Truck accidents can have serious implications for other road users. Every year, thousands of people sustain serious injuries in crashes with trucks, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. In 2012 alone, approximately 3,900 people died in truck collisions across the country, and more than 100,000 people sustained serious injuries.
Though this is a national problem, truck crashes also affect people heavily across the state of Nebraska. The injuries sustained in collisions with trucks are often more dramatic and debilitating than those sustained in accidents with smaller vehicles because of a truck’s sheer size, making medical treatment and recovery incredibly expensive.
If you were the victim of a truck accident and it was not your fault, call Rensch & Rensch Law for advice. An Omaha personal-injury lawyer can look through your case to determine if you may have a valid claim against the truck driver, trucking company or any other negligent party involved.
Our attorneys have more than 45 years of combined legal experience, and we have litigated more than 100 jury trials. This is the kind of experience that you can use to your advantage. Schedule an appointment today with a personal-injury lawyer by calling us at 1-800-471-4100.
Most truck accidents may be out of your control, but knowing some of the more common causes could help you avoid dangerous situations while on the roads. Read on for more information.
- Driving in Blind Spots
A lot of motorists are unaware that truck drivers have a large blind spot, often called the no-zone, where truckers have extremely limited or no visibility, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Many truck accidents happen when drivers travel in these no-zones while the trucker attempts to change lanes. Avoid travelling in truckers’ blind spots for an extended period of time at all costs.
- Abrupt Lane Changes
Motorists often cause truck accidents by underestimating the size and speed of the vehicle and changing lanes abruptly in front of one. Trucks cannot make sudden stops or changes, and if a car forces a trucker to break or swerve due to abrupt lane changes, there is a good chance he or she will lose control of the truck and cause an accident.
- Reckless Truck Drivers
Most truck drivers abide by the rules of the road, but reckless truck drivers can be particularly dangerous. Drivers who operate their trucks while under the influence of alcohol, drive recklessly or maintain high speeds regularly cause truck accidents.
- Driver Fatigue
Many truck drivers work long shifts, and driver fatigue is a leading cause of truck accidents, according to the FMCSA. Many truck accidents are outside of a regular motorist’s control, but if you are aware of the main truck accident causes, you may be able to prevent one.
If you do sustain injuries in an accident, call an Omaha personal-injury attorney from Rensch & Rensch Law at 1-800-471-4100. We can evaluate your case to determine if you may have a claim for damages.