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Those of us that drive - much of the adult population in the U.S. - have experienced the good and bad that comes with traveling on public roads. For the most part, though, they get us to work, to school, to the market, or to meet up with friends and family. In return for this invaluable public resource, we agree to learn the rules of the road and follow them. It’s a pretty good deal, and for the most part, folks abide by the law.
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These rules and speed limits are enforced to keep drivers and pedestrians safe. But reckless driving is an ever-present danger. After we examine the very real possibility of injuring another driver or pedestrian, damaging property, or facing jail time if caught, one should be able to determine that the risks of reckless driving far outweigh the benefits.
What Is Considered Reckless Driving in Nebraska?
In Nebraska, 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."
What is actually considered reckless driving can differ from state to state, but here are some standard examples:
- Excessive speeding, especially at a rate significantly higher than the set limit.
- Running red lights or stop signs in a way that puts others in danger.
- Intentionally failing to yield the right-of-way to other vehicles or pedestrians.
- Racing other vehicles.
There are many other types of reckless driving, but in general, any type of driving that is seen to deliberately neglect the safety of others is against the law.
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. Here are the most common injuries we see after a serious crash:
- Traumatic brain injuries: Any insult to the brain can lead to lifelong damage, 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 as they are designed to do, victims can be trapped inside and suffer these horrifying injuries, which 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.
Pedestrians and bicyclists are in even greater danger from reckless driving than another vehicle's occupants. If a reckless driver hits and injures someone, the victim must file a civil claim to receive just compensation. Criminal charges against the perpetrator rarely lead to restitution for the victim.
Speak to an Omaha Car Crash Lawyer
Automobiles are incredibly useful to us - especially here in Nebraska where there is so much open space. 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 speed to where we need to be more quickly, the risks are too great for it to be worth it.
Allowing more time to arrive at a destination is a better solution. Drive safely out there - any other way is just not worth it.
If you, a family member, or a friend have been injured by a reckless driver, contact the legal team at Bottlinger Law L.L.C. We handle many auto accident cases, and help victims receive fair compensation for their injuries, losses, and property damage. Call (402) 505-8234 today to set up a free, confidential consultation with a car accident lawyer in Omaha.
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