Trucking Accidents

Motorists are frequently injured or killed in collisions with 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, and other large transport vehicles. The Department of Transportation reports that there are currently more than 1.1 million interstate motor carriers on the road including for-hire, owner operators, and private carriers (business fleets). In 2009, 529 large truck occupants were killed in crashes and 20,000 large truck occupants were injured. Annually, approximately 500,000 accidents involving trucks occur. Occupants of vehicles involved in a collision with large trucks accounted for 76 percent of these deaths.

The majority of truck drivers abide by the many rules and regulations put in place to make Nevada highways and roads a safe place to travel. However, due to the mistakes of some truck drivers and trucking companies, motor vehicle accidents still occur at a frightening rate.

Frequent causes of large truck accidents include:

  • Sleepy or fatigued drivers
  • Alcohol or drug impairment
  • Drivers with little experience
  • Insufficient training
  • Reckless driving or speeding
  • Aggressive drivers
  • Tailgating other vehicles
  • Not yielding the right of way to other drivers
  • Poor condition of truck brakes
  • Oversized loads
  • Overloaded vehicles
  • Hazardous safety systems

When truck drivers are inexperienced, fatigued, or inadequately trained, the trucking companies are often at fault. Trucking companies often hold back on safety equipment and maintenance costs, and they disregard the need to maintain essential qualifications for hiring and training requirements. Truck drivers are pushed beyond their limits to save money for their companies, which can lead to disastrous injuries and death. Golightly & Vannah also represents truck drivers who are victimized by the trucking companies’ economically-motivated decisions to generate and impose illegal schedules, overextended shifts, and false logbooks to cover up these unlawful practices. 

Collisions involving commercial vehicles injure and kill thousands of people each year. Most of these accidents are major, often resulting in terrible injuries that require many years of rehabilitation, as well as compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and long-term care. The truck accident attorneys at Golightly & Vannah have extensive experience with insurance company defense teams. They are aware of the strategies and tactics insurance companies employ to deny or delay claims. A large percentage of insurance companies employ on-site investigative teams who can arrive at the scene of an accident within hours, and gather evidence with the sole intention of preventing personal injury claims and reducing the insurance company’s financial obligations.

The attorneys at Golightly & Vannah, and our truck accident legal staff, have considerable experience in truck accident litigation and have won millions of dollars for Nevada clients and their families as compensation for negligence by truck drivers and trucking companies.

Contact our attorneys at Golightly & Vannah for a private consultation. We will answer all your questions and carefully explain all of the legal options that are available to you. It will not cost you anything to contact us, and our firm is owed nothing unless we successfully acquire compensation for you.

For a free consultation call us at 775-222-3333 or fill out our free evaluation form.

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