Omaha Car Accident Lawyer
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.
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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:
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.
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:
Following too closely:
Operating vehicle in an erratic manner:
Disregarding traffic controls:
Leaving lane or running off road:
Swerving or avoiding:
Fatigued driving or asleep at wheel:
Other improper driver actions:
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.
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
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Lost future earnings
- Pain and suffering
It is important to remember that Nebraska is a comparative fault state, meaning that you can file a claim even if you are partially at fault for an accident -- so long as you are less than 50% at fault. However, if your case goes to trial, then the total value of your claim may be reduced by the amount of fault a jury assigns you. For example, if a driver ran a red light and hit you in an intersection, you would assume that he was 100% at fault. But if you were speeding through a yellow light, then you may be assigned 30% of the blame. If you are awarded $100,000 in a trial, it will be reduced by 30% to $70,000.
But this only applies to jury trials, and a skilled attorney can advocate for compensation through a settlement negotiation or minimize the amount of fault applied to you in a trial. Never forgo filing a claim because you think you are partially at fault. These cases can be complicated and require an experienced legal touch.
Following an auto accident, you may be confused about what steps you need to take to get compensation, and insurance companies do not make it easy. First and foremost, if you have not already done so, get medical treatment immediately. Early intervention can protect you from future injuries and speed up your recovery process. It can also prevent serious conditions from worsening, such as brain injuries, internal trauma, and spinal cord injuries.
You should follow up with specialists if required and get the treatments they recommend, including surgeries, rehabilitation, and physical therapy, even if you are worried about paying for them. These costs can be included in your claim. In addition, getting these treatments proves that your injuries are serious and that you deserve compensation for an accident.
During this period of early medical care, you may be tempted to call the other driver’s insurance company or may be getting hounded by calls from them. But, instead of speaking to them, you should contact the team at Bottlinger Law L.L.C. Insurance companies like to prey on car accident victims when they are hurting and confused in order to convince them to accept lowball settlement offers. They may claim that it is the best you can get, and you may be tempted to accept the money to cover your immediate costs.
However, if you reach out to us, we can advocate for the full cost of your injuries, including future medical treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other costs that insurance companies like to ignore. We can also handle all communications with the insurance company and the legal burdens of filing a claim, while you focus on recovering.
In order to support your claim, we will also launch an in-depth investigation to collect evidence, which can include:
- Reviewing your accident report
- Collecting witness statements
- Securing photos and videos of the accident
- Speaking to medical experts about your injuries
- Contacting accident reconstructionists
Taking on all of these tasks while healing is a monumental strain, which is why you should trust Bottlinger Law L.L.C. to handle it for you.
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, truck, and hit-and-run 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 a crash, call us at (402) 505-8234 to schedule a free consultation with an Omaha car accident attorney.
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