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Truck accidents – some of the deadliest and most catastrophic collisions on the road – are almost always preventable. Human errors such as careless or reckless driving are behind most truck accidents in Reno and throughout Nevada.
If you are the victim of a recent truck accident, don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your legal options with an attorney from Claggett & Sykes Law Firm. We will stand by your side through every phase of an insurance claim or lawsuit against a trucking company or another party in the pursuit of compensation for your losses.
In Nevada, it is necessary to determine fault for an automobile accident before you can recover financial compensation. This is because Nevada is a fault-based insurance state, where you are required to file a claim with the insurer of the at-fault party. Almost all truck accidents are the result of driver mistakes and other examples of human error, such as:
Determining fault is something that an attorney can do for you. Our team-based approach to personal injury law means we have investigators, crash reconstruction experts and other skilled professionals available to investigate your truck accident, collect evidence, and identify the responsible party or parties on your behalf.
The person or party most at fault for causing the truck accident will be liable, or financially responsible, for the crash and your related injuries, or even a loved one’s wrongful death. Most truck accident cases name the trucking company as the liable party or defendant. Trucking companies have an obligation to reasonably prevent accidents, such as by properly training their employees and maintaining their fleet. Failing to do so can make the company liable for a related accident.
Trucking companies are also vicariously liable for their drivers and other employees, meaning they are responsible for the actions and mistakes of their on-duty workers. Other potentially liable parties in your truck accident lawsuit could include a third-party driver, a truck manufacturer, a cargo company or the government.
A: Evidence, or proof of the defendant’s liability, may come in the form of the truck’s black box, employment records, the driver’s medical records, compliance history and truck inspection reports.
A: Trucking companies and their drivers must obey Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations. These include hours-of-service restrictions for drivers and truck maintenance requirements. Violating these rules can lead to liability for a resultant crash.
A: Contact an attorney as soon as possible. The trucking company will send a rapid response team to the scene immediately to collect evidence. An attorney can counter by making phone calls and filing motions to also preserve evidence. Then, an attorney can go up against a powerful trucking company on your behalf.
You have rights as the injured victim of a truck accident in Reno, Nevada. Contact the experienced truck accident attorneys at Claggett & Sykes Law Firm to discuss your case in detail at no cost or obligation. Call (702) 333-7777 or request your meeting online today.
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