We all know the dangerous of texting and driving. Our phones get our eyes off the road, one hand off the wheel, and our concentration away from driving. While so much of our social interactions are facilitated through phones—like texting and social media—it’s often difficult for some people to resist the urge to check their phone despite the major risks of causing a car accident. But this could start to change.
Allstate has a unit called Arity, and they’re tracking how drivers use their phones while they’re in the car. Depending on how much drivers use or ignore the phone, the driver could potentially get punished or rewarded.
Pedestrian accidents are often devastating due to the simple fact that when a car hits a pedestrian at full speed or even half-speed, the pedestrian has a high chance of suffering from grave injuries or even fatal injuries. As the U.S. becomes more populated year after year, we see a greater number of car accidents in general but especially pedestrian accidents. In larger cities like Omaha, it’s oftentimes easier (and healthier) to walk to our destinations instead of drive. When a driver of a car fails to look for pedestrians, this is when a deadly accident may occur.
One of the most heartbreaking scenarios is when a driver hits a pedestrian and leaves the scene of the accident. This type of scenario is referred to a hit-and-run accident. Any driver who leaves the scene of an accident is breaking the law.
On Friday, January 5th, a fatal car accident occurred early in the morning on Highway 75 at Chandler Road in Omaha, Nebraska. The accident happened when an A R tow truck, traveling southbound, was driving erratically. The tow truck crashed into two vehicles– a black Pontiac G6 and a maroon Chevrolet truck– as they sat on the side of the road. Both drivers of the stalled vehicles passed away in the impact of the crash.
The accident is still under investigation, but the police believe that the driver of the Chevrolet truck had pulled over to the side of the road to assist the driver in the stalled Pontiac. Both passengers in the Pontiac are currently in critical condition at Nebraska Medicine.
Car accidents can be a harrowing experience. There’s the shock of the accident itself, the injuries or damages, and you might be missing work because of it. On top of the that, you have to deal with the car accident claim and insurance adjusters. It’s a lot to take in, and can easily overwhelm anyone.
This can get frustrating, especially when you’re not at fault. You want the people responsible to be held accountable. But even if the accident wasn’t your fault, the wrong steps could get you a settlement that doesn’t cover the costs that you needed it to.
The winter season brings conditions that can make the roads very dangerous. Black ice can make cars slide without the driver knowing it was there, a snow storm can trap cars on the road, and cars need extra care so they run efficiently in the colder months.
Car accidents can happen suddenly and have serious consequences. The dangers that come with winter weather only makes this more likely to happen.
On Tuesday, December 12th, a school bus caught fire in front of a rural home near 480th Street and Elmtree Road southeast of Oakland, Iowa around 7 AM. The bus caught fire after the driver, Donald Hendricks, backed out of a student’s driveway and into a ditch. Only one child was on the bus– 16-year-old Megan Klindt, a high school student at Riverside School District. No other students were on board at the time of the fire.
Both the driver and student passed away in the fire. The first law enforcement officer on-scene attempted to open the rear-end emergency exit of the bus but was unable to do so before the flames became overwhelming. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The holiday season brings a lot of opportunities to get together with friends and family. Usually, holiday parties include alcoholic beverages. Unfortunately, this can lead to people drinking and driving, which could cause car accidents.
The CDC reported that 1.9% of Americans report that they’ve driven after drinking too much. 3.4% of people in Nebraska admit to drinking and driving.
Car accidents are jarring experiences that can cause serious injuries and damage. When the parties involved cooperate, it at least takes some stress off the situation. However, people don’t always do this after an accident. Whether they’re scared or want to try and get away with an accident, they might leave the accident scene.
This doesn’t mean they’re off the hook. In fact, they’ve made their situation worse. Once they decided to leave the accident, they committed a hit-and-run.
If you’ve been injured in a hitcar accident, you need someone at your side who will fight for your rights and get you the compensation you need to recover. The car accident lawyers at Welsh & Welsh in Omaha, Nebraska have years of experience in car accident cases and will work tirelessly until you get justice.
For many of us, cars are our main mode of transportation. Unfortunately, car accidents are a common occurrence and people are injured or lose their lives on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, found that in 2016, vehicle fatalities increased 5.6 percent from the previous year. While 2015 had 35,485 fatalities, 2016 had 37,461.
Nearly all groups of people who use the road, passenger vehicle occupants, truck drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists increased in fatalities in 2016.
During the work week, we’re used to seeing a general flow of traffic around 7:30 am and again around 5 pm. Nebraska residents are familiar with how busy the roads can be on a Saturday night or how empty they can be on an early Sunday morning.
While there are certain times when more traffic accidents occur, this doesn’t mean that there are times when you should be less careful while driving. Every time you’re behind the wheel, you’re responsible for your safety and being aware of others on the road. Data shows that there are higher amounts of crashes during certain times of the day or night, but other factors are usually in play, like blood alcohol content and use of seatbelts.