Distracted driving is any activity that could divert an individual’s attention away from driving, including texting, talking on the phone, grooming, reading maps, and using a navigation system. Did you know that text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times higher than driving without distractions? In an attempt to reduce the number of car accidents caused by distracted drivers, the state of Nebraska has placed a ban on texting for all drivers.
FAULT IN DISTRACTED DRIVING CASES
If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a car accident involving a distracted driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Distracted driving, including behavior that isn’t explicitly prohibited, like reading maps, can be used to prove negligence or recklessness because it poses an unreasonable risk to the driver as well as others on the road. If you have sustained injuries due to a distracted driver, it is important to begin working on your case as quickly as possible because you only have four years from the date your injury was discovered to file a claim in the state of Nebraska.
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OTHER DRIVING DISTRACTIONS
According to a study by Carnegie Mellon, brain activity associated with driving decreases by almost 40% when using a !cell phone while driving. Because using a cell phone while driving is so dangerous, the state of Nebraska has placed a ban on both handheld and hands-free cell phone usage for novice drivers, or drivers who have learner’s permits and have not yet earned driver’s licenses. While cell phone usage is a known distraction, there are many other driving distractions, such as interacting with children in the backseat, eating or drinking, grooming, or looking at a GPS device or map, which can all lead to serious traffic accidents.
Did you know that talking to another person in the car and adjusting the car radio can also be considered driving distractions? Despite the dangers of distracted driving, many drivers continue to engage in these risky behaviors. Roughly 80% of drivers reported talking to passengers in their vehicle and 65% reported adjusting the car radio in a 2011 National Survey of Distracted Driving Attitudes and Behavior. Eating, drinking and talking on the phone were also common driving distractions. Although it may seem harmless, distracted driving is dangerous and almost 20% of injury crashes in 2010 involved a distracted driver. In 2010 alone, distracted driving crashes resulted in 416,000 injuries and the deaths of over 3,000 people.
INJURED BY A DISTRACTED DRIVER? GET LEGAL HELP!
Our team at The Robert Pahlke Law Group has over 85 years of combined courtroom experience, and we are prepared to help you seek the compensation you deserve. The injuries you sustained from your crash may be painful and result in numerous medical bills, which is why you need the representation of a knowledgeable Nebraska personal injury attorney you can trust. We have earned some of the highest accolades available in the industry, including being AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell® and being selected for inclusion in the Nebraska Super Lawyers® list for 2011 and 2012, so you can rest assured that we can aggressively represent you both inside and outside the courtroom.
Our attorneys are strong supporters of accident victims’ rights and our goal is to make the roads a safer place. Our team understands that no one can place a dollar value on your injuries, but we want to help you pursue the compensation you deserve for your physical, emotional and financial losses.
If you were injured by a distracted driver, learn about your rights to compensation by calling The Robert Pahlke Law Group at 308-633-4444.