In bustling cities like Omaha, car accidents occur often. Many of these collisions could be prevented if all drivers paid attention to the road.
If you sustained serious injuries in a distracted driving accident in Omaha, you should be able to recover compensation from the at-fault party. A skilled auto accident attorney from Berry Law can meet with you to review the options available to you and your family.
Types of Distractions That Lead to Collisions
When drivers take their attention away from the road, they are much more likely to cause accidents. There are three types of distractions that typically lead to car crashes—manual, visual, and cognitive.
A manual distraction occurs when a motorist’s hands are not on the steering wheel. When drivers do not have both their hands on the wheel, their vehicles can veer out of their lane or even off the road. Often, an accident is caused by the driver attempting to regain control of the vehicle, such as through overcorrection that causes the driver to re-enter traffic quickly and erratically.
A visual distraction is anything that takes a motorist’s eyes off the road. Drivers who do not look at the road could easily hit a car in front of them or a pedestrian entering a crosswalk.
Cognitive distractions cause a driver’s mind to wander. This can occur even if the motorist has his or her hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Mental distractions can make it difficult to react quickly to prevent accidents.
All licensed drivers have a responsibility to pay attention to the road. When a distracted motorist causes an accident that results in your injuries, that person should be held accountable for your injuries and losses. A dedicated Omaha attorney can aggressively fight for compensation from that at-fault driver on your behalf.
Negligent Behavior Behind the Wheel
One of the most dangerous activities that leads to collisions is texting while driving. Cellphone usage causes dangerous accidents because it is an activity that simultaneously causes manual, visual, and cognitive distractions. Although the Nebraska legislature prohibits drivers from using handheld devices to read, compose, or send messages, there are still far too many wrecks in Omaha that occur due to cellphone usage.
If you suspect that the driver who hit you was texting, an attorney can subpoena the driver’s cellphone records from the time of the crash. In addition to texting, some of the other most common distractions are as follows:
- Eating and drinking
- Grooming, such as shaving, putting on makeup, or brushing hair
- Changing the radio station
- Reading a map or using a GPS navigation system
- Talking to passengers in the vehicle
- Dealing with pets or children in the vehicle
After a crash, it is critical to work with an experienced law firm as soon as possible. Our team of seasoned attorneys will perform a detailed investigation to determine whether distracted driving contributed to the crash. We will question the drivers, passengers, and eyewitnesses to determine what they observed.
Berry Law will also look for evidence of a distraction inside the car, such as food wrappers, spilled drinks, or pets. Additionally, we can review any security or traffic camera footage and look at the crash scene for absence of skid marks and other indications of distracted driving. There is often no evidence of braking or swerving to prevent a crash in accidents involving distracted drivers.
Work with an Omaha Attorney Who Understands Distracted Driving Crashes
If you believe that the at-fault driver who caused your accident was distracted, you deserve justice for your injuries and losses. You should not have to bear the financial consequences of the collision.
The local attorneys at Berry Law have experience handling distracted driving accidents in Omaha. Meet with our team today to discuss your options and plan your next steps.