1. Take pictures of the collision scene and damages to both vehicles. Most smartphone cameras are suitable. If your injuries and medical attention take priority and you are unable to take pictures at the scene, have someone you trust take pictures of the damage to the vehicles, even if later at a tow yard, before the evidence is destroyed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some car accident victims in Nebraska sustain an injury called a sternum fracture. Although this injury only affects about 5 to 8 percent of people who experience chest trauma, sternum fractures can be extremely dangerous. Because the sternum is part of the rib cage circle that protects the heart and lungs, a sternum fracture could result in life-threatening injuries to these vital organs.
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.
Although drivers' education classes may address the issue of tire wear, it may be surprising to learn that tires can become unsafe well in advance of wearing out. In fact, reports indicate that grip can be reduced dramatically when tread has worn less than 50 percent. Statistics also indicate that an estimated 50 percent of vehicles on the road have one or more tires with less than half of their tread remaining. At least one of every 10 vehicles has a minimum of one bald tire.
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.