Whether you’re parallel parking, backing in or out of a spot, or leaving your driveway, driving in reverse is a common vehicle maneuver. Just like with any other maneuver, accidents can happen. Some collisions, unfortunately, result in serious injuries or worse. If you’ve been injured in a backover accident, our Nebraska car accident lawyers are can provide you with the legal guidance you need and deserve.
Defining Backover Accidents
Backover car or truck accidents occur when a driver operates their vehicle in reverse and unknowingly backs into or over someone else. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are at least half a million backing accidents of some type every year in the United States. Of those 500,000 collisions, 15,000 result in injuries and there are over 200 deaths.
Our vehicles are designed to get us where we’re going and to get us there safely. In the event you find yourself the victim of an accident, you’ll undoubtedly want your vehicle’s safety features to hold up and keep you from sustaining any serious injuries. In some instances, however, those safety features fail and you or your passengers may be injured beyond what you would have been if those features had been effective.
In October 2018, a limousine crash killed 20 people in New York. The operator of the limousine company, Nauman Hussain, was charged with criminally negligent homicide. The limo company is in Wilton, New York. They owned the vehicle involved in the crash, a 2001 Ford Excursion. The 18 passengers in the limo were killed, including the driver, along with two bystanders.
Upon investigating the crash and the limo company, it’s been found that the limo failed two inspections this year. The vehicle’s brakes weren’t working properly. Even though the vehicle wasn’t up to inspection, it was still sent out. There are two investigations concerning this crash. The New York State Police Department’s criminal investigation and the National Transportation Safety Board is also looking into it.
No matter how minor you think your car accident may be, all car accidents should be taken seriously. Just in 2017, the Nebraska Department of Transportation reported 36,227 auto crashes. Of those accidents, 22,511 resulted in only property damaged, 12,278 resulted in injury, 1,228 involved serious injuries, and 210 resulted in death.
Rear-end collision are some of the most common auto accidents and are often a result of distracted driving. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, rear-end crashes account for almost one-third of all auto accidents each year. These collisions can result in sprains, whiplash, and herniated discs.
In the event you’re the victim of a rear-end collision, it’s important to understand how the legal process works so you can receive the compensation you deserve and focus on recovery.
The time after a car crash should be spent recovering; however, you’ll also need to file a claim with your insurance company. The soon you do this, the sooner you’ll find out what sort of compensation you’re eligible for.
Insurance companies follow certain steps to investigate a car crash. There are things you can do to help speed the process along, which mostly involves having the necessary information ready when it’s needed. If you are awarded a settlement, it may contain compensation for economic and noneconomic damages.
Keep reading to learn about how insurance companies investigate a car crash, so you know what to expect when you make your first call.
Unfortunately, hit-and-run accidents are more common than we’d like to think. When these crimes are solved, the guilty party is often found to have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It’s also likely they panicked and simply left the scene. When these crimes go unsolved, the victim is often left confused and worried about proving their claim to an insurance provider.
While there is no specific timeline for a hit-and-run investigation, the following information will give you an idea of what to expect if you’re the victim of such an accident.
Driving requires your mental, physical, visual, and auditory attention at all times. Getting distracted for even a few seconds can have devastating consequences. In the past, alcohol and speeding were the leading causes of auto accidents; however, incidents of distracted driving are on the rise. In 2014, 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 were injured as a result of distracted driving collisions.
While there are multiple ways a person can get distracted while driving, cell phones are a primary cause. In 2013, nearly 15 percent of all distracted driving accidents involved drivers using a cell phone. This percentage is even higher when you look at the 20-29 age group – where almost 40 percent of distracted driver accidents were caused by texting, calling, or emailing. In order to understand why these accidents occur, it’s important to recognize how distracted driving affects the brain.
Injuries sustained during an accident vary in type and severity. One of the more common injuries, with a reported 3 million cases per year, is whiplash. This injury, while seemingly minor and inconvenient, can have serious, lasting effects if not properly treated.
It’s important to recognize the causes, signs, and symptoms of whiplash so you can manage your condition with a healthcare professional and return to normal as quickly as possible. Read on to learn about how minor whiplash can lead to a more serious injury.
Whiplash is a type of soft tissue injury. It’s common in rear-end collision accidents when the force of the impact causes the head to violently stretch forward and backward. While whiplash is most commonly associated with car accidents, violent motions causing whiplash can occur during slips and falls, assaults, or sporting activities.
A fatal crash, involving an SUV and a tractor-trailer, occurred in Pierce County, five miles north of Norfolk and east of Hadar. The accident, as reported by KETV7, happened on July 12, 2018, at 12:45 PM, at the intersection of Highways 13 and 81. A woman and three children were inside the SUV at the time of the collision.
Rebecca Fischer, a 36-year-old woman from Plainview was turning west onto Highway 13 from the northbound lanes of Highway 81 when her Buick Enclave was struck by a southbound semitrailer.
At the time of the collision, three children, Scarlett Fischer, five, Lium Fischer, four, and Lara Fischer, two, were in the back of the SUV.
No matter how long you’ve been behind the wheel, driving requires your full attention. You need to be alert mentally, physically, and auditorily at all times for the safety of yourself, your passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians. As the facts will tell you, however, it can be difficult for some people to prioritize good driving over tasks like texting or eating.
The National Highway Traffic Administration reported that distracted driving claimed 3,450 lives in 2016. In 2015, 391,000 people were injured in car accidents while distracted. Texting is seen as the most alarming distraction because of the number of teens who die each year, as a result.
In Nebraska in 2015, 4,402 reported accidents were caused by distracted driving – 12 of which were fatal. According to the Nebraska Department of Transportation, every day eight people are killed as a result of distracted driving, nationally. Distracted driving accounts for approximately 10 percent of all crashes in Nebraska and is just as dangerous as driving under the influence or speeding.