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Proving Negligence in a Truck Accident Case: What to Know

By Jason Bottlinger on April 30, 2024

Proving negligence is a vital factor in personal injury claims, including truck accident cases involving serious or fatal injuries. Understanding how negligence is proven and its impact on personal injury law is a central issue when seeking full compensation for damages.
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How Dangerous Are Heavy Winds to Tractor Trailers?

By Jason Bottlinger on September 15, 2023

High winds are extremely hazardous for big rig trucks. That’s why drivers and dispatchers must take active measures to avoid driving along windy highways and corridors. Drivers must slow down or pull off the road when they encounter high winds and other unsafe weather conditions.

Trucking companies lose money when their trucks slow down. That’s why many companies pressure their employees to keep driving in harsh weather conditions, even when it isn’t safe. This type of careless behavior puts other drivers and their passengers at risk, causing catastrophic injuries in places like Nebraska, where high winds frequently occur.
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A Complete Guide to Truck Blind Spots

By Jason Bottlinger on April 10, 2023

A blind spot is an area immediately surrounding a vehicle that cannot be observed by a driver in the normal field of vision, including the rear view and side mirrors. Large commercial trucks have large blind spots around the front, sides, and back of the vehicle. If you cannot see the driver in the truck’s side mirror, you can safely assume the driver cannot see you.
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Truck Brake Errors That Endanger Everyone

By Jason Bottlinger on February 13, 2023

In a big rig, the braking systems are far different than is found in a passenger vehicle. A truck’s brakes must have the power to stop incredibly heavy vehicles, which can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Truck drivers need a special skill set correctly use air brakes, disc brakes, or drum brakes, or hydraulic brakes, particularly when traveling on a downhill slope. When drivers do not use the correct braking technique, it can cause the brakes to fail, leading to a deadly crash.
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High Trucker Turnover Endangers Everyone on the Road

By Jason Bottlinger on December 14, 2022

Experience matters in any job. And it makes a huge difference in the trucking industry. Inexperienced drivers make more mistakes, and those mistakes cost people their lives.

In recent years, several factors have combined to cause a surge in the number of people who are leaving the trucking industry. Poor working conditions, low pay, and long hours are some of the reasons why so many truckers are looking for new career opportunities.
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Why Nebraska Truckers Fall Asleep at the Wheel

By Jason Bottlinger on November 20, 2022

Fatigued truck drivers are a menace to everyone on the roadways. It is extremely dangerous for any driver to fall asleep at the wheel. When it happens to a trucker controlling a big rig weighing in excess of 80,000 pounds, the results can be catastrophic. Statewide in 2020, as reported by the Department of Transportation (DOT):
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Were You Injured by an Unqualified Truck Driver?

By Jason Bottlinger on August 1, 2022

A fully loaded big rig truck weighs up to 30 times more than a car. When a negligent truck driver crashes into a car, it does serious damage. In a recent year there were 350 crashes in Nebraska involving big rig trucks that resulted in 23 fatalities.
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Do Trucks Have a Black Box?

By Jason Bottlinger on April 23, 2022

If you get into an accident with a big rig truck, the insurance company will do everything they can to prevent you from getting a fair settlement that will cover the cost of your medical care and other expenses caused by the accident.
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How to Avoid Accidents with Trucks

By Jason Bottlinger on December 1, 2021

In a collision with a fully-loaded 18-wheeler weighing 80,000 lbs. or more, occupants of a 4,000 lb. passenger vehicles are likely to suffer serious injuries. A total of 5,005 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks in 2019, including 64 in Nebraska, as reported by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ( FMCSA). With the rapid increase in online buying, there are more large commercial trucks than ever on the roadways today. It makes sense to learn what to do to avoid a serious truck accident. The following tips can help you keep yourself and your passengers safe.

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Determining Who Is Responsible for a Truck Accident

By Jason Bottlinger on April 30, 2021

Commercial truck accidents remain one of the most dangerous types of collisions on the roads around Nebraska, killing multiple drivers and pedestrians every year. If you were injured or lost a loved one in an Omaha truck wreck, you may be looking for someone to hold accountable for your medical bills. But these cases are complex and require an in-depth investigation to determine how the collision occurred and who is responsible.

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