Truck Accidents

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Truck Accident Attorney in Nebraska

Imagine sitting in your vehicle at a traffic light or stop sign waiting for your cue to go. You are dialing through radio stations, glancing at your phone, or chatting with a friend in the passenger seat when you glance in your rearview mirror and see an 18-wheeler barreling toward you at top speed. What do you do? Unfortunately, by the time most drivers realize they need to take immediate action; it’s too late to react. And that is why you need an experienced Nebraska truck accident attorney on your side.

Causes of Tractor-Trailer Accidents

Commercial transport drivers are no less susceptible to modern distractions than other vehicle drivers. Exhaustion tends to play a role in these types of accidents more so than others.

Tractor-trailer operators are now limited to no more than 11 hours of driving each day before needing a 10 hour break, and must log the required amount of driving and rest time. Regardless, some drivers falsify their logbooks in order to meet deadlines or earn more money. Many larger companies are now having electronic devices installed in their vehicles to ensure those regulations are upheld; however, laws regarding these measures are not yet all-inclusive.

Some other typical causes of a truck accident also include:

  • Road Conditions: Ice, snow, and rain factor into trucking accidents just as they do with other types of crashes, but the speed and their greater weight tend to make matters worse. If it takes more than 300 feet for an 18-wheeler manufactured 10 years ago to stop on dry roads, imagine the distance needed when patches of black ice are present.
  • Lack of Proper Training: Drivers must undergo extensive education in a classroom environment as well as complete a specified number of hands-on driving hours before acquiring their commercial driver’s license (CDL), but some manage to slip through the cracks. Trucking companies sometimes allow unqualified drivers behind the wheel of their vehicles in an attempt to save money or quickly deliver a shipment. In some cases, licensed operators bring inexperienced buddies along on hauls to help double their earning potential.
  • Inadequate Vehicle Maintenance: Trucking companies and independent owner-operators are all held to strict standards when it comes to keeping their trucks maintained; of course, this entails a certain amount of downtime, which affects the almighty bottom line. Some overlook certain maintenance issues like worn tires or brake components in order to keep their trucks up and running, and innocent victims end up paying the ultimate price.
  • Failure to Perform Required Inspections: The law dictates tractor-trailers must undergo thorough inspections prior to each haul to catch any potential equipment malfunctions before they become an issue. If any problems are found, they are required to be corrected before taking to the roads. Though this is a simple step and one of the most effective methods of preventing faulty equipment-related injuries or deaths, our Nebraska trucking accident attorney sees this oversight crop up far too often.
  • Poor Loading Practices: With flatbeds and other types of open trailers, properly securing a load is critical. When proper measures are not taken to ensure the load is properly tied down, and covered in some cases, it becomes a hazard to everyone on the road. For enclosed trailers, if the items being transported are not properly balanced, they could cause the trailer to sway significantly or even overturn. Proper loading of any trailer is an important part of the driver and company’s responsibilities.

Why Truck Accidents Do So Much Damage

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Loaded to their maximum legal limit, 18-wheelers can weigh upwards of 96,000 pounds. At a speed of 60 miles per hour, they require 250 to 330 feet to stop depending on their date of manufacture and other factors. Of course, that also assumes the driver is fully trained, alert, and well-seasoned in his or her profession, has finely honed reflexes, and the road is dry.

There are over 500,000 truck accidents a year and approximately 5,000 of those accidents result in death. Nebraska drivers are among those at risk of becoming victims of an 18-wheeler crash, but Nebraska truck accident attorney Larry Demerath and the legal team at Demerath Law Office are here for you.

Why You Need a Truck Accident Attorney

In each of these situations, negligence is the prevailing factor. Whether this lack of appropriate action comes at the hands of a tractor-trailer operator, a trucking company, or a maintenance technician, you deserve compensation for your injuries or the loss of your loved one. Our legal team at Demerath Law Office has the experience and resources needed to help prove who is at fault, the exact type of injuries and damages you received, and to acquire reasonable compensation for all victims — with over 45 years of experience and a comprehensive understanding of this area of the law.