Omaha Truck Underride Accident Attorney
There may be no more dangerous vehicles in Nebraska than tractor-trailers. These immense trucks have up to 18 wheels and can weigh as much as 40 tons. That’s 80,000 pounds of metal and rubber moving at high speeds, so when cars and semi-trucks collide, the people in the car are the ones who get hurt.
Truck Accident Services
Bottlinger Law L.L.C. is dedicated to protecting victims of serious car accidents in Nebraska. If you or a loved one has been injured in a collision with a tractor-trailer, you’ll be faced with a powerful insurance company that will do everything it can to destroy your claim. Call (402) 505-8234 to schedule a free consultation with an Omaha personal injury attorney and learn how you can receive the compensation you deserve.
The way tractor-trailers are built, the trailer sits several feet off the ground thanks to its large tires. When a collision occurs between a car and a semi-truck, especially at high speeds, the car can go under the back, side, or even the front of the semi. This is called an underride, and it often smashes the roof of the car and seriously injures or kills the occupants.
The brutality of these accidents led lawmakers to call for a bipartisan law, requiring all semis nationwide to install guardrails to prevent cars from sliding under the trailer during a collision. However, the current federally-mandated underride guards (called ICC bars) have been shown to be ineffective in crashes that involve moderate to high speeds.
Truck accident claims are notorious for being complex. Trucks are commercial vehicles, often from out of state. Trucking insurers have been known to get to the scene before emergency response teams, and “doctor” the evidence. Your typical case will involve federal regulations, several responsible parties, and multiple legal teams. For instance, the at-fault party in truck wreck might be the trucker, the trucking company, the company responsible for maintaining the truck, the company that loaded the truck - or all of them.
After an accident, you should consult with an experienced Omaha truck crash attorney right away. You have enough to worry about with your catastrophic injuries and medical bills. You can bet that the trucking company’s insurer will offer you less than what you’re entitled to, and you need a professional to fight back.
The legal team at Bottlinger Law L.L.C. understands the tactics insurance companies like to employ. In fact, our founder, Jason Bottlinger, started his career taking on the big insurance companies. Our experience and commitment to representing injury victims have been the key ingredients in our winning track record.
If you or a family member has been seriously hurt in an underride collision with a tractor-trailer, contact us today at (402) 505-8234 to schedule a free consultation.
- Recognizing Good Rear Underride Protection - IIHS HLDI
- Road to Zero Safety Priority Statement | Truck Underride - NSC
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