Following a serious truck accident, proving liability can make a huge difference in your ability to seek the compensation you need for your injuries. Sometimes, proving liability is simple: a quick examination of the scene of the accident and the factors that led to it can show you that the truck driver caused the accident. In most truck accident claims, however, your attorney will need to conduct a much more thorough investigation to help identify all parties that may share liability for your accident.
In a rollover accident, the truck and trailer literally roll over. Due to the weight of the truck, particularly when compared to that of the average passenger vehicle, the truck may end up crushing any other vehicles alongside it when it rolls. Pedestrians and motorcycle riders may have little chance to get out of the way, leading to severe injuries or even death.
Who bears liability?
Rollover accidents can occur for a couple of different reasons: high winds, driver error, and improper loading. If the driver’s error, including speeding or taking a turn too sharply, results in a rollover accident, the driver will usually bear liability for the accident. On the other hand, if improper loading led to the accident, the company that loaded the truck may bear liability for the accident.
In a jackknife accident, the trailer swings forward at the hinge between it and the truck. As the trailer swings forward, it may hit everything in its path, including vehicles in all adjacent lanes.
Who bears liability?
Often, jackknife accidents occur as a result of speeding on the part of the truck driver. If the truck driver then has to slam on his brakes, the force may prove adequate to stop the truck itself, but not the trailer, causing it to swing out of control. A jackknife accident can also be caused, in some cases, by improper trailer loading.
According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations, the average commercial truck can weigh as much as 80,000 lbs. That immense weight puts a lot of strain on the truck’s brakes, especially if they do not receive adequate maintenance and attention. Brake failure can cause a big truck to speed forward, out of control. Anything in the truck’s path can end up mowed down, leaving the victims suffering from substantial injury.
Who bears liability?
In the case of brake failure, there are several entities who may bear liability. First, a truck driver who continues to operate the truck in spite of knowing about a brake problem may bear liability for any accident that occurs due to those brake issues. Second, the trucking company may bear liability for brake failures when the company does not take steps to provide necessary maintenance for the truck, including replacing the brakes before they show serious signs of wear. Finally, in some cases, either the manufacturer of the truck or the manufacturer of the brakes specifically may commit an error in manufacturing that causes the brake failure, which may leave that manufacturer liable for the accident.
Your lawyer may also want to investigate the mechanic who last checked and installed the brakes. While most big trucking companies have their own in-house mechanics, some may turn to external providers to take care of the maintenance on their trucks. If those mechanics fail to take care of maintenance properly, including installing the brakes according to code and addressing any problems promptly, the mechanic may bear liability for an accident caused by that lack of attention.
Falling/Shifting Load Accidents
Sometimes, the cargo on a big truck causes an accident, rather than the truck or driver itself being responsible for those concerns. Shifting loads can fall off the back of a flatbed or cause a truck’s trailer to swing out of control. If the back doors or gates on the truck aren’t secured properly, the cargo may end up falling out the back of the truck.
Who bears liability?
In a shifting load accident, like many other types of truck accidents, there may be several parties who share liability for the accident. As always, the driver bears primary responsibility for anything that goes wrong on the road. Drivers should check their loads to ensure that they are secured properly and that there are no obvious dangers. Drivers of flatbeds should check to ensure that their cargo is secured properly at every stop and before heading back out again after a rest.
In some cases, external companies may load the materials on the truck–sometimes, in such a way that the truck driver cannot realistically tell that there is a problem until an accident occurs. In that case, the company or entity that loaded the cargo may bear liability for a shifting load accident.
Tire Blowouts and Other Mechanical Failures
Big trucks have a lot of working parts–including a great deal more complexity than the average passenger vehicle. A mechanical failure can cause severe problems for the truck driver and any others who share the road with him. Tire blowouts, for example, may mean a loss of control for the truck driver, who may struggle to bring his vehicle to a safe stop in spite of the damage.
Who bears liability?
Tire blowouts usually occur for one of two reasons: over-inflation or manufacturing error. When a tire blowout occurs due to overinflating, the truck driver or the worker who over-inflated the tires may bear liability for the accident. On the other hand, when a tire blowout or other mechanical error occurs because of a problem in the manufacture or construction of that component, the company that did the manufacturing may bear liability for the accident and all associated injuries.
Did you suffer serious injuries in a truck accident? Working with an experienced attorney to determine liability can help you recover more of the compensation you deserve. Contact Gina Corena & Associates at 702-680-1111 to learn more about the compensation you deserve and who may bear liability following your truck accident.
