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Major roadways in the Las Vegas region, including 215, I-15, I-95, Summerlin Parkway, and the Strip, experience heavy tractor-trailer volume on a daily basis. When tractor-trailer drivers exceed the speed limit and violate other traffic laws and rules, they are more likely to cause a collision with a smaller vehicle. When this happens, the occupants of the smaller vehicle may suffer serious injuries, which leave them incapacitated and in need of extensive medical treatment.

When dealing with insurance companies for truck drivers and trucking companies, it is important that you have skilled legal counsel representing you each step of the way. If the insurance company sees that you are unrepresented, they will take advantage of you, and they will not make you a fair settlement offer in your case.

The experienced team of Las Vegas truck accident attorneys at Cloward Trial Lawyers can represent you at every stage of the legal proceedings during your case. We can investigate your truck accident circumstances, assist you during settlement negotiations with insurance company adjusters, and ensure that you receive the fair compensation you are entitled to recover for your injuries.

If the insurance company does not offer you high enough monetary damages, we can threaten them with litigation and, if necessary, file a lawsuit in the Nevada court system on your behalf.

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Why Are Commercial Trucks So Dangerous?

Tractor-trailers cross the US and Nevada daily, moving goods and are vital to our economy. However, big rigs are also some of the biggest hazards on our roads. There are many reasons tractor-trailers pose such a hazard to our roads in Las Vegas and Nevada:

  • The size of trucks limits the ability of the driver to see around the vehicle.
  • The braking distance for trucks is much longer than for passenger vehicles.
  • The colossal size disparity between trucks and passenger vehicles often causes catastrophic accidents, making severe injuries and deaths more likely.
  • Big rigs are often not correctly maintained by the trucking company.
  • Drivers may need to be properly trained or should not have been hired because of a poor driving record.
  • Truckers may be encouraged to speed and drive recklessly to meet the trucking company’s schedule.

Statute Of Limitations For Truck Accident Lawsuits

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The Most Common Types Of Las Vegas Truck Crashes

There are many kinds of tractor-trailer crashes, and some are more common than others:

  • Head-on crashes: These truck accidents account for about 60% of fatal ones in 2019 across the US. In addition, these crashes are often the most deadly because of the massive size of trucks compared to passenger vehicles.
  • Rear-end crashes: Tractor-trailers need more time to slow down and stop. There can be a deadly rear-end crash when drivers are distracted or do not keep enough distance from vehicles in front of them.
  • Rollover accidents: If a driver is going too fast or loses control for another reason, the truck can roll over onto other vehicles. These cases also are sometimes caused by a truck that is improperly loaded.
  • Blindspot accidents: Tractor-trailers have large blindspots on the sides and behind the trailer. The driver must compensate by being careful when changing lanes or merging. They can cause merging and side-swipe accidents if they aren’t cautious.
  • Jackknife: These accidents happen when the trailer swings out at a 90-degree angle from the cab. The trucker cannot control the vehicle when this happens. Jackknife accidents happen for many reasons, but a common one is improper braking by the driver.
  • Tire blowouts: Tire problems also can cause truck crashes when a tire explodes during transit. This problem is usually because of worn tires, too much weight, and poor maintenance.

Tractor-trailer accidents are unique compared to passenger vehicle accidents because more defendants may be liable in a truck wreck. It’s essential to retain a truck accident lawyer after a crash with a big rig because these accidents are complex and often involve multiple defendants, including:

  • The driver may have been speeding, impaired by alcohol or drugs, tired, or texting and driving.
  • The trucking company, which may have pressured the driver to go over the FMCSA rules for how long he can drive.
  • The maker of one of the truck’s parts that failed, such as the tires or brakes.
  • The truck repair shop that completed service on the rig recently.
  • The third-party company that put the cargo on the truck and it was overloaded or shifted during transit.
  • Other drivers. Other passenger vehicle drivers cause some truck crashes.

