Las Vegas Truck Accident Attorneys
Legal advocacy you can count on when injured in a semi-truck wreck
With its rapid and expansive growth, Las Vegas has lots of roads and freeways for large trucks to move goods in and out of the city. You might encounter 18-wheelers and semi-trucks on the 215, I-15, the 95, and Summerlin Parkway. Not to mention the Strip and the major roads feeding in and out of town.
Truck accidents have a much higher potential for catastrophic injury than typical passenger vehicle collisions. Semi-trucks are significantly bigger in size, and therefore heavier than other vehicles. As a result, they can crush or even total smaller vehicles in a crash, seriously injuring passengers, or worse. Despite federal, state, and local trucking safety laws, trucking companies and drivers are often the cause of these tragic accidents.
Negligent, careless, or reckless practices cause hundreds of semi-truck accidents in Nevada every year. If you’re hurt in one of these collisions, talk to the Las Vegas truck accident attorneys at Claggett & Sykes Law Firm for legal assistance. Our injury trial lawyers have decades of combined experience helping clients successfully resolve their cases. And, we offer free consultations and work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we charge no fees unless we win your case. Get in touch with us today.
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- What are the most common types of truck accidents?
- Why do most Las Vegas truck accidents happen?
- What are common injuries from commercial truck accidents?
- How much does a Las Vegas truck accident lawyer charge?
- How can a Las Vegas truck accident attorney help?
- Is there a truck accident attorney near me?
What are the most common types of truck accidents?
There are specific types of accidents that occur most often when semi-trucks are involved. The structures of these vehicles tend to crash in certain ways. For example, a “jackknife” accident is something that occurs solely with commercial vehicles – the bed of the tractor-trailer swings out sideways, forming a jackknife-type angle with the cab. A driver cannot steer, stop, or control a truck in jackknife position. Drivers can prevent this type of crash with proper braking techniques.
Other common types of truck accidents include:
Head-on collisions. Head-on collisions accounted for 59% of all fatal truck accidents in 2019. A semi-truck can cause a head-on collision when it travels into a lane facing oncoming traffic. This can happen if the driver falls asleep behind the wheel, misreads traffic signs, or drives under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Rollovers. A truck rollover can happen when the driver goes too fast for conditions, takes a turn too sharply, or yanks the wheel to overcorrect their vehicle. Trucks can topple and roll on top of smaller vehicles, crushing them and seriously injuring occupants. Dangerous roadway conditions such as wet or icy roads can contribute to rollovers. Improperly distributed cargo can also cause a truck to roll over.
Rear-end collisions. Because of their heavy weight, large trucks require much more room to stop than passenger vehicles. For this reason, truck drivers must maintain safe following distances from the vehicles in front of them at all times. A trucker can rear-end a car if they’re speeding, tailgating, or driving distracted. Other drivers may also cause these crashes by cutting off trucks and slamming on their brakes.
Tire blowouts. Blowouts happen when a tire partially or completely comes apart during use. This might occur from worn-out tires and treads, improper maintenance, or too heavy a load. Tire blowouts can cause a driver to suddenly lose control of their truck and cause a crash.
At Claggett & Sykes, we have experience with all kinds of crashes and collisions involving commercial trucks, and we’ll be there for you to help secure damages for your injuries and other losses.
Why do most Las Vegas truck accidents happen?
Most truckers share the road with everyday commuters just trying to get back and forth to work or school. Truck drivers, on the other hand, may be partway through a cross-country trip – fatigued, distracted, or trying to beat a deadline. When trucking companies or drivers fail to prioritize safety, innocent drivers or pedestrians can suffer serious or deadly injuries.
Common reasons truck crashes and collisions happen include:
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving
- Fatigued driving
- Drunk or impaired driving
- Negligent truck maintenance or repairs
- Defective truck parts
- Negligent hiring or training
- Hazardous road conditions
When you or a loved one are seriously injured in a truck wreck, our legal team jumps into action. We get to work with an investigative team of experts to determine exactly how your accident occurred, and how negligence contributed to the crash, your injuries, and your losses.
What are common injuries from commercial truck accidents?
As with any type of accident, ensure you seek medical attention as soon as possible after a semi-truck wreck. Seeing a doctor not only protects your physical health, it also strengthens your legal claim. Injuries from tractor-trailer accidents tend to be severe and life-altering, and include:
- Brain injuries
- Fractured and broken bones
- Spinal injuries
- Internal injuries
- Burn injuries
- Wrongful death
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of limb
These types of catastrophic injury typically result in lengthy healing time, health complications, long-term or permanent disability, and emotional distress. We take all of this into consideration when building your case.
How much does a Las Vegas truck accident lawyer charge?
The aftermath of a commercial truck accident or a semi-truck crash can be extremely expensive for victims. Most trucking accidents cost thousands of dollars or more in medical bills, property repairs and other damages. Considering hiring a lawyer after a truck accident could make you feel financially overwhelmed. Luckily, Claggett & Sykes Law Firm works on a contingency fee basis. Contingency fees mean you do not have to worry as much about what a Las Vegas truck accident attorney charges. You will pay $0 upfront and $0 out of pocket, no matter what.
A contingency fee basis means an attorney’s fees are dependent upon the lawyer winning the case. If the lawyer fails to obtain a financial award, the client will not owe the lawyer anything in legal fees for work completed on the case. A contingency fee basis has benefits for both parties. The client can receive legal representation without worrying about how to afford an attorney, and the attorney has the motivation to work harder to achieve maximum results. If the lawyer loses the case, he or she does not receive payment.
This arrangement makes legal services affordable for everyone. You and your lawyer will agree upon the fee arrangement beforehand when you sign a contract to retain the firm. We never charge surprise costs or hidden fees.
Is there a truck accident attorney near me?
Claggett & Sykes Law Firm is located on Meadows Lane in Las Vegas, at Valley View and the 95, near Springs Preserve and Meadows Mall. If a phone call or video call is easier for you, however, we’re happy to set that up. Many of our clients over the past two years have preferred meeting with us this way, and we offer that flexibility if you can’t make it to our office.
How can a Las Vegas truck accident attorney help?
Trucking accidents can be incredibly complex cases. Usually, the injuries are severe and the laws are different than a typical car crash. It’s important to hire lawyers who have handled trucking crashes. The attorneys at Claggett & Sykes have the experience to:
- Identify fault. The fault for a truck accident often falls on the trucking company. A trucking company should be responsible for its actions, including driver training and fleet maintenance. It may also be at fault for the actions of its drivers. An attorney can investigate your case and help you confirm fault.
- Know the laws. Trucking accidents involve dozens of complex laws on both the federal and state levels. Hiring an attorney allows you to navigate these laws to your best benefit.
- Take advantage of discovery. The discovery phase of a personal injury case involves both sides of the case finding out what the other side knows. An attorney can use discovery to gather evidence and build a case against the defendant.
Your lawyer also answers all your questions, handles the claims process, and serves as your liaison.
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The Las Vegas truck accident lawyers at Claggett & Sykes Law Firm have extensive experience handling injury cases involving large trucks in Las Vegas and throughout the region. We understand the specific elements of semi-truck crash cases, and we can help you understand your rights. If a settlement doesn’t resolve your claim, we have the resources to take your case to court. Start your case with a free initial consultation by calling 702-333-7777 or fill out our contact form today.