Throughout the country, commercial trucks used for the interstate transportation of goods, including tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, and semi-trucks, are governed by federal and state laws. These regulations not only establish restrictions and requirements that these trucks need to abide by, but they also keep the trucking industry operating smoothly.
Yet, even with these numerous regulations, accidents still result because truck drivers or trucking companies refuse to abide by these rules. Consequently, many victims end up suffering catastrophic injuries, enduring life-changing damages, and often are left with immense anxiety about what their future holds. However, we are here to tell you that you do not have to go through this challenging ordeal alone. In this blog post, we will cover some of the most common types of trucking violations that occur and also explain how an experienced truck accident lawyer can get you the legal help you need.
The Hiring Rules
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) makes it illegal for a trucking company in Nevada to hire a driver who has:
- A poor driving record
- A history of DWI/DUIs
- Or any other problem that may make them unsafe behind the wheel
Even though not all of these rules are mentioned explicitly in the FMCSA regulations, they can still violate other rules that can lead to subsequent injuries or devastating collisions.
Additionally, truck drivers need to meet specific FMCSA standards in order to be considered a “safe” driver on the road. Typically, these truck drivers need to have a valid medical examination card that is kept up to date, showing that they are medically fit to drive. They also need a commercial driver’s license (CDL), which indicates they are adequately trained to operate an 18-wheeler truck.
Trucking companies may also require their drivers to go through background checks and random drug testing to ensure that motorists stay safe on the road. When trucking companies fail to perform these checks or make sure their drivers meet FMCSA requirements, serious accidents can happen.
The Hours of Services Rules
Every individual needs sleep. Otherwise, this lack of rest can significantly impact the way they perform activities. Nobody understands this more clearly than truck drivers who need to stay on high-alert at all times, making sure they watch out for other cars and ensure they remain compliant with the rules of the road. For these reasons, the FMCSA has expressly set regulations detailing how many hours a truck driver can log before they need a break.
Under these rules, a truck driver needs to:
- Take a 30-minute break every eight hours.
- Take a 10-hour break after a 14-hour shift before they can resume driving. During those 14 hours they are on duty, a truck driver cannot drive more than 11 hours.
- Not drive more than 60 hours in seven days from the time they first go on duty.
- Remain off-duty for a minimum of 34 hours once their work-week is completed.
These Hours of Services rules are considered one of the most important regulations for a truck driver. However, they are also the most violated. Too often, deadlines and rigid schedules cause truck drivers to skip their breaks or continue driving for long periods of time, leaving them unable to stay awake or focused. Ultimately leading to deadly mistakes on the road.
The Maintenance Rules
One of the best ways to stop accidents from happening is to ensure that trucks operate properly and remain safe on the road, especially those traveling thousands of miles on a regular basis. That is why the FMCSA sets specific maintenance standards in order to ensure that these trucks not only stay in working condition but that their upkeep protects the wellbeing of other motorists sharing the road with them.
To meet these FMCSA standards, trucks need daily inspections to ensure that everything is working correctly. This includes checking the breaks, lights, and tires constantly. When it comes to tires, this part of the truck is often the most troublesome. Because trucks drive for long periods of time and cover a significant amount of ground, it is not uncommon for these tires to wear down quickly. Unfortunately, to save on costs, many trucking companies will just “re-cap” or replace tread on an old tire to allow these tires to continue to be used, way past their deadline. As a result, the continued use of these old tires can lead to dangerous and heartbreaking accidents.
The Loading Rules
It is not surprising to see a massive rig on the road these days carrying an incredible amount of weight. However, there is a limit to this weight. Large trucks are only allowed to carry a combined total weight of 80,000 pounds for interstate travel. This ensures that trucks stay within a safe weight limit that will enable them to easily maneuver, properly stop, and make sure that they do not break down from the added strain on each axle.
In addition, the FMCSA also mandates how cargo needs to be loaded and secured on a truck. When a trailer is improperly loaded, the cargo’s center of gravity can end up being too high or too much in one specific area of the trailer. This can cause the trailer to jackknife, fishtail, or become unstable, causing the truck to become more susceptible to colliding into nearby motorists.
Do Not Delay- Contact a Nevada Truck Accident Lawyer to Get the Justice You Deserve
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Nevada truck accident, you need to contact an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Many times if these trucking accidents result from a trucking regulation violation, you may be entitled to significant compensation for the harm you endured. For these reasons, do not wait. Call us at 702-680-1111 and let a skilled truck accident attorney fight for the damages and justice you deserve.
