Nevada Truck Accident Lawyers
Because of their enormous weight and size, commercial truck accidents can potentially be much more destructive than average car accidents when they are involved in accidents. According to data from the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), “truckers are the third-largest motorist group using Nevada’s highways, after commuters and tourists.” Commercial vehicles can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, meaning that even a low-speed accident may result in devastating consequences.
Trying to move on with your life after a traumatic truck accident can be extremely difficult, especially if you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed. At The Bourassa Law Group, our team of experienced Nevada truck accident lawyers will make sure that you don’t have to go through this difficult time alone. We will fight to hold every liable party accountable for their negligent actions, from truck drivers to manufacturing companies, and everyone in between.
If you or someone you know has been seriously impacted by a commercial truck accident, you deserve compensation to help you recover and get your life back. Contact The Bourassa Law Group today at (702) 851-2180 to schedule a free consultation about your truck accident.
How Can The Bourassa Law Group Help You?
If you or someone you love has been involved in a truck accident, you are probably going through an extremely frightening time, particularly if you have suffered severe injuries or your loved one has lost their life because of the accident.
A lot of questions may be running through your mind. How will I cover my medical expenses? How much work will I have to miss before I recover? How can I pay my bills if I can no longer work because of my injuries?
At The Bourassa Law Group, our truck accident attorneys are dedicated to answering all of those questions for you. We will diligently fight to get the compensation you are entitled to so that you can focus on healing and recovery.
As soon as a truck accident occurs, trucking companies close ranks with their truck drivers, their lawyers, and their insurance companies to fight to avoid taking any responsibility for the accident and to avoid having to pay you for what you’ve lost because of the truck accident.
Unfortunately, this means that both the insurance companies and the trucking company lawyers will do anything possible to blame you for the truck accident or to discredit your version of events and the severity of your injuries.
At The Bourassa Law Group, our knowledgeable truck accident attorneys have seen every one of these tactics. We know how to successfully fight them and ensure that you receive justice.
We will gather all the evidence in your truck accident, examine every detail thoroughly, identify what parties are liable for the accident, and then pursue the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
The Bourassa Law Group has extensive experience in negotiating fair settlements with insurance companies, but if we are unable to obtain a satisfactory settlement, we will take your truck accident claim to court to get a jury to award the damages you are owed.
To have the best truck accident lawyers working on your behalf, Call us now at (702) 851-2180 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
Commercial Truck Accidents: What Are the Most Common Causes?
According to a 2007 analysis from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), “elements that influence the occurrence of a [truck wreck]” don’t just take place on the road. In fact, these elements can happen as early as the vehicle’s manufacturing stage. Some causes that can contribute to truck accidents include:
- Driver training and experience – According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), inexperienced truck drivers are significantly more likely to be involved in accidents than drivers who are skilled in operating commercial vehicles on roadways. This is because experienced truck drivers are more familiar with routes, roadways, and how their vehicles operate. Inexperienced truck drivers are also less likely to know what to do to avoid collisions in inclement weather conditions.
- Vehicle design and manufacture – Truck manufacturing companies have a legal obligation to ensure that their vehicle parts are designed and created with driver safety in mind. If these parts are designed or produced with defects, and those defects contribute to causing an accident in any way, then the manufacturing company could be held liable for negligence. According to data from the FMCSA, researchers estimated that issues with commercial vehicle braking systems were the number one leading cause of truck accidents.
- Traffic signaling and distractions – In the 2007 analysis from the FMCSA, scientists determined that inadequate traffic signaling contributed to a significant number of commercial truck accidents. 20,000 accidents were caused by inadequate surveillance, 13,000 accidents were caused by illegal traffic maneuvers, 12,000 accidents were caused by driver inattention, 11,000 accidents were caused by external distractions, 7,000 accidents were caused by truck drivers following too close, and 3,000 accidents were caused by internal distractions.
- Weather conditions – Weather conditions have a huge impact on both truck drivers and truck performance. During snowy, rainy, or foggy weather, truck drivers can have issues with visibility and may struggle to see the road in front of them. Roadways can also be wet, slippery, and icy. In these conditions, it is very easy for a commercial truck driver to lose control over their vehicle.
- Driver fatigue – According to an analysis from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), researchers estimated that, in 2013, fatigued driving was responsible for 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries, and 800 fatalities. A report from the CDC showed that commercial truck drivers are significantly more likely to operate a vehicle while fatigued. In the FMCSA analysis, 18,000 commercial truck accidents were caused by driver fatigue.
