Many truck drivers experience accidents on the road which can result in serious injuries or death. While other drivers can be held responsible, there are also remedies available through lawsuits and other actions against the company that employed the injured driver.
The driver of an armored truck was killed while driving across a wet stretch of highway in Doniphan, Nebraska.
Armored truck crashes on wet highway
Local law enforcement believes that at around 1 pm on U.S. Highway 281, the driver began to lose control of the vehicle due to moisture on the road. The truck ended up going into a ditch and rolling over. The driver was ejected from the vehicle at some point during this sequence of events.
The woman driving the truck was found dead at the scene and her two passengers were taken to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries. This was a single vehicle accident, and it seems that no other drivers were affected.
Getting financial assistance after work related injuries
When a truck driver or other worker experiences injuries or dies while engaged in their normal job duties, it is possible to file a lawsuit against the employer. However, in most cases it will also be necessary to show that some kind of negligent act or intentional wrong contributed to the injury to prevail in civil cases against the employer.
For minor injuries, the most common way to receive compensation is a workers compensation claim. Employers are required by law to pay workers their lost wages if they miss time due to a work related injury. However, keep in mind that this type of compensation pays for lost wages only, and it does not allow the injured worker to ask for additional compensation related to medical expenses or other issues. A lawsuit is required to recover other types of damages or larger amounts. Workers compensation can also be used for cases of serious injuries or death to collect from an employer, but there are different rules for these claims than personal injury lawsuits for negligence.
Wrongful death lawsuits
There is a specific type of civil lawsuit that can be filed after someone dies during an accident. A wrongful death action allows certain family members of the deceased person to collect money related to funeral expenses, medical treatment, future lost wages, and other services they could have provided if they were still alive. In Nebraska, the wrongful death statute limits losses that the representative of the estate can claim to monetary losses, rather than also allowing damages for emotional pain and suffering like many other civil cases.
The statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death lawsuit in Nebraska is two years. This means that it is important to speak with an attorney shortly after a family member dies if there is any possibility that a wrongful death claim may be filed.
Talk to a truck accident expert in your area
There are experienced attorneys who handle lawsuits related to truck accidents in the state of Nebraska. They will provide specific advice related to what kinds of claims or lawsuits may be available to you.