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If you or a love one were hit by a truck in Las Vegas, NV, do not hesitate to call a truck wreck attorney today.
At Oronoz & Ericsson Injury Lawyers, we understand how devastating it is to be hurt or lose a loved one in a semi-truck crash. You never expect to get in the car and by the end of the day, be in pain or mourning. When this situation does arise, it is important to take steps immediately to protect your rights, including calling Las Vegas truck accident lawyers. The best thing you can do is learn about your legal options and get help in pursuing fair compensation for your injuries or loss.
Our team in Las Vegas and Henderson is always available to take your call—24 hours a day, seven days a week. As a family-owned and -operated law firm, we understand how important it is to be available and to treat our clients with compassion during this stressful time. We promise to give you and your case our full attention.
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Types of Truck Accidents We HandleOur semi-truck accident lawyers at Oronoz & Ericsson Injury Lawyers handle all types of commercial trucking accidents. You may not have been in a wreck with a typical tractor-trailer. The other vehicle may have been a garbage truck, flatbed, concrete mixer, moving truck, USPS delivery truck, tow truck, or tanker. We also handle all types of truck accidents, including:
- Jackknife accidents
- Underride/override accidents
- Rear-end truck accidents
- Head-on truck accidents
- Side impact “T-bone” accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Runaway truck accidents
- Tire blowout truck accidents
- Blindspot accidents
- Wide turn accidents
- Lost load accidents
Fatal Truck Accident Statistics in Nevada
In 2017, there were 37 fatal crashes involving a large truck, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This was a significant increase from 2016, which was 28 fatal crashes involving trucks, as well as only 17 fatal crashes involving trucks in 2014.
Clark County, which encompasses Las Vegas and its surrounding metropolitan area, had the greatest number of truck crash fatalities in 2017, with at least 18 fatal crashes.
Three fatalities were occupants of large trucks in 2017, which was a decrease in truck occupant fatalities from seven in 2016. The remaining fatalities were occupants of other vehicles. They also may have been pedestrians, motorcyclists, or bicyclists.
Common Causes of Truck AccidentsWith decades of combined experience in investigating and litigating truck wrecks, our truck accident lawyers have uncovered many common causes of collisions. Many truck accidents in Las Vegas occur because of:
- Lack of Training
- Lack of Qualifications
- Vehicle Defects
- Road Defects
- Improperly Secured Cargo
Who Is Liable for my Truck Accident Injuries?
Liability for a truck accident typically rests on the shoulders of the negligent party.
Negligence, generally, is the failure to adhere to a duty of care, which causes someone harm. All drivers are responsible for upholding an ordinary duty of care. They must act as reasonably prudent people would under the same or similar circumstances. Truck drivers, who have commercial driver’s licenses, are often held to an even higher standard while driving their semi-trucks.
The party responsible for compensating you for your injuries may be a negligent truck driver. In which case, we will pursue a settlement from the driver’s insurance policy.
However, many truck drivers are employees of a larger motor carrier. Under these circumstances, the employer may be liable for the employee-truck driver’s conduct while behind the wheel. We will demand compensation from the trucking company’s insurance policy.
If we discover road defects caused the crash, we will pursue a claim against the municipality or government agency responsible for that section of road and its traffic signs and devices.
If a truck defect caused your crash, we would demand compensation from the auto manufacturer. When a defect is to blame, your claim may be based on negligent, strict liability, or a breach of warranty. Your truck accident attorney will explain your legal options.
The Truck Accident Claims Process
The main purpose of hiring an 18-wheeler accident lawyer is to recover compensation for your injuries. But obtaining a settlement for an 18-wheeler or other truck accident is not an easy or simple process. Our team at Oronoz & Ericsson Injury Lawyers has the knowledge, experience, and resources you need to tackle the truck accident claims process. This process includes a thorough investigation, communicating with the insurer, negotiating a settlement, and handling the litigation process. When a pretrial settlement is not possible, we will present your case to a judge and jury at trial.
When you retain our firm to handle your case, we will discuss the truck accident process and important information with you, including:
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Regulations
The FMCSA tightly regulates trucking companies and drivers. These regulations dictate inspections, maintenance, driver qualifications, driver suspensions, size and weight restrictions, and hours of service limits. After a crash, a Las Vegas truck accident lawyer will thoroughly investigate the truck driver and their employer for any violations.
Nevada Truck Accident Laws
Trucking companies operating in Nevada also must follow Nevada trucking laws in addition to FMCSA regulations. We will investigate the truck wreck for any evidence of a violation of Nevada motor carrier regulations.
