In 2015 our nation experienced the greatest percentage increase in motor vehicle deaths in the past 50 years, according to the National Safety Council. Then, in 2016, the number of motor vehicle related deaths increased by 6% over the 2015 number of fatalities.
In 2016 40,200 people died in traffic accidents. In 2015 35,092 people died in traffic accidents.
Traffic accident fatalities are on the rise. In 2015, 246 people died in traffic accidents on Nebraska roadways. This was a 9% increase over our state’s fatalities in 2014.
“Distracted driving” is one of the causes of the increase in traffic accident fatalities.
What is Distracted Driving?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines distracted driving as: “Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.”
The NHTSA emphatically states: “Texting is the most alarming distraction.”
Texting while driving has become such an issue that 47 states (Nebraska included) and the District of Columbia now ban texting while driving in some form. If sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds, and you are traveling at 55 MPH, that is akin to driving the full length of a football field with your eyes closed.
In countless ways our cell phones make our lives easier. But our devices suck our attention – even while we are behind the wheel. This is incredibly dangerous. We urge you to commit to phone free driving so that all of us may be safer on our roadways.
How can an attorney help me after a Nebraska Automobile Accident?
First, distracted drivers who cause accidents should be held responsible for their actions. Second, when you hire an attorney to represent you in your claim, you will gain additional resources to investigate and prosecute your car accident case. Attorneys can subpoena phone records to reveal whether the driver was texting immediately before the accident. In addition, if you hire an attorney as soon as possible after your accident, you can limit the amount of evidence (digital or otherwise) that is lost as time goes on.
If you have been seriously injured in a car accident, you need to contact an experienced personal injury attorney who will fight for your rights. If your loved one died in a car accident as the result of another driver’s negligence, you need to speak with a skilled wrongful death attorney.
All of us here at Miller Lathrop are highly experienced, skilled, and compassionate advocates for our clients. We’re dedicated to making a difference in the life of each person we represent. Combined our attorneys of Miller Lathrop have more than 50- years of successful personal injury advocacy that is demonstrated by numerous testimonials.
Call us today (402)558-4900 or contact us via the web to schedule a free consultation. You will speak directly with an attorney at Miller Lathrop. During the free consultation our goal is to understand your situation and educate you on your legal rights.
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Miller Lathrop serves clients throughout Eastern Nebraska and parts of Western Iowa including Douglas County, Sarpy County, Lancaster County, and Pottawattamie County, as well as the cities of Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, Papillion, Fremont, Blair, Elkhorn, and Council Bluffs.