Top Rated Truck Accident Attorneys in Las Vegas, NV
Truck accidents are some of the most scary 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. With over 50 years of combined experience, we at Gazda and Tadayon are specialists in personal injury cases. We are one of Nevada’s most experienced truck accident attorneys, and as former insurance defense counsel attorneys, we have the insider knowledge it takes to win.
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.
Filing an Insurance Claim versus Legal Action
Certain vehicular accidents, especially minor ones involving smaller vehicles, can be settled through insurance claims. There are two types of claims:
- first party, relying on your own insurance company for coverage
- third party, relying on the other person’s insurance company for coverage
In both cases, the claims rely on the amount of insurance each party has already purchased. Unfortunately, many drivers, even commercial drivers, are uninsured or underinsured. Our Nevada state law makes it mandatory for all drivers to have insurance, but around 10% of Nevada drivers have no insurance at all, and there are even more drivers and companies who purchase just the bare minimum amount of coverage required by law. In some cases, insurance is rarely able to willing to cover the costs.
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.
By choosing a reputable truck accident injury law firm like Gazda & Tadayon, you have advocates on your side who will actually fight for your best interests. Instead of dealing with big companies and their own legal teams directly, let us do all the groundwork on your behalf. Because of our previous experience working as legal counsel for these insurance companies, we know the ins and outs of vehicular accident cases and and we can maximize your compensation. Schedule a FREE legal consultation with us today.
Negligent Drivers: What Happens in a Truck Collision?
No one wants to be injured in a car accident or traffic 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 involve 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.
Common Injuries in Truck Accidents
Even in a safe car with proper maintenance, a victim in a 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
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.
Insider Knowledge from the Best Truck Accident Attorneys in Vegas
With over 50 years of combined experience, we’ve seen it all at Gazda and Tadayon. As former defense attorneys for the insurance industry, we know everything there is to know about truck accident injuries and we fight relentlessly for your rights and adequate compensation. After serving hundreds of clients in personal injury cases, we have extensive knowledge of the injuries that can be sustained and the treatments that have to be undertaken, which helps us get the maximum compensation in your case.
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 experts on 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.
A Proven Record Of Success
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 motorcycle accident case, you will receive proven representation with full integrity.
To get started, schedule a free consultation for your truck accident injury claim, or read what our clients have to say on our Gazda and Tadayon reviews page. You can also visit us in person. We’re conveniently located in Las Vegas at 2600 S Rainbow Boulevard, Suite 200.