You may not put much thought into sharing the road with large commercial trucks until the day you or a loved one is involved in a commercial truck accident. Then, the risk of driving side-by-side with massive vehicles that weigh up to 80,000 pounds becomes apparent.
When it comes to a collision between a semi-truck and the average family vehicle, the semi is going to cause significant damage. Beyond totaling a vehicle, a semi can cause you to suffer serious and catastrophic injuries.
The crash may have even led to the death of a relative. In either of these situations, you should speak with our truck accident attorneys at Harris & Harris Injury Lawyers.
Common Causes of Commercial Truck Accidents
Commercial truck drivers face long hours on the road and tight deadlines. Current regulations allow for 11 maximum hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty. Drivers must also take a rest break consisting of a minimum of 30 minutes after 8 hours of driving.
When a large commercial truck drifts into your lane due to a sleepy driver, it leaves you with nowhere to go. Sleep deprivation is a serious matter, especially for those behind the wheel of large commercial trucks. No one should experience serious injury or death to a commercial truck driver’s loss of sleep.
Faulty Brake Systems
Wet and slippery roads make it harder for large trucks to stop in an emergency. Combined with faulty or poorly maintained brakes, it is a recipe for disaster. In dry, regular road conditions a semi-truck requires 40 percent more time to stop than a passenger vehicle.
Commercial truck drivers are in a hurry to get from point A to point B with their freight. Many feel the time pressure from those sending the goods and from those on expecting the goods. In order to get the job done faster, many commercial truck drivers choose to drive faster.
Proper training before allowing someone behind the wheel of a commercial truck is crucial. Time may be money for many large trucking companies but the urgency to get inexperienced drivers on the road and to their destinations quickly, is dangerous and irresponsible. If you’ve experienced serious injury or lost a loved one due to a speeding or distracted truck driver, contact a truck accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Truck Underride Accidents
When an underride accident occurs, a passenger vehicle goes partially or completely under the trailer of a semi-truck. For those who survive such an accident, the injuries are often extremely serious and sometimes deadly.
Commercial truck drivers rely on their side mirrors while traveling the highway. There are no rearview mirrors, making the visibility of what’s around them very limited. Blind spots are the areas all around the truck: the front, both sides, and the back.
If you can’t see the driver, then the driver can’t see you. Sharing the road with commercial trucks is essential for your safety and for the safety of your passengers. Commercial truck drivers have a responsibility to also share the road and to maintain proper maintenance and control of their truck. Failure to do so, no matter what the reason, is negligence that demands accountability and the skills of a highly experienced Nevada personal injury attorney.
Potential Serious Truck Accident Injuries
A collision with a commercial truck is a sudden and traumatic event. It only takes a second for your life to change forever. A large, heavyweight truck can cause a multitude of serious injuries such as:
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Crush injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Whiplash and neck injuries
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Nerve damage
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Serious injuries result in medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you’ve been seriously injured in an accident involving a commercial truck, and the accident was no fault of your own, contact a truck accident attorney today.
Your Right to Compensation
When you are harmed because of another party’s negligence, recklessness, or misconduct, then you have the right to pursue compensation for your damages, which encompass all your economic and non-economic injuries.
By working with an experienced personal injury lawyer, you may obtain compensation for your:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Lost employment benefits
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental distress
- Property damage
Commercial Truck Accident Lawyers in Las Vegas
Whatever harm you have suffered from a truck accident, we are here to help. We will work with you, your doctors and medical experts to prove the type and extent of your injuries. We will fight for you to obtain as much compensation as possible to address your physical and psychological injuries. Call Harris & Harris Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation at (702) 384-1414