Large truck collision dangers in Nevada

According to Fox5Vegas.com, an alleged intoxicated semi truck driver caused a head-on collision with a taxi cab on Dean Martin in Las Vegas. After hitting the cab, which had five people inside it, the semi continued on. Thanks to a witness who followed the truck, officers were able to apprehend the trucker and arrest him. He was charged with a felony hit-and-run as well as driving while under the influence of alcohol. The victims sustained injuries but no deaths were reported.

Are these accidents common?

Sadly, more accidents with large trucks happen than most Nevada residents would like to see. Several of these crashes result in serious injuries or even death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show the following for the state of Nevada:

  • In 2013, 18 out of 262 vehicular fatalities involved large trucks.
  • In 2012, 19 out of 261 vehicular fatalities involved large trucks.
  • In 2011, 35 out of 246 vehicular fatalities involved large trucks.
  • In 2010, 15 out of 257 vehicular fatalities involved large trucks.
  • In 2009, 19 out of 243 vehicular fatalities involved large trucks.

In looking at Clark County specifically, we see that 44 people lost their lives in large truck accidents in the five years spanning from 2009 to 2013. That is far and away more than any other region in the state. The county with the second-highest number of truck deaths in that same timeframe is Elko County with 12 fatalities. In Washoe and Churchill Counties, eight people each died. Five additional deaths happened in each of the following counties: Humboldt, Lyon and Nye.

What is being done to curb the problem?

The Commercial Carrier Journal explains that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has been working on a new database and associated set of rules to be used in the pre-hire process for all commercial drivers. Drug and alcohol use will be the specific focus of this effort. Driving job applicants who refuse to take substance tests will not be able to work as drivers. Only those applicants who successfully pass all testing will be granted driving work privileges.

Fatigue among truckers is another problem that the FMCSA hopes to tackle. JOC.com notes that the agency is in the process of putting a report together on findings related to a change in the Hours of Service rule. An earlier change was put on hold by Congress indicates Supply Chain Digest.

At the same time, individuals in Las Vegas should always know their rights. These rights include legal help in the wake of a tragic accident. Contacting a lawyer when a truck accident occurs is recommended.