For most of us, driving a car is probably the most dangerous thing we will ever do. Carelessness, complacency, distraction by technology, and reckless driving are all factors that make driving a dangerous and sometimes deadly activity. In 2015, nearly 34,000 crashes happened in the state of Nebraska alone. And 218 of those crashes were fatal.
According to the Nebraska Department of Roads, 63.6% of crashes in 2015 happened on local roads and streets. Interstate crashes accounted for only 6.6% of car crashes on Nebraska roads. However, interstate crashes had a higher fatality rate. Crashes on interstate and other state highways tend to occur at higher speeds, causing them to have increased severity.
The majority of crashes occur on local roads and streets because that is where we do most of our driving. Statistically, the majority of car crashes happen within 5 miles of home. We tend to choose jobs, schools, and shopping destinations based on their closeness to where we live.
The local roads and streets around our home tend to be the roadways we are most familiar with as well. And when it comes to driving, familiarity can actually be a dangerous thing. We rely on the fact that we know the roadway well and allow our mind to be distracted with other thoughts. A quick trip to the grocery store can turn into a dangerous car crash because we or the other drivers around us are careless and not paying attention.
The number of crashes tends to increase in the late fall and winter months. Worsening weather conditions lead to poorer driving conditions. However, the percentage of fatal crashes decreases in bad weather conditions. The reason for this, again, comes back to our level of distraction. Inclement weather forces drivers to slow their speed and pay more attention to the road. These defensive driving techniques help reduce the severity level should a car crash occur.
Driver age plays a major role in the likelihood of a car crash. Not surprisingly, the younger the age of the driver, the more likely they are to be involved in a crash. Drivers ages 15 to 24 accounted for 27.8% of all Nebraska car accidents in 2015. The reason for this is likely a lower level of experience and caution.
Car crash fatalities is a trend that has continued decreasing in recent years. This is due to the better engineering of safety features in modern vehicles, as well as roadway construction and design. Welsh & Welsh, Omaha, NE car accident lawyer, is dedicated to the goal of zero fatalities on Nebraska roads. It may seem unrealistic, but at Welsh & Welsh, we believe that every life matters.
If you or someone you love have been injured in a car crash that was not your fault, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation for your damages and medical expenses. Contact the experienced legal team at Welsh & Welsh today for a free, no-obligation consultation of your case. Together, we can help make Nebraska a safer driving state.