Commercial truckers are some of the most experienced drivers on Nevada roads. However, semi-truck drivers are not immune to accidents, and a collision with an 18-wheeler is likely to end with serious injuries.
Unfortunately, truck wrecks are more common than many people realize. In 2012, large truck accidents caused 104,000 injuries and 3,921 deaths, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Passenger-vehicle occupants suffered the worst of the impact: In 2014, 68 percent of casualties in truck crashes were occupants of other vehicles.
If you were injured by a negligent truck driver in Nevada, turn to The Truman Law Firm P.C. for legal guidance. Ronald W. Truman is a Las Vegas personal-injury attorney with the knowledge, experience and resources to help you recover the maximum compensation.
Mr. Truman has been practicing law for more than 25 years. Call 702-821-1821 to schedule a free consultation with an accident lawyer.
Who Is Liable for Damages after a Truck Accident?
Truck accident injury lawsuits are not the same as lawsuits that stem from passenger-vehicle collisions, wherein the at-fault driver is almost always the liable party. When a commercial vehicle is involved, there are several possible parties who could be liable for damages.
In order to determine liability, your accident lawyer will need to know the cause of your collision. If the wreck happened because the CMV driver was drunk, speeding or behaving negligently, then he or she would be liable for your damages.
However, the truck owner may be liable if the vehicle was poorly maintained. If the trucker works for a company, then his or her employer may be liable if the vehicle was improperly loaded. Depending on the circumstances, the liable party may also be a mechanic, fleet manager or the manufacturer of the truck or its parts.
As you can see, personal-injury claims that stem from truck accidents are legally complex matters. An accident lawyer can help you identify liability, gather evidence to prove negligence, and calculate your damages so you recover the maximum compensation. Your lawyer can also help you avoid mistakes such as unknowingly admitting fault to insurance adjusters, making recorded statements to the insurance company, or signing a general release.
Damages Recoverable in a Truck Accident Injury Lawsuit
If you were injured by a negligent truck driver in Nevada, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical bills;
- Lost income;
- Property damage;
- Loss of enjoyment in life;
- Loss of consortium; and
- Pain and suffering.
If the truck driver willfully used or consumed alcohol or another substance knowing that he or she would drive afterward, then you may also be entitled to punitive damages, pursuant to NRS 42.010.
As the innocent victim of a truck accident, you should not have to pay for medical bills, time off work and other losses out of your own pocket. Ronald W. Truman is a Las Vegas personal-injury attorney who will help you pursue justice and compensation. Call 702-821-1821 today to schedule a free consultation.