Truck Accident

From “Accident” to “Crash” — Reworded Statute Sends Message Truck Accidents Are Avoidable

- David Boehrer

A new law that took effect on the first day of 2016 has reworked specific provisions of the Nevada Revised Statutes, changing the word “accident” involving motor vehicles to “crash”. The substitution in legal terminology is intended to send the message that vehicular collision or crashes are preventable occurrences and that drivers must be responsible for keeping roads safe.

In Nevada where semi-trucks, large trucks, and commercial tractor-trailers frequently ply freeways and roads, the emphasis on road safety and responsibility is crucial in preventing catastrophic truck accidents.

Truck Accidents in Nevada

Vehicular crashes, including truck accidents, on Nevada roadways increased in 2015, killing at least 321 people. Due to the sheer size and weight of trucks, semi-trucks, rigs, and commercial trailers, a crash involving any of these vehicles is likely to result in severe or fatal injuries.

Risk Factors in Truck Accidents

Truck accidents are often linked to negligent behavior such as distracted driving, driver exhaustion, drunk or intoxicated driving, and poor equipment maintenance. In Nevada, a federal court recently upheld a trial court’s decision awarding damages against a trucking company whose driver crashed into an Amtrak train. The collision killed 6 people, including the truck driver.

While there are enough laws setting maximum periods for driving trucks, mandating rest periods for drivers, and punishing drunk driving, truck accidents can also occur due to factors beyond a driver’s control.

Overloading or improper loading of a truck’s cargo can cause a tire blowout, rollover, or loss of steering control while maneuvering a turn or changing lanes. Depending on the actual circumstances surrounding a crash, the problem may be attributed to the trucking operator who encourages the overload in order to meet delivery schedules or improve profits.

Claiming Compensation for Truck Accidents

Those who are involved in truck crashes often suffer serious injuries or, worse, lose their lives as a result of their injuries. If you or a loved one is involved in a truck accident, seek medical attention first and call an experienced personal injury attorney immediately to evaluate your case. Your lawyer can examine your situation, determine responsibility for the crash, and guide you on your next steps in order to recover compensation.

In Henderson, Nevada, the David Boehrer Law Firm has more than a decade of truck accident experience, helping injured clients attain full recovery by fighting hard for their rights and pushing for the settlement that they legally deserve. We invite you to call us for a free evaluation of your situation at (702) 750-0750.

Trucking Company Held Responsible for Negligent Driver

- David Boehrer

At the David Boehrer Law Firm we have handled a number of truck-related cases, but none has been as explosive as the 2011 accident involving a truck and an Amtrak passenger train. In June 2011, just east of Reno, a truck owned by John Davis Trucking Co. slammed into the California Zephyr, resulting in the deaths of the truck driver, the train conductor, and four passengers.

After an investigation in late 2014, it was found that the driver of the truck was at fault and not the train company. Having a past that involved speeding violations and driving a tractor-trailer with faulty brakes, it was determined that these factors, as well as inattention, were likely the cause of this unfortunate accident.

While the trucking company pointed fingers at Union Pacific Railroad officials and accused them of manipulating or destroying the evidence that would prove that signal lights and the crossing gate malfunctioned, John Davis Trucking Co. was ultimately found responsible for the negligent driver and was ruled to pay $4.5 million to Amtrak and another $210,777 to Union Pacific Railroad.

More Factors Than Meet the Eye

We encourage those who are injured in any sort of accident, whether it be truck-related, car-related or due to another negligent situation, to seek legal advice, because there is often more at play – and at stake – than they realize.

Preserving the Evidence

This case involved several accusations of the destruction of pertinent evidence. Whether this was the case involving Amtrak and the John Davis Trucking Co. is unknown. However, individuals who are injured should take the initiative to secure and preserve any evidence should they be involved in a truck accident:

  • Take Pictures: Take a number of clear photos of the damage from a variety of angles so that the full extent of your damages are obvious
  • Obtain Witnesses: If the accident has happened in a public area or if other individuals were around at the time of the truck accident, take down their names, numbers, and witness statements if possible. Your phone or digital camera may be able to record the statement
  • Obtain Proof of Injury: Stay at the scene of an accident and seek medical attention. Even if you only suffered what seem to be scrapes and bruises—within days or even hours, your condition may worsen. Document your injuries and regularly visit your doctor so there is a paper trail of your injuries and treatment

Truck accidents can be frightening. Our experienced personal injury attorneys at the David Boehrer Law Firm are prepared to handle all elements of your case – so that you can focus on what is most important: your recovery.

To explore how you can receive the treatment and compensation to which you are entitled, we invite you to call us today at (702) 750-0750.

Nevada Highway Patrol to Educate Drivers on Causes of Truck Accidents

- David Boehrer

Truck accidents are some of the deadliest accidents that can happen on the state’s highways and streets. This is because a truck accident often involves a smaller and lighter motor vehicle, a pedestrian, or someone on a bicycle or motorcycle. These are no match for a truck that often weighs over a ton and is traveling at speeds of 55 miles per hour or more.

Just last month, two people died on Route 95 after their car collided with a semi-truck. The cause of that crash is being investigated, but there could be many reasons why the wreck occurred; the accident could have been the fault of the motor vehicle drivers or of the truck driver.

Although there have been many reports of the increase of semi-truck crashes due to fatigued driving, law enforcement officials in Nevada have also been taking new initiative to understand how it is for truck drivers to share the road with motor vehicle operators.

