Semi Truck Accident

Truck Driver Charged in Fatal I-80 Crash Arrested after Two Months on the Run

By Cullan & Cullan on August 20, 2013 - Comments off

According to a report by Omaha.com, a man charged on May 31 with motor vehicle homicide in Nebraska was arrested in another state on August 19 after more than two months on the run.

In December 2011, the man crashed a semitrailer into the back of a Toyota Camry, taking the life of a two-year-old Omaha child. The tragic accident took place on Interstate 80 during the winter. A Nebraska State Patrol accident reconstruction specialist determined the man had been driving with excessive speed in slick conditions. The truck was going 60 mph in a 55 mph zone.

At the time of the arrest, the man was in violation of parole for an earlier crime. Read the rest »



Truck Drivers Express Discontent with New Safety Rules

By Cullan & Cullan on July 9, 2013 - Comments off

Omaha Truck AccidentAccording to a report by CNBC, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has enacted new rules, active from July 1, that require truck drivers to take longer breaks and spend less time on the road. More specifically, maximum workweek hours have been cut down from 82 to 70, and drivers are now expected to take a half-hour break in the first eight hours of driving.

The Obama Administration is making a push to make roadways safer for everyone. The new rules function to prevent truck accidents and fatalities. A safety rating system that can be used by shippers has also been introduced with the hope that the trucking industry will be forced to improve its own safety standards. Read the rest »



Omaha Police Officer Hospitalized after Cruiser Rear-Ended by Semi

By Cullan & Cullan on June 6, 2013 - Comments off

After his cruiser was rear ended by a semi truck, an Omaha police officer has been hospitalized. According to KETV 7 ABC, the accident occurred on Interstate 80. The officer was transported to the trauma unit at Nebraska Medical Center for treatment of injuries suffered in the crash. The injuries suffered were not life threatening, and the officer has since been released from the hospital.

The rear-ending of the police cruiser happened just before 6:30 p.m. while the officer was conducting a traffic stop. The crash occurred near Q Street on Interstate 80 eastbound. A police spokesperson said that the officer and his patrol dog were both inside the cruiser when it was struck from behind by the semi truck. The police K-9 was not hurt. Read the rest »



Omaha Man Dies in I-80 Truck Crash

By Cullan & Cullan on April 24, 2013 - Comments off

An Omaha man, age 48, was killed in a two-semi truck collision on I-80.  As reported by ABCK2 TV, upon the arrival at the scene of the crash, state troopers found one tractor trailer truck already on fire.  According to State Trooper Troy Marrs, one truck rear-ended the other which was traveling very slowly in the eastbound land of I-80.  According to witnesses, the tractor and the trailer it struck became immediately engulfed in flames and remained burning for as much as one hour.

The driver and co-driver of the tractor that was struck got out of his truck and tried to get near enough to the other tractor to see if they could help the driver, but it was too late; the truck was already fully engulfed in flames.  At that time an explosion occurred.  They could not help the driver.  They returned to their tractor and separated their tractor from its trailer.  Then they pulled away from the trailer fearing the flames would spread. Read the rest »



Fatal Truck Crash Damages I-80 Bridge

By Cullan & Cullan on April 17, 2013 - Comments off

On March 27th, 2013, an Interstate 80 bridge carrying westbound traffic was badly damaged due to a deadly truck crash and fire.  As reported by nebraskatruckaccidents.com, due to falling concrete, the Interstate 80 business loop crossing under the damaged bridge also had to be closed to traffic.

Thousands die each year in semi-truck accidents.  Semi-truck accidents too often have serious consequences and can be deadly.  The Nebraska vehicle attorneys at Cullan & Cullan want you to stay informed about truck accidents and to be careful on highways, such as Interstate 80.

It is yet to be determined whether the bridge can be repaired or whether it will have to be totally replaced.  The damage to the bridge happened when a truck failed to negotiate a small curve just prior to the interchange.  The truck was owned by Rocky Mountain Classic Landscaping in Commerce City, Colorado.  A police spokesperson said that when the truck left the highway, it continued approximately 1,000 feet down the median, and then went airborne and crashed into one of the bridge supports. Read the rest »



Fatal Head-on Collision on I-80 between Semi and Pickup

By Cullan & Cullan on April 15, 2013 - Comments off

According to the Nebraska State Patrol, a California man was killed in a fiery collision with a tractor-trailer truck on Interstate 80.  Courtesy of Omaha World-Herald, there was a single witness to the crash who remains shaken from seeing the collision.  An Omaha truck driver saw the crash between the semi and the pickup.

