Because of their size and density, when a commercial truck hits a smaller vehicle, the results can be devastating. Commercial truck drivers have a greater duty to act with caution and care out on the roads than other, non-commercial vehicles. Because of this, when a big rig driver is at fault for an accident with a smaller vehicle, they are liable for greater damages. However, because most commercial truck drivers operate under a company’s insurance, it may be more difficult for the victim of a truck accident to obtain the compensation they need to recover comfortably from the crash. That is where a Henderson truck accident lawyer comes in.
At Naqvi Injury Law, our Henderson truck accident attorneys understand what is necessary to ensure a successful outcome to your claim. We will advocate on your behalf against the insurance adjusters and the commercial trucking company’s attorneys, as well as guide you on what you need to do and not do to maximize your compensation.
Damages Available Following a Truck Accident
Truck accidents can result in devastating injuries, including spine or neck injuries, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and soft tissue damage, to name a few. Treating these types of injuries can quickly become expensive and time consuming. If you do sustain serious injuries in a Henderson truck accident, you are entitled to receive compensation for the the following types of medical expenses:
- Emergency treatment;
- Follow up appointments;
- Diagnostic tests;
- Prescription medications;
- Reconstructive therapy; and
- Nursing care.
However, while medical expenses will certainly make up a majority of your post-accident expenses, they will not be your only expenses. If you sustained a serious injury such as one of the ones mentioned above, you will likely be unable to return to work for weeks, months, or even years. Even if you are able to return to work, you may not be able to perform your work duties as before, and be forced to take on a lesser paying job. Furthermore, if your injuries are debilitating enough, your spouse may be forced to stay home to care for you, resulting in even more lost income. Because of this, it is imperative that you are able to establish that the truck driver’s negligence caused or contributed to the accident. When negligence is established, it will be much easier for you to obtain compensation for losses outside of medical expenses, including:
- Lost wages;
- Loss of future income;
- Property damage; and
- Pain and suffering.
If you lost a loved one in a truck accident, you are also entitled to compensation. However, you would need to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If successful, you stand to gain compensation for the following:
- Past medical expenses of the injured, now deceased, individual;
- Loss of income;
- Loss of companionship; and
- Pain and suffering.
Modified Comparative Fault
Nevada operates under the theory of modified comparative fault, which means that liability is spread proportionately according to fault. If you were in any way at fault for the accident, you will be assigned a percentage of fault, and your settlement will be reduced accordingly. If you were more at fault for the accident than the truck driver, you may lose all rights to compensation. In order to prevent this from happening, it is imperative that you gather as much evidence as possible, including eyewitness testimonies, an accurate police report, and photographs of the scene of the accident, in order to prove that the truck driver shared a majority, if not all, of the fault. A Henderson truck accident lawyer can help you gather the evidence you need and advise you on what more you need to do to help your case along.
Fortunately for Henderson truck accident victims, there are procedures in place to investigate the cause of truck accidents and prove liability. For instance, truckers are required by law to keep detailed driving and maintenance records. Additionally, many trucks come equipped with black boxes, which can record valuable information in the event of an accident, or about the events (i.e. the trucker’s behavior) prior to the accident. The truck accident lawyers at Naqvi Injury Law are educated in trucker regulations and will perform a thorough investigation into the data mentioned in order to find discrepancies or any evidence that indicates that the trucker did, in fact, cause the accident.
Additionally, our lawyers will work hand-in-hand with your doctors and other medical specialists to establish the extent of your injuries and how they negatively impact your life.
Reach Out to a Henderson Truck Accident Lawyer
When you work with the legal professionals at Naqvi Injury Law, you will get more than just a lawyer: you will get an advocate, thorough investigator, and winning legal strategy. Most courts will refer a car or truck accident case to mandatory arbitration, which caps the damages that the injured can recover. Our lawyers, however, have successfully obtained exemption from arbitration in many cases, which has resulted in increased compensation for our clients. If you were recently involved in a truck accident and are feeling hopeless and unsure of how to proceed with your injuries and expenses, reach out to the team at Naqvi Injury Law. Give us a call, contact us through our website, or send us an email.