Current data reveals 6,590 pedestrians were killed on U.S. roads in 2019, a 5% increase from 2018 and the continuation of a trend starting in 2009.  The combination of light truck use, bad driving behaviors and unsafe road crossings are partially to blame for this trend. Smartphones and increased levels of technological distraction were also recognized as culprits, both behind the wheel and on U.S. walkways. Experienced personal injury attorneys in Nebraska can assist accident victims with legal action after they have been hit by a car resulting in personal injury, or death.

Omaha pedestrian injured.

 A pedestrian was seriously injured in a chain-reaction crash early Monday morning, according to investigators.  Omaha police told KETV NewsWatch 7 a Honda Pilot lost control near 16th and Laird streets around 12:15 a.m. It crashed into a pickup truck that hit another pickup truck. Officers said a person standing in the area was hit. Paramedics took that person to the hospital. Investigators have not yet released the names of anyone involved or word of any charges in the case. Nebraska incidents of pedestrian deaths are 62% higher than previous four-year averages representing a dangerous trend originating from distracted drivers and pedestrians.  Car accidents took the lives of 230 Nebraskans last year, including 24 pedestrians.

Criminal charges.

Criminal charges for pedestrian injury from a car accident may be pursued if the driver of the vehicle was drinking, texting, recklessly driving, speeding, or left the scene of the accident.  Personal injury insurance claims after an accident can be filed even when criminal charges are pending.  Hiring an experienced car accident attorney who understands personal injury law, and how criminal actions impact civil case outcomes would be a wise decision for an accident victim.

Statute of limitations.

There is a four year time period to file a lawsuit after a vehicle accident in Nebraska. A personal  injury attorney can help with all motor vehicle claims, and build a case to address the necessary compensation that will cover injuries, pain and suffering and forced changes in lifestyle because of the accident.

Damages.

 A legal action seeking monetary compensation can ensue when a driver causes injury or death to a pedestrian, often with the assistance of legal counsel. Damages that may be recovered include:

  • Medical bills
  • Current and future compensation losses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of care, companionship
  • Funeral expenses if a wrongful death occurs. Nebraska does not allow family members to seek damages for their own pain and suffering in wrongful death actions.

Hire a lawyer.

A Nebraska accident victim can focus on healing by leaving the complex legal and insurance matters to a competent accident lawyer who can objectively speak on their behalf in a courtroom, or against an insurance company’s legal team toward all-inclusive damage awards.

Sources:

https://nebraskalegislature.gov/laws/statutes.php?statute=60-696

https://nebraskalegislature.gov/laws/statutes.php?statute=60-6,197.03

https://nebraskalegislature.gov/laws/statutes.php?statute=60-6,213

https://www.ketv.com/article/chain-reaction-crash-seriously-injures-pedestrian/33621681

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