If you get in an accident with a big rig truck, you will almost always come out on the losing end—with more severe injuries and greater damage to your vehicle. And unfortunately, large truck accidents can often result in death. In 2017, trucks were involved in over 8 percent of all fatal vehicle accidents in Nevada. If you’ve suffered injuries in a truck accident, or a loved one was fatally injured by a trucker, a Henderson Truck Accident Attorney may be able to help you recover damages you’ve suffered through a lawsuit. Make the phone call soon, though, because under Nevada law, you only have two years (known as the statute of limitations) from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit. That might seem like a long time, but the sooner you get your attorney involved, the better off you’ll be.
Filing a lawsuit isn’t just throwing some words on a piece of paper. Your lawyer needs to make sure you bring a suit against the proper party, that the case has a sound legal basis, and that she can get the right people on your team (expert witnesses, investigators, and others).
Under Nevada law, you may be entitled to recover the following types of damages for your truck accident:
Medical expenses – Medical expenses include those associated with your initial care and treatment, including emergency or urgent care, ambulance transport to a treatment facility, diagnostic tests, and all professionals who treated you during your hospital stay. Many people also incur ongoing medical expenses if their injuries are severe enough. Such costs might include physical, occupational, or speech therapy, mobility devices like wheelchairs or walkers, the cost of inpatient or outpatient rehabilitative care, mental health treatment, and medication.
Punitive damages may be available to you and are not intended so much to compensate you, but to punish the other party and serve as a warning to others. Whether or not you will qualify to claim punitive damages turns heavily on the facts of your case. A good truck accident attorney can help you determine if you are entitled to claim these damages.
If your loved one was fatally injured in a truck accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death suit against the truck driver (or his employer or both). The survivor of a deceased person may recover damages in a wrongful death suit is a suit against a party when that party has engaged in intentional, reckless, or negligent conduct that caused the death of another. The statute of limitations in Nevada is the same for a wrongful death suit as it is for a personal injury suit—two years.
A wrongful death action in Nevada can be brought by:
The damages recoverable by a family member for the death of a loved one are of course going to be different than if the injured person had survived. Damages for wrongful death fall into two categories – special damages and penalty damages. Depending on the facts surrounding the death of your loved one, you may be able to recover the following damages:
Truck accidents can cause severe injuries that affect you for the rest of your life. You need an attorney on your side who will fight to ensure that you receive every dollar of compensation you are entitled to. At Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC, we’ve helped our clients recover over $215 million in damages in their personal injury cases. Of course, we cannot guarantee a specific result in your case, but we can guarantee that we will provide expert legal representation and bring our compassion and the weight of our extensive experience to your case. Contact us online or by phone at (702) 382-9797 today for your free consultation and case evaluation.
Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC (Henderson Office)
9230 S Eastern Ave #155
Las Vegas, NV 89123