Nevada is a major thoroughfare for long-haul truckers. The addition of
huge and heavy big rigs, tractor-trailers, and semi-trucks to Nevada roads
can be very intimidating to other motorists, which is why many drive uneasily
when a large truck or two pull up alongside them on a multi-lane highway.
The distinguishing size features of a truck also make them very dangerous.
A Nevada truck accident can easily cause serious injury or death to the
occupants of a smaller vehicle. Though defective manufacturing or design
sometimes plays a part in truck accidents, the most common cause is driver
negligence or error.
Fatigued driving is a very frequent form of driver negligence. Although
truck drivers are required to abide by strict federal regulations concerning
the number of hours they are allowed to drive without sleep or rest, many
do not. Oftentimes, this is done in an effort to make delivery deadlines
that may be unreasonable. Driving while fatigued threatens the safety
of both the truck driver and other motorists on the road. An exhausted
truck driver can be just as dangerous as a drunk or intoxicated truck
driver. A truck driver that does not follow federally mandated work hour
limits may be considered negligent, and thus responsible for any injuries
Nevada big rig accidents may also be caused by a truck driver who improperly
loads (overloads) the truck, is speeding, or driving distractedly or recklessly.
Federal regulations determine the maximum weight a truck may be loaded,
as well as the distribution of that weight. If a driver does not follow
these rules, they may be held liable for any accident caused by the overloading.
Likewise, if a truck driver causes an accident due to the non-compliance
of speed limits and state traffic laws, they may also be held liable.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Nevada truck crash caused by
truck driver negligence, you could seek compensation for medical bills,
lost wages and
pain and suffering by filing a personal injury claim with an experienced attorney. At Shook
& Stone, our skilled Las Vegas
truck accident lawyers have handled many truck accident cases and will investigate the
details of your accident to determine the validity of your claim. Call
us today for a free consultation at (888) 662-2013.