Commercial Truck Accidents
The difference in size between an 18-wheeler and a 4-door sedan makes it self-evident why collisions involving commercial trucks can be so devastating. These oversized vehicles can leave a path of destruction when they are operated recklessly. Sadly, a high percentage of these accidents usually result in a fatality, and even the non-fatal injuries are often life-altering.
Many commercial truck accidents can be linked to negligence on the part of the driver, or the trucking company employing them. Drivers are forced to adhere to strict timelines, pushing them to drive more hours than is considered safe or legal. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates the number of hours a commercial driver may be on the road. Setting time limits that aim to insure motorists’ safety but unfortunately many drivers continue to drive much longer than is recommended.
The FMCSA also requires the use of electronic logging and EOBD devices (electronic on-board recorders) which can be a useful tool in proving the circumstances surrounding an accident. You need a legal team that is going to help you secure access to this information so that you receive all the compensation that you are entitled to.
And while driver fatigue may be the leading cause behind many of these trucking accidents, it is important to discover if any other factors may be to blame. Trucking companies may fail to maintain their vehicles to safe standards, or they may employ inexperienced or unlicensed drivers. An experienced attorney can help you acquire the evidence needed to establish all factors leading to a commercial truck accident. The bigger the company, the more likely they are to dig in and avoid properly compensating
If you have been a victim of an irresponsible truck operator or a negligent trucking company, you a legal team that is experienced in these types of personal injury cases. The attorneys at Accident Attorneys of Southern Nevada have been practicing in the Las Vegas area for over a decade and will review your case with a no-fee consultation.