Truck and commercial motor vehicle accidents can result in devastating injuries and damages. Unfortunately, when these accidents occur, occupants of smaller passenger vehicles are often most vulnerable to harm.
If you or your loved one were hurt in a collision, a Nevada truck accident lawyer with Greenberg Gross can help you get back on your feet. Our personal injury attorneys can assist you with a claim or lawsuit to recover your medical expenses, lost income, and more.
Who Is Responsible for Your Truck Accident Damages in Nevada?
Accident cases involving commercial motor vehicles can be more complex than those concerning private motorists because the truck driver’s employer often becomes a part of the resulting claim or lawsuit. Therefore, you end up not only dealing with an at-fault driver but also with the trucking company and its insurer. There can also be other liable entities, meaning you may have to handle multiple claims against multiple parties.
Depending on the circumstances of your collision, any or all the following may bear financial responsibility for your truck accident:
- A commercial driver. State and federal laws hold commercial drivers to a higher standard than private motorists. For example, to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) in Nevada, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires applicants to complete a commercial driving training program, take a skills test, and submit the results of a medical examination or physical. If the driver who caused your crash failed to adhere to local rules and regulations or violated Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)’s regulations, they may be liable for your damages. Additionally, drivers are liable if they behave recklessly, wrongfully, or negligently behind the wheel, which includes disobeying traffic laws.
- A trucking company. In certain cases, you can hold an employer responsible for an employee’s actions under a legal principle known as vicarious liability. For example, a trucking company may be vicariously liable if it failed to ensure the driver held a valid CDL, did not conduct mandatory drug and alcohol screenings, or failed to vet a driver’s background, experience, or driving record. Even if the trucking company was not negligent, you may still have to deal with its insurance company if it provides its drivers with coverage.
- The owner of the truck/entity in charge of maintenance. Sometimes trucking companies own their fleets of trucks, and sometimes the owner is the driver or another entity. Whoever owns the vehicle involved in your truck accident may be liable if negligent maintenance or a lack of required safety equipment played a role in your crash. Additionally, you may have a case against a manufacturer if a defective vehicle part, such as faulty brakes or tires, contributed to your collision.
- The owner/loader of the truck’s cargo. Shifting goods, overloaded trucks, improperly secured tractor-trailer hitches, and other issues with the cargo can lead to commercial vehicle accidents. If cargo problems caused your collision, you can hold the entity that owns the goods or packed the truck responsible.
We Will Collect Evidence and Build Your Trucking Accident Case
You do not have to fight for compensation alone. Our Nevada truck accident lawyer can investigate your crash and establish that another party was at fault. We will act quickly to gather proof, including sending spoliation letters to the trucking company and other involved entities to ensure they preserve documents, physical data, and other evidence. Our team can:
- Obtain police reports, driving records, training and employment records, and other relevant case documents
- Locate and interview eyewitnesses
- Track down available surveillance, dashcam, or cell phone video of the accident
- Visit the scene of the crash to take photographs and collect physical evidence
- Obtain your medical records and consult with health care professionals about your condition
- Enlist the help of economists, accident reconstruction specialists, and other subject matter experts when needed
- Calculate your losses using bills, receipts, and other proof of expenses
- Draft and file your insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit
- Track deadlines, manage paperwork, and communicate with involved parties
- Negotiate for the maximum settlement possible in your case
- Represent you at trial if necessary
Our Attorneys Will Fight for Fair Recovery
We can help you seek economic damages for your current and future out-of-pocket losses and non-economic damages for your pain, suffering, and inconvenience. In general, you can recover truck accident compensation for the following:
- Emergency medical transportation and treatment
- Medical procedures
- Doctor’s and hospital fees
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Medications, medical equipment, and medical devices
- Long-term care services
- Lost income, earnings, and benefits
- Lost future earning capacity
- Vehicle and personal property damages
- Stress, depression, and anxiety
- Loss of mobility or cognitive functioning
- Severe and chronic pain
- Disabling injuries
- Lost quality of life
We can also assist you with recovering wrongful death damages if your loved one suffered a fatal truck accident injury. The deceased’s estate and qualifying beneficiaries may recover medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, awards for survivors’ grief and sorrow, and other losses. Our Nevada lawyers can tell you more.
Pursue Your Nevada Truck Accident Case Before It Is Too Late
While moving forward with an insurance claim or lawsuit may seem daunting while coping with an injury, delaying too long could leave you with no option for financial recovery. According to NRS § 11.190(4)(e), you have two years from your accident or your loved one’s passing to file a personal injury or wrongful death case. We can help you get started before time runs out.
Additionally, we can represent you for no upfront or out-of-pocket fees. Our payment comes from your successful settlement or verdict, and we do not get paid unless we obtain compensation for you.
Contact Greenberg Gross After a Nevada Truck Accident
Greenberg Gross has helped clients seek justice since 2013. Our personal injury team has decades of legal experience we can put behind your case, and our record includes multimillion-dollar awards for those harmed by negligence, wrongdoing, or recklessness.
To learn more about how our Nevada truck accident lawyer can serve you, contact our offices for a free consultation. A team member can answer your question and connect you with an attorney near you today.