In our current day and age, people are more distracted than ever. However, to safely operate a motor vehicle, drivers should focus on the road. Not paying attention to the road is a danger to Nebraska’s streets.
If a driver was distracted and caused a crash, you may be entitled to compensation. Filing a claim can help you put your life back together and serve as a consequence for the at-fault person. Reach out to an Omaha distracted driving accident lawyer even if you have a difficult case. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC as possible at (800) 598-7557. We offer free consultations and don’t collect a fee unless you win.
Defining Distracted Driving
Today’s advanced technology, coupled with our hectic lifestyles, makes it challenging to focus on the road. Cellphones are a notable distraction. Using mobile phones, especially for texting, is dangerous, as it calls attention away from driving safely. Drivers may even take their hands from the wheel to answer a text or to scroll through texts. This slows their reaction time significantly.
Hands-free through Bluetooth can be distracting, as well. The technology might malfunction, causing the driver to try and connect. The content of the conversation itself may also be distracting.
According to the Nebraska Department of Transportation (DOT), distracted driving is operating a vehicle while absorbed in any task that takes your focus off the street. This includes texting, talking on the phone, watching videos, reading, and other passengers.
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To curb hazardous, distracted driving, Nebraska established laws that restrict texting and other distractions, such as:
- Texting Ban: Nebraska law bans texting and driving. This includes any type of handheld device, like tablets and mobile games. For Nebraska, “texting” includes all typed communication, like email, instant messaging, surfing the internet, and even making a call if several buttons were touched.
- Novice Driver: Teens are especially vulnerable to texting and driving accidents. In fact, it is estimated that teens are killed in distracted driving car accidents three times more than adults. Due to this, once 16-year olds obtain a permit, they are forbidden from having any non-family passengers under 19 for the first six months. They also are prohibited from texting and driving.
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Why Work with an Omaha Distracted Driving Accident Lawyer
If you were hurt, or a distracted driver killed a loved one, call your team at Ben Crump, PLLC. We can help you with your unique case. There are many ways the at-fault driver can become distracted and unable to safely occupy the road. Cellphones are a common cause, but there are many other ways to become distracted. Some of these include:
- Changing the radio station or streaming service
- Typing an address into GPS
- Watching a video
- Reaching for something that fell between the seats
- Loud music or conversation
- Eating and drinking
- Turning around to speak to the back passengers
Every case is different, and the burden of proof isn’t always easy to gather. That’s why it’s beneficial to hire a lawyer to fight on your side and guide you through the process.
Damages You May Recover
If you are in the beginning phases of getting well after a car accident, you may wonder where to start. You may be entitled to damages, and your lawyer can help you determine what you are owed. Some examples of your recoverable damages may include:
- Hospital bills, ambulance bills, and any other medical expenses
- Loss of income and reduced ability to work
- Pain and suffering as a result of the accident
- Car repairs or replacements
- Other destruction of property
- Current and future medical care
- Physical therapy
- Pain, suffering, and mental trauma
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Death of a Loved One
If a distracted driver caused your family member’s death, you might be entitled to all related expenses to their passing. Some of these expenses may include:
- The costs of the funeral and memorial services
- Cremation fees
- Loss of future income
- Loss of companionship
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Nevada Statute of Limitations
You don’t have unlimited time to pursue your case. A statute of limitations is the amount of time following your accident to file. In Nevada, we can quickly start your case to keep within the four-year statute. The sooner you file, the better.
Call Today for Your Free Case Evaluation
You likely have plenty of questions and concerns, especially if you’ve never needed the help of a lawyer. You may feel that you can’t afford an attorney and fear a lengthy trial. Know that we don’t collect a fee unless we win, and there is a good chance your case will settle out of court.
An Omaha distracted driving accident lawyer is eager to get started on your case. We do not shy away from tough cases and believe that after an auto accident, you have suffered enough damage and should not endure further damage from this situation, such as financial losses. The party that harmed you should pay for any damages from the accident, not you. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC today at (800) 598-7557 for your free consultation.