Truck drivers serve a vital purpose in this country. And, most drivers are qualified, follow the law, and get the rest they need. Unfortunately, there are certain drivers and employers who ignore or violate trucking regulations. They choose profit and convenience over the safety and well-being of others on the road. The results can be catastrophic for the victim and his or her family.
If you have been in a truck accident, contact a Nebraska truck accident lawyer at Miller Grell Law Group in Lincoln for a free legal consultation. Call us at 402-261-4736 or toll free at 1-877-791-0029.
Truck drivers must use reasonable care when operating their tractor-trailers. But, there are major differences between a truck accident and a car accident. On the surface, the biggest difference between truck and car accidents is that trucking accident injuries tend to be much more severe. The sheer size of a semitruck increases the likelihood that the victim will suffer life-changing injuries.
There are other differences as well.
Trucking companies and drivers are more heavily regulated than regular drivers. In addition to regular traffic rules, trucking companies and drivers must comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. These regulations are designed to regulate the trucking industry in such a way so as to keep the public safe.
Trucking companies are required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to carry high levels of liability insurance because the nature of their business is quite dangerous. Most accident victims or truck drivers have no idea what a Nebraska semitruck accident claim might be worth, and they are surprised to find that the stakes are so high—frequently in the hundreds of thousands of dollars—and sometimes in the millions.
There are many reasons that a truck accident occurs. For instance, a truck driver is required to pay close attention to the maintenance of their truck, as well as limit the number of hours they drive in a day. Some of the most common reasons truck accidents occur are:
- Driver lacked proper experience or training
- Truck was oversized
- Truck was overloaded
- Truck’s brakes weren’t maintained properly
- Conditions like rain, snow, or fog caused poor visibility
- Safety systems like reflectors, safety lights, and warning devices weren’t working properly
- Driver was fatigued or sleepy from driving too long without a break
- Aggressive driving behavior
- Poor road conditions
- Failure to yield to other cars on the road
- Driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol
If you have been in a truck accident, contact a truck accident lawyer at Miller Grell Law Group in Lincoln, Nebraska, for a free legal consultation. There are time-sensitive pieces of information that are important to your claim, so it is crucial that you contact a lawyer right away. Call us at 402-261-4736 or toll free at 1-877-791-0029.