Pedestrian Seriously Injured July 2 in Southeast Valley Crash Involving Semi-Truck
A pedestrian suffered serious injuries on Thursday July 2nd in the southeast valley, Fox 5 Las Vegas reported. According to the news report, the pedestrian was on the center median of Lake Mead Parkway when the semi-truck traveling eastbound on Lake Mead Parkway struck them near Boulder Highway. According to the initial news report, speed nor impairment were not initially suspected to be contributing factors.
There are many questions still about why this crash happened, and whether it could have been prevented. The involvement of a large commercial vehicle indicates that the injuries to the pedestrian are likely very serious, and the legal issues arising from this crash could be unique and complicated.
Semi-trucks are commercial vehicles and accidents involving them can have unique liability issues and multiple responsible parties. A commercial vehicle is operated by a business or company, usually driven by an employee or contractor. There is a sense of urgency in many operations, as finishing the job faster will allow for more loads to be completed. However if drivers are speeding, skipping breaks, and not getting enough risks, they are putting everyone on the road at risk. The federal government recognizes that risk and has established numerous regulations setting forth requirements.
Examples of commercial vehicles include buses, utility vehicles, tow trucks, limousines, company work trucks and semi-trucks and big-rigs. The vehicle may be owned by the company, or leased by another company or even the driver. Multiple parties may be liable for injuries to other vehicle occupants, bicyclists or pedestrians when collisions occur. Damages available in a truck accident personal injury claim may be substantial, and include compensation for medical expenses, lost earnings, and pain and suffering.
Because of their size and the amount of damage they can cause, the federal government heavily regulates the trucking industry. Many regulations are direct results from accidents over the years, with the goal of eliminating future incidents. The regulations protect both truck drivers and everyone else on the road, however, not all accidents can be prevented.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations are similar in many respects to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, setting standards for maintenance, duty hours, and documentation. When a crash leads to serious injury or death in a trucking accident, violations of safety regulations can result not just in liability of the driver, but the trucking company and possibly others, like the mechanic or maintenance shop that serviced the vehicle.
It is crucial to not delay contacting a lawyer after the accident. Time is of the essence. LV Personal Injury Attorney is a reputable Las Vegas personal injury law firm with a long history of recovering maximum compensation in pedestrian accidents in Nevada.
We have a thorough understanding of the necessary components of trucking accidents, and are here to help you understand your legal rights and options. Contact us today for a free consultation. If we represent you, we will not charge any legal fees unless we recover money for you.