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Compensation for Damages in Unsafe Lane Change Truck Accident Cases in Omaha

Improper lane changes are dangerous and, regardless of the size of the vehicles involved, can lead to disaster. When an unsafe lane change involves a large commercial truck, the consequences can be catastrophic due to the size and weight of the truck. Unfortunately, when truck drivers are distracted or fail to check their blind spots, these deadly accidents can occur. At Bottlinger Law L.L.C. in Omaha, our personal injury team is committed to representing those who have been injured in unsafe lane change accidents involving commercial trucks. Call us today at (402) 505-8234 to schedule a free initial case review to discuss the details of your accident with our compassionate Omaha truck accident attorney.

How Improper Lane Change Accidents Happen

Blind spots are generally the most common factor behind improper lane change accidents, but there are other common reasons truck drivers fail to change lanes in a safe manner:

  • Truck drivers are often pressured to meet tight deadlines and, to ensure they reach their next stop, they may fail to operate the vehicle safely.
  • If a truck driver is distracted by a phone call or a text, they may unintentionally shift and change lanes, resulting in an accident.
  • It is not uncommon for truck drivers to spend long hours behind the wheel. They are often exhausted and may be so tired that they either fall asleep or drift off for just a few seconds and may drift into another lane.
  • When a truck driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they may lose the ability to properly control the vehicle, which could cause them to drift into another lane.

Other common contributing factors include failing to signal before changing lanes, speeding, failing to yield the right of way, and misjudging the distance needed to merge into traffic. In some cases, the truck design may contribute to improper lane changes:

  • Trailers do not have windows, and a rearview mirror will not reveal other drivers in a truck blind spot. Drivers who are following too closely behind the truck could potentially collide with it as they attempt to change lanes.
  • Given the width of a truck, a driver can more easily see to the left than the right of the vehicle. Making the situation even more hazardous, trucks need a substantial amount of space when making a right turn.

Forms of Compensation You Could Be Awarded

In a truck accident case, there are various forms of compensation you could be awarded, if successful, including:

  • Medical expenses, such as emergency room visits, surgeries, assistive devices, medication, and physical therapy.
  • Lost wages and lost earning capacity due to time away from work, or the inability to work as a result of your injuries.
  • Property damage, such as your vehicle and any other important belongings that may have been damaged or lost as a result of the accident.
  • Pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and any counseling you may need to cope with the aftermath.

Schedule a Free Initial Consultation

If you were injured in a truck accident that was caused by an improper lane change, you may be suffering from serious or catastrophic injuries. It is important to act fast and obtain skilled legal counsel to pursue fair and just compensation.

At Bottlinger Law L.L.C. in Omaha, our legal team is dedicated to fighting on behalf of the wrongfully injured. With our team on your side, you could focus more on getting back on your feet while we take care of the rest. Call us today at (402) 505-8234 to schedule a free consultation.

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