Tow TruckDouglas County, NE-A collision between a tractor-trailer and a passenger vehicle in Nebraska left one-woman dead late last month. The collision highlights how lethal truck accidents are and how many lives are impacted by truck accidents.

The accident occurred just outside Norfolk on January, 31st around 1:00 p.m. reports that a tractor-trailer struck a passenger vehicle carrying a 71-year-old woman. According to police, she was pulling out of a local business when she was struck by a semi-truck driven by a 33-year-old man from Iowa. reports that the woman suffered critical injuries and was pronounced dead right after the collision. The truck driver was not injured. reports that the accident tied up traffic on the road for a few hours while police investigated the crash.

Few other details about the accident have been reported, so we don’t know who is ultimately responsible for the collision or if the truck driver will be cited.

This accident demonstrates the deadliness of commercial truck accidents. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there were 3,602 deaths from truck accidents in 2013. The overwhelming majority of deaths, 67 percent, were passenger vehicle motorists while 16 percent were truck drivers and occupants.  What’s more, according to the IIHS, fatal truck accidents increased 14 percent between 2009 and 2013.

Surprisingly, the majority of commercial truck accidents don’t occur on highways; they occur on major surface streets. And like this accident, the majority of fatal truck accidents, occur in the afternoon with deadliest hours being noon to 3 p.m., according to the IIHS.

As we said before, we don’t know who caused this accident, but when a truck driver is at fault, they should be held accountable for their negligence and the costs their victims face. Truck accident victims should consider meeting with a truck accident lawyer in Omaha, Nebraska to discuss the details of their case and decide how to proceed with their injury claim.

If you are an injured truck driver or an injured passenger vehicle motorist, you need someone on your side who knows how to build an unassailable truck accident claim. The truck accident lawyers at USAttorneys are experienced and dedicated litigators who know what it takes to make a strong injury claim and won’t give up on your case until you are awarded a generous settlement.

Truck drivers injured on the job should contact a workers’ compensation lawyer near their Nebraska location to determine how you can recover compensation.

Whether you plan on resolving your case through an insurance settlement or prefer to take your case to court, when you enlist one of the attorneys at USAttorneys, you can be sure to get the maximum amount of compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering. Our team of accident lawyers will fight for you and your loved one and won’t rest until you get the compensation you deserve. Set up a consultation today.