Why are there are so many commercial trucks on the road today?
Nevada is no different from any other state. Commercial trucks is what preserves the daily lifestyle of all the citizens in the nation. Commercial vehicles is the main line transporting food and all the other essentials of daily life into our rural as well as our main cities.
Las Vegas could never stay open 24 hours every day to accommodate its tourist trade if semi-trailers and 18 wheelers weren’t on the road every day and night hauling in all the elements modern man calls its necessities. The economic benefits of shipping by truck makes commercial hauling of goods a convenience none of us would want to do without. But at the same time, semi-truck trailers and 18 wheelers are some of the most dangerous vehicles on modern highways today.
Why do commercial truck drivers frequently escape injury when they collide with another vehicle?
When a commercial vehicle collides with a car, the sheer size of a commercial truck converts into sheer force that too often results in a disastrous wreck.
Because a commercial vehicle requires much more time to come to a full stop than a car does, many times there are multiple car pile-ups in truck crashes. Because the weight and dimensions of a semi-trailer and 18 wheeler far exceed the size and weight of a car or even a pick-up truck or small van, in a lot of car-truck crashes, the truck driver may be spared injury, while the driver and passengers in the car involved will sustain severe to fatal injuries.
Is a truck accident lawsuit different from a car accident lawsuit?
Yes. A truck accident lawsuit involving a semi-truck and 18 wheelers is significantly more complicated than car accident lawsuits. Apart from finding out what he driver behind the truck’s wheel was doing at the time of the accident, there are state and sometimes federal laws that must be taken into account, and generally there are more parties to hold accountable in a commercial trucking accident. In fact, there can be multiple companies involved, especially when you stop to consider how many parties are responsible or were derelict in the maintenance upkeep of the truck and concerning who was employing the truck at the time of the accident.
And just like what happens with cars, truck accidents can happen even when a truck driver is safely driving, as the actions of another driver can make for a perilous driving situation.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a trucking accident, to protect your rights and provide the most helpful legal advice, you need to seek experienced legal representation. Exploring your legal options with an injury attorney familiar with trucking accidents is essential..
Is an early investigation necessary to make a case?
Yes. Early investigations are critical to the strength of your case. There are many factors that can cause vehicle accidents. With semi-trucks and 18 wheelers there are compound causes that must be investigated to determine responsibility. Was the driver of the commercial vehicle impaired by street or prescriptive drugs or alcohol? Was the driver distracted by texting or talking on the phone at the time of the accident? Did the driver of the commercial vehicle fall asleep at the wheel? Was tiredness a factor? Were all the tires properly inflated or were any of the tires threadbare resulting in skidding when the brakes were applied? Was reckless driving involved? Speeding? Crossing lanes without signaling? Did the truck run a red light? Was the driving following too close? Were the truck’s side mirrors properly placed? Since commercial trucks do not have rear windows, semis and 18 wheelers have to rely on side mirrors which can have big blind spots. Blind spots can cause a commercial truck to suddenly swerve or slow down leading to a collision with a car in another lane.
Was the vehicle up-to-date in its maintenance repair and schedule? Who was responsible for the upkeep of the commercial vehicle? Who was the employer renting or leasing the vehicle to haul cargo? Did the truck owner or employer renting or leasing the truck break any federal law or regulations by overloading the truck or pushing the driver to meet a deliver date or time without regard or allowing for traffic delays or inclement weather? Although Las Vegas is known for its good weather, temperatures can soar well into the low 90’s and even higher. Was the truck’s air conditioning coolant system working efficiently or was the driver working in scorching heat and possibly dangerously fatigued from becoming dehydrated?
These are just the basic questions that need to be looked into. Underlying each of those basic questions are multiple more questions that need to be asked and studied. The driver and all the companies or organizations involved in the management of the truck and the cargo being hauled must be thoroughly investigated.
Why if another car, not mine, may have caused the accident?
Semi-trailers and 18 wheelers are gigantic in size and weight compared to cars, but their enormous girth makes them also much more dangerous than cars. Semi’s and 18 wheelers require much more time and length of road to decelerate, so if a car attempts to pass one of these trucks or abruptly change lanes in front of the truck, an inexperienced or impaired truck driver could possibly panic and overcorrect which ultimately could cause a horrible crash to occur.
Truck accidents always present as a complicated case. For the best legal help to answer all your questions, it’s imperative you speak with an experienced truck accident attorney.
If you or a loved one has been seriously or fatally injured in a truck accident, you want an experienced and highly skilled injury attorney who is familiar with all the potential hazards that can cause truck accidents. An injury attorney who will aggressively fight to protect your rights and will make sure you receive the maximum compensation for all your injuries and pain and suffering.
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