The witness was driving behind a 2003 Dodge pickup that was traveling east on I-80 near Grand Island in the right-hand lane when it suddenly swerved across the median into the west bound lanes of the interstate and collided head-on with a 2010 International tractor-trailer truck.  Both vehicles came to a stop in the north ditch line and caught fire according to Captain Chris Kolb of the Nebraska State Patrol.

Kolb said that the driver of the pickup was pronounced dead at the scene.  In order to be able to positively identify the victim dental records are being examined.  The driver of the tractor-trailer truck was transported to Aurora’s Memorial Hospital where he was treated for only minor injuries and released. Read the rest »



Trucker Involved in Fatal Crash on Nebraska I-80 to Appear in Court

By Cullan & Cullan on April 4, 2013 - Comments off

According to Nebraska State Police, driver fatigue seems to have been an issue in an I-80 accident involving a semi tractor-trailer truck and two cars.  According to Nebraska Radio Network, a truck broke down on one of the west-bound lanes.  A semi tractor-trailer crashed into the rear of the stalled truck, killing the semi’s driver instantly.  While emergency responders were on their way to the scene of the crash, another big rig headed west on I-80 failed to slow down for the accident, and slammed into the rear of a Ford Mustang which in turn hit a Toyota Corolla, forcing it underneath another tractor-trailer stopped for the wreck.  A mother, father, and their two children died in the Corolla.  The mother was 30 weeks pregnant.

At the firm of Cullan & Cullan our Omaha truck accident lawyers understand that drivers of big rigs sometimes make poor choices, like staying behind the wheel for extended periods of time.  We believe they should be held accountable for the injuries and the loss of life they cause. Read the rest »



One Dead on Interstate 80 When Semi Collides with Pickup Truck

By Cullan & Cullan on February 12, 2013 - Comments off

As reported by KETV Omaha ABC 7, January 30th, 2013, an Iowa woman lost her life after becoming involved in a crash with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 80. The accident happened at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29th, near Dexter in northwest Adair County, western Iowa.

According to the Iowa State Patrol accident report, the victim, age 41, of Council Bluffs was traveling westbound when she lost control of her pick-up truck and crossed over the Interstate’s median. Her small 2006 Chevrolet Colorado pick-up truck was then struck in the passenger side of the vehicle by a semi truck.

The attorneys at Cullan & Cullan, LLC, understand that accidents involving light trucks or passenger cars and large tractor-trailers too often result in fatalities or serious injuries. Drivers and passengers in light vehicles suffer most. The attorneys at Cullan & Cullan are also physicians. They know that accidents involving wrongful death or serious injuries can turn lives of families upside down. Read the rest »



Motion to Dismiss Charges Rejected for Court Case on Nebraska Truck Accident that Killed Family

By Cullan & Cullan on January 22, 2013 - Comments off

Driving a tractor trailer on Nebraska’s interstate highways carries with it the serious responsibility of driving safely, unimpaired, and rested. Nebraska truck accident wrongful death attorneys understand this responsibility and are there to help when truck drivers cause crashes due to unsafe driving behaviors.

As reported by Omaha.com, an Illinois truck driver faces five counts of motor vehicle homicide and four counts of manslaughter for a September 2012 crash near Sidney on Interstate 80. The driver’s motion for the charges to be dismissed in the fatal accident has been rejected by a Cheyenne County District Court judge.

According to prosecutors in the case, the man violated federal commercial motor vehicle regulations by driving in excess of 15 consecutive hours at the time the crash occurred. He was reportedly so tired that he did not see emergency lights flashing on other tractor-trailers. He also failed to heed radio traffic advice to slow down because he was approaching an accident. Witnesses to the crash report that the man failed to brake or to slow his rig down prior to the crash. Read the rest »



Filing a Complaint with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

By Cullan & Cullan on January 9, 2013 - Comments off

Nebraska Truck Accident SafetyOnce a year, the U.S. Department of Transportation publishes motor vehicle crash data. According to Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data, 32,885 individuals lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes in 2010. A total of 3,413 of those deaths were in collisions involving large trucks and only 14 percent of those deaths were occupants of large trucks. Drivers and passengers of cars, small trucks, and SUV’s made up 72 percent of those fatalities. Thirteen percent of all deaths occurred among motorcycle and bicycle riders and pedestrians. In Nebraska, there were 166 fatal crashes in which 190 people lost their lives.

Warning the FMCSA about Dangers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in order to reduce the number of fatalities nationwide, has put into place its National Consumer Complaint Database. The database is intended to improve the safety of the public and drivers, and allow the industry to help police itself. A toll-free number has been provided for the filing of complaints: (888) DOT-SAFT or (888) 368-7238. Information may include the following: Read the rest »