A motorcyclist sustained fatal injuries after colliding with a semi truck in Omaha, Nebraska. The collision occurred at the intersection between 132nd and L streets. The motorcyclist was heading west on L Street while the truck driver was northbound.
The motorcyclist sustained life-threatening injuries in the crash and was rushed to a local hospital for treatment but did not make it. It is unclear as to whether the truck driver was injured.
Authorities are investigating the accident to determine the cause. Police haven’t released any information on either driver, such as a toxicology report. A number of factors may have played a role, including intoxication, speeding, fatigue, failing to come to a complete stop, failing to yield, and others.
Any type of motor vehicle accident can have a serious impact on the lives of those involved. While some crashes only result in property damage that an insurance claim can remedy, others have dire — and often fatal — ramifications. This is especially true for any collision involving a large commercial truck, such as this recent crash.
How Are Truck Accidents Worse Than Car Accidents?
While an accident between two passenger vehicles can often prove deadly, the chance of a fatality after a collision involving a semi truck is much higher. Why is that?
For starters, the size of a semi in comparison to a passenger vehicle is exponentially greater. The larger and heavier the vehicle, the greater the impact will be if a collision occurs.
The average semi truck is approximately 72 feet in length and can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Meanwhile, a mid-size car is typically 15 to 16 feet long and has an average weight of approximately 3,300 pounds. This is a substantial contrast, and one that can mean the difference between a few bumps and bruises versus catastrophic injuries or death.
In addition, commercial truck drivers tend to work very long shifts, which can lead the driver to develop fatigue or falling asleep at the wheel. Truck drivers also have tight deadlines for their deliveries, and often speed in order to arrive at their destinations on time. There have also been cases in which a truck driver was intoxicated, whether by alcohol, amphetamines to keep them awake, or a combination of both. These factors can all affect the driver’s ability to operate their vehicles safely and increase the probability of a truck accident.
Turn to an Omaha Truck Accident Lawyer After a Collision
If you were involved in a collision with a commercial truck, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and general pain and suffering. It’s important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible with an Omaha truck accident lawyer, like the experienced team at Rensch & Rensch Law, to determine your eligibility to file a case and seek damages.