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Legal Representation After a Crash

Unfortunately, car accidents are a fact of life in the United States. According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), on average, 6,700 people were injured and 96 lost their lives in traffic crashes every day of a recent year.

As reported by the Department of Roads, in the state of Nebraska alone, there were 33,988 traffic crashes that same year. The various types of collisions that account for this number include:

  • 22,121
    Property
    Damage Only
  • 11,649
    Injury
    Crashes
  • 218
    Fatal
    Accidents

From those, 16,806 people were injured and 246 lost their lives on our state’s roadways in a single year. At Bottlinger Law L.L.C., we provide help and guidance to people who are injured in collisions caused by someone else’s negligence. We’re real people, and we understand how upsetting accidents can be. If you would like to discuss your claim, please speak with an Omaha personal injury lawyer today.

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Types of Driver Negligence That Cause Accidents

With so many vehicles on the streets and highways, accidents are bound to happen. While weather and road conditions can be contributing factors, most crashes are caused by driver negligence. Motorists on public roadways have a duty to exercise reasonable care to prevent foreseeable harm to others. Sadly, drivers often fail in that duty in a number of ways.

Of the 33,988 traffic crashes reported in Nebraska, including truck and motorcycle accidents, the state assigned the following driver-contributing factors:

Failure to yield the right-of-way:
5,471 crashes

Following too closely:
4,504 crashes

Driver inattention:
3,537 crashes

Operating vehicle in erratic manner:
2,572 crashes

Disregarding traffic controls:
1,895 crashes

Leaving lane or running off road:
1,765 crashes

Excessive speed
1,670 crashes

Driver distraction:
865 crashes

Improper turns:
596 crashes

Swerving or avoiding:
513 crashes

Fatigued driving or asleep at wheel:
312 crashes

Defective equipment:
177 crashes

Other improper driver actions:
1471 crashes

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Many Injuries Are Caused by Reckless Driving

Reckless driving crashes tend to be more severe, because the behavior that caused the crash usually involves speeding. Reckless driving is defined in Nebraska Revised Statute 60-6,213: "Any person who drives any motor vehicle in such a manner as to indicate an indifferent or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property shall be guilty of reckless driving." Here are the most common injuries we see after these wrecks:

  • Traumatic brain injuries: Any injury to the brain can cause lifelong damage, significant disabilities, and other complications. Swelling or bleeding in the brain can also be fatal.
  • Burn injuries: At extreme speeds, there is a greater danger of explosions and vehicle fires. If the victims are trapped inside the vehicle, the burns will be much worse.
  • Crush injuries: If the vehicles crumple in an accident, victims can be trapped inside and suffer horrifying injuries. They usually take major reconstructive surgery to fix and may require amputation to save the victim's life.
  • Neck and spinal cord injuries: Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries are extremely common after most car crashes, and high speeds make it likely this damage will be more severe.
  • Lacerations: The impact of two or more vehicles can fling shattered glass and sheared metal into the victim. At these speeds, projectiles may do as much damage as a bullet would.
  • Broken bones: Legs, ribs, and arms are often shattered in a major crash. If the ribs are fractured, the organs in the abdominal cavity are at risk of being punctured as well.

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Recovering Damages in an Omaha Car Collision Claim

If you have been seriously injured in a traffic crash caused by someone else’s negligence, contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Immediately after the collision, it’s critical to gather and preserve the evidence supporting your case.

Nebraska is an at-fault state for traffic accidents. If you have suffered injuries in a wreck that was someone else’s fault, you have several options for recovering compensation:

  • File a claim with your own insurance company (which will seek reimbursement from the responsible party’s insurance company).
  • File a third-party claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
  • File a lawsuit against the at-fault driver.

Our experienced legal team at Bottlinger Law L.L.C. can advise you of the best way to proceed. We will work to ensure you receive proper medical treatment for your injuries, as well as compensation for the full extent of your losses. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be eligible to claim these damages:

  • Medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Lost future earnings
  • Pain and suffering

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Speak to an Omaha Car Crash Lawyer

Automobiles are incredibly useful, especially here in Nebraska. However, the average car weighs two tons and can be dangerous if not operated properly and with caution. While at times we may be tempted to drive a little above the speed limit to reach our destination, the risks tend to greatly outweigh the benefits. You could get pulled over, damage your car, or get in a life-changing vehicle collision.

Our team at Bottlinger Law L.L.C. handles car, motorcycle, and truck accident cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you won’t pay us anything unless we obtain a recovery for you. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident, call us at (402) 505-8234 to schedule a free consultation.

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