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Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed in accidents involving commercial trucks. Because big rigs and tractor trailers are so much larger than standard vehicles the damage they can inflict is much greater. Treating injuries sustained in truck crashes can be extremely expensive, so if you or a loved one was recently injured in a truck accident, it is vital to seek the advice of an experienced truck accident attorney who can help you obtain the compensation that will enable you to receive the best possible medical care.
Some truck drivers can take foolish risks or keep driving through mandated rest periods. The result can be a devastating accident.
At Naqvi Injury Law, we represent victims of truck accidents and other acts of negligence. We work to help our clients obtain medical care and compensation for the wrongs done to them. Our firm has a record of success in such cases and a determination to prevail for our clients.
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Contact our law firm bye-mail or call us to schedule a free initial consultation. We are compassionate, yet aggressive when protecting accident victims and family who lost loved ones in wrongful death accidents. Located in Las Vegas, our firm serves clients throughout the state of Nevada.
Most truck drivers are required to travel for many hours to transport their cargoes. This can lead some drivers to become fatigued and although both federal and state regulations require commercial drivers to take regular breaks, many fail to take these precautions. There are a number of other common causes for truck accidents, including:
- Improperly loaded cargo;
- Improper maintenance;
- Distracted driving; and
- Driving under the influence.
Some truck accidents are caused not by a truck driver’s negligence, but by another driver’s failure to take reasonable care when driving near a big rig. The most common unsafe acts committed by drivers in the vicinity of large trucks include:
- Changing lanes abruptly in front of a truck;
- Misjudging a truck’s speed and turning left in front of it;
- Improperly merging;
- Driving in the areas behind and beside a truck where the driver has no visibility;
- Unsafely passing;
- Being blown out of position by air turbulence created by a truck when improperly passing;
- Driving between large trucks; and
- Failing to move a disabled car completely off the road.
These negligent actions by other drivers on the road can create a chain reaction involving collisions between multiple vehicles, including any commercial trucks that were in the vicinity. Multi-car pile-ups are especially dangerous and are more likely to result in death than are other types of car crashes.
Truck accident-related injuries tend to be especially severe due to the larger size of the vehicles involved. For this reason, a truck driver’s negligence can have especially horrific consequences and many victims sustain life-threatening injuries or become permanently disfigured. Commercial trucks weigh thousands of pounds and often carry dangerous cargo. If a truck driver loses control of his or her vehicle, the force of impact can cause heavy cargo, such as cement pipes or lumber to spill onto the roadway, which in turn can cause additional collisions. Most big rigs are also equipped with larger gas tanks that are more likely to cause explosions after a collision. Broken glass and metal shards can also cause deep and severe lacerations, many of which leave permanent scars. Some of the most common injuries caused by truck accidents include:
- Spine or neck injuries: The forceful impact associated with larger trucks can cause a victim’s head to snap forward, causing injuries ranging in severity from whiplash and herniated discs to paralysis and nerve damage. While some of these injuries can be mitigated through surgery or therapy, others are often permanent and require that a victim use a wheelchair or other assistive medical devices for the rest of his or her life.
- Broken bones: A commercial truck’s size means that an impact with another vehicle can be especially forceful. For this reason, broken bones and dislocations are more common in these types of accidents. Depending on which party of the body was injured, broken bones can take months or even years to fully heal and may require painful surgeries and physical therapy.
- Lacerations: Deep cuts caused by flying debris are also much more common in accidents involving large commercial trucks. Serious cuts may require stitches, staples, or surgery and even then may become infected, requiring heavy doses of antibiotics.
- Soft-tissue damage: The more forceful impacts involved in truck accidents can also cause serious soft-tissue injuries. Resulting organ damage may cause internal bleeding, which can cause permanent damage or death.
- Traumatic brain injuries: These types of injuries are especially serious and often have permanent consequences. Trauma to the brain and skull can cause a range of health problems, including memory loss, paralysis, difficulty speaking, and even death.
- Burns: Explosions are much more likely to occur in truck accidents due to ruptured gas tanks caused by higher impacts. These risks are heightened by the fact that many trucks carry toxic materials that are highly flammable. Burns are especially prone to infection and may require multiple and painful skin grafts.
Treating these types of injuries can quickly overwhelm a victim’s finances as medical expenses may include the cost of:
- Emergency treatment;
- Follow-up appointments;
- Diagnostic tests;
- Prescription medications;
- Reconstructive surgeries;
- Rehabilitative therapy; and
- Nursing care.
While medical expenses may be one of the largest costs associated with serious injuries, they are unfortunately not the only costs that an accident victim may be required to pay. For example, many injured parties are injured so severely that they are unable to return to work for months or even years. This is especially common in accidents that involve trucks, due to the higher likelihood that the injuries will be serious and require intensive medical care. A victim’s spouse, partner, or other relative may also be required to take a leave of absence to transport an injured loved one to and from appointments or to help with daily tasks. This lack of an income can be extremely detrimental to a family who is still trying to pay off medical bills. With life-threatening injuries, such as paralysis, a family may also need to hire a nurse to help with everyday tasks, including bathing, preparing meals, shopping, and driving.