Truck Insurer Investigations
When a semi or other commercial vehicle is involved in a crash, the truck will immediately contact their employer and insurer. In some cases, insurers have investigators on the scene within the hour. The insurer’s investigators have a leg up because of timing and because they have immediate access to the truck and its electronic data record, otherwise known as its black box.
When you are hurt in a wreck, it is imperative you work with a truck injury lawyer who will perform a thorough independent investigation. We will gather as much evidence as possible, as soon as we can. We will not hesitate to file a lawsuit and pursue additional evidence through the discovery process. This is typically the only way to obtain truck driver logs and employment records, trucking company inspection and maintenance records, and the truck’s electronic data.
Understanding Truck Accident DamagesWhen you are injured in a truck wreck that is another person’s fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your economic and non-economic injuries. The legal term for these injuries is damages. A tractor-trailer accident lawyer will fight for you to receive compensation for your:
- Property Damage: You should receive compensation to repair or replace your vehicle and any other valuable property damaged in the crash.
- Past and Future Medical Expenses: You should receive compensation to cover the medical costs you have incurred and the medical care you will need in the future.
- Lost Wages and Employment Benefits: You have likely been out of work while you recover, or you may have lost your job. Your compensation should cover any past and future lost wages and the value of your employment benefits, such as health insurance.
- Other Out-of-Pocket Expenses: Truck accident injuries can lead to all kinds of extra expenses, such as transportation costs, at-home medical supplies or care, and home renovations.
- Pain and Suffering: Your compensation should include compensation for your physical pain and suffering.
- Mental Anguish: Not all suffering is physical. We will pursue compensation for your grief, anxiety, depression, and other negative experiences.
- Disability: If you suffered a physical disability because of the truck accident, we would pursue compensation for this physical or cognitive limitation.
- Disfigurement: If the crash caused a significant negative change to your appearance, we would demand additional compensation.
- Reduced Earning Potential: When a physical or cognitive disability limits your earning capacity, we will pursue compensation for the difference between your pre- and post-accident earning potentials.
- Loss of Quality of Life: if you suffered a serious injury, you might have to deal with chronic pain for the foreseeable future. Pain and physical limitations can harm your quality of life.
- Loss of Consortium (Spousal Relationship): If your injuries negatively impacted your relationship with your spouse, then your husband or wife may have a claim for compensation.
What Is my Truck Accident Worth?
There is no way of knowing how much your truck accident is worth without talking with a Las Vegas truck accident lawyer. To begin with, the value of your claim depends on your financial expenses and losses. If you suffered severe injuries, you have likely experienced greater costs than if you had sustained minor injuries.
The value of your claim also depends on the amount of physical and mental pain you have endured due to the injuries, the necessary medical treatment, and throughout your recovery. The more painful your injuries, the more non-economic damages we will demand.
The at-fault party’s actions and your actions can impact the value of your claim. If the other party’s conduct was egregious, you might have the right to pursue punitive damages. However, if you were partly to blame for the crash, then your negligence may reduce the final compensation.
These are only a few of the factors that can influence a settlement. Talk with us at Oronoz & Ericsson Injury Lawyers as soon as possible to learn more about the potential value of a truck accident settlement or court award.
Truck Accident Statutes of Limitations
When you are injured in a trucking accident in Nevada, the statute of limitations for your personal injury claim is only two years.
Two years seems like a long time, but it flies by with investigations and negotiations with insurance companies. The longer you wait to begin your claim, the more trouble you may experience in winning an appropriate amount of compensation. Waiting too long also increases the risk of the insurer denying your claim — all the more reason to call a truck accident lawyer in Las Vegas for help right away.
Fatal Truck Accidents in Las VegasDid you lose a parent, spouse, or child in a serious truck wreck? Oronoz & Ericsson Injury Lawyers handle wrongful death claims arising from fatal truck accidents. Call us right away to discuss Nevada’s wrongful death law, who can file a claim, and how much your family’s damages may be worth. You only have two years to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit in Nevada.
Let Our Semi-Truck Accident Attorneys Help You
When you are going through one of the worst experiences possible, you want a lawyer who knows what they are doing. You want a lawyer who is fierce and protective when dealing with the insurance company and the trucking company’s lawyers in court. But you do not want a lawyer who is brisk with you, fails to return phone calls, and leaves you in the dark about your case. At Oronoz & Ericsson Injury Lawyers, we prioritize communication and compassion for all of our clients. We want to help you get through this difficult time as smoothly as possible, and we have a track record of outstanding results and client reviews.