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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.
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. Truck 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.
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 serious accidents. 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.
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 medical expenses, lost income and earning potential, pain, and suffering, and property damage. Contact DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo today to schedule a free case evaluation with a Las Vegas truck accident lawyer, and we can go over your legal options.