Semi Truck Accidents
Our Nebraska attorneys fight for your peace of mind
Semi trucks travel on Nebraska roads every day. They drive alongside us on highways, suburban roads and rural paths to reach their destination. Many people are nervous driving near them, and rightfully so. The load a semi truck carries can be thousands of pounds, making any crash a major, catastrophic incident.
18-wheelers are incredibly heavy, have several blind spots and are harder to control than cars. This means poor driving habits practiced by the truck driver can easily result in a collision. Accidents involving semi trucks are more likely to cause fatalities than other vehicles, given the number of hazards they pose when on the road.
At Ausman Law Firm P.C., L.L.O. of Omaha, we dedicate ourselves to fighting for your compensation, your rights and your peace of mind after an accident. We know how devastating truck accidents can be and we will work tirelessly to help you recover from your crash.
Types of accidents caused by semi trucks
A truck accident can happen in a number of ways, all possessing the ability to destroy property and lives due to driver negligence. A semi truck can weigh upwards of 40,000 pounds, far larger than a passenger car, pickup truck or minivan. The sheer size and weight alone can contribute to a number of truck accidents, including:
- Jackknife accidents – When the trailer of the truck swings out to one side, the cab and trailer fold in on itself at a ninety-degree angle.
- Rollover accidents – Due to speeding, a large load or sharp turns, a truck can easily roll over and strike cars around it.
- Underride accidents – The size difference between passenger cars means that when a truck makes a sudden stop, the car can easily slide underneath the truck in an underride accident.
Semi trucks must be driven by diligent, experienced truck drivers. Unfortunately, not all truck drivers take such precautions behind the wheel, and those dangerous drivers put everyone on the road in danger.
Distracted truck drivers are dangerous
Texting, being involved in an in-depth conversation on the phone or with a passenger and fiddling with a navigation system: Distracted driving is the cause of thousands of fatal accidents. When a semi truck driver is distracted on their journey, the outcome can be catastrophic.
Driving a large, commercial truck requires total focus and control at all times. Driver fatigue and irresponsible driving habits are two causes of fatal accidents that can claim the lives of thousands of drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Our law firm is dedicated to helping them recover their various losses.
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When a truck driver or company is negligent, they can cause serious accidents. Injuries are typically much more severe than a passenger car collision. If you or someone you know was hurt in a semi truck accident, don’t hesitate. Contact us today.