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Study Finds Ridesharing Has Increased Traffic Fatalities

Published on Apr 16, 2019 at 9:47 am in Car Accidents.

According to a study from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, rideshare services are increasing the percentage of fatal automobile accidents and fatalities of vehicle occupants by two to three percent.

In 2010, 32,885 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the United States. That was the lowest reported number of fatalities since 1949, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). After rideshare services were introduced in the United States, however, the decline stopped and reversed. In 2016, there were 37,461 vehicular occupants, pedestrians, and cyclists killed in wrecks.

Common Symptoms After a Car Crash and Their Implications

Published on Apr 9, 2019 at 11:02 am in Car Accidents.

In the event of a car accident, whether it’s minor or serious, the occupants of the involved vehicles are likely to sustain injuries. While the severity depends on a number of factors, including the type of accident, the speed at which the accident occurred, and the health and age of those involved, there are bound to be some similar symptoms across the board. This is because of what the human body is generally subjected to during the impact.

In order to recover fully from a crash, it’s important to be aware of all your symptoms – so your doctor can accurately diagnose you and recommend a course of treatment. While some will be noticeable immediately following the accident, others could take time to develop. The best way to understand why you’re experiencing the symptoms you are is to recognize what your body went through during and right after the collision.

How to Build a Home Care Plan After a Car Accident

Published on Feb 26, 2019 at 2:11 pm in Car Accidents.

After a serious car accident injury, you’re going to start thinking about recovery. At some point, you will leave the hospital and return home. However, this can be an uncertain time because you may be on your own and will need to develop a home care plan to make sure you’re treating your injuries and staying on the path to recovery.

Before leaving the hospital, you should speak with your doctor about home care. They’ve assessed your injuries and will be able to give you advice about what you’ll need to do at home. There are several areas you may need to consider, and some of these could mean you’ll have to have outside help.

How Long Does Back Pain Last After a Car Accident?

Published on Feb 19, 2019 at 2:51 pm in Car Accidents.

Depending on the severity of the accident and how it occured, a car accident victim can end up with a multitude of injuries. Even a minor collision can cause serious back pain because of what the body goes through during impact. This pain, depending on the severity of the injury, may last for a significant period of time.

If you’ve sustained a back injury, you may be wondering how long you’ll experience pain and what your recovery will look like. While every case is different, and your doctor will be able to give you the most accurate information for your specific injury, we can look at common back injuries and what the typical recovery period looks like.

Avoiding Black Ice: Tips for Nebraska Drivers

Published on Feb 6, 2019 at 10:00 am in Car Accidents.

The winter season often brings many driving concerns that anyone who uses a vehicle should know about. One of the biggest dangers is black ice. It’s incredibly difficult to spot because it’s clear ice that forms on the road. When vehicles hit black ice, the driver can lose control of the vehicle. If they’re traveling at high speeds or don’t know how to handle black ice, there’s a good chance their vehicle could spin out or swerve out of their lane and collide with another vehicle or fixed object.

How Does Bad Weather Impact Omaha Roads?

Published on Jan 16, 2019 at 11:10 am in Car Accidents.

When the weather is bad, it’s usually more likely that the roads will be dangerous and accidents have a higher chance of happening. It’s important to take stock of the weather and make sure you’re driving safely. But while you may do everything you can to avoid an accident, a another negligent driver may not do this and cause a collision.

To make sure you’re ready for poor driving conditions, let’s take a look at what the weather does to the road and what will probably happen as a result.

What’s the Best Way to Prevent Injury During a Car Crash?

Published on Jan 8, 2019 at 12:06 pm in Car Accidents.

Nebraska sees thousands of car accidents every year and many of those accidents have serious consequences. Just in 2017, the Nebraska Department of Transportation reported there were 22,511 crashes that resulted in property damage, 12,278 that resulted in injury, 1,228 where victims were seriously injured, and 210 where fatalities occurred.

While being in a car crash is often a traumatic experience that happens in seconds, it can feel like it’s happening in slow motion. Knowing what to do for yourself and your passengers in a life-threatening situation can be crucial to everyone’s physical wellbeing after the event is over. Let’s take a look at the best ways to prevent injury during a crash.