Big trucks provide one of the most vital services in the nation when it comes to transporting the goods that people from one location to the next. Unfortunately, they also offer a number of potential hazards. Because of their larger mass and size, big trucks can cause substantial injury to accident victims in a collision. While you cannot avoid every potential collision on the road, you can decrease your odds of an accident with a big truck by following these safe driving practices.
1. Know how to identify big trucks’ blind spots.
Big trucks have massive blind spots in which they cannot see other vehicles around them. These blind spots exist on all sides of the vehicle, including both the front and rear. While some modern trucks have cameras that make it easier for the drivers to see around them, most trucks have not yet received these updates. Familiarize yourself with big truck blind spots.
Once you know where they are, do your best to stay out of them. If you must drive alongside a truck, try to stay out of its blind spots. When passing, try to accelerate fast enough that you do not linger in the truck driver’s blind spot. Remember, if you cannot clearly see the driver’s mirrors, he more than likely cannot see you, which can put you at risk for a sideswipe collision.
2. Leave plenty of room for big trucks to maneuver.
When sharing the road with a big truck, you must consider how long it takes those trucks to maneuver safely. Big truck drivers need more time to start moving, slow down, stop, and turn than the drivers of smaller passenger vehicles. Some drivers may make very wide right turns to afford more visibility around the front of the vehicle.
Leaving room for truck drivers to maneuver means several things.
Do not pull over too close in front of a big truck, especially while stopping or slowing. Big truck drivers know how much room they need to slow or stop safely, and they may allow more room between them and the vehicle in front of them to allow for that room. Pulling over in front of them abruptly erases that room and may make it difficult for the driver to avoid a collision.
Back off and leave room for a signaling truck. If you notice a truck signaling to change lanes in front of you, back off and leave plenty of room for the truck driver to execute the lane change safely. You can flash your lights to let the truck driver know that he has plenty of clear space for his trailer.
Do not pull into the space left by a turning truck. Some truck drivers will turn wide to execute a right turn. Do not move into this space. Instead, stay back and let the truck complete the turn before you move up.
3. Share the road safely.
Many drivers, especially when in a hurry, quickly get impatient with big trucks on the road in front of them. They may attempt to speed up or try to force the truck driver to drive faster, or they may change lanes abruptly, racing to get around the truck.
Increased rates of speed also substantially increase the risk of an accident for both you and the truck driver. To help reduce the risk of a collision, share the road safely. Even if a truck driver travels more slowly than you would prefer, keep in mind that he has a job to accomplish, too. Like you, he wants to reach his destination quickly and safely. Do not speed or ignore the rules of the road when sharing the road with a big truck. Instead, maintain a safe rate of speed to help keep everyone safe. Follow traffic signals and adhere to the rules of the road. If you often struggle with impatience, try leaving earlier so that you have more time to reach your destination.
4. Clearly signal your intentions when driving.
A truck driver can better predict your actions when you clearly signal your intentions. Avoid slamming on your brakes at the last minute, changing lanes without signaling, or turning abruptly, without signals. Instead, use your car’s turn signals and clearly indicate your intentions before you commit to a specific action. This makes it easier for truck drivers to predict what you will do next, which can make it easier for the truck driver to avoid an accident.
5. Pay attention to the truck.
Under the best of circumstances, you should avoid driving distracted. Do not check your phone, fiddle with your GPS, or eat or drink, especially messy food, while driving. When driving near a big truck, however, you should exercise extra caution. Keep in mind that the driver may not have full visibility around his vehicle, which means that he might not notice you if you sit in a blind spot for too long. Pay attention to his turn signals, which could indicate that he plans to change lanes. Watch his wheels: if they regularly slip out of his lane or start to slide over, you may need to get out of the way or signal him about the problem. Take note of the truck driver’s load: if you notice it shifting erratically or starting to slip, you may need to let him know that you have seen a shifting load accident.
Any time you notice a truck driver or his load doing something potentially dangerous, get out of the way. Truck drivers spend long hours on the road each day and have a higher rate of alcohol use than drivers of passenger vehicles. By paying careful attention to what the truck driver does and how he maneuvers, you can help get yourself out of the way of a potential accident.
Unfortunately, you cannot avoid every accident every time. If you suffered serious injuries in a truck accident. an experienced personal injury attorney can help you file a claim for the compensation you deserve. Contact Gina Corena and Associates today at 702-680-1111 to schedule a consultation.