During the crash investigation, your attorney will determine all of the potentially liable parties for the truck accident and hold them accountable. Your Las Vegas truck accident attorney will also:

  1. Collect accident evidence to support your case.
  2. Work with accident reconstruction experts and medical and economic experts to prove liability and the extent of your damages.
  3. Calculate what your truck accident claim is worth.
  4. Take care of all negotiations with the insurance company.

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Common Causes Of Las Vegas Truck Accidents

Nevada truck drivers and companies are covered by many state and federal regulations that require them to operate their rigs with a high level of care. Unfortunately, despite the rules, truck crashes often happen because of the driver’s or employer’s negligence, and sometimes it is both. Common causes of truck accidents in Las Vegas are:

  • Driver fatigue is common when the trucker drives behind the hours he is allowed by federal law.
  • Distracted driving, such as if the trucker is texting or eating, drinking, or smoking.
  • Unlicensed or improperly trained drivers
  • Mechanical defects
  • The truck is not properly maintained
  • The truck is overloaded or oversized
  • Driving under the influence

Trucker Fatigue

One of the most serious problems with truckers is when they drive longer than they should or are allowed by law. Of course, driving while tired is always dangerous, but it’s much worse when the driver is operating a massive big rig. How big is the problem? The FMCSA recently found that 2.6 truckers out of 100 on the road suffer from driver fatigue. Tired truckers are estimated to cause 750 fatalities and 20,000 injuries annually in the US. Another study found that trucker fatigue was involved in 75% of commercial truck accidents in 1995.

Current FMCSA rules allow truck drivers to be behind the wheel for 60-70 hours per week. They can drive only 11 hours without a break and, at most, 14 hours on duty. ‘On duty’ means both driving and non-driving activities, including entering information into a log book, loading and unloading, and vehicle maintenance.

The FMCSA focuses on driver fatigue because it is known that truckers who drive more than eight straight hours are twice as likely to have a fatigue-related accident. In addition, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did a study finding that driver fatigue happens because truckers are sleep deprived, work long hours, and their normal sleep cycles are disrupted.

Truckers and their employers must ensure that drivers are always well-rested. They should be held accountable if they aren’t and an accident results.


Truck drivers must be trained to know their rigs and how road conditions affect safety. Each year, thousands of truck accidents are caused by drivers who are not trained well enough to operate and maintain their vehicles. Accidents caused by untrained or unqualified drivers can include the following:

  • Insufficient knowledge of the truck, bus, or trailer
  • Load that is overweight or improperly secured
  • Not understanding how road conditions affect truck safety
  • Driving too many hours in a period
  • Illegal or improper driver log entries
  • Avoiding safety inspections for commercial vehicles

There continues to be a truck driver shortage in many parts of the country, including Nevada. Drivers are often hired with more training to fill the demand, but the trucker turnover rate in a year can be up to 100% in some areas. As a result, trucking companies may need to hire new drivers quickly and may cut corners on safety to make it happen.

Driver Distraction

Over the years, truck driver distraction has become a significant cause of truck crashes. The FMCSA estimates that 20% of truck crashes are because of driver distraction. Distractions for truckers may include:

  • Using a cell phone
  • Inattention
  • Reaching for food, drink, or a device
  • Eating and drinking
  • Texting
  • Smoking
  • Checking controls or adjusting GPS

Truck driver distraction can be exacerbated by the significant blind spots that truckers have on the sides and behind the trailer.

Oversized Loads

You may have driven on a highway in Nevada past a big rig with ‘wide load’ signs. Because of the larger load, these trucks must have signs, flags, and flashers. But sometimes trucks are overloaded without these warnings, which causes truck accidents.

