Lincoln, NE- A blast of cold air overtook much of the U.S. this week, dumping some states with snow and causing dangerous conditions on the nation’s highways. As expected, the adverse weather led to numerous car and truck accidents.
One such accident occurred in Laurel, Nebraska during Monday’s snowstorm. According to SiouxlandMatters.com, the accident occurred near the intersection of Highway 116 and Highway 20 around noon when a motorist tried to overtake a snow plow. That motorist, a 69 year-old Iowa man was struck head-on by an oncoming tractor-trailer and was pronounced dead on the scene.
The truck driver was not at fault for this accident.
Most commercial truck accidents can be attributed to the actions of motorists, but these are plenty of occasions when a truck driver acts recklessly or negligently and causes a tragic accident as a result. When this is the case, a truck accident attorney familiar with Nebraska law will work to get an injury victim or a surviving family member a fair personal injury or wrongful death settlement.
Snow and ice also contributed to a number of truck accidents that have occurred since the beginning of the year.
In Maine, on Sunday night, three separate accidents, all involving tractor-trailers, forced authorities to shut Route 9 for most of Monday. Fortunately, no one was killed in this series of truck accidents.
According to the Bangor Daily News, the first accident involved a 22 year-old woman driving an empty flat-bed truck hit a patch of ice and lost control. She slammed into guardrail and ran off the road. In another accident, a tractor-trailer driver took out a 30 foot-section of a bridge on I-95. Later on I-95, a tractor-trailer driver clipped the rear of a pickup truck that had stopped on front of him and ran off the road. None of the people involved in these three truck accidents were seriously injured.
Another accident, involving nine commercial trucks, occurred Wednesday in Pennsylvania and left two people dead, including a truck driver who was killed when he got out of his vehicle to check on other motorists.
These accidents show the dangers snow and ice pose for all motorists. Everyone driving in adverse weather conditions must take steps to ensure their own safety and the safety of others. This is especially true of truck drivers who are in charge of large and heavy equipment which can a great deal of destruction if involved in a serious truck accident.
According to 2012 data- the most recent data available—there were 285 accidents involving large commercial trucks in the state of Nebraska. Of those accidents, 42 were resulted in fatal injuries. Truck accident victims need someone to stand up for them and protect their rights. Our Nebraska truck accident attorneys are dedicated and will work tirelessly to ensure you receive a generous settlement for the pain you’ve endured. Don’t hesitate to contact them and set up a consultation if you have been involved in major truck accident.