Truck crashes can be catastrophic due to the sheer weight and size of the vehicles. Often, these accidents leave serious injuries and fatalities in their wake, and the cleanup of spilled cargo and debris can take emergency workers many hours.
Truck crashes are a concern for Nebraska state officials. According to the United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a total of 285 vehicles were in fatal crashes during 2012. Of these, at least 42 were large trucks; this makes up approximately 14.7 percent of all fatal crashes on Nebraska’s roads. While these numbers are lower than many other states in America, they are still a cause for concern.
If you have suffered injuries from a truck or automobile accident, you may be able to recover damages. Omaha personal-injury lawyers at Rensch & Rensch are experienced car and truck accident attorneys. We will fight for compensation to pay for medical bills and lost income. Call us today at 800-471-4100 to schedule a free consultation.
Nebraska Fire Truck Crashes Into Official Police Car
Firehouse reports that a Nebraska fire trucked crashed into an official police vehicle, injuring one officer. Officials say both vehicles were responding to the same incident.
The police car drove into the middle of the street in order to block traffic for the fire truck, but the driver of the truck believed the police car was turning left. The truck crashed into the driver’s side of the police car. The force of the impact pushed the police vehicle into two other cars and through two fences.
The official report indicates the fire engine was driving behind the police car with its emergency lights flashing when the firefighter pulled directly in front of the police car, causing the crash. The police officer’s injuries were minor, and no one else was hurt.
Alcohol May Have Been a Factor in Fish Truck Crash
Omaha.com reports that police believe a truck driver may have been under the influence of alcohol when he crashed his vehicle and spilled his load of salmon onto the road. Officials believe as many as 11,000 salmon died in the crash. The accident caused delays on a busy roadway.
The truck was carrying the salmon from a hatchery running low on water to a river when the crash happened. Police say initial blood-alcohol tests indicated the man was three times over the legal limit.
The driver of the truck broke his shoulder, and emergency workers transported him to a nearby hospital for treatment. Police have not yet released his name.
Car accident stories populate the media, and they demonstrate that serious crashes can happen anywhere at any time. Fortunately, there are laws that protect the rights of victims who suffer injuries due to negligent drivers.
If you sustain injuries in a car or truck crash, contact Rensch & Rensch Law today. An experienced Omaha personal-injury attorney will assess your case and discuss the possibility of recovering compensation. Schedule a free consultation with us by calling 800-471-4100.