With extreme weather and busy roads throughout the state of Nebraska, drivers should always drive defensively and be on the lookout for potential hazards. Unfortunately, there are times when drivers and passengers do their best to avoid an accident and through no fault of their own, the worst happens.
According to the Sandhills Express, this was the case of a 71-year-old man who was killed in a crash involving three vehicles early in the morning. It was determined that poor weather conditions caused a semitrailer truck driver to lose control and jackknife. Two additional vehicles crashed into the back of the semi because of the abrupt change in direction.
After being transported to the hospital, the driver of one of the vehicles succumbed to his injuries and passed away, although the other driver only sustained minor injuries. Emergency crews had to extract the dying man as he was trapped in the wreckage from the accident. The driver of the semitruck was not injured.
Shortly after, there was an additional semitruck accident that did not result in any serious injuries although it did shut down the freeway for a portion of the morning and several passengers were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Experts believe poor weather conditions and snow and freezing drizzle on the roads caused the accidents, and all involved were wearing seat belts.
Even when it seems the reason for the accident it obvious, it may be worth visiting with an attorney to determine if the family of the deceased should file a wrongful death suit against the at-fault party. Law enforcement investigators base their findings off the information they have, but an attorney often digs deeper on behalf of the family who lost a loved one.