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Advocating for Injured Truck Accident Victims

More large commercial trucks than ever before can be seen on America’s roadways. This can be attributed to a combination of a significant increase in e-commerce, supply chain backlogs, and increased oil and gas operations in the U.S. As Nebraska is located in the center of the country, many heavy trucks pass through the state daily. With more truck traffic on the roads, we are seeing an increase in the number of moving truck accidents causing serious or fatal injuries.

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How Do Moving Truck Crashes Happen?

Truck drivers can become involved in collisions for many different reasons. Common causes of moving truck wrecks include:

  • Speeding: Traveling too fast for conditions is a leading cause of truck collisions. Big, heavy trucks require more time and distance to stop, and the faster the speed, the more time and distance is needed. Truckers may tend to speed more when they are under pressure to make delivery deadlines.
  • Distracted driving: Truckers on long hauls may be tempted to talk on the phone, send or receive text messages, check their email, or engage in other forms of driver distraction. Behind the wheel of a big rig, it is even more important that drivers keep their eyes on the road, their hands on the wheel, and their attention on driving.
  • Driver fatigue: Truck drivers work long hours traveling for long stretches at a time. Without sufficient rest breaks, they can easily become fatigued or drowsy and run the risk of falling asleep at the wheel. Drowsy driving is similar to driving under the influence of alcohol, as reported by the National Safety Council (NSC).
  • Improper lane changes: Large trucks have large blind spots all around the truck and trailer. When truck drivers fail to properly check their blind spots before changing lanes, they can slam into other vehicles.
  • Failure to yield: Like other drivers, truckers have a duty to yield the right-of-way when merging onto or off a freeway, turning right on a red light, and in other traffic situations. When they fail to do so, it can have disastrous consequences.
  • Impaired driving: Researchers in a recent study found that 27.6% of responding truck drivers used drugs, according to the American Addiction Centers. Among them, 21.3% consumed amphetamines and 2.2% used cocaine. Drug use can significantly impair a driver’s ability to safely operate a big truck.
  • Improper loading: If a commercial truck is overloaded or the cargo is not loaded and secured properly, it can lead to rollover crashes, jackknifing, or cargo spills that present deadly obstacles for other motorists.

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How Is Liability Determined in a Truck Collision?

One factor that makes truck accidents complex cases is multiple potentially liable parties. Any party whose negligence caused or contributed to the wreck may be held responsible. These may include the truck driver, the trucking company, a truck or parts manufacturer, a company responsible for maintaining and repairing the vehicle, and the company that loaded the truck, among others.

To determine fault and liability, we conduct a thorough investigation of the crash. Our Omaha truck accident attorney can act quickly to preserve vital evidence contained in the truck’s “black box,” or electronic control module (ECM). These devices can provide a wealth of data, including the speed of the truck before the crash, whether and when the brakes were applied, sudden changes in acceleration or deceleration, GPS location, etc.

If you have been seriously injured in a truck crash, your best chance of recovering full and fair compensation is to have an experienced truck accident lawyer by your side. Contact Bottlinger Law L.L.C. at (402) 505-8234.

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