The Nevada Highway Patrol has been riding with truck drivers to see how motor vehicles around them are driving. When another motor vehicle operator is found breaking the law, a law enforcement official on the ground is alerted and stops those drivers.

Unsafe and Deadly Behavior on the Roads

During the operation, the highway patrol cited the following as causing unsafe and potentially deadly behavior on the roads:

  • Use of mobile devices
  • Following vehicles too closely
  • Unsafe lane-changes

It is important to recognize that motor vehicle operators play a part in preventing truck accidents too. While a truck crash can be due to the negligence of the truck driver, it can also be due to the negligence of the other individual(s) involved.

The Nevada Highway Patrol wants to educate all those using the roads on how to properly share the highway with the vehicles that drive it every day. They hope this will cut down the amount of accidents that occur – and save lives.

Contact an Attorney

If you, or a loved one, have been in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation. At the David Boehrer Law Firm we have been handling truck accident claims for many years, and have secured lucrative jury verdicts and settlements for our clients.

For an initial consultation, we welcome your call to our Henderson, Nevada, office at (702) 750-0750.


Fatal Truck Accident When Man Drove in Wrong Direction

- David Boehrer

A Toyota truck being driven on the wrong direction along the 215 Beltway in Nevada recently crashed into a passenger vehicle killing its female driver on the spot.

The driver of the truck manifested signs of drunk driving — bloodshot eyes, flushed face, and the smell of intoxicating liquor in his breath. He also appeared confused during police questioning and he insisted that he believed he was driving in the right direction when the collision occurred.

In circumstances such as this, the immediate family of the truck accident victim may very likely be entitled to compensation.

Truck Accidents in Nevada

The Interstate 215 in Nevada is notorious for truck accidents, many of which lead to wrongful death of occupants of passenger vehicles that are lighter and smaller than trucks. Where trucks are driven at excessive speeds, the resulting crash can also lead to loss of lives to the truck occupants.

A more recent accident involved two landscaping trucks that were hauling trailers along the 215 Beltway. One truck reportedly ran through a red light just before crashing into another truck, running downhill and bursting into flames, killing its driver.

Truck accident victims who do survive often suffer serious injuries such as fractures, loss of limb injuries, head injury, brain injury, spinal cord injury, paralysis, burn injuries, and disfigurement.

If you or a loved one is involved in a truck accident, consulting a personal injury attorney immediately can help you recover from your injuries.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Improper maintenance or the lack of maintenance, distracted driving, driver impairment, and inadequate sleep, often result in truck accidents in Nevada. In filing a successful claim for compensation arising from a truck accident, determining legal responsibility is an essential step. Depending on the circumstances of your situation, you may be able to recover damages from the driver, truck owner, operator, truck manufacturer, component parts maker or supplier.

In Henderson and other parts of Nevada, the law office of David Boehrer has years of proven experience in truck accidents, helping Nevada residents recover the fair value of compensation that they deserve. Contact us today at (702) 750-0750 for a free evaluation of your case.


Commercial Truck Accident Legal Options in Nevada

- David Boehrer

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Revised Safety Rules to Reduce Truck Accidents

- David Boehrer

Statistics show us that truck accidents can cause serious injury and, sadly, death. In 2010 in Nevada alone, approximately 71 out of 235 fatal car crashes involved trucks.

The risk of severe injury is higher in such collisions, because of the massive size and weight of a truck. Driver issues such as distracted driving, negligence, driver fatigue and inexperience, have been identified as common causes of truck accidents. As a result, federal rules regulating truck drivers have been tightened in order to reduce the numbers of accidents, and save lives.

Driver fatigue and truck accidents

Working long hours for continuous periods of time is linked to chronic fatigue, other chronic and serious health conditions, as well as the increased risk of truck accidents.

The latest guidelines set a limit to the number of hours that a driver is made to work, and is intended to ensure drivers obtain adequate sleep and rest throughout, and/or between, journeys. On a local level, this is expected to save more lives and reduce the number of truck crashes and injuries in Nevada.

Features of the “hours of service” rule:

  • The maximum work week of a truck driver is 70 hours, also known as ‘one duty cycle’ where a truck driver can drive for a maximum of 70 hours in the last 7 or 8 days.
  • To restart a new work or duty cycle, the driver must have at least two nights of rest between the hours of 1 to 5 a.m. The extended period of night rest is expected to give a truck driver more sleep recuperation time.
  • Drivers must take a 30-minute break during the first 8 hours of a shift.
  • Prohibitive fines will be imposed on trucking companies and passenger carriers who fail to provide the mandatory rest period between work cycles. The driver may also suffer penalties for failing to observe the required rest period and maximum work week.
  • The latest federal regulations took effect on July 1, 2013.

Motorists and passengers of motor vehicles such as cars and motorcycles, along with bicyclists and pedestrians, often suffer more serious injuries when involved in a truck accident. If this happens to you, or someone you know, then hiring a Nevada personal injury attorney can help you to recover the full and fair value of your injuries and property damage.

In the metropolitan Henderson area, the law firm of David Boehrer has years of experience in representing victims of truck crashes and obtaining full compensation from the negligent party.

We handle truck accident cases on a contingency fee basis and offer a free initial consultation to assess your situation. Our friendly team welcomes your enquiry today at 702-623-9313.