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Tractor-trailers are an essential part of the economic and distribution networks in the United States, but these large vehicles are inherently the most dangerous on the road. Large truck accidents can cause severe and fatal injuries and enormous property damage. If you or a relative suffered injuries in a Las Vegas truck accident, contact DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo today to schedule a free case evaluation with a Las Vegas truck accident lawyer.
Our Las Vegas truck accident lawyers at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo have been helping their clients receive the compensation and justice they deserve since 1979. Our team, led by partners Jess J. Araujo, John A. Montevideo, and Anthony Modarelli, is licensed in both California and Nevada, which allows us to represent a wide range of clients across state lines. As a testimony to their commitment to excellence, the legal community has awarded the firm an AV rating on Martindale-Hubbell – the highest rating attorneys can receive for their ethical standards and legal ability. The firm has also earned an A+ rating on Better Business Bureau (BBB) and were selected as Preeminent Lawyers, which less than 5% of all attorneys in the United Sates receive.
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Large truck accidents often involve trucking companies with the resources to handle long-term, intense litigation. Proving fault for a truck accident can also be difficult depending on the number of vehicles involved and the type of accident. In some truck accident cases, multiple parties bear liability for the resulting damages.
A personal injury attorney in Nevada can help a client prove another party’s negligence and secure compensation for the damages resulting from that negligence. Trucking accidents have a very high chance of causing severe injuries that may lead to permanent disability and loss of ability to work. A Las Vegas auto accident attorney will help a client prove the extent of his or her damages and prove the link between those damages and the defendant’s negligence.
You can afford a truck accident lawyer in Las Vegas. At DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo, we handled these claims on a contingency fee basis. This means a few things for the clients that we assist.
First, under a contingency fee system, we handle all of the upfront costs related to the case. This includes the costs of investigating, filing, and litigating the case. Our clients pay absolutely no legal fees until after we successfully recover compensation for their losses. If we do not win, our clients pay absolutely nothing. The final legal fee will be a percentage of the overall settlement or jury verdict awarded.
A Las Vegas truck accident lawyer can help a client secure compensation for any and all damages resulting from a large truck accident caused by negligence. A truck driver, trucking company, product manufacturer, third party, or combination of defendants could be liable for the plaintiff’s losses. At DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo, our goal is to recover both economic and non-economic damages on behalf of truck accident victims. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
These damages include measurable losses a truck accident victim will likely incur after the incident. By examining receipts, bills, and invoices, the following can be calculated:
These damages include more immeasurable losses that a truck accident victim will likely incur. As opposed to the economic damages just discussed, non-economic damages will likely not have receipts or bills that can be gathered and simply added. However, non-economic damages seek to help compensate a person for their physical pain and suffering, emotional and symbological pain and suffering, as well as loss of quality of life caused by the incident.
In rare cases, punitive damages may be available. These damages, also referred to as exemplary damages, are reserved for situations where the actions of the defendant are found to be intentional or grossly negligent. Punitive damages are designed to act as a punishment to the defendant as well as a deterrent to others to prevent this type of action from occurring in the future.
The total amount of compensation paid to truck accident victims in Nevada will vary depending on several factors related to their claims. Each case must be evaluated independently, and some of the factors that influence a claim amount can include:
Truck accident victims in Las Vegas have a limited amount of time to file their claims in civil court. The personal injury statute of limitations in Nevada is two years from the date an injury occurs. If a personal injury victim fails to file a lawsuit against the alleged negligent party within this two-year time frame, they will likely lose the ability to recover any compensation for their losses.
In addition to the personal injury statute of limitations, it is important to file a claim as promptly as possible in order to meet insurance company deadlines. In almost every truck accident situation, an insurance company will be involved, and they will have their own, often vague, reporting deadlines related to the case. We encourage you to reach out to a skilled Las Vegas truck accident lawyer as soon as possible after an incident occurs so they can begin the filing process on your behalf.
