Accidents in any type of vehicle can be catastrophic. Even minor collisions can cause injuries that are expensive to treat. However, crashes that involve commercial trucks can be particularly devastating, and unfortunately, they are a common problem across the state of Nebraska.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, nearly 4,000 people died in large truck accidents in 2012, and 104,000 people sustained serious injuries. In that same period, there were more than 300,000 large truck accidents across the country, reflecting a 4-percent increase from previous years.
There are certain factors that can make commercial truck accidents significantly more severe than typical collisions, and it is important to keep these in mind if you drive on Nebraskan roads.
If you sustained injuries in a car or truck accident, call an Omaha personal-injury lawyer from Rensch & Rensch Law. We specialize in personal-injury cases, and an attorney from our firm can evaluate your crash to determine if you may have a valid claim. Our legal team has extensive experience representing the rights of the injured, and we may be able to recover damages for lost wages and medical expenses related to your collision.
To schedule an appointment, call us today at 1-800-471-4100. In the meantime, read on for more information about commercial truck accidents:
What makes truck accidents so dangerous?
Truck drivers are generally skilled professionals who are more careful than other road users, but according to the United States Department of Transportation, they cause a significant number of serious injuries every year. However, these injuries and fatalities are rarely the truck driver’s fault.
Regular road users often cause collisions by not taking the size and speed of trucks into account, and changing lanes abruptly or driving in a trucker’s blind spot. In addition, truck drivers may have difficulty seeing road hazards because of the size and shape of their vehicles.
Cargo and truckloads contribute to the severity of truck accidents—particularly in situations when the vehicle is transporting hazardous materials. In many situations, the cargo alone can cause serious injuries.
What to Do Following a Truck Accident
If you were in a serious truck accident, you will likely have severe injuries, and it is important to seek adequate medical attention as soon as possible. If the accident was not your fault, there is a possibility that you may be able to recover damages, especially if a negligent driver contributed to the crash.
An experienced Omaha personal-injury attorney from Rensch & Rensch Law can address any questions or concerns you have about filing a lawsuit. We can also explain the laws that govern these matters and how they relate to your case.
At Rensch & Rensch Law, we have extensive experience representing the victims of negligent drivers. If you are suffering from truck accident injuries, call us today at 1-800-471-4100 to schedule an appointment. We can evaluate your specific situation and help you plot the way forward.