Types of Las Vegas Truck Accidents
An unloaded big rig truck weighs 35,000 pounds, on average. By law, these massive trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. This massive weight and size mean that these trucks have big blind spots and take over 500 feet to come to a complete stop if traveling 65 MPH.
We help victims of all types of truck accidents recover the compensation they need to pick up the pieces and move forward. Our Las Vegas commercial vehicle accident attorney, Scott Morris, has lived and worked in the Las Vegas area for decades. We leverage his connections to and familiarity with the community to benefit our clients. We know many doctors in the area, which means we know who to call to get the records needed to prove your injuries. We’re not in it for the money. We’re in it for the people, the people like you, who need our help.
T-Bone accidents with semi-trucks can be fatal for those in a passenger car, motorcycle, or bicycle. When other vehicles fail to stop at stop signs, for example, it can cause a T-Bone accident. The size and weight of the large truck mean that even an attentive truck driver may not be able to stop in time to avoid an obstacle.
Jackknife accidents are when the truck’s trailer and the front cab are at a right angle to one another. This can happen if the driver makes a sudden move, causing the trailer to fishtail out and the axles or wheels to lock up. Jackknife accidents can be especially dangerous. Because of the size of the vehicle, a jackknifed semi-truck can take up an entire lane or ramp, potentially causing multi-car pileups.
Like jackknife accidents, rollover accidents involving a big rig can have catastrophic results. A rollover accident can dislodge the truck’s cargo, which can strike nearby cars, pedestrians, or objects. If the truck is transporting hazardous material, such as diesel fuel, then there’s a high risk of an explosion
To safely come to a complete stop, semi-trucks going 65 MPH need over 500 feet—over 200 feet more than passenger cars need. In bumper-to-bumper traffic, there’s not as much space for these truck drivers to safely stop, increasing the risk of rear-end collisions. Distracted, fatigued, or intoxicated truck drivers may also swerve into oncoming traffic, causing a head-on collision.
Unfortunately, rear-end and head-on collisions often end in fatalities for the parties outside the large semi-truck.
Causes of Big Rig Truck Accidents
Numerous factors can cause 18-wheeler collisions. Finding the cause of the accident provides key insight into who is responsible for the resulting damages. A good, experienced Las Vegas truck accident attorney will diligently and relentlessly review and uncover evidence of causation that other attorneys might miss.
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Distracted Or Fatigued Driving
According to federal regulations, truck drivers can be on the road for up to 11 hours during a consecutive 14-hour period. Before doing so, they need to have been off-duty for at least 10 hours.
However, with the pressure to deliver their cargo as soon as possible, some drivers may break the law and forego much-needed rest. Instead, they may choose to drink energy drinks or just push through the exhaustion. But the unfortunate reality is that fatigue can affect a driver in much the same way as drugs and alcohol—by impairing their decision-making abilities and slowing their reflexes. Exhaustion can take over, and 18-wheeler drivers may fall asleep at the wheel and cause an accident.
Boredom may also kick in during those long, 11-hour stretches of driving. Truck drivers may talk on the phone, watch videos, eat food, or send texts or emails while driving. Many fail to realize that anytime a driver is not looking at the road or doesn’t have both hands ready and on the wheel, they are putting lives at risk.
Drunk Driving Or Driving While Under The Influence
Despite the national awareness campaigns and federal and state laws, drivers still selfishly decide to drink and drive. Drunk driving and driving while impaired by any substance remains one of the primary causes of traffic accidents.
Truck drivers who decide to drink or use drugs while on the road can cause catastrophic injuries or death. Driving a semi-truck is more complex than driving a passenger vehicle. Drivers need to be sober and alert to shift gears appropriately and on time and know when to stop. Drugs and alcohol impair decision-making, increase risk-taking, and reduce response time. This can spell disaster when it comes to 18-wheelers and others on or near the road.
Truck drivers under mounting pressures to deliver loads on time or early may decide to speed to save time. Speeding increases the chance of a rollover, jackknife, or another type of potentially fatal accident. When a truck weighing up to 80,000 pounds is speeding and hits another vehicle or object, the consequences can be catastrophic. Likewise, a speeding passenger car that collides with a semi-truck can cause the truck to lose balance or cause its cargo to unhinge.
