Truck accidents

Auto accidents involving trucks and tractor-trailers can be extremely devastating. Due to their size and freight loads, even a minor impact can lead to serious injuries or even death. Victims of truck accidents should be sure to consider their legal options. A successful lawsuit can recover significant damages on behalf of the injured party and work to hold a negligent driver accountable for his or her actions. It is also important to be aware that sometimes, truck accidents are not caused by the driver’s negligence, but by a defective part on the truck. Determining negligence in a truck accident can be challenging. Therefore, it is essential to have a legal team on your side that can assess the situation, place blame, and hold the negligent party responsible. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Las Vegas truck accident, contact Lawrence C. Hill & Associates today to discuss your situation.

Truck accidents in Las Vegas can occur for a number of different reasons. These vehicles are quite complex and require an experienced legal team to determine the cause of the accident. Some of the factors that frequently result in truck accidents include:

The nature of the job: Truck drivers are forced to work long hours, driving hundreds or thousands of miles every week. Anyone who has ever driven for a long distance can agree that this can be exhausting. Now, think about having to do this every day. Though there are strict regulations in place to protect truck drivers, driving drowsy can have serious impacts. Truck drivers are only permitted to drive 11 hours out of each 14-hour work day without rest. In addition, truck drivers can only have a maximum workweek of 70 hours.

Mechanical issues: Trucks are massive, complex vehicles. They need routine maintenance just like any other vehicle does. Because they are being driven so often and for such long distances, it is important that the truck is monitored for any possible issues. While certain issues are simply unavoidable, such as getting a flat tire, others can be avoided if the truck receives the maintenance it needs.

The weight of the truck: It is no secret that trucks are massive. These vehicles can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. Therefore, it is essential that a truck driver calculates the amount of time that is necessary to come to a complete stop and leaves enough room in between the truck and the vehicle in front of them. If a driver fails to hit the brakes in time, the consequences can be tragic.

Poor visibility: It can be difficult for a truck driver to see cars, motorcycles, pedestrians, and structures because of the vast size of the truck. If a driver does not meet the duty of care to take precautions when driving, they may cause a serious accident.

When an individual is injured in a truck accident, they may wish to take legal action against the liable party. It can be difficult to determine exactly who or what caused the accident. An experienced legal team may need to work with experts to determine the true cause of the accident because sometimes, it is not the driver’s fault. In some situations, a trucking company or a manufacturer can be the one responsible. Therefore, it is important to contact an effective truck accident attorney at Lawrence C. Hill & Associates.

  • $25,000 per person for bodily injury
  • $50,000 per accident for bodily injury
  • $20,000 for property damage per accident
Of course, if a person chooses to do so, they may purchase additional coverage. Nevada offers an option to purchase MedPay, which acts as a no-fault policy that covers injuries to drivers and their passengers. In addition, it pays the medical expenses for pedestrian accidents.