If you are suing as a result of a car crash then most states require your lawsuit to be filed in the county where the crash took place, or where the defendant is located. Usually interstate trucking companies can be sued in your local Federal Court, but the amount of damages must exceed $75,000. I would contact a Nevada personal injury attorney to discuss your options.
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You can sue the trucking company in Nevada small claims court even though it is incorporated in California. You can serve the company via the agent for service of process designated in California. There is jurisdiction over the accident because the accident happened there and because the trucking company was using the roadways there to conduct business.
Nevada courts have jurisdiction over this matter because of the "situs" (physical location) of the accident, regardless of where the defendant is from. You can bring the action in the court of the county where the accident occurred and service of process on the corporation will not be a problem.
Be careful in estimating the value of your claim. You should include a lot more than just the property damage, especially if you were injured at all, lost work time, had to change vacation plans, or were otherwise inconvenienced and delayed. If it exceeds $10k, you are in the Second Judicial District Court (state trial court level) for a Washoe County accident, and you need not file in Federal Court for this matter.
The lack of a citation does not presume fault by one driver or the other, so do not let them deter you with such an allegation. I would seriously suggest filing a claim with the trucking company's insurer for any damages you or your vehicle suffered. That puts them on the defensive, instead of just approaching it as though you have already admitted fault and are ready to roll over for them. Also, do not assume that because the company is small they cannot pay a settlement or judgment; they have commercial general liability insurance for this purpose, and you should be making a clearly phrased claim on their policy if you feel their driver was at fault.
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Federal and state laws grant and limit courts' jurisdiction -- that is, the power to hear and decide a particular case. To make a legally valid decision, a court must have two types of jurisdiction: personal jurisdiction and subject matter jurisdiction. Personal jurisdiction rules determine whether a court has power over a particular defendant, whereas subject matter jurisdiction establishes the court's power to hear the kind of case a lawsuit involves. This article describes the ways that a court can have personal jurisdiction over a defendant:"general" personal jurisdiction, which permits a state to assert all-encompassing jurisdiction over any and all suits against a defendant—regardless of whether the suit relates to the defendant's contacts with the state—when the defendant has sufficiently significant contacts with the state.general jurisdiction over a corporation is permissible only in a state "in which the corporation is fairly regarded as at home," and indicated that the paradigm is the state of incorporation or principal place of business. "specific" personal jurisdiction, which applies when the suit arises from or relates to the defendant's contacts with the state.specific jurisdiction does not exist over a manufacturer when the distributor has made only a single sale in the state, even if that sale leads to an in-state injury involving the manufacturer's product.
If the person injured is domiciled in California and merely in transit through Nevada and the injured person is insured with a California insurance policy California law may apply to the resolution of the application of insurance policy provisions. This is so even thought the collision and injury occurred in Nevada not California.
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