Reckless Or Aggressive Driving
Operating a vehicle in a careless, erratic, or reckless manner accounted for over 5,000 traffic deaths nationwide in 2019. Drivers may be rushing to get home after work or frustrated about another driver cutting them off. Out of spite, or because they are blinded by rage, they may drive erratically, cutting people off in traffic or swerving in and out of lanes. Regardless of the reason, the result can be serious injuries or death.
Inadequately Trained Or Unlicensed Drivers, Equipment Malfunction, Or Illegal Weight
Faulty brakes, inadequately trained drivers, and illegal truck weight pose serious risks for those on or near the road. Driving a tractor-trailer requires different knowledge and training than for passenger cars. Drivers must receive the requisite lessons and training to ensure they have the education and skill to operate these up to 80,000-pound vehicles properly.
Unfortunately, trucking companies looking to save money sometimes cut corners when it comes to hiring and training their drivers. Likewise, they may ignore red flags that come up during safety checks, forego regular maintenance entirely, or overload the vehicle. This might save the company money in the short term, but the cost may be paid instead by human lives.
We hold at-fault drivers and trucking companies accountable for their wrongful actions. We know what evidence to ask for, including driver logbooks and electronic control module data. It’s important to ask for these right away to preserve critical evidence. Trucking companies may routinely throw out this data (or, in some cases, do so intentionally to avoid liability). Las Vegas truck accident attorneys like Scott Morris help victims uncover this vital information before the trucking company destroys or loses it.
What Compensation You Might Receive Because of a Truck Accident
Morris Injury Law is a Las Vegas trucking accident law firm that works for you. We help victims get their lives back. While you may never be in the same position you were in before the accident, we will fight to make sure that you receive every penny you’re owed under the law.
We help maximize your recovery by providing zealous, personalized, and adept legal advocacy. We treat you like a person, not a case. Our case strategy puts your concerns and best interests at its heart. We pride ourselves on our unmatched dedication to protecting, defending, and fighting for the rights of accident victims.
With our Las Vegas 18-wheeler accident attorney on your side, these are the types of damages you might receive.
Economic Damages—Compensation For The Financial Cost Of The Truck Accident
Semi-trucks can cause catastrophic injuries like spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, amputation, and even death. Treating a spine injury may require multiple, expensive surgeries and lengthy physical therapy. Medical bills for spinal injuries can soar to $1 Million or more in the first year.
Fair compensation for your economic damages typically includes the following:
- Medical bills;
- Lost wages;
- Loss of earning potential;
- In-home care; and
- Prescription costs.
Some injuries can result in long-term or lifelong impacts. Compensation usually accounts for anticipated future costs; not just costs as of the settlement date.
Non-Economic Damages—Compensation For The Human Cost Of The Truck Accident
The human cost of Nevada’s truck accidents can be immense. Severed limbs, permanent disabilities, lost lives, and brain injuries can leave a lasting impact on the lives of victims and their families. Economic damages compensate victims for the financial cost of the accident. Equally important, non-economic damages compensate victims for the less tangible human costs of the truck accident. These damages can include:
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of quality of life;
- Loss of enjoyment of life;
- Loss of consortium;
- Loss of society;
- Loss of relationship; and
- Emotional distress.
Las Vegas trucking accident attorneys fight to make sure that your compensation includes these invisible yet very real injuries to your body, mind, and life. Insurance companies may try to downplay these intangible losses instead of focusing on receipts and physical injuries. But we know how traumatic truck accidents can be, scarring some victims for life. You are allowed to get compensated for these losses as well.
Morris Injury Law—The Las Vegas Truck Accident Attorney You Need
We pride ourselves on being fierce protectors of our clients’ rights and interests. At Morris Injury Law, we’re driven by justice, dedicating ourselves to serving the Las Vegas community. Scott has received recognition for his academic excellence and outstanding achievements. Scott made the Top 25 Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers list because of his zealous and pointed advocacy. We dedicate ourselves to helping our clients continue to live their best lives, and we fight to help them receive the compensation they deserve in a timely and effective manner. We live to serve. Call us today at 702-850-5555, or contact us online.