Truck accidents are among the worst on the road. When a large truck collides with a passenger vehicle, the smaller vehicle usually suffers severe damage because of the sheer size and weight of the commercial truck. Yet despite the obvious disadvantage trucks pose to other vehicles, truck accident claims are complicated and involve multiple parties — including insurance companies, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and Nebraska’s Department of Roads.
If you’ve been injured in a truck-car collision, the attorneys at Dyer Law can help by reviewing your case and discussing all available legal options. Call Dyer Law toll free at 1-888-393-7529 or contact us via email. We’re ready to help with a free initial consultation. We handle claims anywhere in Nebraska, including Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, Grand Island, Kearney, Hastings, North Platte, Norfolk, Columbus, Scottsbluff, Ogallala and Offutt Air Force Base.
Truck Accidents and Our Role Helping Victims
At Dyer Law, we’ve helped many Nebraskans who have been injured in truck accidents and we have seen how dangerous and deadly these collisions can be for those involved. We’ve been able to recover much-needed compensation for many of our clients, and for those who have lost a loved one in a truck accident, we can evaluate wrongful death claims. We understand the complex factors that play a role in these serious accidents – and we know how to investigate and prepare successful cases on our clients’ behalf.
What makes truck accidents so dangerous? According to a 2007 federal study, factors that lead to wrecks for semi trucks and their drivers include brake problems, traffic congestion, prescription and over-the-counter drug use, cell-phone use, tailgating, speeding, unfamiliarity with local roads and driver fatigue. Other factors that contribute to truck accidents include tire blowouts, improper trailer loading, sudden braking and mechanical defects.
Nebraska’s terrain presents unique challenges to the truck driver. Our harsh winters and vast spread of open roads create an environment ripe for accidents. Truck drivers passing through the state on I-80 or U.S. Highway 81 are often under pressure to get through the state as quickly as possible – and we’ve heard of many drivers altering their log books or breaking speeding laws to shorten the journey. Tired truckers driving in poor visibility can easily fail to notice another vehicle or drive off the road, causing an accident. Omaha in particular is located at the crossroads of several major trucking routes, including I-80, I-480, I-680, I-29, Highway 75 and Highway 275.
Recognizing the dangers posed by large trucks, the federal government has strict regulations governing the trucking industry, including driver’s licensing, hours of service that a driver may operate a vehicle and drug or alcohol testing. Those federal regulations mean that successful truck accident claims involve significant research and paperwork. Logs, toll receipts, tachometer records, bills of lading, weight tickets, driver logs and driver check lists must be reviewed to establish if any regulations were violated by the driver.
Many key driver documents are only maintained by the trucking company for limited time periods, and failure to promptly investigate may compromise important evidence that can make a difference in your truck accident case. That’s why it’s so important to immediately contact a lawyer if you’ve been involved in a truck-car collision.
Have an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer at Your Side
If you or a loved one has been seriously hurt in a truck accident, you need a law firm experienced in truck accident cases. The success of your claim depends on attorneys who understand how to properly investigate trucking evidence and evaluate key regulations, as well as how to negotiate effectively with insurance agents and the trucking companies.
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