- Alcohol consumption and drug use – Unfortunately, alcohol consumption and drug use are leading causes for commercial truck accidents. According to the FMCSA analysis, 25,000 accidents were caused by over-the-counter drug use. A total of 4,000 accidents were caused by illegal drug use and alcohol consumption.
- Speeding – Large commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when they are fully loaded. This means that it takes a much greater effort from the vehicle’s braking system to bring the truck to a full stop. If a driver is speeding, that driver cannot simply slam down on the brakes to make a sudden stop. In fact, slamming down on the brakes while a vehicle is speeding will most likely cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle. While the front of the truck may stop, the trailer will keep moving — most likely causing the truck to veer off the road, or fold in on itself into a “jack-knife” position.
Most Common Injuries Sustained During a Commercial Truck Accident
Even a mid-size commercial truck is much larger in both weight and size than the average personally-owned vehicle. Because of this, injuries sustained during a commercial truck accident can be much more severe. Some of the most common injuries include:
- Traumatic head and brain injuries such as concussions and skull fractures
- Debilitating spinal injuries
- Broken bones and damaged organs
- Internal abdominal bleeding
- Cuts, burns, and lacerations
- Amputations and disfigurements
- Wrongful death
Who Is Liable in a Truck Accident?
In the event of a commercial truck accident, legal action can be much more difficult to take for several reasons. Unlike average collisions between standard-size vehicles, liable parties may not be limited to truck operators only.
In fact, there are often multiple parties that could potentially be held accountable, including the truck driver’s employer, the maintenance shop, the trailer rental company, the vehicle manufacturer, the vehicle parts manufacturers, and even the cargo loaders.
To protect themselves from lawsuit expenses and settlement costs, the majority of trucking companies arm themselves with teams of skilled lawyers who will help them avoid legal accountability for their negligence.
As a result, pursuing legal action can be too daunting for someone with no professional legal training and experience to attempt on their own. That’s why you need to hire a truck accident attorney as soon as you can after your accident. Truck accident attorneys have the expertise and experience to successfully win compensation for your losses.
At The Bourassa Law Group, our Nevada truck accident lawyers many years of holding all the parties in truck accidents accountable for their negligence and successfully obtaining maximum compensation for the victims of their actions. Contact us at (702) 851-2180 right now to schedule a no-cost evaluation of your truck accident case, so that we can fight for the justice you deserve.
Contact The Bourassa Law Group Today
At The Bourassa Law Group, our highly-proficient legal team puts our clients, including you, first. Dealing with the aftermath of any car accident is overwhelming enough. Moving forward with your life after a severe commercial truck collision can be even more difficult. You don’t have to face this frightening and confusing time alone.
The experienced, compassionate truck accident attorneys of The Bourassa Law Group are well-equipped to triumphantly fight for every bit of compensation you are owed. We will keep you informed throughout the duration of your case, making sure that you are fully aware of our progress.
Call The Bourassa Law Group now at (702) 851-2180 to get started.
Frequently asked questions
The legal definition of a personal injury is when someone’s failure to use reasonable care in a particular situation results in another person’s physical, emotional, or psychological injury. Personal injury cases often rely on the elements of negligence to prove the responsible party’s actions were the cause of the other party’s injuries.
The length of a personal injury case depends on the type of case and various factors, such as the severity of the injury sustained and the duration of necessary treatment. A car accident case might take six months to resolve, while a wrongful death lawsuit could take two years. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the case.
No. Whether you got hurt in a car accident or on someone else’s property, you should never speak with their liability insurance company about the claim. They try to save money whenever possible and could attempt to trick you into accepting a low settlement amount or intimidate you into dropping the case. Your Denver personal injury lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.
It depends. A vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. When we file a claim with the insurance company, we’ll submit evidence that proves you deserve compensation for your injuries. Sometimes the insurer is willing to settle. Other times, they deny the claim or provide a settlement much lower than you deserve. Under those circumstances, we will file a lawsuit and take the case to court.
Mediation is a step during a lawsuit where both sides meet to try to reach an agreement. The mediator listens to the arguments on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s sides and attempts to resolve the issue. If they can reach an agreement, they will settle out of court, and the case will get dismissed. If they can’t resolve the matter, the case will proceed to trial.