Car accidents are terrifying — a truck accident is significantly more frightening given the size differences between automobiles and trucks. Chances are victims who are involved in a truck accident are going to suffer more serious injuries than those who are involved in a car accident. This is not the only concern victims have however, because the claims process for getting compensation for your injuries is more complicated when a truck is involved.
Car Accident Claims Process
When you are involved in an accident on the roadways of Nevada, you file a claim with the insurance company of the person responsible for the accident. Generally, this will be the other driver — there are exceptions of course which can complicate a car accident claim. For example, if you are involved in an accident with a rideshare driver, the process may be slightly more complicated. Another complication could be if the driver responsible for the accident had a mechanical problem resulting from a manufacturing defect. These minor complications pale in comparison as to the claims process for a truck accident.
Accident Claim Filing Complexities When a Truck is Involved
While it is perfectly normal to feel the only two parties involved in an accident involving a truck and a car are the two drivers, leaving the person responsible one of those two, this is not always the case when it comes to truck accidents. Here are some possible scenarios which demonstrate who may be partially responsible for an accident.
- Truck Driver — if a driver is speeding, using their cell phone, or fails to stop at a red light, chances are they are the only party responsible for the accident. This would make the claim process relatively straightforward; victims would file their claim with the driver’s insurance company.
- Parent Truck Company — truck drivers must adhere to guidelines set out by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) including proper rest periods. Truck drivers must also undergo rigorous training before being allowed on the roadway. Should the employer fail to conduct proper training, fail to ensure the drivers are aware of regulations, or fail in other ways, they may also be partially responsible for the damage caused by a driver. In this instance claims would be filed with the driver’s insurance company as well as the employer’s insurance company.
- Freight Brokers and Loading Companies — truck accidents are sometimes a result of poorly stocked loads which can result in rollover accidents. Overloading a truck can also result in various problems including the driver losing control of the truck. In cases where this occurs, the resulting insurance claims can be extraordinarily complex. The driver, their employer, and the freight broker or loading company may be all partially to blame for any injuries which are suffered by victims of the accident.
- Truck or Parts Manufacturer — we have all heard and read about various problems with parts of vehicles malfunctioning. Defective brakes, airbags, tires, and other mechanical failures can be at the root of a truck accident. When a defective truck part is partially responsible for the cause of an accident, there may be numerous parties involved which means numerous insurance companies. This further complicates the claims process.
- Mechanics and Other Service Providers — when a driver gets behind the wheel of his vehicle, he is depending upon the vehicle being properly serviced. When brakes or other mechanical parts fail due to bad, or non-existent maintenance, an accident can occur. From a claims filing standpoint, this is problematic on several levels — victims not only have to deal with the truck drivers insurance company, but may also have to deal with the insurers for the owner of the truck, the maintenance company insurance, and others.
Proving Who Liable for Injuries
As you can see from the various scenarios laid out above, the number of insurance companies who could ultimately require you to provide documentation following a truck accident can be overwhelming. In any type of accident, obtaining evidence is crucial. When a truck is involved, there may be additional evidence available to victims, including the “black box” located in the truck. There may also be video tapes including those found on business security cameras or traffic cameras installed by a state or municipality. These pieces of evidence must be requested as soon after an accident as possible to ensure they are not erased or otherwise modified prior to your truck accident attorney having access to them.
Multiple Defenses — Truck Accident Claims Are Challenging
There is a high probability if you are injured in a truck accident you will get a quick settlement offer. There are several reasons for this but primarily, the insurance company hopes you will accept an offer and not seek legal help. This step can save insurers hundreds or thousands of dollars in future claims. Remember, once you have accepted a settlement after a truck accident, all potential claims are considered settled. That means you get no compensation for future medical bills, lost wages, or other costs you may incur while you are recovering from your injuries.
Dealing with a single insurance company following a car accident is challenging — the at fault drivers insurance company is going to do everything in their power to minimize your claim including shifting some blame for the accident to you, claiming your injuries are a result of a pre-existing condition, or simply stating their customer was not at fault for the accident. These challenges are far more difficult when you have multiple insurance companies, often with policies covering millions of dollars in damages, trying to protect their bottom line by denying or minimizing the claims of a truck accident victim.
