Nebraska motorists may have heard about a truck accident on May 19 in Georgia that claimed the lives of five individuals. Police believe the truck driver may have fallen asleep prior to the fatal wreck.
Nebraska residents can take solace in the fact that awareness campaigns aimed at informing teens of the dangers of texting while driving are producing results. However, evidence suggests parents and authority figures need to do more to ensure that the teens in their care understand how important it is to keep their eyes on the road at all times.
Nebraska readers might be interested in some distracted driving statistics that have been highlighted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On an average day in the U.S., for example, nine people are killed and more than 1,150 injured in car accidents involving a distracted driver, according to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Nebraska drivers have most likely seen large trucks driving on the highway. For the most part, the trucks and their drivers get to their destinations safely. However, there were 3,912 people killed and 104,000 people injured in accidents involving such vehicles in 2012. This represents a 4 percent increase in fatalities since 2011 and an 18 percent increase in injuries since 2011.
An estimated 2,300 people are killed each year in accidents involving signalized intersections. Additionally, 700 people per year are killed in accidents involving drivers who ran or otherwise ignored a red light. Due to the risks involved with signalized intersections, it may be worthwhile to install roundabouts, which act to create low speed environments for drivers.
Nearly everyone in Nebraska has been involved in a minor car accident or knows someone who has. In fender-benders or other accidents with little to no damage, it's often enough to exchange insurance information and settle damages quickly. Unfortunately, not all car accidents are minor, and the damages that result can be catastrophic in more than one way.
A woman reportedly suffered injuries on account of an August 25 accident in Lincoln. According to authorities, the 9 p.m. incident took place at the intersection of Interstate 80 and Northwest 48th.
A car accident on I-80 in Nebraska reportedly caused injuries to six people, one of whom had to be airlifted to a hospital nearby. The accident happened on the evening of Aug. 5. The driver of a silver car headed east allegedly became distracted and crossed a median into oncoming traffic. The vehicle was hit by a GMC Yukon near mile marker 389.
A Nebraska woman pleaded guilty to charges of misdemeanor vehicular homicide and misdemeanor misuse of a learner's permit in Pawnee County District Court on July 7. The woman hit a horse-drawn buggy in July 2013 and will face sentencing in the future.