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Drinking, drowsiness, distraction all factors in car accidents

Nebraska drivers are likely aware that some of the most common causes of motor vehicle accidents include drowsy driving, reckless or distracted driving and drunk driving. In addition to these causes, a 2014 data analysis by the Associated Press found that a rise in heavy equipment being driven on the nation's roadways has significantly increased the number of motor vehicle accidents. Motor vehicle accidents are the main cause of injury throughout the country, and in 2012, these accidents resulted in almost 7,000 people per day being taken to emergency rooms and more than 33,000 deaths.

Even brief inattention can dangerously distract drivers

Nebraska drivers are likely aware that using a mobile electronic device while behind the wheel can be dangerous, but they may be surprised to learn that glancing at a cellphone's screen for mere seconds can increase their chances of being involved in a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that drivers take their eyes off the road for no more than two seconds to check a phone or GPS screen, but research by a leading insurance company indicates that looking away from the road even this briefly could increase the likelihood of an accident.

Atwood, Holsten, Brown, Deaver & Spier Law Firm Announces New Associate: Brynne E. Holsten

Atwood, Holsten, Brown, Deaver & Spier Law Firm P.C., L.L.O. is pleased to announce that Brynne E. Holsten has joined the firm as a new associate. Brynne received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 2005. Brynne attended law school at the University of Nebraska College of Law and graduated in 2008. While in law school, Brynne worked for our firm as a law clerk, worked as a senior-certified prosecutor at the Lancaster County Attorney's Office through the Criminal Clinic program, and received training and certification as a Nebraska mediator. After graduation, Brynne spent six years practicing workers' compensation law in Omaha at an insurance defense law firm.

Driving safe during spring weather

Driving in Nebraska during the spring can be treacherous when drivers are not prepared for wet weather conditions. According to AAA, 1.2 million car accidents take place each year in the United States as a result of wet weather. To avoid accidents, drivers should make sure that their vehicles are ready to withstand heavy rains by checking tire tread and maintaining safe driving habits.

Multi-car accident results in a fatality

On the evening of March 29 a fatal car accident occurred in Omaha, Nebraska. Three vehicles collided at the intersection of Maple Street and North 75th, leading to the death of a 63-year-old woman and the incarceration of one of the drivers.

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