Trucking Company Negligence Explained By Vegas Accident Lawyers
Nevada truck companies are strictly regulated within the United States because of the dangers that trucks can present on the roads when best practices for safety are not followed. Trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and are significantly larger than commercial motor vehicles. When a problem arises with these trucks or with the drivers operating them, the consequences for other motorists can be devastating.
Victims of truck accidents need to understand the obligations imposed upon trucking companies and the rules applicable when something goes wrong.
It is often best for a collision victim, or surviving family members of someone killed in a truck crash, to pursue a claim for compensation from the trucking company rather than just from the driver who was operating the truck at the time of the incident.
However, this means victims need to understand trucking company negligence and get the right help they need to prove it.
LV Personal Injury Lawyers firm is here and ready to advocate for you. Our trucking accident lawyer Zachary D. Clayton has extensive experience representing collision victims after all different types of truck crashes. We know how to make a case to hold trucking companies accountable and we are also experienced in negotiating with common carriers to obtain out-of-court settlements for accident victims.
Causes of Accidents Involving Negligent Trucking Companies
Trucking companies are expected to follow Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations as well as other best practices for safety. This means that every common carrier or truck operator should:
- Hire drivers only who have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and appropriate driving experience
- Provide proper training for truck drivers on safety protocols as well as on safety rules and regulations such as hours-on-duty rules limiting how long a trucker can drive for without taking a break
- Monitor the performance of their employees to ensure that they are following safety rules and not jeopardizing motorists on the road through unsafe driving
- Ensure that fleets are safely and adequately maintained so that defective truck parts do not cause accidents to occur or increase the risk of collisions
A Las Vegas trucking company that does not comply with regulations or that is more negligent in taking precautions to ensure safety than similarly situated companies could be considered negligent in its own right.
Truck companies could also be considered negligent not just based on their own negligence, but also if the people they employ behave in an unsafe way. This means even if a trucking company itself does nothing wrong, it could still be liable for an accident and resulting losses if the company’s employees are negligent on duty.
Trucking companies are liable for losses caused by their drivers because the drivers who work for them are considered to be agents of their employers. When an agent or employee acts, it is just as if the employer is acting. That means driver negligence is the equivalent of trucking company negligence.
Who is Responsible for Accidents Caused by Negligent Trucking Companies?
It is important for truck accident victims to be able to prove that truck crashes did not just occur because of the negligence of the driver, but also that the trucking company itself was negligent. Being able to show that a truck accident was caused by trucking company negligence— either under agency rules or because the company was careless — makes it far more likely that truck crash victims will be able to obtain full and fair compensation for losses.
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Truck accidents often cause very serious and sometimes fatal injuries to occur. If a truck accident victim is badly hurt, he or she may sustain substantial losses. Trucking companies are required to have enough insurance to cover those losses because the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires these companies to have a minimum of anywhere from $750,000 to $5 million in liability coverage depending on whether hazardous material is transported regularly.
By proving a trucking company can be held responsible, victims thus are much more likely to get the compensation they need to cover all current and future losses caused by the truck accident.
Compensation for Accidents Caused by Negligent Trucking Companies
A victim of a Las Vegas truck crash will need to show how badly he was hurt by trucking company negligence in order to be compensated. Victims should be paid for medical bills, loss of wages, discomfort and pain, emotional distress, and any other economic or non-financial damage that occurs as a direct result of trucking company negligence.
If a truck accident results in a death, surviving family members of the deceased should be able to obtain wrongful death damages for their losses caused by trucking company negligence, including for loss of income the deceased would’ve provided over his life.
Getting Help From Vegas Truck Accident Attorneys
LV Personal Injury Lawyers has successfully helped many clients to pursue claims for damages against trucking companies. We understand the challenges in these cases, including proving trucking company negligence and pursuing a claim against a company that may not be headquartered where the accident happened.
We’ll work with clients throughout the entirety of the truck accident claim process to help you get the money you deserve, so give us a call today to learn more about how we can help you.
Whether you want an advocate to stand up for you in court or you need help negotiating a settlement with a negligent trucking company, our Vegas truck accident lawyers will and by your side and fight for your rights. Call now to find out more.