Tractor-trailers are much larger and heavier than standard passenger vehicles. They are also more difficult to maneuver and require much more time and distance to slow down to a stop than a smaller vehicle. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) oversees the American trucking industry and promotes safety on the road by collating and analyzing truck crash data.
Driver error is one of the most commonly cited causes of large truck crashes in the U.S. Truck drivers require special licensing and extensive training to safely operate tractor-trailers and therefore have a higher duty of care on the road than individual private citizens driving for their own purposes. When drivers speed, drive aggressively or fail to act appropriately in a given situation on the road they can easily cause a serious crash. Additionally, the FMCSA upholds hours of service requirements to ensure drivers do not drive while fatigued. Drivers who do not allow themselves adequate rest, or who abuse drugs or alcohol to stay awake for long shifts endanger all other drivers around them.
Mechanical failures are another common cause of large truck accidents in the U.S. If a trucking company fails to ensure proper servicing and required maintenance on a truck, a malfunction could cause a driver to lose control. Defective vehicle parts may also cause accidents, opening the possibility of product liability claims against the responsible manufacturers.
Large commercial trucks weigh much more than traditional passenger vehicles. Unfortunately, when there is an impact between a larger commercial truck and a smaller passenger vehicle, those inside the smaller vehicle are at a high risk of sustaining severe traumatic injuries. Some of the most common injuries associated with truck accidents in Las Vegas include:
One often overlooked aspect of severe truck accidents involves emotional and psychological injuries a victim could sustain as a result of the incident. It is not uncommon for Las Vegas truck accident victims to experience extensive and long-lasting feelings of fear, anxiety, stress, and other symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
These types of injuries are more immeasurable than visible trauma that a person seeks medical care for. These immeasurable injuries often require extensive medical treatment as well from therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists. Unseen emotional and psychological trauma can affect an individual long after their physical trauma heals, and they can alter a person’s ability to carry out day-to-day or work-related activities.
Unfortunately, what happens at the scene of the accident does not stay at the scene of the accident. Crash victims are often left dealing with complex claims, but there are various steps they can take to help not only improve their chances of recovery but also improve their chances of receiving a settlement. We know that not all of these steps will necessarily happen in this order, but we encourage you to speak to your attorney if you have any questions about what you should do in your particular situation.
Victims harmed due to the negligent actions of a truck driver or trucking company want to know how long this claims process will take. Unfortunately, there is no “one size fits all” situation concerning these claims. The reality is that no one can predict the exact timeline, but some of the possible scenarios are as follows:
It is certainly possible for truck accident victims to proceed forward without an attorney to handle their claim. However, accidents involving commercial trucks are much more complicated than traditional vehicle accident claims. Not only will injury and property damage victims be dealing with their own insurance carrier, but they will also have to deal with the insurance carrier and, most likely, the legal teams for the trucking company.
Large trucking carriers and their insurance companies have a vested interest in limiting how much compensation they pay out. It is not uncommon for these other parties to use delay tactics or even try to shift some or all of the blame onto the victims of the incident. These other parties have the resources to delay a claim for quite some time, and they can take advantage of an injury victim’s lack of legal experience.
When a truck accident victim has a Las Vegas truck accident lawyer by their side, they can level the playing field. An attorney with experience handling complex truck accident cases will understand the steps needed to maximize the chances of recovering compensation for your losses. Your attorney will be responsible for handling every aspect of the claim, not you. You can focus on recovering from your injuries and getting your life back to normal while your attorney proceeds forward with the claim on your behalf.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving a large commercial truck in the Las Vegas area, reach out to an attorney as soon as possible. At DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo, we have an extensive and successful track record of handling immensely complex personal injury claims throughout Nevada. We have the resources needed to fully investigate your incident and help you recover compensation for your losses. When you need a Las Vegas truck accident attorney, contact DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo to schedule a free case evaluation, and we can go over your legal options. You do not have to handle this process on your own.