Las Vegas Big Rig Accident Lawyers
big rig is a commercial truck, often referred to as an 18-wheeler or semi truck. With a full load, these big rigs can weigh over 80,000 pounds. When involved in a wreck with a car that typically weighs about 3,000 pounds, disastrous consequences can occur. Just the size of the trucks alone is likely to cause serious injury if not a fatality when an accident occurs. If you are involved in accident with a big rig near Las Vegas, or elsewhere in Nevada, you may find yourself in need of the services of the best Las Vegas big rig accident attorneys.
A number of federal and state regulations govern the use of big rigs. These regulations are often extensive and confusing, but good Las Vegas big rig accident attorneys are familiar with these laws and can advise you on how to proceed with a case against the driver and owner of the big rig.
The more information you can give your Las Vegas big rig accident attorneys about the accident, the more likely you are to build a good, solid case against the other driver and owner of the big rig The attorney will do some investigation, but it will help him or her to have certain information such as: the police report, the personal and business information about the driver, photos of your motor vehicle after the crash, medical bills and information due to the injuries sustained from the accident, personal information of eyewitnesses to the crash, and anything else you can provide.
The attorney or group of Las Vegas big rig accident attorneys working on your case will then make their own investigations into the accident. They will gather evidence such as the truck’s condition and the maintenance records of the truck. They will determine how fast the truck was going at the time of the accident. They will check the big rig driver’s logbook, GPS information, and the truck's black box. They will get statements from witnesses to the accident. They will review the big rig driver’s driving record and history to see if he or she has had any prior accidents and get the details of those accidents. He or she will investigate the company’s policies and procedures involving on the road safety and maintenance to see if any of those policies or procedures was violated. He or she will also look into the overall driving history of the company.
The lawsuit process will start with a complaint, which is a legal document filed by your attorney. The defendant will then answer that complaint. If he or she does not answer the complaint, the court may enter a judgment for you by default. If the defendant does answer the complaint, they may voluntarily enter into mediation or a negotiation settlement with your attorney to prevent the case from going to court.
If an agreement cannot be reached between you and the defendant, the case will go to trial, where a judge will make a decision. If you are not happy with the decision the judge makes, you can have your attorney file an appeal, which means the case will go to a higher court and may be overturned.
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The highly qualified attorneys in our Las Vegas office look forward to helping you with your case.