In 2016, 28 fatal truck accidents (involving semi-trucks, also known as 18-wheelers or big rigs) occurred across the state of Nevada, accounting 1 percent of the 3,864 fatal truck accidents that occurred across the US during that same year. Severe injury, heavy property damage, permanent disability and multiple deaths are just a few of the many devastating consequences a truck accident can have, and damages tend to run high as a result.
Because of this, trucking companies will staunchly defend themselves to make sure that they do not have to pay you for their negligence. At Cap & Kudler, our team is dedicated to making sure that you recover full compensation in any truck accident case you have been involved in while also holding truck companies accountable for their actions.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or suffered a wrongful death due to a truck accident, our experienced attorneys are here to help you build your case, fight for your rights and see that you are justly compensated for your medical expenses and any additional damages that may have been incurred as a result of a truck accident.
Causes and Risks of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are usually much more serious than the average car accident due to the truck’s massive size and weight. An average semi-truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds—about 20 times heavier than an average car—making semi-trucks generally take longer to stop. Trucks that carry hazardous materials, like gasoline, pose an even greater risk of injury in the case of an accident.
Other factors—like road hazards and distracted driving—can also contribute to semi-truck accidents. When truck drivers are forced to work through the night, or work for long periods of time without breaks, they can become fatigued and less alert to dangers on the road. Common causes of traffic accidents include speeding, malfunctions, distracted or exhausted driving, weather conditions, unstable cargo and poor roads.
Las Vegas, NV Truck Accident Statistics
- In 2016, truck accident-related deaths increased 4.6 percent across the state of Nevada compared to 2015 (up from 27 fatalities in 2015 to 28 fatalities in 2016).
- Between 2014 and 2016, there were 69 fatalities involving trucks or other commercial motor vehicles across the state of Nevada.
- Of the approximately 475,000 police-reported crashes involving large trucks in 2016 acrpss the IS, there were 3,864 (0.8 percent) fatal crashes and 104,000 (22 percent) injury The majority of these truck-related crashes (62 percent) involved two or more vehicles.
- Four of the most common causes of truck accidents are distracted driving, driver fatigue, speeding and poor weather/road conditions.
What Makes Truck Accidents Different?
Trucking accident cases are unique in the sense that large semi-trucks differ from other vehicles in significant ways; for example, semi-trucks are prone to jackknifing, which usually occurs when the truck is forced to make a sudden brake or turn. If a truck-driver brakes suddenly on a slippery road, or turns suddenly to avoid hitting another vehicle, the truck driver may not be entirely at fault because in many cases, conditions that require sudden braking or turning are unforeseeable.
Semi-trucks also tend to have trouble turning, and some truck drivers will use two lanes in order to make a right turn. Sometimes the truck driver will be held responsible for an accident if he or she was trying to turn from an inside lane or trying to make a turn while taking up two lanes. Because of this, as many as 70 percent of fatalities in truck accidents involve drivers of other vehicles who were caught by a turning truck.
Another difference between a truck accident and an accident between two cars is the presence of a third party—the trucking company itself. Because truck drivers often answer to a trucking or shipping company, the company may be held responsible for the accident rather than the individual driver. In these cases, the driver often shares responsibility with the employer, contractor, trucking company, and insurance company—all of which may be separate entities in the eyes of the law.
What to Do After a Truck Accident
If the truck driver or another party connected to the driver is found to be at fault for an accident, then that party may be legally required to compensate the plaintiff for damages caused by the accident. This may include compensation for medical bills related to injuries sustained in the accident, lost wages for any time taken off work for recovery, as well as pain and suffering damages. In a fatal accident, the victim’s family may be entitled to recover damages on behalf of the deceased.
When an accident of any kind occurs, it is critical to take appropriate action as soon as possible. Above anything else, ensuring the safety of all involved parties should be a priority, followed by gathering the names and contact information of all involved parties, as well as any eyewitnesses. No matter who is at fault in an accident, it is important to know your rights and ensure that each negligent party is held accountable for their actions.
How We Can Help
With years of experience representing truck accident plaintiffs, we have come to know how traumatizing a truck accident can be for a victim and their family. Between major injury, costly medical bills and lasting trauma in accident victims, a single accident can have an impact that lasts a lifetime.
When you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, retaining an experienced truck accident attorney is highly recommended before making any kind of statement or settlement. At Cap & Kudler, our success is defined by representing and winning cases on behalf of our clients with respect to their needs.
Cap & Kudler is dedicated to putting in the legwork with the courts and insurance providers so that you can focus on what’s important—rest, recovery and peace of mind. Contact us for a free case evaluation, and to learn more about seeking compensation for your truck accident claim today.