5 Benefits Of Hiring A Las Vegas Truck Accident Lawyer

Accidents involving commercial trucks can cause property damage, serious injuries, and in the worst case, death. If you or a loved one has suffered harm as a result of an accident with a large truck, you should speak with a Las Vegas truck accident lawyer. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA):

  • 4,842 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes in the United States in 2020 (the most recent data available)
  • 45,900 large trucks were involved in injury crashes
  • 86,618 were involved in towaway crashes

The data comes from the administration’s Motor Carrier Management Information System Crash File, which tracks accidents involving trucks with a gross combination weight of 10,000 pounds or more. The administration is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Truck Size Matters

Due to their weight and size, there are more challenges to driving commercial trucks than passenger vehicles. Large trucks accelerate more slowly. They can gain speed rapidly when going downhill. Big rigs, which can carry up to 80,000 pounds of freight, cannot maneuver quickly or stop suddenly.

When driving your car near a commercial truck or other large vehicle (bus, dump truck, tractor-trailer, etc.), give it plenty of room on the road. Avoid driving in the truck’s four major blind spots: directly in front of the truck; the right and left flanks behind the side mirrors, and immediately behind the truck.

How A Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help Your Case

Despite your driving precautions, you may still be a victim of a truck accident. Road conditions, other drivers swerving into the truck's path, or the truck driver’s mental or physical state can lead to an incident in which you suffer injuries. A Las Vegas truck accident attorney can help you file a lawsuit by doing the following:

  1. Gather evidence. More than likely, you were too overwhelmed as an accident victim to take photos and get contact information before you went to the hospital. However, a truck accident attorney can obtain police reports and speak with witnesses on your behalf. He or she can also get the trucking company’s safety records, maintenance logs, and data from the truck’s electronic logging device (similar to the black box data recorder installed on airplanes).
    1. Determine liability. Truck drivers and the companies that employ them are regulated by the FMCSA and the DOT to ensure both the drivers and the vehicles are operating safely. In addition, Nevada has its own laws regarding commercial truck safety.

Based on their legal knowledge, Las Vegas truck accident lawyers can establish liability by exposing how the negligence of the driver, the trucking company, the truck manufacturer, and/or other entities led to the accident.

    1. Identify damages. The compensation claim is straightforward in the case of fatality claims and property damage. If the trucker is liable, the only issue the trucking representatives will likely debate is the final settlement amount.

However, if you suffered life-changing injuries, a truck accident attorney will consult with medical and financial professionals to calculate compensation for your long-term medical bills and damages, such as therapy, in-home care, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life.

  1. Negotiate with insurers. Under no circumstances should you attempt to negotiate with the trucker’s insurance company. If they contact you, refer them to your truck accident attorney. Remember, the insurer wants to settle with you at the lowest possible amount and may try to prolong the discussion for years in an attempt to wear you down. For a fair and just settlement, rely on a Las Vegas personal injury attorney who is skilled in negotiating with insurers and will stand up for your interests.
  1. Prepare a legal strategy. Your lawsuit will go to trial if a settlement cannot be negotiated. A truck accident lawyer will create a legal strategy to present your side in court. To win your case, the attorney may need to collect more evidence, hire expert witnesses, and prepare you for questioning by the court.

Better With BLANK: We’ll Fight To Get You The Justice You Deserve

If your loved one died from a trucking accident, or you were injured in a trucking accident, the team at Eric Blank Personal Injury Attorneys is ready to seek justice on your behalf. Your job is to heal. Our job is to help you receive the compensation you deserve. Do not delay – the sooner our team starts collecting evidence, the stronger your case will be. Call us today at (702) 222-2115 (702) 222-2115 or fill out our online form.

Our staff speaks English and Spanish and can visit you in the hospital or at home to take your statements and have you review documents. There is no cost to you to retain our firm, as we only collect a fee if we win your case.

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