Contact an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney Today
When you have been injured in a truck accident, you need a strong advocate who is willing to look at all the facets of your case and make sure everyone who is responsible is held to account for your financial losses. After you have seen a medical professional to assess your injuries, your next call should be to contact the experienced and effective personal injury lawyers at Gina Corena & Associates at 702-680-1111 for a free consultation. Let someone who has the knowledge and experience serve as your advocate during this difficult time.
In 2018, 24 people lost their lives on Nevada roads in accidents with large commercial trucks as per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Most of them were occupants of other vehicles and not the commercial truck. Thousands of other people sustained injuries in these accidents.
If you were recently injured or had a family member die in a commercial trucking accident in Nevada, you could be trusting that your compensation will eventually come, and the insurance company will do the right thing. In an ideal world, you should be able to trust that. Sadly, insurance companies do everything they can to protect their bottom line, including stalling your claim hoping that you grow weary and stop contacting them or offering you much less than what your case is worth. You need a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer on your side who isn’t afraid to hold insurance companies accountable.
What Causes Commercial Truck Accidents?
Commercial trucks are usually much larger than other vehicles on the road. It takes them longer to stop and with a different center of gravity more likely to tip over. Being aware of what causes commercial truck accidents can help all motorists avoid these often-deadly crashes.
Truck Drivers Who Are Tired and Fatigued
Federal law limits the amount of hours truck drivers can log at a time and requires rest periods in between those hours. To increase their productivity and salary or at the pressures of their employer, some truckers ignore these regulations causing them to drive while they are tired and fatigued.
Lack of Truck Maintenance
The federal government also regulates the maintenance of commercial big rigs. The trucking company and the driver are responsible for ensuring their trucks are correctly inspected and maintained. If an accident occurs that is attributable to poor truck maintenance or faulty equipment, the truck driver and the trucking company could be held liable.
Lack of Proper Truck Driver Training
Truck drivers must have a certain number of hours of training and driving a truck with other experienced truck drivers. However, sometimes they lack the experience and training required to operate such a large vehicle safely. Instead of opting to get the training and experience they need, they put others at risk on the road.
There are also regulations that address how much weight a commercial truck should carry. Trucks that weigh more than they should or are loaded incorrectly are more likely to experience tire blowouts and jackknife accidents.
Unsafe Driving Practices
Truck drivers drive so much that they can become too relaxed when it comes to safety on the road. They might also lose their patience quickly. Unsafe truck driving practices that often cause accidents include:
- Following another vehicle too closely
- Road rage
- Failure to check for blind spots
- Frequent lane changes
- Failure to use turn signals
When driving long hours, truck drivers can be tempted to multitask and become distracted easily. They may text and drive, open apps on their phone, frequently adjust their radio or music on their phone or take other actions that cause distraction.
Truck drivers may forget that they are operating a large vehicle that holds the potential to cause significant damage and loss of life. When this happens, a Las Vegas truck accident attorney can hold them liable for their negligence.
Liability for Commercial Truck Accidents
Liability in commercial truck accidents is not always readily apparent. Liability will depend on the status of the truck driver, whether they were employed by the trucking company and driving a company owned big rig or if they rent or own their truck and were working independently. It can also depend on the circumstances of the accident. If other drivers were involved in the accident or if the road was not properly maintained, the driver or the trucking company may not be the only liable parties. To determine who is liable for your injuries, hire a Las Vegas personal injury attorney to represent your case.
Injured in a Commercial Truck Accident? Call a Las Vegas Truck Accident Attorney Today
Our lawyers have the legal skills and knowledge required to thoroughly investigate commercial truck accidents and determine how much your case is worth. We can identify the people or parties who are liable for your injuries and hold them accountable for their negligence and careless actions.
Preserve your legal rights and options by meeting with a Las Vegas truck accident lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. Contact Gina Corena & Associates at 702-680-1111 or complete our online contact form to schedule your legal consultation.
The Nevada Department of Public Safety—Office of Traffic Safety estimates more than 300 people die in traffic accidents each year on Nevada’s roads and highways in addition to the hundreds who suffer severe injuries. A severe traffic accident can occur anywhere, but some roads are more dangerous than others. Drivers who use the following roadways must take special care to prioritize safety and driver defensively to avoid causing or falling victim to a severe car accident. Whether you are visiting or a Nevada resident going on a road trip, you need to know the most dangerous roads in Nevada.
