According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA,)
37,461 people were killed on U.S. roads and highways in 2016, an increase of
5.6% from the previous year. Of those slain, NHTSA found that 9.2% (3,450)
were victims of distracted driving, a phenomenon that has grown in recent
years due to the advent of smartphones, tablets, and other electronic devices.
What Is Distracted Driving?
Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving,
- Surfing the internet
- Answering phone calls
- Adjusting the stereo
- Changing the music
- Entering GPS directions
- Talking to other passengers
- Taking a photo
- Putting on makeup
Of those activities, texting may be the most alarming. Sending or reading
a text messages takes a driver’s eyes off of the road for an average
of 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of a football
field with your eyes closed. If a driver is not paying full attention
to the road, they are not driving safely. Activities such as these increase
the chances of crashing by as much as 3 times.
Nebraska Distracted Driving Laws
Nebraska law prohibits the use of handheld wireless devices while operating
a motor vehicle. Nebraska is one of a few states that operates under secondary
enforcement of the ban on texting, meaning a driver is not be cited for
a violation unless they are charged with another driving offense, such
as speeding or running a red light. If a driver is caught violating the
texting law, they can be fined $200 for a first offense, $300 for a second
offense, and $500 for subsequent offenses, in addition to three points
against their license.
However, many are pushing for Nebraska to change the law so that it could
allow law enforcement to pull drivers over for texting and driving alone,
by making it a
stoppable offense instead of a secondary one. While some fear that it would give too much
power to the police, stricter laws have reduced distracted driving fatalities
in other states, such as Ohio where deaths have decreased by 17%.
How We Can Help
If you’ve been injured in a distracted driving accident, you need
to contact our Nebraska personal injury lawyers at The Robert Pahlke Law
Group immediately. Our most important task is proving your case to recover
full, fair, and complete compensation for your medical bills, lost wages,
and pain and suffering.
We start by performing a full investigation, including subpoenaing all
phone records, obtaining black box recorders, and gathering video evidence
if tapes happened to record the accident. We also employ the necessary
experts, including physicists and reconstruction experts, who can help
us put together a full picture of what happened.
After the car crash, a representative of the negligent party's auto
insurance company may call and ask you to give a recorded statement or
they might make a low settlement offer. Remember that signing a release
on your claim could ruin your chances at recovering compensation, while
low settlement offers are always sprung on victims early on so that insurance
companies don’t have to pay out more money. We can take over and
talk to the insurance company on your behalf.
While we aim for a quick settlement, we are ready to take any case to court
if needed. If you’re ready to start on your personal injury claim,
call us today at (888) 514-4138 or
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