Nebraska’s New Car Seat Laws for 2019

Published on Jan 2, 2019 at 9:03 am in Car Accidents.

Nebraska has new child safety restraint laws that were implemented as of January 1st, 2019. As a parent, it’s important to understand these new laws and be familiar with when your child requires a car seat or safety restraint when in a motorized vehicle.

The new laws are in place to help parents protect their children as much as possible in the case of an unfortunate accident. You’ll also want to keep in mind that the new laws come with court fines when the laws aren’t followed.

Previously, these were the laws governing child restraints:

  • Children age six and below must be secured in a safety seat that’s federally approved.
  • Children ages six to eighteen must be properly restrained when in a car. Depending on age, the child needs to be in a safety seat or wearing a seatbelt.
  • Children aren’t allowed to ride in cargo areas.
  • Those providing childcare must transport children in a safety seat or must be wearing a safety belt.
  • Drivers and front seat passengers must wear a safety belt or in a child safety seat.
  • If the driver has a provisional operators permit (POP) or a school permit, then everyone in the vehicle needs to wear a seatbelt.

What You Need to Know About Accidents and Snow Plows

Published on Dec 26, 2018 at 12:44 pm in Car Accidents.

As the calendar creeps forward, it’s time to expect cold temperatures and winter storms. When it snows or sleets, the result often leaves the roads in poor conditions, and drivers are at risk of sliding or losing control of the vehicle. While poor weather may be enough to make you stay in on the weekend, many of us need to brave the roads to get to work during the week. During these early hours, it may be common for you to see snow plows getting rid of the snow and covering the roads in salt.

It’s important for drivers to know how to navigate the roads while being attentive to the weather and larger vehicles like snow plows. With the correct knowledge, people can drive confidently when the road conditions are perfect.

Drive Safely Near Snow Plows

The Nebraska Department of Transportation has a safety guide for how you should drive when you encounter a snow plow. When you’re driving near a snow plow, exercise caution with the following steps:

  • Slow Down. Snow plows typically drive 25-30 miles per hour less than the given speed limit. They need to move carefully so they can do their job and not cause a major accident. When you’re behind a snow plow, it may be tempting to pass them. However, it’s important to remember that the road ahead is likely not cleared yet, and the drivers have more blind spots. Snow plows can also get pushed to the side from snow drifts and may cause a collision.
  • Don’t Pass in Snow Clouds. The plow may create snow clouds from pushing the snow to the side, which can decrease your visibility. Don’t pass in these situations because you may not see other vehicles or snow drifts. The clouds can also obscure someone’s vision of you.
  • Never Pass a Plow on the Right. If you’re going to pass a plow, never do so from the right lane. Some plows are equipped with an extension that goes on the side of the truck. You may not be able to see it because of the snow.
  • Deicing Material. Plows are often doing more than clearing snow. They usually also leave salt, sand, or another chemical agent on the road to clear away snow and ice. Give the snow plow plenty of room so you’re not sprayed with deicing material.
  • Be Aware. If there’s a plow on the road with you, awareness is key. You need to see where it is, get an idea of its speed, and make sure you’re not doing anything that could potentially cause an accident.

With these points in mind, you’ll be more comfortable driving around snow plows and will know how to keep yourself safe in their presence.

Preventing Car Accidents in Omaha’s Rural Areas

Published on Dec 18, 2018 at 8:36 am in Car Accidents.

Rural driving is completely different than driving in an urban area. Traffic is significantly quieter, there are fewer traffic lights and signs to stop at, and traveling can be considerably less stressful. Even with those benefits, there are dangers associated with driving on rural roads.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, the majority of highway fatalities take place on rural roads. While only 19 percent of the U.S. population lives in rural areas, nearly 54 percent of crash fatalities occur on these roads. It’s important to understand how to avoid accidents in these areas by recognizing why the numbers are so high. Let’s take a look at the rural accident information for Nebraska.