A truck accident can leave a victim with serious injuries. Broken bones, torn ligaments, and extensive cuts and bruises are common, but so, too, are more serious injuries such as those pertaining to the brain and spinal cord. While the physical recovery from these injuries is nothing short of overwhelming, the financial damages can be insurmountable. That is, unless a victim is able to successfully pursue a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent trucker who caused the accident that left him or her harmed.
Some of the worst accidents seen on our roadways today are caused by commercial trucks, commonly known as 18-wheelers. Due to the sheer size of these vehicles, truck accidents often result in severe injuries or death for occupants of smaller vehicles involved. It is important to understand some of the most common causes of these tragic accidents.
A head-on collision between a tractor-trailer ore truck and a bus carrying gold mine workers resulted in two fatalities and dozens of serious injuries on August 24th in Carlin, NV. One of the deceased has been identified as the 29-year-old male truck driver, and the other a 62-year-old male bus passenger. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
Artificial intelligence is the wave of the future for many products people in Reno use every day. This includes incorporating artificial intelligence into motor vehicles to make them safer. One recent collaboration has developed automated software that aims to prevent truck accidents.
People in the Reno area who take a few moments to look at a truck can probably recognize that, if a trucker gets in to an accident, it is going to be a serious affair. Given that trucks are much larger and heavier than most of the vehicles around them, motorists in private passenger cars can quite easily suffer a fatal injury following a truck accident. This is true whether the collision happens on Nevada's interstates and principal highways and city streets.
This may seem like a rather obvious question since most Reno, Nevada, residents will assume that lack of sleep is what makes a trucker too fatigued to drive safely. Indeed, as the existence of the previously discussed federal rest rules only reinforce, commercial drivers need to make sure they get enough sleep to be able to do their jobs.
As Reno residents can probably guess, handling a truck or other large commercial vehicle is a tough task. This is why commercial drivers have to get a special license that entails extra training and other legal hoops that those who are just driving ordinary passenger cars do not usually have to worry about.
After meeting a victim and taking on their case, one of the steps a good commercial vehicle accident attorney may take is to start an independent investigation of the accident. Some people in Reno, Nevada, might see this as an unnecessary step, particularly if there is already a detailed police report on file.
As a previous post on this blog discussed, oftentimes state governments or legal subdivisions of those governments operate large trucks and other big commercial vehicles. As much as residents of Reno, Nevada, would prefer to think otherwise, the drivers of these vehicles aren't perfect. Like any other driver of a large commercial vehicle, they can cause a serious motor vehicle accident. In these sorts of situations, it is only fair that victims receive compensation.
A recent accident in Washoe County left a motorist critically injured. The accident involved a firetruck operated by the Truckee Meadows Fire Department. In the course of the collision, four firefighters also suffered minor injuries. The firefighters were, however, taken to the hospital after the accident.