18-Wheeler Accidents Las Vegas, Nevada
Eighteen-wheeler accidents are often extremely severe, in terms of injuries to drivers, passengers and pedestrians as well as the destruction of vehicles and other property. Individuals and families who are impacted by Las Vegas-area 18-wheeler accidents can benefit from legal representation by Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith.
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The injuries incurred in 18-wheeler accidents are often catastrophic. This is in part because of the tremendous size of 18-wheeler trucks and the challenges of controlling them:
- 18-wheelers are at least 70 feet long, with five axles
- They weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds (cars weigh about 5,000 pounds)
- They carry very heavy loads that are sometimes thrown or explode during a collision
- The time it takes an 18-wheeler to stop is on average 40% longer than that for cars
- 18-wheelers require 9 to 18 gears and redundant (double) tires
In addition, 18-wheelers are usually used for long-haul trucking and as such they are being driven for thousands of miles by drivers who are sometimes greatly fatigued, under pressure and in a hurry to deliver their freight or even under the influence of drugs or alcohol. (Did you know that 18-wheelers are also used to catch drivers who break traffic laws?)
Thousands of 18-Wheeler Accidents Each Year
According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), 18-wheeler accidents happen about 450,000 times each year in the U.S., resulting in more than 130,000 injuries and some 5,000 deaths – about one of every nine highway deaths every year, in fact.
The NHTSA data also indicate that most 18-wheeler accidents are due to:
- Driver fatigue
- Excessive speed
- Rear-end collision (by the 18-wheeler)
- Improper left turn or lane change
- Failure to stop at red light or stop sign
- Driving on the wrong side of the street
- Truck drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol
Worse, the NHTSA reports that 28% of the truck drivers involved in fatal accidents have had at least one prior conviction for speeding.
More Complex Than Other Accidents
Eighteen-wheeler truck accidents are more complex than accidents involving other vehicles, in part because the trucking industry has many local, state and federal regulations that come into play. In addition, a legal action on behalf of the injured can often be brought against the 18-wheeler’s driver, a trucking company, and one or more insurance companies.