A semi-truck driven by a tired truck driver who is under pressure to get his work done quickly can cause a devastating accident, one that leaves you with countless injuries and a long future of pain. If you have been in this situation, the Las Vegas semi truck accident lawyer at H&P Law is ready to help you fight for the compensation you are owed. Let our Las Vegas truck accident lawyer help you ensure you get a full and fair recovery from all of the losses you have had.
Why do Truck Accidents Happen?
In 2020, 451 fatal truck accidents occurred in Nevada, accounting for 7.1% of all vehicles involved in a truck accident, and this does not take into account the thousands of additional truck crashes that occurred, not resulting in death but long-term disfigurement and recovery. Truck accidents can be devastating when they occur, and often, we do not know why they actually happen. There are numerous reasons truck accidents happen in Las Vegas, and here are just a few of those reasons:
- Inexperienced or poorly trained drivers who do not know how to properly handle their vehicles
- Reckless driving, including speeding, illegal lane changes, or careless attention to surroundings
- Intoxication, whether from prescription drugs, alcohol, or illicit drugs, impairs a person’s ability to operate safely
- Fatigue, often due to a significant amount of increase in the hours spent behind the wheel or not enough breaks during a shift
- Poor maintenance, upkeep, loading, or lighting on trucks for various reasons
In all of these situations, the victim is often the other person in a car who could do nothing to prevent the incident from occurring. Our Las Vegas semi truck accident attorney works closely with our clients to ensure that we learn why this accident happened. In doing so, we may be able to help prove that you are owed damages well beyond what your medical bills are.
Who Is Responsible for Your Losses?
One of the first things our semi-truck accident attorneys need to do is determine who is at fault for the accident. We use the police report provided as a starting point but often look deeper to determine who else may be responsible for your losses. Some examples of those who may be responsible include:
- The truck driver: If they were not driving legally or were not operating in a safe manner with proper control over their vehicle
- The trucking company employing the driver: This may be the case when a truck driver is not getting the required time off and breaks due to meeting too-difficult deadlines
- The company loading the truck: Often different than the truck company, this is the organization that may have loaded the vehicle improperly, causing it to topple over or to be too difficult to control on the roadways
- The manufacturer of the vehicle: If the vehicle or a component of it was not properly designed and that flaw causes your injuries and losses, the manufacturer of the truck or that component may be responsible
- The repair technicians: If a repair technician failed to follow best practices in handling the truck repair, and that led to your losses, they may be responsible
As you can see, there are a lot of factors that could play a role in who should pay for your losses. Our semi truck accident attorney in Las Vegas will work closely with you to gather evidence, including medical reports, information from the scene, and witness statements to prove your losses. Call H&P Law today in Las Vegas so we can fully pursue the compensation owed to you.
The Police Report May Not Tell the Whole Story
Do not assume the police report is the end of the conversation. If there is other evidence out there to prove the police report is inaccurate, we will find it. That could change the outcome of your case, which is why you should talk to our semi-truck accident lawyer in Las Vegas.
How Much Is Your Las Vegas Truck Accident Worth?
To determine how much compensation you may receive after a trucking accident, our attorneys need to gather as much evidence as possible to show what your losses are, including what you faced at the time of the incident and then later as you recovered. We want to talk to your doctors about your long-term recovery and limitations as well. Some of the losses you may be entitled to include:
- All of your medical bills from the accident and the recovery after
- Medications, assistive devices, and modification equipment to your home
- Loss of property, such as your car and everything in it
- Loss of income from the period you could not work
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma and distress
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of quality of life
Our team will use the evidence available to show how this incident has impacted you with the goal of being very comprehensive in what we explore. What is most important here is that you are able to get the money you need to pursue advanced medical care and to support you moving forward in your life. We cannot erase what happened, but we can fight for financial support for you.
What About Punitive Damages?
There are some situations where the trucking accident was particularly devastating due to the actions of the driver, such as being intoxicated or speeding in an urban area. In these situations, the court may rule that punitive damages – which are added costs over and above the other losses you have – are added to your compensation. Our legal team will work to determine if you may qualify for these and, if so, develop a legal strategy to show the court you should be awarded them.
Fighting for Your Right to Compensation After a Truck Accident Starts with a Free Consultation
At H&P Law, our Las Vegas semi truck accident lawyer is available to provide you with a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your accident, your claim, and your right to added compensation. Let our legal team help you determine who is to blame and what all your financial and other losses are before you settle your claim for less than you are owed. Call us now for a free consultation to discuss your needs, and know we are by your side.