Car Accidents | Personal Injury Blog
Self-driving cars may sound like a futuristic endeavor, but newer and newer technology is being developed and tested every day across the country. As exciting as these vehicles sound, there are still many questions about how safe they will be and how drivers should respond in a wreck. While laws surrounding these vehicles are still in the early stages, it is important for every driver to understand their rights after a collision with a self-driving car.
As we get older, we gain more experience, knowledge, and skills. Unfortunately, at a certain point, many of us begin to suffer a decline as our brains and bodies become slower. We often call these “senior moments,” attributing them to a weakening memory or slower reaction speeds.
It is no surprise to many Nebraska drivers that our rural roads are dangerous. Often dotted with potholes, lined with sharp turns, and receiving little lighting at dusk or dawn, these roads are often witness to catastrophic, if not fatal, crashes. First responders have difficulties safely getting to these collisions, and any delays could cause a victim’s condition to worsen. This issue goes double for private roads, which are often the responsibility of negligent property owners.
Pickups are incredibly useful for Nebraska drivers. For those that work in the construction, agricultural, or industrial industries, these vehicles allow you to easily transport equipment and materials to job sites. Some households will even call upon a pickup driver to help with moving furniture or DIY projects. But, unfortunately, most pickups fall behind other vehicles when it comes to safety.
A recent accident at the intersection of 132nd Street and Industrial Road has highlighted the reckless driving behaviors that have become commonplace on Omaha roadways. On August 20th, a semi-trailer ran a red light at the intersection and collided with a motorcyclist. Although EMTs rushed to the scene and transferred the motorcyclist to the hospital, he sadly passed away due to his injuries, as reported by The Independent.
Seat belts are one of the safest components in a vehicle and their use saves millions of lives each year that would otherwise be lost in tragic car accidents. However, that does not mean you may not suffer medical complications when you wear a seatbelt. They are designed to prevent severe and fatal injuries by absorbing the impact of a high-speed vehicle, but that does mean you will always walk away from an accident with a clean bill of health. In some cases, you may develop a condition known as seatbelt syndrome.
Agriculture is an important industry in Nebraska, having contributed more than $21 billion to the state’s economy in a single recent year, as reported by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA). Harvest seasons vary, depending on the crop, but when the season is in progress, you can expect to see more tractors, agricultural vehicles, and farm equipment on public roadways. While these vehicles are invaluable to Nebraska’s economic growth, sharing the roads with farming equipment poses multiple risks to other drivers.
Despite it being illegal, some drivers flee the scene of an accident. They choose to take this action for many reasons – avoiding insurance claims, evading arrest if they know they’re driving while drunk, or other reasons. Unfortunately, victims of a hit-and-run are left injured and unable to file a claim against an unknown negligent driver.
According to the Nebraska Department of Transportation, August saw an unprecedented wave of traffic deaths in a summer that was already troubled by fatalities.
A total of 30 people perished on Nebraska roads in the month of August 2019. That statistic is 173% higher than the 11 traffic deaths recorded between August 1st and August 29th of 2018. Eight of the 30 were children.
The dump truck driver who caused a deadly crash on Highway 370 has been criminally charged. Two children were killed in the crash.
Jesse O. Knight, 37, was arrested and charged with two counts of motor vehicle homicide and reckless driving. According to the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Department, Knight was operating his dump truck in a careless manner, and that is what allegedly caused the deadly incident.
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