Las Vegas Truck Accident Lawyer
Big rigs. Semi-trucks. Tractor-trailers. Large trucks. No matter what you call them, there is no denying that sharing the road with big commercial vehicles is dangerous. An empty truck weighs around 35,000 pounds and up to 80,000 when fully loaded. In a collision with smaller passenger vehicles, a big truck will win out almost every time.
If you’ve been involved in a truck wreck, you already know firsthand just how serious the situation can be. You may be dealing with severe injuries, mounting medical bills, missed paychecks, lingering physical pain, emotional trauma, and other ongoing economic and non-economic damages. You need help, and you need it now.
Trucking Injury Law Group is a personal injury law group made up exclusively of Las Vegas truck accident lawyers. We have committed our legal careers to standing up to the big trucking and insurance companies, fighting for the compensation that accident victims are rightfully owed.
Our dedication is unrivaled. We want to help, which is why we provide free consultations to injury victims in Las Vegas, Clark County, and the surrounding areas. Get in touch today, and we’ll match you with a compassionate and experienced truck accident attorney.
Las Vegas Truck Accident Statistics
Las Vegas is one of two cities that make up 90% of Nevada’s population. In a state that’s mostly rural, our roads have earned a C rating, up from a C– in 2014. While the roads and infrastructure in big cities like Las Vegas are typically considered to be in better condition than in other areas in our state, it does not shield residents from the dangers posed by big trucks.
Let’s take a closer look at some information about the transportation industry and trucking accidents:
- Most trucks travel around the outskirts of Las Vegas, unless they are making deliveries to local businesses or casinos.
- Facilities like the Blue Diamond Business Center and a TravelCenters of America truck stop encourage truck traffic near certain residential areas.
- I-15, which runs through Las Vegas, has some of the highest truck traffic in the state.
- There were 4,965 nationwide truck accident fatalities in 2020.
- 68 people died in accidents involving commercial trucks on Nevada roads between 2016 and 2020.
The Most Dangerous Roads for Truck Accidents
Situated within less than a single day’s drive to at least five major ports, Nevada plays a crucial supporting role in the transportation of commercial goods. Las Vegas is also a major cultural and tourist hub, so we see our fair share of trucks traveling through or nearby each and every day.
Some of the roads with the most truck traffic include:
- S. Highway 93
- S. Highway 50
- Nevada SR 582
- Nevada SR 431
The Las Vegas Valley is surrounded by a string of mountain ranges, including the Las Vegas Range, the Sheep Range, the River Mountains, the Frenchman Mountains, the Muddy Mountains, the North McCullough Range, the South McCullough Range, Mt. Potosi, Blue Diamond Hill, the Red Rock Range, the Spring Mountains, the Summerlin Peaks, the La Madre Range, and Harris Peak.
While our beautiful desert scenery affords unrivaled views that you won’t find anywhere else in the state or country, twisty mountain roads and long stretches of flat roadway both pose a risk to motorists. Truck drivers traveling through mountainous regions must contend with steep drop-offs, sharp curves, and, at times, icy or snowy roads. Driving for long periods on flat, open roads invites boredom and fatigue.
If you were hurt in an accident involving a commercial vehicle on one of the above roads or anywhere else in Las Vegas or Clark County, you deserve to recover full and fair compensation for your damages. Talk to a truck accident attorney from our law group to learn how.
How To File a Truck Accident Claim With Trucking Injury Law Group
There are multiple steps involved in the filing of truck accident claims—and the first step begins much earlier than you may realize. Let’s go over what’s involved in filing a claim for a truck wreck in which you were injured.
Seek Medical Attention
Truck accident injuries tend to be severe or life-threatening, so there is no time to waste—if you’ve been involved in a crash with a semi-truck, you should be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible.
Any delay in seeking or receiving medical treatment may be purposely misconstrued to mean that you were not seriously injured, giving the insurance company footing to lower your overall compensation.
Notify Your Insurer and the Police
There are two main entities that you should notify following a commercial truck accident: your insurer and the police. It is best to inform your auto insurer of any accident you’ve been in as soon as possible, but your policy will specify exactly how much time you have.
Additionally, state law requires you to submit an accident report to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles within 10 days of the collision if any of the following occurred:
- Bodily injury
- $750 of property damage
We recommend calling 911 and requesting that police be sent to the accident scene regardless of whether you think it may be necessary. When an officer responds to the scene, they will create the necessary police report and file it on your behalf.
