysis. The accident could have left a victim severely injured, resulting in their inability to return to their job for months or even years. This would lead to a significant loss in crucial income needed to pay off these required bills without going into debt. A spouse, family member, or friend of the injured may also need to take time off from their own responsibilities to assist in transporting or assisting their loved one with daily tasks which further puts pressure on the victim’s support system to help pay for the intensive medical care needed.

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Nevada Revised Statutes Regarding Truck Accidents

Chapter 706 of the Nevada Revised Statutes discusses motor carrier laws in the state which are relevant to trucks such as tractor trailers, 18-wheelers, and other commercial trucks like those used by U-Haul and FedEx. The State of Nevada prioritizes road safety and preventing harmful truck accidents which is evident in the following statutes:
NRS 706.246 - Places limitations on the use of unsafe vehicles. This statute declares it a state violation to allow or permit the driver of a motor carrier to drive or tow a vehicle that has been regarded by inspection to be unsafe or hazardous on the road. The vehicle is required by law to pass a vehicle inspection if it is to be operated on the highway. Motor carrier vehicles must be able to prove adequate mechanical condition to be considered safe for highway travel. This statute is important in truck accidents because if the motor carrier fails to prove the safety of their vehicle, they will likely be deemed at fault for the accident. Proving this can significantly improve your chances of a successful truck accident case.
NRS 706.251 - Requires the driver of a motor carrier vehicle to report any crashes that occur on the public highway. The statute specifically states that “Every person operating a vehicle used by any motor carrier under the jurisdiction of the Authority shall forthwith report each crash occurring on the public highway, wherein the vehicle may have injured the person or property of some person other than the person or property carried by the vehicle, to the sheriff or other peace officer of the county where the crash occurred.” This ensures that all truck accidents are properly reported and all necessary authorities are notified. This can also help your case as it provides direct access to information regarding the crash that may be useful when seeking compensation.
NRS 706.491 - Requires all motor carriers to be properly licensed. Motor carriers must obtain special licensing to operate in the State of Nevada. Motor carriers must have a valid driver’s license, just like any other motorist, but they are also required to obtain a license endorsement that proves their ability to operate a larger motor vehicle. Bus drivers, big-rig drivers, and other commercial truck drivers need a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to operate. Drivers who operate their vehicle’s under this sort of licensing are held to higher standards on the road and face more serious repercussions if they do not follow all the listed regulations. A motor carrier with improper licensing can face serious penalties and this may also affect a truck accident case.

Making a Personal Injury Claim Caused by a Truck Accident

A personal injury claim is no minor matter and should be dealt with promptly and aggressively. In Nevada, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date of the accident. This means that as a victim, you must file your claim before this period runs out. Allowing the statute of limitations to expire on your claim is allowing yourself to lose the opportunity to seek compensation.

Compensation from a personal injury claim can be used to cover the following expenses:

- Medical bills
- Lifestyle adaptations for a temporary or permanent disability
- Lost wages due to time spent out of work
- Transportation needs related to reduced mobility after an accident

The Urgency For Personal Legal Representation

The investigation process after a traumatic truck accident involves people from multiple companies all with their own best interests to uphold. What you as the injured say to insurance companies, medical staff, police, and the at-fault driver can all determine the ability to recover the maximum amount in damages for yourself. This is why having a personal injury attorney by your side as early as possible in the process is crucial to getting what you deserve out of your injury case.

At Spartacus Law Firm, we offer a no recovery, no fee policy in personal injury matters. Call us today for a free initial consultation at (702)-660-1234.

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The Spartacus Law Firm Truck Accident Recovery Pledge: Our focus is on your medical, emotional, and financial recovery when you are in a truck accident. We will take no fee unless and until we win your case, and we will never take more money than you at it’s close.

The Spartacus Difference: As the top truck accident attorney in Las Vegas, we have a multitude of competent medical practitioners for your physical rehabilitation needs, and a team of expert witnesses found on our constantly updating roster. Pairing expert care for your surgical and medical needs with credible testimony, we provide the best and most competent legal representation. Rest assured, as your personal injury lawyer we’ll handle all aspects of your personal injury case, and our firm will work to build the strongest defense appropriate for your case.

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