• August 04, 2022

One Injured in Crossover Crash with Dump Truck on 38th St in Lincoln, NE

Lincoln, NE — August 3, 2022, one person was injured in a head-on collision with a dump truck near a Lincoln intersection.

According to reports the incident happened around 7:25 a.m. near South 38th Street and Saltillo Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Honda passenger vehicle was traveling on the road when it crossed over the center line for unknown reasons. After entering the oncoming lane the car crashed head-on with a dump truck.

The Honda driver suffered serious injuries; the dump truck driver was unhurt.

The crash remains under investigation. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Crossover Accident in Lincoln

Reports suggest the injured driver crossed over and triggered the accident, but I often remind people that preliminary findings are sometimes just officers' best guesses based on a once-over at the scene. Their impressions are often right, but I've seen plenty of cases where they missed the mark entirely.

For instance, after one recent crash they said the victim crossed the center line and caused the fatal wreck with a big rig. We looked again on his family's behalf and found the truck actually crossed over first when the driver fell asleep. He swerved back when it hit the rumble strips, but that put the truck back on a collision course with the victim's car. Police saw the car in the truck's lane and figured the victim was to blame.

One Injured in Crossover Crash with Dump Truck on 38th St in Lincoln, NE

I'm not saying the Lincoln crash is like that or suggesting that police will misunderstand it, but even if they're sure the victim crossed over first there's still the question of why. Some may quickly decide she did something wrong, but there are other explanations. Did she have a medical emergency? Did the car blow a tire or malfunction? Was the road wet or in poor condition in that area? Even less-common possibilities like those can't be dismissed without proper investigation.

The point here is that things aren't always as clear as they seem. That's why I often suggest that independent experts take a second look to ensure nothing crucial was missed. At the very least, the victim's family deserves to know every effort was made to learn the whole story.

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