According to the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS), 199 people were injured in Nevada truck accidents in the year 2010. Understanding the common causes of truck accidents can help motorists avoid being injured in one. All Nevada drivers should remember that trucks have large blind spots, are tough to slow down, and are difficult to maneuver. Keeping a safe distance from semi-trucks, big rigs, and tractor-trailers is an important part of staying safe on the roadway. However, truck accidents are not always the fault of drivers of passenger vehicles.
Truck driver negligence is perhaps the most common cause of Nevada truck accidents. Truck drivers who violate federal “hours-of-service” regulations and fail to get adequate rest before getting on the road are at risk of falling asleep at the wheel. Other forms of truck driver negligence that can lead to an injury accident include driving drunk, making unsafe lane changes, making a turn without checking blind spots, exceeding the speed limit, and following too closely. Nevada truck accidents are also often caused by poor vehicle maintenance which could lead to mechanical issues such as brake failure or tire blowouts.
In cases involving negligence or wrongdoing, at-fault truck drivers, truck owners, and trucking companies can be held liable for the damages they cause. Truck accidents often result in catastrophic injuries that can have a significant impact on the victim for the rest of his or her life. The experienced Las Vegas truck accident attorneys at Shook & Stone fight hard to protect the rights of their injured clients. If you have been injured in a Nevada car accident, please call our offices at (888) 662-2013 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.