We have all seen them, the scary drivers: the drivers that speed excessively, switch lanes constantly and just give an overall uneasy feeling to safe drivers everywhere. The reality is that aggressive driving can cause real tragedy and injury to innocent people driving safely. Disaster strikes when the aggressive driver loses control or makes an ill-advised driving maneuver that results in a car accident. What a lot of people don't know is that aggressive driving is prevalent among passenger-vehicle drivers and commercial truck drivers.
It has been days or weeks since the devastating truck accident that left you or loved ones with severe injuries. Now that your health is somewhat stabilized, you are wondering what comes next? Although you may suspect that the truck driver or truck company is completely, or at least partially, responsible for the accident, you still need to prove fault. There are a few things you will need to show in order to prove it.
The basic laws of physics deem that tractor trucks and semi-trailers, just to name a few, are more likely to cause bigger and more serious accidents than regular passenger vehicles. This does not mean that these types of vehicles get into accidents more often. Instead it means that when these types of vehicles are involved in an accident, the accident is more serious. For instance, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, truck accidents were responsible for the death of nearly 5,000 people in 2006. There were also 106,000 cases of injury associated with trucking accidents in the same year.
Drivers and passengers in Nevada and elsewhere have an interest in reducing truck accidents. That is even truer in recent years because of an increase in both tractor-trailer traffic and truck accidents.
Everyone has seen the large tractor trailers hauling goods from coast to coast. Most are aware of how important semi-trailers are to the economy. However, some are not aware of the dangers these tractor-trailers can pose while traveling with regular passenger vehicles on the roads. The reality is that these large tractor-trailers can cause devastating truck accidents and because of this, the industry is highly regulated.
When traffic is heavy and congested, it is more important than ever that drivers pay attention to their surroundings on the road. Traffic can make a normally safe stretch of road dangerous with the addition of many drivers in a small stretch of area. Those obeying traffic regulations and safety precautions can fall victim to accidents with drivers who aren't as cautious. Such an accident occurred on Nevada's I-80, and it led to a multi-vehicle crash that included a semi-truck.
Have you been injured in a motor vehicle accident involving a truck like an 18-wheeler? You may have access to monetary compensation based on your injuries and accident-related expenses. Injuries inflicted due to accidents with semi-trucks are often more serious than those suffered in regular motor vehicle accidents. It is important to assess your injuries to determine if compensation should be sought.
When driving at night, it is crucial for drivers to pay extra attention to their vehicle and other vehicles around them. Accidents happen in the blink of an eye and at night it can be more difficult to see one coming. Such was the case for a Clark County man last week. He was at the wrong place, at the wrong time, when his car was sandwiched in a multi-vehicle truck accident that claimed his life.
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.
Nearly all types of traffic accidents on Nevada roadways have the capacity to cause serious injuries, but accidents involving large commercial vehicles have the capacity to cause greater harm to more people than do other crashes on the road. The simple fact is that 18-wheelers and other commercial trucks are bigger and heavier than other vehicles, and therefore when they hit something, they hit it with more force.