If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident with a truck, contact a Las Vegas truck accident attorney at Nettles Morris for help.
Even with the many 18-wheelers on our highways and roads, no one ever thinks of being involved in an accident with one. Unfortunately, they are not that uncommon. Truck accidents are catastrophic, and their effects are usually long-lasting. Because these vehicles easily weigh 20-30 times more than other vehicles, they can sweep other cars, SUVs, and trucks off the road leading to death and leaving behind wreckages.
It’s no surprise 18-wheelers can’t stop as fast as other vehicles, or that truck drivers find it difficult to react to sudden traffic changes as swiftly as a smaller vehicle. Most people acknowledge the fact that commercial trucks are involved in a significant number of fatal auto accidents. But the actual figures may be surprising: in 2018, 11% of all auto accident deaths are caused by large commercial trucks, and 96% of the fatalities in truck accidents are passenger vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
Common Causes of 18-Wheeler Accidents
There’s no single list that details every cause of 18-wheeler accidents, but a common one is trucking companies and drivers pushing beyond the limits. Sadly, drivers may continue to drive when tired, overlook proper maintenance, or mishandle their trailers, which may lead to accidents. Other reasons for 18-wheeler accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Poor training and inexperience
- Extreme weather conditions
What Should You Do If You’re Involved In a Las Vegas Truck Accident?
Situations may differ, but there are basic things you should do if you’re in an accident involving an 18-wheeler:
- Prioritize your safety and that of your family or other vehicle occupants. If you suspect that anyone has suffered any injury, seek medical attention immediately. If possible, the ambulance should take any injured people to the emergency room for treatment and scans. As soon as an 18-wheeler accident occurs, call 911 and seek medical assistance so that the extent of injuries can be determined and treatment administered.
- Get the truck driver’s details, as well as those of the trucking company.
- Get a copy of the truck driver’s license, vehicle registration, and insurance.
- Exchange contact information with witnesses and record their accounts if they are okay with it. Take pictures and record videos of the accident scene and the vehicles involved. Such evidence is vital, as trucking companies and their insurance companies will most likely arrive at the accident scene immediately. If not recorded early, witnesses may leave out important details in their accounts as time goes by.
- If your vehicle has a dashcam, save the video to avoid it being recorded over.
- Do not share any details of the accident with the insurance company before you talk to your lawyer about the accident.
Who Can Be Held Liable?
Truck drivers may be held liable for 18-wheeler accidents if negligence or reckless behavior is proven. For example, a truck driver who was speeding or texting while driving may be held legally responsible for the accident.
The trucking company can also be held liable for an accident if it resulted from its negligent acts, provided the accident occurred with the driver on the clock. Trucking companies may also be held liable for accidents that resulted from negligent hiring, improper training, or superficial supervision.
Other drivers on the road may also be held liable for truck accidents. For example, if a third-party motorist swerved recklessly and caused an 18-wheeler to crash into them or a host of other vehicles, then you may qualify for a claim against the motorist.
Vehicle parts manufacturers may also be held legally responsible for such accidents. A manufacturer may have supplied broken or defective vehicle parts to trucking companies. For instance, a trucking accident may have been caused by a defective tire. In such a scenario, the company that manufactured or sold the tire may be held liable. However, proving that the manufacturer was liable may be difficult, and it is important to seek the counsel of a seasoned truck accident lawyer before filing a lawsuit.
Get In Touch With a Las Vegas Truck Accident Lawyer
At Nettles Morris, our truck accident lawyers handle these types of claims regularly. We know how to handle the insurance and trucking companies, and we can help get you the compensation you deserve.
If you have suffered injuries in a trucking accident, don’t hesitate! Reach out to our personal injury law firm in Las Vegas, Nevada to know and protect your legal rights.