Collect and Document Evidence
Investigating and collecting evidence is a key function performed by truck accident lawyers. At Trucking Injury Law Group, we regularly collect and analyze evidence such as electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs), event data recorders (EDRs), engine control modules (ECMs), maintenance records, driving logs, hiring and training records, results from post-crash drug tests, accident reconstruction results, and more.
Our years of experience and dedication to truck accident victims have given us a unique insight into where to look for evidence—even when the trucking or insurance companies are trying to hide certain facts.
You can help your truck accident attorney by providing them with copies of as much of the following evidence as possible:
- Pictures and videos of the accident scene
- Copy of the police report
- Any medical bills you’ve received
- Medical records documenting diagnoses and injuries
- Documented time off requests from work
- Bank statements and past pay stubs
Our legal team will work closely with you to build the strongest possible claim using the evidence we compile and analyze on your behalf.
Meet With a Lawyer
Unlike car accidents, insurance claims involving large trucks are much more challenging. There may be multiple at-fault parties, meaning there will be multiple insurance companies involved in the legal process. Injuries tend to be more serious too, and financial losses associated with medical treatment, property damage, and time off work are normally greater than in crashes involving only passenger vehicles.
Our Super Team of Las Vegas truck accident lawyers is ready to listen. We’ll put our history of pre-litigation, litigation, and trial experience to work for you, making sure that those at fault are held liable for the harm you’ve suffered.
An attorney from our law group can:
- File an injury claim on your behalf
- Collect and analyze evidence
- Investigate the crash and identify all liable parties
- Negotiate with the insurance company
- Elevate matters to court if a reasonable settlement cannot be reached
You deserve to work with a legal team that cares about who you are and what you’ve been through. We are passionately dedicated to helping those who have been injured in truck accidents, and we want to help you, too.
When Are Truck Drivers Most Active on Our Roads and Highways?
As a vital component of our local and nationwide economy, the trucking industry never rests. You can encounter large commercial trucks any day of the week and at virtually any time, day or night. But when are you most likely to share the road with a truck driver?
Trucking accident data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) helps paint a clear picture of when most truck drivers are behind the wheel and when you are most at risk of being injured:
- 76% of fatal truck accidents happen on weekdays
- 72% of fatal weekday accidents happen during the day
- 63% of fatal weekend accidents happen during nighttime
So what can we tell from this data? Truck accidents are most likely to occur on weekdays between the hours of 6 a.m. and 5:59 p.m. and on weekends between the hours of 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m.
Which Trucking Companies Are Involved in the Most Accidents?
In 2020, there were around 415,000 semi-truck accidents reported to the police. Of those, 4,444 involved one or more deaths, while another 101,000 caused an injury.
Many of these accidents can be attributed to only a handful of trucking companies and delivery services. According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) data collected through its SAFER System, the following are some of the companies with the highest total number of nationwide truck accidents over the 24-month period between March 2021 and March 2023:
- United Parcel Service (UPS) – 2,900 crashes
- Swift Transportation – 1,035 crashes
- Werner Enterprises – 893 crashes
- S. Xpress – 588 crashes
- Federal Express (FedEx) – 371 crashes
- Averitt Express – 370 crashes
Semis with a nationwide reach are not the only vehicles involved in serious truck accidents. Nevada-based trucking companies (some of which largely operate intrastate rather than interstate) also cause a significant number of collisions every year. Looking at the same time period, the following local companies were involved in:
- Truline Corporation – 23 crashes
- MC Carrier LLC – 21 crashes
- Capurro Trucking – 12 crashes
- Sierra Rental and Transport – 3 crashes
- Premium Trucking – 1 crash
Trucking Injury Law Group has the resources, experience, and knowledge needed to take on any trucking company, whether they have a local or nationwide reach.
What Causes Commercial Truck Accidents?
State and federal regulations are intended to strengthen the safety of the trucking and transportation industries. These regulations cover a range of topics, including how long a truck driver may be on duty (hours-of-service regulations), what endorsements are needed on a commercial driver’s license to carry dangerous cargo, how often maintenance must be performed, what to do if a problem is identified during a pre-trip inspection, and more.
Unfortunately, violations of FMCSA regulations are common contributing factors to truck collisions in and around Las Vegas. These include:
- Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
- Driving recklessly or aggressively
- Following too closely (tailgating)
- Using hand-held devices (such as smartphones) while driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Failing to perform pre-trip inspections
Drivers’ actions are not the only contributing factors to truck accidents. A truck company that performs insufficient or improper maintenance, creates unreasonable delivery schedules, or hires unqualified drivers is putting everyone on the road at risk for serious injuries or even death.