The accident must be fully investigated when there is a crash because of an oversized or overloaded truck. How the accident happened and whether the trucker and company complied with state and federal laws are critical. If the truck was overloaded or oversized, state and federal laws impose sanctions on the employer. But the fines are often not large enough to discourage future violations. Some examples of oversized and improperly loaded trucks are:

  • Load that is more than state or federal weight limits
  • Load that exceeds height and weight restrictions
  • Overloaded axle
  • Tie-downs are done improperly
  • Not attaching warning signs and flags to an oversized truck load

Usually, tractor-trailers are limited to 80,000 pounds for the rig and freight. Dump trucks should be at most 70,000 pounds. However, up to 30% of trucks on the road are believed to be overweight. This means more truck crashes because overloaded big rigs take much longer to stop and can roll over more quickly. In addition, an overloaded truck or improperly secured load can affect how the truck driver controls the truck and slows it down.

Improper Maintenance

We see tractor-trailers barrelling down the interstates daily, and we rely on the drivers and employers to maintain these huge vehicles properly. Also, many of these trucks carry hazardous chemicals or cargo. Sadly, too many truck drivers and their companies do not maintain their rigs according to state and federal law.


Many trucking industry studies have concluded that maintenance-related issues are common causes of accidents in these systems:

  • Brakes
  • Tires
  • Lights
  • Safety chain and trailer hitch
  • Power train
  • Wheels
  • Steering system
  • Exhaust system
  • Suspension

An improperly maintained truck puts everyone on the road at risk of a disastrous accident. Even truckers can be hurt in a crash through no fault of their own but because of their employer or the maintenance crew.

Many parts and systems on a truck may have contributed to an accident. That’s why a truck accident law firm you hire will quickly protect the evidence after the crash, including the truck and trailer. The vehicle could be vital evidence in your case, so your attorney’s team will go over the truck and other vehicles involved in the accident.

Common Truck Accident Injuries

Because of the large size and weight difference between trucks and passenger vehicles, truck accident injuries can be severe. If you are severely injured by a truck, you could have months or even years of recovery ahead, and you may not ever be the same, but your attorney will fight for the compensation you need:

Head And Brain Trauma

Some of the worst injuries in truck accidents are head and brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries, concussions, and blunt head trauma are common in these horrific impacts. In addition, you could have a brain injury if you have memory issues, headaches, mood problems, or trouble balancing after a crash. Remember that many brain injuries are not obvious at first, so it is crucial to seek immediate medical care after a truck accident.


Another severe injury after a tractor-trailer crash is an amputation injury. Sometimes the amputation can be caused by the collision, but it also can be due to other injuries in the accident. In many accidents, an arm, hand, leg, or foot is so damaged that amputation is the only possibility. Whatever the reason, having a limb severed will change your life permanently.

Recovery from an amputation injury can take a long time. Not only does the wound need to heal, but you also need to learn how to live life without that part of your body. For example, this could involve relearning how to do daily tasks without an arm or hand. In addition, extensive rehabilitation is needed that helps you adapt to living with a prosthesis.

Furthermore, many people who lose a limb in a truck accident have emotional and mental trauma. PTSD is all too common in these injuries. If you have an amputation injury, our attorneys will determine the value of the injury and hold the insurance company responsible.

Neck And Back Injuries

When a big rig smashes into a small passenger car, its impact can be lethal. If you survive, you could have severe neck or back injuries, including torn ligaments, muscles, tendons, nerve damage, ruptured spinal discs, and even paralysis. Whiplash also is common in severe auto accidents, and while the injury is hard to see on diagnostic imaging, the pain and discomfort can be terrible.


Sharp metal, shattered glass, hard plastic shards, and dash panels all can cause puncture wounds and lacerations on the face and body. Many truck crash survivors have disfiguring cuts that become scars that last a lifetime. Facial lacerations are particularly painful physically and emotionally. If you have scarring and disfigurement on your face after a truck crash, you could be entitled to substantial compensation for pain and suffering.


