On a chilly January evening in 1985, the Bennett family traveled to a small town in Southwest Nebraska to attend the funeral of the family matriarch. Jim, the father, drove his large, beloved 1983 Lincoln Mark VI with the radio playing quietly. His son, Billy, and Billy’s pregnant wife, Tammy, sat in the bench seat next to him; in the backseat were Jim’s wife, Paula, daughter Wendy, and 8-year-old David.
Imagine: you’re sitting in your comfortable Omaha home, perhaps watching the news or playing a board game with your family. Suddenly, you hear a thud and feel the house shake. You head to the front door to see if a tree fell, or if there was some weather-related incident, and instead find the front end of a vehicle crashed into your living room.
Although we know the potential dangers that come with talking and texting while driving, some drivers still see nothing wrong with doing so. Their excuse? Being able to “multitask.”
Many people boast about how great their multitasking skills are, and they attribute distracted driving accidents to the fact that the person wasn’t an effective multitasker! Not true. Below are some little-known facts about multitasking that can save you some trouble in the long run.
You’ve packed a million toys and games to keep the kids entertained, snacks so no one goes hungry, water bottles, and all the necessary comfort items for the family as you get ready to journey across the country. Summer road trips are supposed to be fun, right? Of course they are. But the reality is that you also need to take steps to make sure your trip is safe.
Being involved in a car accident can be scary, and in some cases, life-changing. When we are faced with traumatic situations, naturally, we tend to do things out of order or forget to do them at all.
Knowing what to do before an accident can help you be better prepared “just in case.”
Whether you are a frequent driver or passenger, here are some post-accident tips:
Getting in a car accident is scary enough. Facing the expenses of medical treatment, having to miss time from work and thereby having to make do with less, and having to pay for additional help, are very real possibilities for someone injured in an accident. When that accident was caused by someone who carried either not enough insurance (underinsured) or no insurance at all (uninsured), what recourse do you have?
Driving is a necessary thing that we do on a daily basis. When you hop in your car to go to work or run an errand, you don’t anticipate a car accident happening or even fear it as you drive. That’s because people generally feel safe while on the road…but are we really?
As of 2016, Omaha is the 40th safest city to drive in out of the 200 cities ranked by Allstate. Although our neighboring city, Lincoln, came in at an impressive number 14, 40th still isn’t a bad spot to be—the top 50! However, in 2015, Omaha was ranked at number 26. What caused the drastic drop?
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