After a simple car accident, the law of personal injury in Nevada is straightforward: When a negligent driver causes an accident that hurts another person, the negligent party is liable for damages to the injured. However, many accidents are far from simple, and oftentimes the law can be anything but straightforward.
Recently, three people were injured in an accident near Reno when a semitrailer smashed into an SUV. According to police, the driver of the SUV, who was carrying two passengers, had run into a stop sign, which punctured one of the vehicle's tires. The driver then tried to turn around, but was struck by the semitrailer, carrying a load of paint.
The three occupants of the SUV were transported to a nearby hospital. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening, police said. The trailer of the large truck flipped in the accident, spilling paint all over the road. The semitrailer driver was apparently unhurt.
After a truck accident such as this one, it can be hard to sort out what really happened and who might be liable for medical expenses and other damages. The fact that a driver does something wrong just before being injured in an accident - such as running into a stop sign - may or may not affect that driver's recovery in a personal injury lawsuit. Even if the injured driver was partially responsible for the collision between two vehicles, this may reduce that driver's recovery, but doesn't necessarily mean that the injured driver can't recover any damages.
In addition, truck accidents raise their own legal complications. When a truck driver causes an accident, that driver may be held liable for damages, but in some cases so too may the trucking company that employed the driver.
Because semitrailers are so large and heavy, the injuries in truck accidents are likely to be very serious and require huge medical expenses. A personal injury lawsuit can help the injured to be compensated for these damages. A Nevada attorney with experience in truck accident lawsuits can help the injured or their families to understand how the law may apply to the unique circumstances of their case.
Source: Reno Gazette-Journal, "Accident in Fernley leaves three hospitalized," Marcella Corona, May 15, 2014