Personal Injury Blog
How Teenage Drivers Lose Concentration
Teens in Nebraska can start driving as early as age 14 if they qualify for a school permit. Teen drivers are more likely than adults to cause a wreck. Nationwide, the fatal crash rate per miles driven for teens 16 to 19 years old is nearly three times the rate for drivers ages 20 and older, as stated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Truck Brake Errors That Endanger Everyone
In a big rig, the braking systems are far different than is found in a passenger vehicle. A truck’s brakes must have the power to stop incredibly heavy vehicles, which can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Truck drivers need a special skill set correctly use air brakes, disc brakes, or drum brakes, or hydraulic brakes, particularly when traveling on a downhill slope. When drivers do not use the correct braking technique, it can cause the brakes to fail, leading to a deadly crash.
How Cold Temperatures Make Driving More Dangerous
It’s no secret that driving in icy and snowy conditions is hazardous. That’s why every driver in Nebraska will want to pack the right supplies for winter driving. There are also effective techniques that make it easier to drive in harsh winter weather.
In addition to making driving a lot more difficult, cold weather also has adverse effects on your car and the way it functions. Automobiles require additional care and maintenance during the cold months to prevent problems that could cause an accident or leave you stranded out in the cold.
Safe Driving on Icy and Snowy Nebraska Roads
Severe weather is a way of life in Nebraska during the winter months. In fact, over 110,000 people suffer from injuries that were incurred during snowy and icy weather on the roads in the United States every winter.
High Trucker Turnover Endangers Everyone on the Road
Experience matters in any job. And it makes a huge difference in the trucking industry. Inexperienced drivers make more mistakes, and those mistakes cost people their lives.
In recent years, several factors have combined to cause a surge in the number of people who are leaving the trucking industry. Poor working conditions, low pay, and long hours are some of the reasons why so many truckers are looking for new career opportunities.
How Alcohol Makes It Harder to Spot Motorcycles
Most motorcycle accidents involving other vehicles are caused by negligent car and truck drivers. In many cases, these drivers don’t even see the motorcycle rider until it’s too late.
Motorcycles have every right to use the road. And like everyone else on the road, it’s advisable for motorcycle riders to drive defensively to help avoid accidents. But when motorists are too intoxicated to even see a motorcycle that’s clearly within their field of vision, blame for the accident obviously falls upon the inebriated driver.
Why Nebraska Truckers Fall Asleep at the Wheel
Fatigued truck drivers are a menace to everyone on the roadways. It is extremely dangerous for any driver to fall asleep at the wheel. When it happens to a trucker controlling a big rig weighing in excess of 80,000 pounds, the results can be catastrophic. Statewide in 2020, as reported by the Department of Transportation (DOT):
What if an Animal Caused Another Driver to Hit You?
Animals in the road pose a serious risk for motorists. Hitting a large animal can do major damage to your vehicle and cause injury to occupants. It can be even more dangerous when a driver swerves to avoid a large animal and hits an oncoming vehicle or goes off the road as a result. The risk is greater on stretches of road in areas with heavy wildlife concentration.
What If You’re Hurt in a Police-Chase-Related Accident?
High-speed police chases may be good for local television ratings, but they can be deadly for innocent civilians. According to USA Today, over 5,000 bystanders and passengers have been killed and tens of thousands of people were injured in accidents caused by police pursuits since 1979.
If I Report a Dog Bite, What Happens to the Dog?
Like pet owners across the country, people in Nebraska love our dogs. Pets make wonderful companions for you and your family. But dogs are animals, and when not properly cared for, a dog can severely harm people.
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