Truck Accident Lawyers in Nebraska
An underride accident occurs when a passenger vehicle or motorcycle becomes lodged beneath a commercial truck. This type of collision can be caused by a jackknifing truck sliding across lanes, a distracted driver failing to brake and hitting a truck traveling in front of them, or a trucker merging into another lane even though there is a vehicle in their path.
Cars, SUVs, and motorcycles are often pulled underneath the trucks when underride accidents occur, and because the vehicles are not built to withstand this pressure, the results are often catastrophic. If you were harmed by a negligent trucker or lost a loved one in an underride accident in Nebraska or Wyoming, you may be entitled to compensation. Our experienced team of personal injury lawyers in Nebraska can help you seek a fair settlement and hold the responsible party liable for their actions.
The Failure of Rear Impact Guards
Approximately 350 underride truck accidents occur in the United States each year. The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires the installation of rear impact guards on all commercial vehicles, in an effort to stop passenger vehicles from being pulled underneath. Tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), however, show that the rear guards required in the United States often fail when a vehicle collides with a commercial truck at speeds of 35 miles per hour or faster.
The failure of the rear impact guard to stop vehicles from colliding with the tailgates of trucks can be disastrous, as the tailgates are around the same height as passenger car windshields, which are often crushed during the collisions. Underride accidents typically leave victims with catastrophic or
fatal injuries, which is why many groups across the country are seeking changes to federal trucking regulations. In Canada, for example, commercial vehicles are required to install rear impact guards that are 75% stronger than the guards required in the United States. If you have suffered in an underride accident, you deserve justice, and our firm can help.
Call The Robert Pahlke Law Group: 888-514-4138
Our experienced Nebraska personal injury team has fought to protect victims and improve community safety for more than 30 years. We are dedicated to helping victims of trucking accidents recover full compensation for their injuries and losses, and our attorneys can assist you with creating a comprehensive case. Through thorough investigation and detailed preparation, we can work with you to create a compelling claim or lawsuit that holds the negligent trucker or trucking company liable for their negligent actions. Our firm believes you deserve generous compensation as the victim of an underride accident, and we can represent your rights before the courts. Contact a Nebraska trucking accident attorney at our firm today to discuss your legal options!