Ice from Truck Causes Crash Near North Platte
Recently, a chunk of ice from the top of a semitrailer crashed down into traffic resulting in multiple injuries. Officials say a large piece of ice struck and penetrated the windshield of a 2003 Honda Odyssey. The truck accident occurred near North Platte along Interstate 80. The ice hit the 18-year-old driver of the minivan and her front-seat passenger. The van then veered into the median and rolled several times.
The 18-year-old driver was flown to the hospital with serious facial injuries. Her 42-year-old father and 16-year-old brother were treated for minor injuries. The authorities were not able to locate the semi-truck.
It is the responsibility of truck owners and drivers to a make sure the vehicle is in proper working order before every long trip. Part of that responsibility extends to ensuring that the vehicle is safe for other vehicles. Failing to remove snow and ice from the truck is a form of negligence that can result in serious injuries. When this type of accident happens, it must be determined if there was a failure to inspect the truck or trailer and if the driver negligently failed to prevent ice from flying into traffic.
It can be difficult to determine liability for this type of accident unless the injured victims can prove that the truck driver exhibited negligence. This type of case can prove even more complicated if the truck driver is never located. In such cases, victims may need to pursue support for their injuries through their own insurance providers.
If you have been hurt in a truck accident or a hit-and-run accident in which the at-fault driver is not found, please do not hesitate to contact an experienced Nebraska personal injury attorney who will fight to protect your rights. Financial support may still be available for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related damages.
Contact Cullan & Cullan LLC to discuss your situation. You can reach us at (402) 682-8195.