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  • Every year, thousands of people are hurt or killed in accidents involving tractor-trailers. Semi-trucks can weigh in excess of 30,000 pounds, and accidents involving 18-wheelers often result in severe injuries or death to innocent victims.

    The Las Vegas, truck accident attorneys at Lloyd Baker have years of experience helping victims of these accidents recover the financial compensation they need and security they deserve. Working with you on an individual basis, our attorneys can assess the ways in which your injuries will impact your life and fight for fair compensation.

    Passenger vehicle occupants typically suffer more serious injuries than truck drivers in semi-truck accidents. Severe injuries common in truck accidents include:

    Many truck accidents result in the wrongful death of passenger vehicle occupants.

    Because truck accident cases often involve multiple parties including truck drivers, trucking companies, shipping or loading agents, rig owners and others, it’s important to work with an experienced truck accident attorney to ensure the best opportunity of receiving maximum financial compensation. The Las Vegas truck accident attorneys at Lloyd Baker have extensive backgrounds in insurance company trucking policies and settlement tactics, and we have the courtroom expertise to litigate your case if settlement offers are not fair.

    For additional information about truck accidents, please see:

    • Commercial Vehicle and Van Accidents
    • Questions about Truck Accidents
    • Common Causes of Truck Accidents

    If you were injured or suffered the wrongful death of a family member in a truck accident, please contact Lloyd Baker Injury Attorneys for your free case consultation. Our Las Vegas truck accident attorneys are here to give you the personal attention you deserve in this difficult time. We value lifelong clients, and if you have been injured in an accident we want to be the one firm you call.

    Are truck accidents handled differently than other motor vehicle accidents? Truck accidents are different than other types of motor vehicle accidents for a number of reasons. Truck accidents are more likely to be fatal or result in serious personal injury. They can also involve multiple parties. In addition, there are different federal and state regulations regarding semi-trucks. If you were hurt in a truck accident, it’s important to consult with the experienced truck accident attorneys at Lloyd Baker to ensure your best chances for recovering the financial compensation you need to recover from your injuries.

    What are some common causes of truck accidents?

    Some typical causes of truck accidents include:

    • Driver fatigue
    • Driver distraction
    • Unsafe maneuvering
    • Improperly secured loads
    • Overloaded trailers
    • Poor vehicle maintenance

    For additional information, please see Common Causes of Truck Accidents.

    Who can be held liable in truck accident cases?

    A number of parties may be held accountable in truck accident cases, depending on the circumstances of the accident. While many truck accidents are the result of driver negligence, others such as trucking companies, cargo loaders, components manufacturers, maintenance providers and rig owners may also face responsibility.

    Why not just accept an insurance settlement?

    There may be multiple insurance companies involved in a truck accident. Each of these companies will be working to protect their client and their profits. It is not uncommon for an insurance company to offer a quick settlement in hopes of avoiding a lawsuit. These settlements are nearly always inadequate to cover your damages. To ensure your best chance to receive full compensation, you need the experienced Las Vegas truck accident attorneys at Lloyd Baker on your side.

    What if I’ve lost a loved one in a truck accident?

    Fatal injuries are much more likely in truck accidents than those involving cars. If you have lost a loved one in a truck accident, our attorneys may be able to help you pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.

    If you were injured or suffered the wrongful death of a family member in a truck accident, please contact The Powerhouse Injury Attorneys for your free case consultation. Our Las Vegas truck accident attorneys are here to give you the personal attention you deserve in this difficult time. We value lifelong clients, and if you have been injured in an accident we want to be the one firm you call.

    In addition to wrongful death, the occupants may suffer one or several of the following injuries.

    • Severe burns can occur if a fuel line or gas tank is ruptured and the leaked fuel is ignited by a spark. Recovering from extensive burns can be a painful, drawn-out process, and the victim may face long periods of hospitalization and therapy. Even with the best treatment, many burn victims find their lives irrevocably altered.
    • A moderate or severe traumatic brain injury can have long-term or permanent effects. These effects can be mental or physical. Memory, cognition and coordination can all be affected. The victim may experience paralysis, muscle spasms, problems swallowing, vision problems, difficulty in speaking, or problems with standing or walking. The injured person may have to undergo rehabilitation therapy for many years.
    • The severity of a spinal cord injury depends on the section of the spine that is injured and whether the injury is complete or incomplete. If the injury is complete, the patient will likely never regain function below the point of injury, but function may be regained over time if the injury is incomplete. The common results of a spinal cord injury include paraplegia, quadriplegia, and the loss of control over the bladder and bowels.
    • Cuts are common in many collisions, and they may not be severe. However, deep cuts can leave disfiguring scars that cannot be fully eradicated with cosmetic surgery.
    • A truck accident can result in the loss of a limb. Occasionally, the limb is severed in the crash, but it is more common for a limb to be so seriously damaged that it must be surgically amputated.