Las Vegas Boulevard
When you think of Las Vegas, you think of the ‘Las Vegas Strip.’ This famous stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard is home to the vast majority of Sin City’s large hotels and casinos, as well as massive amounts of tourists drunk on gambling and spirits. Not only do drunk drivers plague the Las Vegas Strip, especially late at night, but drivers who haven’t had proper rest and don’t know their way around the city also put others at risk for accident and injury. Las Vegas has plenty of other dangerous roads and intersections where car accidents occur regularly, but Las Vegas Boulevard is especially dangerous for pedestrians. Additionally, inebriated gamblers and show-goers who do not adhere traffic signals sometimes cause deadly or severe car accidents.
Nevada State Route 582
Nevada SR 582, nicknamed the Boulder Highway, is also located in the Greater Las Vegas area. This dangerous road is only a little more than 15 miles long and connects Downtown Las Vegas with Henderson, a nearby suburb. According to the Traffic Safety Coalition,approximately 10 percent of all pedestrian fatalities in Las Vegas occur along Boulder Highway, especially where the road intersects with Nellis Boulevard and Flamingo Road. According to the Nevada Department of Transportation, more than 100 traffic accidents, including several fatal crashes, occur at Nellis and Boulder and similar amounts at Flamingo and Boulder. In past years, the Las Vegas police department has reported the intersection of Boulder Highway and Sun Valley, near Eastside Cannery and Sam’s Town casinos, as the most dangerous intersection in Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reports that several million people drive between Las Vegas and Southern California each year. Unfortunately, multiple reports and research projects identify the 181-mile section of I-15 between Las Vegas and Los Angeles as one of Nevada’s most dangerous roads. In fact, this stretch of 1-15 has been named the most deadly stretch of road in the United States in the last decade, according to Scripps Howard News Service’s Killer Roads project. During the 15-year period of the Scripps study, more than 1,000 people died in more than 800 accidents, which is more than double the fatalities on any other road in the United States. Most of the fatalities resulted from excessive speed, drunk driving, distracted driving, and failure to wear seat belts.
U.S. Highway 93
Those who travel by car between Las Vegas and Phoenix typically drive on U.S. 93, ranked the most dangerous highway in the United States by Value Penguin, a popular consumer information website. The site examined highways in the United States and ranked them according to national crash statistics. Their study focused on crashes between 2010 and 2016; 90 people died in 70 fatal crashes during the time period. Making matters worse, U.S. 93 has one of the highest wait times for emergency response services—a median of 21 minutes. Even if a driver lives through a crash, those involved can still die waiting for an ambulance. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has spent more than a half-billion dollars over the last twenty years to expand U.S. 93 to a four-lane divided highway.
U.S. Highway 50
U.S. 50 is a major east-west highway that spans the entire nation between Maryland and Utah. The portion of the highway that runs through Nevada has been dubbed “The Loneliest Road” in the nation. Drivers are literally by themselves when they traverse several mountain rangers with 17 passes and one tunnel, including Connors Pass at almost 8,000 feet. For at least 250 miles of the 400 miles of U.S. 50 that runs through Nevada, you will find nothing but mountains, desert, and sky, making U.S. 50 especially dangerous for those who get in a car accident.
Nevada State Route 431
Nevada’s SR 431, sometimes referred to as Mount Rose Highway or Mount Rose Scenic Drive, is the paved 25-mile scenic route between Reno and Lake Tahoe in Western Nevada. The road goes over Mt. Rose Summit at more than 8,000 feet above sea level, the highest mountain pass that is open year-round in Nevada. Winter drivers are especially in danger when conditions quickly change and must watch up for major snowstorms. Dozens, sometimes more than 100 crashes, occur each winter. Unfortunately, many traffic accidents on Mt. Rose Highway result in fatalities because of the high drop vehicles face if they go off the road. In fact, the summit gets up to 400 inches of snow each winter, and drivers must have snow chains or tires to take the scenic drive. Yet, summer driving is also dangerous because of SR 431’s many hairpin curves and heavy traffic for those visiting the Lake Tahoe area.
Contact the Experienced Nevada Car Accident Lawyers at Gina Corena & Associates
When you know the most dangerous roads while traveling or exploring your own state, you can avoid them if possible, and avoid a potentially severe car accident. Even the safest drivers suffer injuries in car accidents when others on the road make poor choices behind the wheel. If you have recently suffered injuries in a Nevada car accident, contact the experienced Nevada car accident lawyers at Gina Corena & Associates online or at 702-680-1111 for a free consultation to discuss the circumstances of your accident and injuries and learn about how we can help you in the wake of a car accident.