Las Vegas Truck Accident Attorneys
Gazda & Tadayon are top-rated truck accident attorneys in Las Vegas, NV, and surrounding areas. Our law firm has helped numerous clients receive the compensation they deserve after experiencing a car accident. We have over 50 years of combined experience in personal injury cases and are one of Nevada’s most experienced traffic accident attorneys. Additionally, Attorney Lewis Gazda has been named as one of the Top 25 motor vehicle accident attorneys from a national organization composed of premier trial attorneys in a state or region and is invitation-only.
Top-Rated Truck Accident Injury Law Firm
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Our Experienced Semi-Truck Accident Lawyers Can Help
As former insurance defense counsel attorneys, we have the insider knowledge on what it takes to win these types of cases. Therefore, we will use all possible resources at our disposal to get results, including our insider knowledge of insurance companies. Since we have formerly served as defense counsel for these insurers, we know how the “other side” thinks. This is a huge asset when handling a car accident case – we know exactly what questions to ask, and the right steps to take in order to get the compensation you deserve.
After a truck crash, every single detail can make or break a case. To cover all our bases, we make it a point to conduct a thorough investigation of the accident site, questioning witnesses and evaluating every detail that may contribute to your case. When you choose us to handle your truck accident case, you choose lawyers that care about your personal and legal success.
What To Do After Being Involved in a Big Rig/Semi-Truck Accident
Big rig/semi-truck accidents are some of the scariest and intimidating. Truck drivers are supposed to be trained and licensed professionals, but in some cases, they can fail to attend to their duties on the road here in Las Vegas. If you or a loved one have been injured by a truck accident or a collision with another commercial vehicle, you deserve compensation. Don’t let the trucking industry’s powerful attorneys push you around.
Right after a serious truck collision, it can be tempting to call your insurance and immediately file a claim. There are immediate medical costs and property damage costs to cover, in addition to the trauma of such a serious accident. But insurance companies may not be your best allies, for a number of reasons.
At the end of the day, both the trucking company and the insurance companies will look out for their own interests. When you try to negotiate with them or contact them for a claim, they can minimize the amount of money awarded to you for the injury. They can also try to lower the amount estimated for medical costs and property damage costs to the victim and their loved ones. For example, if the injured driver suffers serious whiplash after the accident, the companies may agree to cover the immediate hospital visit and initial costs of treatment, but they won’t cover all the costs of long-term rehabilitation and pain management. There’s also the issue of any lost wages from the victim’s disability and resulting inability to work.
The attorneys of Gazda and Tadayon have been recognized by the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for winning millions in compensation for our clients. Our ethical standards have also been highlighted by the law directory Martindale-Hubbard. When you work with Gazda and Tadayon on your semi-truck accident case, you will receive proven representation with full integrity.
To get started, schedule a free consultation for your semi-truck accident claim, or read what our clients have to say on our Gazda and Tadayon reviews page. You can also visit us in person at our welcoming and compassionate law firm, located at 2600 S Rainbow Boulevard, Suite 200, Las Vegas, NV 89146.
What Happens in a Truck Collision
No one wants to be injured in a car accident or truck accident, let alone one involving a huge 16 wheeler or 18 wheeler. Trucks are much bigger, heavier, and much more dangerous than any other vehicle on the road. They can weigh up to 20-30 times more than the everyday car, and sit much higher off the ground.
Because of their immense weight and size, they can cause horrible damage in the event of a crash, including severe bodily injury or even death, in addition to the extensive property damage. Most cars get totaled in a collision with a truck. Unfortunately, a disproportionate number of these accidents lead to fatalities.
Some of the most common reasons for truck accidents include:
- Drunk driving, or driving under the influence (DUI)
- Loose or bad cargo loading
- Poor truck maintenance
- Distracted driver
- General disregard for traffic laws
- Failure to yield right of way
The at-fault driver might also be fatigued. Truck drivers can sometimes drive more than 8-12 hours per shift or more, and although laws exist to prevent overtime to protect other drivers on the road these laws can go unheeded. They might have been texting while driving, or they may have fallen asleep for a few moments at the wheel after deciding to drive while fatigued.
