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What to Do If You Are an Omaha DUI Accident Victim

By Omaha Personal Injury Attorney on October 5, 2015

Nebraska Auto AccidentCars and driving are a substantial part of our everyday lives. It’s estimated that the average American spends more than 100 hours a year just commuting to and from work. The advocate group Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) states that every two minutes someone is injured by a drunk driving accident; and that every 53 minutes, on average, a drunk driver causes a fatality. When you combine all these statistics, the average driver has a decent chance of being involved in an accident with someone who is driving while impaired. Read the rest »

April Marks Distracted Driving Awareness Month Nationwide

By Omaha Personal Injury Attorney on April 6, 2015

Auto Accident AttorneyDespite awareness campaigns, changes to driver training programs, and new state and federal laws and regulations enacted throughout the country, distracted driving continues to be a serious problem on our roads. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that nine people are killed in distracted driving accidents every day and that over a thousand are injured daily.

In 2011, according to the CDC, 17 percent of car crashes involved at least one distracted driver.  While texting and cell phone use are two well-known sources of driver distraction, the distraction that causes a crash can come from any source.  Talking to passengers, eating, personal grooming, changing the radio station, or trying to read a map or directions can also cause a crash, as can becoming distracted by a roadside attraction or other item outside the vehicle. Read the rest »

Does Google Glass Distract Drivers?

By Omaha Personal Injury Attorney on October 13, 2014

When Google Glass first became available, the device sparked both interest and controversy. The idea of a “wearable computer” made some commenters believe that Glass could be used safely by vehicle drivers, without causing distraction that might lead to an accident. Others were less certain, however, that using Glass was any safer than texting or using a hands-free smartphone or other device.

To date, at least eight states have introduced bills that, if passed, would ban drivers from using Glass while they operate a vehicle. When many of these bills were introduced, they lacked research to back up the legislators’ claims that Glass would cause a distraction the way texting or cell phone use would. Instead, lawmakers acted to prevent possible distraction, rather than to address known distractions. Read the rest »

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