The earliest model of the semi-truck was created in order to ship automobiles from the Winton Motor Carriage Company throughout the country. Since this time, it seems nearly impossible to imagine our country and commerce without semi-trucks and the trucking industry. As important as semi-trucks are to the nation, they can quickly turn life-threatening in extreme situations on the road. If you or a loved one have been injured, it is crucial to speak with a Las Vegas truck accident lawyer; you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
Nevada Truck Accident Statistics
Trucks represent a surprisingly low percent of the total serious vehicle accidents throughout the state of Nevada. However, given the extreme size and weight of these vehicles, they also represent some of the most deadly and severe accidents which occur throughout the state. A semi-trailer can weigh up to 40,000 pounds, depending on their cargo and fuel type, whereas a typically sports utility vehicle weighs approximately 3,500 pounds. This huge discrepancy in size and weight can have dire consequences for the victims of any truck accidents.
Injuries sustained in truck accidents can vary, but because of the impact and size of a truck compared to a car, most are serious injuries and sometimes fatal. Types of truck injuries may include:
Nevada Personal Injury Claims
Nevada is a unique state in which to file a personal injury claim. The limitations period to bring a claim is shorter than average (2 years instead of 3), which means that you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible after the accident. While your first priority should always be your recovery, it is important to begin building up the facts of your claim shortly after the accident. Any witness statements, and even your own recollection, will begin to fade after several months, making it difficult to recreate the day of the accident.
Nevada is also a modified comparative negligence state, meaning that a victim may also be held partially at fault in a personal injury claim. If a court determines that the victim is 25 percent at fault, the amount of damages a victim requests in the claim will be reduced by 25 percent. However, if the court determines that the victim is more than 50 percent at fault, the victim will be barred from recovering damages in the claim. It is therefore important to consult with an attorney regarding the ease to bring a claim if you believe your actions contributed to your overall injuries.
A victim of a truck accident may bring a claim which includes the following expenses:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
Truck accidents impact more than just a few dents in a car, and can have a lasting impact on the victim’s livelihood. A Las Vegas personal injury claim will consider all aspects of your life that the accident affected, including your ability to return to work after the accident.
De Castroverde Law Group | Las Vegas Personal Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one were injured in a truck accident, do not hesitate to contact an Las Vegas truck accident attorney at De Castroverde Law Group. Our attorneys have called Las Vegas home for decades and understand the importance of protecting their clients’ rights through personal injury claims. As the victim of a truck accident, you should not be forced to cover the expenses related to the accident. Contact our Las Vegas office today for your initial free consultation.