Big trucks provide critical services in the American economy. They transport vital goods across state lines, getting goods to their destinations much faster than trains. Without big trucks, America’s stores would quickly crumble.
Unfortunately, big trucks also have big potential for accidents. Because of their large size and greater weight, big trucks need more room to maneuver on the road. Drivers need more room to stop. Attempting to quickly maneuver a big truck can cause the trailer to jackknife, leading to even more serious loss of control. Not only that, when big trucks cause accidents, victims may suffer more serious injuries due to the truck’s weight and the lower level of protection offered by smaller vehicles.
Did you suffer serious injuries in a truck accident? You may need a truck accident attorney to help fight on your behalf. Contact Benson & Bingham today at 702.600.6000 to schedule your free consultation.
When you suffer injuries in a truck accident, you want an attorney with extensive experience in personal injury law—and at Benson & Bingham, we have plenty of experience to offer. Our past resolutions include:
While your damages will vary and we cannot guarantee results in any case, we do bring our extensive experience in personal injury law, including past truck accidents, to every case we handle.
After a serious truck accident, most people find themselves struggling to understand what comes next. How does the legal process work? What does the insurance company really need to know? Consider the following common questions:
After a truck accident, the damages that you can claim will depend on your injuries. How much you recover often varies based on the driver’s insurance policy. However, many people claim the following:
Your truck accident injuries will vary based on the site of impact, the speed of your vehicle and the truck, and the stability of your vehicle. However, many people involved in truck accidents suffer the following injuries:
The truck driver may bear full or partial liability for your accident. You may, however, share part of that blame. Reckless driving, including distracted driving, can cause either party to contribute to a truck accident. If you failed to adhere to the rules of the road, including leaving adequate room for a big truck, you may share liability or bear full liability for your injuries. Other parties may also share liability, including:
Working with a lawyer will help you more effectively determine who bears liability for your truck accident.
Insurance companies often try to limit their liability following truck accidents. The company might:
After a truck accident, you may wonder if a lawyer will prove themselves worth the investment—or if you can even afford one. At Benson & Bingham, we start with a free consultation. We accept truck accident clients on a contingency fee basis. Oftentimes, we can help clients:
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in recent years, over 450,000 truck crashes have occurred on the nation’s roads and highways each year. If you have sustained injuries in a truck accident in Nevada, you might be overwhelmed with the physical pain, emotional stress, and financial burden which often accompanies serious injuries. It’s in your best interest to consult with an attorney as soon as possible, but we have provided answers below to some frequently asked questions about Nevada truck accidents until you have the chance to schedule a consultation with a qualified lawyer.
Because of the weight and mass of trucks, truck accidents lead to large amounts of property damage, increased bodily injury, and a higher chance of death than other types of collisions. It’s likely law enforcement showed up at your truck accident and completed a police report. If you didn’t speak with the police because you went to the hospital or they did not show up at the scene, Nevada law requires you to IMMEDIATELY file a police report whenever property damage, bodily injury, or death occurs.
Yes, you should always get checked out by a doctor after an accident. If you were lucky enough to walk away from a truck accident, it doesn’t mean you didn’t suffer any injuries. The impact of a serious crash can cause whiplash and brain injuries which might not show symptoms for hours or days after an accident. The only way to ensure your personal health is to let a doctor examine you for common injuries and determine whether you are okay. Visiting the doctor also provides proof of injury to insurance carriers and the court, drastically reducing doubt related to the cause of your injuries.
Under Nevada law, you have two years to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the party(s) responsible for the truck accident. If you go beyond two years, it’s highly unlikely a court will hear your case, no matter how strong it is. Your lawyer needs to investigate the circumstances of your accident, determine your eligibility for compensation for damages, and you must allow time for an insurance company to settle before litigating. It’s in your best interest to contact a personal injury lawyer, who has experience with truck accidents, as soon as possible.
Yes and no. Not all traffic accidents require legal representation; and, you certainly don’t need an attorney for a minor fender-bender. Yet, many truck accidents can devastate victims and their families, requiring a lawyer to deal with the complexities that come with a severe accident. Additionally, truck accidents can involve multiple parties including the truck driver and their employer. Insurance companies refrain from playing games when an attorney is involved, so when you are dealing with severe injuries, it’s almost always in your best interest to hire an attorney.
Yes. The industry standard is that personal injury attorneys offer free consultations with potential clients. This allows an attorney to evaluate your case and allows you to make sure the lawyer you meet with is a good fit. If you choose us to represent you in your truck accident claim, we take your case on a contingency fee basis. This means you do not pay upfront, nor do you pay out-of-pocket. We collect attorney fees from any damages we recover for you in a settlement or a verdict in your favor.
Maybe, but not likely. Most personal injury cases that involve motor vehicle accidents settle long before they go to court. Your lawyer will negotiate with the insurance company(s) who represent the truck driver, his employer, and/or third party to reach an agreement that provides you fair compensation for your injuries and losses related to the truck accident. Yet, in some cases liability might not be clear and the defense might be unwilling to offer full and fair compensation. When settlement isn’t an option, our attorneys are skilled litigators who will aggressively fight for you in a Nevada court.
Trucking companies must carry large insurance policies because of the increased property damage and bodily injury which accompanies truck accidents. This does not mean, however, insurance carriers who represent trucking companies are easy to pay out claims. If a carrier knows their policyholder is negligent, they might try to avoid paying a large claim or court-awarded damages by offering an attractive settlement soon after the truck accident. These initial offers are meant to entice you to sign on the dotted line and give up your right to sue for damages. Yet, they aren’t usually close to the amount you actually deserve for your injury and losses. You should consider an initial offer as a starting off point for negotiations. Don’t accept the first offer, especially not without consulting an attorney. Most personal injury lawyers are skilled negotiators who can often get you are larger settlement than you could get on your own.
The short answer is yes. If you’re concerned about your liability for the accident, or if the trucker or trucking company is blaming you for the injuries they inflicted on you, please don’t hesitate to discuss it with one of our truck accident attorneys.
If you suffered serious injuries in a truck accident, you may need an attorney to help. Call Benson & Bingham today at 702.600.6000, or contact us online, to schedule your free consultation.