Trucking Accidents

Countless accidents and motorists are injured or killed or in motor vehicle collisions with 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, and other large transport vehicles. The Department of Transportation as the parent agency reports that:  There were more than 1.1 million interstate motor carries including for-hire, owner operators and private carriers (business fleets) as of December of 2010.  In 2009, 529 large trucks occupants were killed in crashes.  In 2009, 20,000 large truck occupants were injured.  Annually, approximately 500,000 accidents involving trucks occur.  In 2010, there were 1.1 fatal crashes per 100 million trucks. Occupants of other vehicles involved in a collision with trucks accounted for 76 percent of the deaths, due to the significant difference in the size of the vehicle. Nevada drivers on highways and roads are included in these terrible statistics.

The majority of truck drivers abide by the many rules and regulations put in place to make Nevada highways and roads a safe place to travel. However, due to the mistakes of some truck drivers and trucking companies, motor vehicle accidents still occur at a frightening rate.

The frequent causes of accidents with trucks include:

  • Sleepy or fatigued drivers
  • Alcohol or drug impairment
  • Drivers with little experience
  • Insufficient training
  • Reckless driving or speeding
  • Aggressive drivers
  • Tailgating other vehicles
  • Not yielding the right of way to other drivers
  • Poor condition of truck brakes
  • Oversized loads
  • Overloaded vehicles
  • Hazardous safety systems

When truck drivers are tired, inexperienced, fatigued, or inadequately trained, the trucking companies are often at fault.  Golightly & Associates also represent these truck drivers who are victimized by the trucking companies’ economically motivated decisions to generate and impose illegal schedules, overextended shifts, and false logbooks to cover up these unlawful practices.  Trucking companies often hold back on safety equipment and maintenance costs, and they disregard the need to maintain essential qualifications to avoid hiring and training requirements.  Truck drivers are pushed beyond their limits to save money for their companies, and it can lead to disastrous injuries and death.

Collisions involving commercial vehicles kill and injure thousands of people each year, and due to the significantly larger size of these vehicles compared with smaller automobiles or motorcycles means that most of these accidents are major, often resulting in terrible injuries that require many years of considerable compensation and rehabilitation for lost wages, medical bills, and long-term care. The truck accident attorneys at Golightly & Associates, have lots of experience with insurance company defense, and they are aware of the strategies and tactics the insurance companies will employ to deny or delay a claim. A large percentage of insurance companies will employ on-site investigative teams, and they can arrive at the scene of an accident within hours, as they gather evidence with the sole intention to te a personal injury claim and reduce their financial obligations.

The attorneys at Golightly & Associates, and our truck accident legal staff have considerable experience in truck accident litigation, and they have won millions of dollars for Nevada clients and their families after negligence, irresponsibility, or carelessness on the part of truck drivers and trucking companies resulted in a wrongful death or serious injury.

Contact our attorneys at Golightly & Associates, for a private consultation. We will answer all your questions and carefully explain all of the legal options that are available to you. It will not cost you anything to contact us, and our firm is owed nothing unless we successfully acquire compensation for you.

For a free consultation call us at 702-222-3333 or fill out our free evaluation form.

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