Trucks carry at least 50 gallons of fuel, so explosions and fire are common in crashes. Many people suffer third or fourth-degree burns in truck accidents and may also have friction burns and road rash if they are ejected from the vehicle. Burns can take months to treat and may require multiple painful skin grafts. Many serious burn victims eventually require plastic surgery, as well. Unfortunately, severe burns also cause infections that can be fatal in some cases.

Spinal Damage

The severe impact of a tractor-trailer crash can sometimes damage or sever the spinal cord. This is one of the worst crash injuries anyone can suffer, and if it happens to you, it is essential to have a personal injury attorney negotiate the maximum compensation. Many spinal cord injury patients require life-long care; you may require care at home for the rest of your life. Also, having enough money for medical care for a spinal cord injury ensures you can enjoy the best medical recovery possible.

Wrongful Death

Unfortunately, there are many truck accidents where one or more occupants do not survive the crash or aftermath. If this happens, the family can file a wrongful death lawsuit for their losses. This legal action can help the surviving family receive compensation for medical bills, burial expenses, their loved one’s pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of future income. You should have a truck accident attorney handle the wrongful death action to get the most compensation. These lawsuits involve a lot of money, and the insurance company will probably fight it hard.

What Damages Can You Receive In A Truck Accident Claim?

In an ideal world, the trucking company’s insurance provider would give truck accident victims plenty of compensation for their injuries. However, your Las Vegas truck accident attorney may need to encourage the insurance company to give you what you deserve. When you hire a truck accident lawyer to represent you, these are some of the damages you could receive:

Medical Expenses

Many truck crashes cause devastating injuries, and medical expenses can sometimes cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Just the ambulance and ER visit can cost thousands of dollars. Then, you may need surgeries, aftercare, rehabilitation, and prescriptions. Your medical bills could cost an amount you could never pay in your whole life.

Your personal injury lawyer will determine the total cost of your medical needs in the past and the future and demand a fair amount from the insurance company. Your attorney also can help you avoid the frustration of working with the insurance company yourself. They can help with the paperwork and even negotiate payments with medical providers as needed.

Lost Income

Imagine having piles of medical bills on the table from a truck accident and being unable to work. You have trouble paying the mortgage, let alone paying medical bills when you can’t work. You could miss weeks or even months of work with serious truck crash injuries.

Our Las Vegas truck accident attorneys will ensure that you receive compensation for your lost wages in the past and future. This involves getting paystubs and wage information from your employer and working with your medical team to determine how long you will be recovering and unable to work.

Pain And Suffering

The pain and suffering from a Las Vegas truck crash could last for a long time. Under Nevada law, injured parties can pursue compensation for pain and suffering after an accident they did not cause. How much you can get for pain and suffering depends on the injuries’ severity. However, rest assured that your attorney will fight for every dime.


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If you or a person you care about suffered injuries in a recent truck accident, the skilled legal team at Cloward Trial Lawyers is here to help.

The skilled and experienced Las Vegas truck accident lawyers at Cloward Trial Lawyers will be able to investigate how your accident happened and can help you pursue the full monetary damages you deserve to recover for your accident-related injuries.

If the truck driver or trucking company’s insurer is disputing fault in your accident case, we can promptly investigate the accident circumstances by retaining an accident reconstructionist or other expert.

Similarly, we could help you negotiate with the settlement adjuster in your case and help you decide whether it’s worthwhile to accept a pending settlement offer, given the circumstances of your accident and the resulting injuries. Finally, if your case proceeds to trial, we could represent you in court and zealously advocate for your legal interests there.

For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a knowledgeable Las Vegas truck accident attorney, please call us or contact us online to learn more about how we can help.

Answers to your most commonly asked questions

If you just suffered an injury in a recent truck accident you may have lots of questions. Our skilled lawyers understand what you’ve been through and are here to help, one question at a time.

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After becoming involved in a truck crash in the Las Vegas area, there are certain steps that you should immediately take.

