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Commercial Trucking Accidents

Commercial trucks are extremely heavy and can weigh up to 70,000 or 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. Whether a “big rig” or an “18-wheeler,” these giant trucks contribute in large part to America’s ability to transport goods and materials quickly, whether interstate or intrastate. In fact, the American economy is more dependent on large commercial trucks than rail, water, pipeline or air – combined. Commercial trucks account for about 65% of all shipping. However, as the number of commercial trucks increase, accidents occur more and more frequently and are a great concern for motorists, passengers and even pedestrians. If you were injured by a commercial truck, Las Vegas Attorney Paul W. VanDerwerken offers a free case review for you to consider the possible legal options that may be available to you.

Accidents and Injuries Caused by Commercial Trucks

Have you ever driven behind an “18-wheeler” only to observe that one of its tires exploded or shredded? Did it strike your vehicle? Did the truck driver even appear to notice? Did the driver pull over, offer help and provide his/her name and identifying data to you? That is what the driver is supposed to do. One tire and one wheel may weigh 500 lbs. A set of two side-by-side wheels weighs twice that, about 1,000 lbs. From this type of incident alone, the following could result:

  • The flying, shredding tire part can fly into your windshield, shattering it instantly
  • Severe injuries may result, including:
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Bone fractures
  • Disfigurement
  • Paralysis
  • Spinal injuries
  • Amputation
  • Many other injuries

What to do if You Were Injured by a Commercial Truck

  • Immediately let emergency medical services get you to the hospital
  • If you can speak, do not admit guilt of any kind – you are not guilty of anything
  • Do not speak with any insurance company – even your own – they often show up at the hospital, seeking your signature on a lowball, insignificant offer
  • Consult with an experienced commercial truck injury attorney
  • Let your attorney speak on your behalf. Your job is to heal

Damages, Compensation, Liability

An experienced attorney, such as Paul VanDerwerken, knows exactly what to do in truck accidents. There are various people that must be contacted, including the truck driver, the truck owner, the truck maintenance company, the loading company, the mechanics who treated the truck, and others. Attorney VanDerwerken works with accident reconstruction experts in the industry, using the most effective software available. Once the evidence is brought together, the case against the responsible parties will begin to take shape. Attorney VanDerwerken will utilize experts to properly compute the amounts of money that is required for proper medical treatment – short, medium and long term. Life planners will assess treatment. Damages will be calculated: medical costs, pain and suffering, future treatment, lost earnings, future lost earnings, loss of enjoyment of life, just to name a few.

Contact Las Vegas Attorney Paul VanDerwerken for a Complimentary Case Review if You Were Injured in a Truck Accident

Because all cases are taken on a contingency fee basis, this means that there are no up-front legal fees and no legal fees whatsoever unless your case is settled or an award is granted in court. Attorney VanDerwerken settles about 95% of his cases, which is a testament to the respect that the insurance companies have for his legal skills. If they do not offer a fair settlement, Attorney VanDerwerken will not hesitate to take the case to court before judge and jury. To schedule your complimentary appointment, call 702-385-5050. If you are bedridden or are without transportation, Attorney VanDerwerken will meet you at a place of your convenience.

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