Commercial truck drivers bear even greater responsibilities on the roadway than ordinary motor vehicle drivers. They transport goods in massive big rigs that can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. They must pass special tests and hold commercial drivers’ licenses. Yet despite their professional responsibilities, many truck drivers act negligently behind the wheel. Truckers who drive drunk, distracted, drowsy, or careless, cause thousands of tragic truck accidents every year.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident in Nebraska, a Lincoln truck accident lawyer at Powers Law can be your trusted legal ally. We understand truck accident laws in Nebraska and may be able to help you win compensation for your damages.
Protect Your Rights After a Truck Accident in Nebraska
Truck drivers must follow federal and state regulations when they navigate the highways of Nebraska. They must abide by federal hours of service rules, which mandate how many hours they can drive and how much rest they must get. Commercial drivers have a stricter blood alcohol concentration limit in Nebraska than other drivers – 0.04% compared to 0.08%. They must follow typical roadway rules as well: yielding the right of way when applicable, merging carefully, and obeying speed limits.
Unfortunately, many truckers shirk their duties and disobey rules that are in place to protect other drivers on the road. If truck driver error is to blame for your accident, you may be the victim of negligence; as such, you have rights in Nebraska. Come to Powers Law to discuss your case with a knowledgeable Lincoln accident attorney and learn if you are eligible to receive compensation. Compensation can include monetary awards for past and future medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, lost capacity to earn, and more. Our team will provide you with our honest, professional evaluation during a free consultation – in person or over the phone. We also make home and hospital visits when necessary.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Driver error is the most common cause of truck accidents, but it is not the only one. In our 30-plus years of truck accident litigation, we at Powers Law have seen numerous causes of collisions. Here are three common causes our Lincoln truck accident attorneys have seen and their potential legal remedies:
- Vehicle part failure. If a big rig’s brakes, power steering, or other components give out and cause an accident, the crash may be the part manufacturer’s fault. In a product liability case, plaintiff(s) must prove that a part had a defect and that the defect caused the accident. They do not need to prove the manufacturing company’s negligence.
- Roadway hazards. If loose gravel, obstacles in the roadway, concealed signs, or malfunctioning traffic lights caused the accident, the county responsible for roadway maintenance may be the defendant. Bringing a claim against a governmental body in Nebraska is complex and requires experienced lawyers.
- Trucking company negligence. Poor vehicle maintenance, improper loading, and negligent hiring/training practices may all fall on the shoulders of the trucking company. In the past, trucking companies avoided liability by leasing trucks and hiring independent contractors. Federal rule changes, however, now make companies responsible for many truck accidents.
Regardless of what you believe caused your truck accident, come and speak to the attorneys at Powers Law. You have nothing to lose with our free consultation offer and potentially a lot to gain. Thousands of dollars in compensation, closure after your accident, and a sense of justice may all await you. Attorney Vince Powers and his caring team want to help you and your family after a tragic trucking collision.
Free Consultation with a Lincoln Truck Accident Lawyer
The team at Powers Law is ready and awaiting your call. We believe in aggressive representation and are willing to take cases to trial if necessary. We don’t shy away from complex or difficult cases. Please contact us online or call (402) 474-8000 to schedule your free case evaluation in Lincoln, Nebraska.