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.
Every year in Nebraska, people are seriously injured in car accidents, often through the negligence of another driver. When those accidents are high-speed collisions, the risk of sustaining a painful shoulder fracture that requires immobilization and physical therapy increases.
A 55-year-old woman was severely injured in a pedestrian-car collision at about 6:30 p.m. in Omaha on Jan. 14. Police believe that a distracted driver caused the crash.
On July 7, a Nebraska woman accused of causing a fatal accident involving a horse-drawn buggy pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of vehicular homicide in Pawnee County District Court. According to authorities, the fatal incident took place near Pawnee City on July 21, 2013.
A serious motor vehicle accident in Nebraska left a motorcyclist in critical condition after his vehicle collided with a car at an intersection. The wreck occurred at an intersection that has a stop sign for the northbound and southbound traffic, but no stop sign for traffic traveling east or west.