  1. First, you should call 9-1-1, which will dispatch emergency medical personnel and police to the accident scene. If you have visible physical injuries, it is important that you or a friend take pictures of those injuries to go along with your medical records.
  2. Also, you should seek prompt medical treatment – preferably on the same day (and as soon as possible) as your truck accident. While you are at the emergency facility, the doctor on duty can order X-rays and MRIs to ascertain the full extent of your injuries.
  3. It is also a good idea to keep a record or journal of how you are feeling each day after your accident for several weeks.
  4. You should never speak with an insurance company adjuster or offer to give them a recorded statement. This is true even if the insurance adjuster tells you that a recorded statement is a requirement for you to recover monetary compensation in your case. It is not. In fact, if you do provide a recorded statement, the insurance company will likely use the statement against you if it is in their interests.

At Cloward Trial Lawyers, we can help you pursue a favorable settlement in your case and work to recover the full amount of monetary damages you deserve to recover for your accident-related injuries.

The total damage award that an accident victim receives, through settlement or litigation, typically depends upon the type of truck accident that happens, the force of the collision, the specific injuries that the accident victim sustains in their collision, and the medical treatment that they undergo following their accident. Moreover, a truck accident victim who sustains a permanent injury, as determined by a qualified medical provider, will likely be eligible to recover greater monetary damages than an accident victim who suffers less-serious injuries.

Drivers and passengers who suffer injuries in truck accidents often incur mounting medical expenses. They may need to visit a hospital emergency room or urgent care facility for their initial medical treatment, undergo an expensive medical procedure, or attend regular physical therapy sessions, to make a full recovery from their injuries. Moreover, in some instances, a truck accident victim’s injuries are so serious that they experience pain, suffering, and inconvenience for the rest of their life.

The skilled legal team at Cloward Trial Lawyers could help you pursue the monetary damages you deserve based on your injuries – as well as the circumstances surrounding your accident. Since every truck accident case is different, not every accident victim will be eligible to recover the same types and amounts of monetary damages.

Depending upon the facts and circumstances of your case, you may be eligible to recover monetary compensation for your:

  • Lost earnings
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Related medical expenses
  • Inconvenience
  • Mental distress
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent disfigurement or disability
  • Loss of the use of a body part
  • Lost quality of life
  • Loss of spousal companionship and consortium

Truck accident victims can suffer severe injuries, especially when a large truck or tractor-trailer strikes their vehicle at a high rate of speed. Since every truck accident is different, the injuries that one accident victim suffers may differ from those another accident victim suffers.

A truck accident victim’s injuries will depend upon various factors, including the speeds of the involved vehicles, the specific accident that occurs, whether a part of the accident victim’s body strikes something in their vehicle, and how the accident victim’s body moves in their vehicle.

For example, in a forceful truck collision, the accident victim’s body may move forwards and backward abruptly, causing them to suffer a whiplash injury or other soft tissue contusion. Alternatively, the force of the crash might cause the accident victim’s head to hit the steering wheel, window, or headrest, resulting in a severe traumatic head injury.

Traumatic head injuries include concussions and ongoing headaches. However, in some circumstances, the injuries may be much worse, and an accident victim may wind up in a permanent coma.

Some truck collisions are so forceful that the accident victim suffers a broken bone, open laceration, bruise, spinal cord injury, or even a full paralysis injury in the accident. When that happens, an accident victim may need to undergo immediate medical treatment at their local emergency care center.

While you focus your attention on making a full recovery from your truck-accident injuries, the experienced legal team at Cloward Trial Lawyers can start representing you. We can begin gathering your investigation documents, including copies of the police report and eyewitness statements, along with your medical records, medical bills, lost earning statements, and victim impact statements, and assemble them into a settlement demand package for the at-fault truck driver’s insurance company to review.