Nevada has one of the highest rates of DUI in the nation, so a significant portion of these traffic accidents involves alcohol or intoxication.
After the auto accident, the truck driver’s condition is usually noted by law enforcement. This record can be used to determine the truck driver’s level of fault in the accident. In some cases, the injured victim is partially liable, but the injured victim can still file a claim as long as the truck driver has even greater fault in the accident. If you are injured in a truck accident, it is important to seek legal counsel before speaking to any insurance company, since anything you say is on the record and can be used against you when you attempt to file against them.
Truck Accidents FAQs
Yes, if you decide to file a lawsuit, your truck accident lawyer will review all potential damages. In addition, Your recovery in a personal injury action can include payment for income lost through missed work, plus compensation for any loss of earning capacity resulting from the accident
It depends on whether an employment relationship is established between the truck driver and the trucking company. If such a relationship is shown, the company can be held legally liable for the driver’s negligence under a legal theory known as “respondeat superior.”
It relies upon the level of your fault. Under the legitimate principle known as “comparative negligence,” the measure of another gathering’s obligation for the mishap is controlled by contrasting their imprudence and your own. That gathering’s part of risk decides the level of the subsequent harms the person must compensation.
In limited conditions, the shipper of such risky materials can be considered legitimately capable if injury came about because of the truck’s payload, particularly if the shipper neglected to prompt the driver or the trucking organization of the unsafe idea of material contained in the cargo.
A commercial truck, such as a “big rig,” is a vehicle used in the course of business and/or for the transport of commercial goods. Examples are eighteen-wheeler tractor trailers, tanker trucks, delivery vehicles, and other large freight trucks.
Even in a safe car with proper maintenance, a victim in a semi-truck accident can often suffer severe injuries after an truck accident. Most injured victims will have been transported to a hospital, where a full inventory of their injuries will be taken, but certain injuries may not be so immediately obvious. It can sometimes take days or months to see the full extent of the damage.
Some of the most common injuries sustained in truck accidents are:
- Internal injuries
- Cuts, bruises, lacerations
- Bone fractures and brakes
- Soft tissue damage
- Amputation and disfigurement
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spine and spinal cord injury
- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Victims often have general mobility issues after such a serious accident, and some may be disabled for life. Such a traumatic episode can also prevent the victim from being able to drive due to a developed phobia after the accident.
If injury from the truck accident is demonstrated and documented and the truck driver is found at fault, the victim can be entitled to substantial compensation. They can claim for a number of damages including:
- medical treatments
- long-term rehabilitation services, including physical therapy
- medication for chronic pain
- lost current and future income (lost wages)
- property damage to the vehicle
We leave no stone un-turned to help you get back the quality of life and peace of mind you deserve.
Every single detail can make or break a traffic accident case. After we take on your case, we conduct our own independent examination of the accident. We will work hard to seek any evidence that suggests violations, including:
- Reviewing the truck’s black box
- Interviewing witnesses
- Investigating the scene
- Making sure you have adequate medical treatment
- Consulting with specialists regarding your case
- Seeking compensation for your injuries
We know the hardships that come with being involved in an accident, that’s why we fight for the maximum amount. If you have suffered permanent or severe injuries your case can result in millions of dollars in compensation.
In most cases, the insurance company does pay out; however, they will try their best to not pay out as much as you need and deserve. Their aim is to withhold money. That way, they hold onto their profit. In a situation were the truck driver’s insurance company is hassling you, it’s time to call a lawyer to have it sorted out. Only a board certified lawyer can help you get the settlement you deserve.
We also understand that your legal fight is just one part of your journey to recovery. Our friendly staff is there to make the legal process as smooth and comfortable as possible. At Gazda and Tadayon, we truly care about your personal and legal success.
Because the truck driver is usually backed by their employer’s legal team, it is critical that you choose an attorney with the confidence and experience to take on even the most complex personal injury cases in Las Vegas.
It’s also important to note that Nevada state law limits the amount of time after an accident that you can file for damages and compensation, so be sure to act quickly to get started. Contact us today to assess your individual case in a timely manner.