Responsibility for Truck Accidents
A Reno Truck Accident Attorney Can Determine Fault
There are more than 10 million large trucks registered in the United States (according to 2011 data from the Federal Highway Administration). Each year, these vehicles are involved in hundreds of thousands of accidents, injuring tens of thousands of people. In 2011, 88,000 people were injured and 3,757 were killed in traffic accidents involving large trucks (weighing more than 10,000 pounds).
When these accidents occur, who is responsible? What party (or parties) are to blame and can therefore be held accountable for a victim's injuries or wrongful death? This is one of the most important issues to address when it comes to truck accident insurance claims and lawsuits.
Since 1997, we at Shook & Stone have dedicated our legal practice to representing those who have been injured by the negligence of others. We take on personal injury cases for clients across Reno, Carson City and the surrounding areas in Nevada and place a special focus on truck accidents. The catastrophic nature of these collisions adds a certain level of urgency and complexity to any resulting insurance claims or lawsuits. Our goal is to provide the level of counsel that allows a victim to seek justice and maximum compensation even in these challenging cases. If you want to find out how a Reno truck accident lawyer at our firm can help you, please call for a free case review. We will be happy to address your concerns.
At-Fault Parties in Nevada Truck Accidents
There are different parties that may be held liable, or legally responsible, for a truck accident. A single accident may actually have multiple parties to be held liable. It is important to fully investigate the collision to determine its cause and therefore what individual or entity should be held accountable. Though every accident is different, the following are examples of potentially at-fault parties in truck accidents:
Truck drivers may be responsible for the collisions in which they are involved if their conduct caused or contributed to the incidents. A driver who abuses alcohol, uses drugs while driving, speeds, violates a traffic law or texts while driving could be held accountable.
Trucking companies may be liable if they are negligent in hiring or managing truck drivers, inspecting and maintaining their trucks, loading trucks or implementing federal trucking regulations. A trucking company that forces its drivers to work too many hours in violation of Hours-of-Service Regulations or overload their vehicles in attempts to keep profits high could be to blame.
A third party could also be responsible for a truck accident. This may be a truck manufacturer that produces a defective or poorly designed product. It may be a loading company that improperly loads a truck so it is not correctly balanced or is not secure. It may be a truck mechanic who is responsible for maintaining the truck and its parts. It may even be a municipality or government entity that is responsible for designing and maintaining safe roadways, if a hazardous road caused a collision.
Because a number of different issues will come to play when it comes to truck accident liability, having a qualified professional to investigate and present your case can make all the difference. Our attorneys have the resources and more than 85 years of experience to apply to truck accident cases for our clients, and we use these tools to identify any and all accountable parties. This helps us seek maximum monetary damages on behalf of our clients. Contact Shook & Stone today to learn more about our firm and how we can help.