  1. In many instances, truck accidents happen when drivers are inattentive or operate their vehicles in an otherwise careless or reckless manner.
  2. In some cases, truckers drive while fatigued. This usually occurs when trucking companies offer their drivers a monetary incentive to arrive at their final destination ahead of schedule. To accomplish this goal, many truck drivers will resort to stimulants and other drugs. However, these drugs sometimes have the opposite effect and cause drivers to become tired and lose their concentration while they are behind the wheel. If a truck driver falls completely asleep at the wheel, they may lose control of their vehicle and will likely cause one or more serious collisions with other vehicles.
  3. Some truck drivers might drive in a reckless or distracted manner. For example, they may turn their attention away from the road to respond to a text message or make a call on their cellular device, preventing them from watching the road attentively.
  4. Other truck accidents happen when drivers operate their vehicles while under the illegal influence of alcohol or drugs. Intoxicated drivers often experience blurred vision, limited concentration, and delayed reaction time, preventing them from stopping their trucks before causing a crash.
  5. Finally, some truck accidents happen when truck parts are defective, or truck drivers and trucking companies fail to take their vehicles in for repairs when necessary.

With the large number of 18-wheelers, big rigs, and tractor-trailers on Las Vegas roadways, it is no surprise that truck crashes are an unfortunate but common occurrence. In most instances, these accidents happen when truck drivers are negligent or reckless. When they do, they may cause any one of the following types of truck accidents:

  • Truck rollover accidents, where a tractor or trailer overturns in the roadway – fully or partially – often causing a traffic back-up and a chain-reaction series of collisions
  • Head-on crashes, where the front of a tractor-trailer hits the front of an oncoming vehicle, often leading to permanent injuries and fatalities, especially when the involved vehicles are traveling at high speeds
  • Rear-end accidents, where a truck driver who does not watch the road attentively or speeds causes the front of their vehicle to strike the back of another vehicle
  • Tire blowout accidents, where one or more tires on the truck’s tractor or trailer blow out and strike an oncoming vehicle, often causing a multi-vehicle pileup

If you suffered injuries in one of these types of truck accidents, the skilled legal team of Las Vegas truck accident attorneys at Cloward Trial Lawyers is here to help. We can go review all of your legal options with you in clear and easy-to-understand terms and help you develop a plan for maximizing your monetary recovery in your personal injury case.

Our Personal injury law firm operates under a contingency fee. This means you won’t be charged a single dollar until we win your truck accident case.

For a free legal consultation and case evaluation with a skilled Las Vegas car accident attorney, please give us a call or contact us online to learn more.

After a serious truck accident that was not your fault, it is important to hire an attorney quickly. If a big trucking company was involved in the crash, they will quickly send investigators to the accident scene. Hiring a Las Vegas truck crash attorney immediately can be critical to preserving evidence that is vital to your case.

The police and insurance companies will do their own crash investigations, but only your personal injury attorney will do an investigation with your best interests in mind. Going up against a trucking and insurance company for compensation is easier when you have strong evidence that the driver or company was negligent.

Your attorney will investigate the accident, and preserve evidence, including black box data, the driver’s cell phone records, and crash scene photos as it was the day of the crash.

If you were in a truck crash recently, you need money for your recovery and loss of income. Contact our Las Vegas truck accident lawyers at Cloward Trial Lawyers today so we can fight for maximum compensation for you. We will immediately investigate the crash to learn what the cause was and who was responsible. Our team also can help you receive the best medical care as we fight for the most compensation for you and your family.

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Benjamin P. Cloward became the youngest lawyer in the history of the State of Nevada to be awarded the prestigious “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Nevada Justice Association.

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Ian Estrada moved to Las Vegas in 2011 to work for a prestigious, local defense firm where he represented national insurance companies in personal injury lawsuits.

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Landon Littlefield spent several years working as a complex commercial litigation attorney before finding his passion in personal injury.

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Riley Clayton has successfully tried numerous personal injury, wrongful death, and insurance bad faith cases to verdict.

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Dillon Coil focuses on serving injured workers, police officers, firefighters, laborers, and their families.

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