Cargo that has been improperly loaded or secured, defective auto parts, and negligent mechanics can also play a large contributing role in truck accident cases.
What Are the Most Common Types of Truck Crashes?
A Las Vegas truck accident can take many forms. Many accidents happen when a truck driver loses control, is engaged in distracted driving, or is tired behind the wheel. Mechanical defects, weather, and road conditions can also play a role in some of the most common types of truck crashes.
For example, a trucking accident may take the form of a:
- Rear-end or head-on collision
- Underride or override accident
- Jackknife accident
- Sideswipe accident
- Rollover crash
- Wide-turn (right turn squeeze) crash
Don’t see the type of semi-truck accident you were injured in listed above? There’s no need to worry. Our Super Team of truck accident lawyers has the background and investigative prowess needed to build a strong truck accident case on your behalf.
What Types of Injuries Can Happen in Semi-Truck Accidents?
It is no secret that injuries associated with trucking accidents tend to be much more severe than in accidents between cars. What you may not know is that the most serious of these injuries typically occur among passenger vehicle occupants.
The reality is that cars, SUVs, vans, and lightweight trucks simply cannot stand up to the weight and heft of a commercial truck during a crash. For this reason, truck accident victims often suffer traumatic and catastrophic injuries, including:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Permanent total or partial paralysis
- Loss of limb (amputation)
- Broken or shattered bones
- Deep cuts or lacerations
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Chest injuries (especially broken ribs)
- Internal organ damage and bleeding
Not all injuries are physical, though. At Trucking Injury Law Group, we ensure that trucking and insurance companies are held liable when trucking crashes cause our clients to develop:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Vehophobia (fear of driving), amaxophobia (fear of being inside a vehicle), or hodophobia (fear of traveling)
A truck crash victim may be faced with a lifetime of medical attention, a new or worsening disability, new or worse mental health, and a variety of other lasting medical conditions. If you’ve been injured because a trucker was engaged in distracted driving or otherwise acting negligently, we’ll help you seek compensation for all that you’ve lost.
What Makes Truck Accident Cases So Complex?
Filing a claim for a commercial truck accident can be exceptionally complex. From the moment the crash occurs, you will be facing the monumental task of holding a large trucking company responsible for their actions. These are big corporations that aren’t worried about your well-being or how you’re doing—they’re worried about minimizing their own liability, shifting blame, and protecting their bottom lines.
As a joint venture law office made up completely of truck accident lawyers, we are all too familiar with the complexities associated with these types of claims.
Evidence Disappears Quickly
Every truck accident victim needs to understand just how quickly evidence can disappear in a Las Vegas truck accident. Time is of the essence in the minutes and days following a crash, as accident debris is cleaned up, damaged signposts and other property are fixed, and skid marks are worn away by traffic.
Trucking companies have also been known to purposely conceal or even destroy evidence in an effort to avoid taking responsibility for their negligent or wrongful actions. For the best chance of capturing and preserving as much evidence as possible, contact an attorney about filing a truck accident lawsuit or claim as soon as possible.
Truck Companies Have Their Own Attorneys
Whether big or small, truck companies and their insurers all have their own team of attorneys who are ready to discredit truck accident claims at a moment’s notice. This means that your legal right to recover maximum compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, and other losses will be far from a fair fight.
There May Be Multiple At-Fault Parties
Multiple parties may be at fault in a single truck accident. This means that there are multiple companies, multiple insurers, and multiple sources of headaches standing between you and the compensation you need for your recovery.
Your truck accident lawyer will help you determine who is liable for your economic (financial) and non-economic (non-financial damages). Possible at-fault parties include:
- The truck driver
- The trucking company
- The cargo or shipping company
- The owner of the vehicle
- A negligent mechanic
- A vehicle or auto part manufacturer
This complicated labyrinth of liability can make it incredibly difficult (if not impossible) to know if you are being treated fairly. A Las Vegas truck accident lawyer from Trucking Injury Law Group will be your steadfast guide and legal representative through this process, ensuring that you are never taken advantage of by the trucking company or any other at-fault party.
It’s Free To Meet With a Las Vegas Truck Accident Lawyer
There is no cost or risk associated with meeting with an attorney to discuss your truck accident case, because we believe in the importance of a free consultation for injury victims.
You want to know that we’re the right law group for you, and we want to be sure that we can provide the representation you need. So let’s talk—a Las Vegas truck accident lawyer will meet with you in a confidential setting to go over the details of your case, including what caused your accident and how your life has been affected.
Our Super Team invites you to call or fill out our online contact form so that we can schedule you for a no-cost, no-obligation meeting at your earliest convenience.