Fortunately, victims who are able to establish that a truck driver’s negligence caused or contributed to the injury-causing accident may be able to obtain compensation for the losses they suffered, including:
- Medical expenses;
- Lost wages;
- Loss of future income;
- Property damage; and
- Pain and suffering.
Modified Comparative Fault
Nevada adheres to the legal theory of modified comparative fault, which means that an injured party who contributed to an accident can still recover compensation for his or her injuries. The amount that an injured party will be able to recover will be decreased by his or her percentage of fault in causing the accident.
Federal and State Regulation
Because interstate transportation of commercial goods is so important to the U.S. economy and also poses a significant safety risk to other drivers, both state and federal regulations require drivers to meet certain standards. For example, big rig drivers must adhere to specific rules regarding:
- Maximum driving time;
- Loading procedures;
- Cargo weight limits;
- Preventing driver fatigue;
- The condition of the trucks;
- Regular safety inspections; and
- Careful operation of the vehicles.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) drivers of commercial trucks:
- Are not permitted to begin a shift without having had at least ten consecutive hours off duty;
- May not operate a truck after having been on duty for 60 hours within the last seven consecutive days, or 70 hours in an eight day time period;
- Can only drive a total of 11 hours during a 14 hour work shift; and
- Are not permitted to drive for more than eight hours without a 30 minute rest break.
Truck drivers are also subject to stricter alcohol regulation. For example, most individuals are not permitted to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or more. Commercial truck drivers cannot report for duty, remain on duty, or drive with a BAC of 0.04 or greater.
Nevada law also regulates the amount of weight a commercial truck can carry, maintenance and repair rules, and driver eligibility requirements. For example, truck drivers must have a commercial driver’s license and must be over the age of 21 years old (or over the age of 25 years old for trucks that are 70 feet or longer).
In some cases, a truck driver’s operation of a vehicle is not the cause of an accident. Instead, the fault may lie in his or her failure to to properly load the truck or ensure that it was running safely. A driver’s negligence can open him or her up to liability for any injuries sustained as a result of the accident. But a truck’s driver is not the only individual who can be held responsible. For example, a trucking company can be held liable for a driver’s negligence if it failed to enforce regulations or inadequately trained its employees. Manufacturers or distributors of hazardous materials can also be held liable for a truck accident if they failed to warn the trucking company or driver of the potential dangers involved in transporting the product.
Investigating the Accident and Injuries
Fortunately for victims of truck accidents, there are a number of tools that can help in the investigation. Trucking companies are required by law to keep detailed driver logs and maintenance records. Many trucks carry black boxes that can record valuable data about accidents and driving habits. Naqvi Injury Law will carefully investigate the cause of the accident to establish liability in your case.
We will also work with your doctor and other medical specialists to determine the extent of your injuries and the care and treatment you need to recover. These professionals can also provide critical support to your case during mediation or at trial.
Courts refer many cases involving truck accidents and car accidents to mandatory arbitration, which caps the damages that an injured victim can recover. Naqvi Injury Law has obtained exemptions from mediation in many cases. This strategy can increase the potential value of the case.
Reputations Are Earned, Not Given
Our law firm’s founding attorney — Farhan Naqvi has handled hundreds of complicated auto accident cases, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Drunk driver accidents
He started his career as an insurance defense attorney many years ago and later joined one of the largest personal injury law firms in Nevada where he often litigated more than 200 cases simultaneously. His strong experience with insurance companies & accident law is the foundation of our boutique law firm. We devote ample resources & time to obtaining maximum compensation for accident victims.
With You From Beginning to End
At one moment, a driver and passengers can be enjoying the freedom of the road. In the next, they can be facing the agony of a long and painful recovery. While nothing can be done to undo a tractor trailer wreck, you can come back.
Naqvi Injury Law will be with you from beginning to end – to help you get the compensation you deserve and need to recover.
Why Work with Our Firm?
Naqvi Injury Law offers many benefits to car accident victims. In terms of fees, we usually charge only 25 to 33 percent of the total compensation, versus fees of up to 50 percent at other law firms. We also advance all costs while your case is pending.
When you hire one of our skilled attorneys, you’ll never have to wonder what comes next. We’ll guide you through the steps of pursuing the best payout for your injuries, while advising you of potential problems or practices to avoid while your case is being reviewed and worked on. We are available to answer any questions you may have about the different legal processes involved in your case, so you’ll never have to guess at what comes next. Unlike some law firms, we don’t charge you any fees until you receive compensation for your case, which means you can retain our services no matter what your financial situation may be. Give us a call, contact us through our website, or send us an email.
Experience, compassionate service, and the determination to prevail are the foundations of our law firm – the choice is clear.
Contact an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney Today
Injuries sustained in truck accidents are especially severe and in some cases can even be deadly. Being injured as a result of someone else’s negligence can take a significant physical, emotional, and financial toll on victims and their families. Fortunately, negligent parties who cause these painful accidents can and should be held accountable for their actions, so if you were injured in an accident involving a commercial truck, please contact Naqvi Injury Law by calling (702) 945-0558 and a member of our legal team will assist you in setting up a free consultation with an experienced truck accident attorney who can help you get started on the road to recovery.
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