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The Role of Truck Driver Negligence in Nevada Big Rig Accidents

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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 that result.

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 702-570-0000.