    It is very common for truck accident suits to involve more than one defendant and/or more than one insurance company. The parties could include the truck driver, the company for which he works, a mechanic who serviced the vehicle, the person who loaded the trailer, and a variety of others who contracted with or hired the driver, were tasked with ensuring the functionality of the truck, or arranged the shipment of a potentially unsafe cargo.

    The category of small trucks includes cargo vans, box trucks, charter vans, delivery vans and move-yourself rental trucks. Like accidents involving 18-wheelers, multiple parties may potentially be named in a lawsuit.

    Although the commercial trucking industry is subject to strict laws that regulate loads, driver hours and maintenance schedules, drivers and their companies do not always comply with the rules. Common factors that cause or contribute to truck accidents are listed below.

    • Blind spots are a big reason for truck accidents. Big rigs just have bigger blind spots than cars which makes it very hard to know if there are small car or motorcycle next to them.
    • Trucks are the heaviest vehicles on the roads. This means that it takes longer for them to slow down, stop, or swerve to avoid the sudden reactions from other drivers.
    • Driver fatigue is a common issue in truck accidents. Most drivers are paid by the mile or by the load, so they want to complete a trip as quickly as possible to earn the most money in the shortest time. Therefore, despite strict regulations on the number of hours they can drive without a rest break, some drivers ignore the rules and drive when they are too tired to do so safely.
    • An increasing number of truck drivers are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Alcohol usage accounts for fewer accidents than drugs. The drugs may be obtained illegally or through a prescription.
    • Poorly secured cargo can shift, resulting in the driver losing control of his truck.
    • An overloaded trailer can increase stopping time or affect the truck’s handling.
    • The truck or trailer may suffer a mechanical failure. This may be due to faulty maintenance or a manufacturing defect.
    • Aggressive or distracted driving can lead to an accident.
    • The current shortage of truck drivers means that companies are often hiring poorly trained or inexperienced drivers to move their loads.

    Many construction vehicles would fall into this category. For example, a dump truck on its way to the recycling plant with a load of concrete removed from a construction site would certainly qualify. A tanker truck delivering asphalt to a job site would also qualify. A truck hauling a bulldozer on a flatbed trailer would qualify.

    In a truck accident case, there can be several insurance companies involved. Each will do their best to protect their company’s profits and their client. Therefore, they will want to end the matter as quickly and economically as possible. It is quite common for insurance companies to make a settlement offer, and in most cases, the offer will be so low that it will not even come close to covering your total losses. Before you decide to accept an offer, consult a reputable personal injury lawyer for advice.

    The legal system permits you to seek compensation for the losses you incur due to the negligence of another party or parties. Because every case is different, it is impossible to state a dollar amount that you might be awarded. However, it is possible that you could be awarded compensation for any or all of the following losses.

    • Medical bills often comprise the largest category of compensation. You could receive payment for your hospital stay, physical therapy, medications and doctor visits. You may also be compensated for the medical bills that you are expected to incur in the future.
    • You could be compensated for your lost wages if you work for someone else or the income you lost if you are self-employed. You may also be awarded damages to offset your reduced earning capacity in the future.
    • You should be compensated for your property damage, including the value of your vehicle or its repair costs and the loss of personal items that were in the vehicle.
    • If your injuries require you to modify your home or purchase a special vehicle to accommodate your mobility issues, you might be compensated for the associated costs.
    • You might be eligible to recover the salaries you paid for in-home nursing care or a personal assistant. If you have had to hire someone to handle the tasks that you once performed at your home, including caring for your children, tending your lawn or cleaning your house, you might possibly receive compensation for those payments as well.
    • You could also receive monetary compensation for your intangible damages. This category includes your diminished or lost ability to enjoy your life, your mental anguish, and your pain and suffering. Punitive damages would also fall into this category, but punitive damages are rarely awarded unless the defendant is guilty of especially egregious actions.