A 19-year-old was airlifted to a hospital in Omaha after his driver ran a red light and crashed, reports the Omaha World-Herald. The victim, Myles McIntyre, was sitting in the front seat of a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier when the accident happened. He suffered life-threatening injuries.
Another passenger in the Cavalier, 18-year-old Jason Hald, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Cavalier, Emily Standley, also 18, was treated at a hospital and later released. Authorities later confirmed that Standley was drunk at the time of the accident.
The Cavalier was hit by a 2004 Ford F-250 after it ran the red light. The driver and a passenger in the Ford were evaluated at the scene and released.
Driving under the influence is a major problem in Nebraska. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of adults who admit to drinking too much before driving in the last 30 days in Nebraska is almost twice the national average.
If you were injured or lost a family member in a crash with a drunk driver, contact Rensch & Rensch Law. An injury attorney in Omaha will help you recover the maximum compensation for economic and non-economic damages.
Call 1-800-471-4100 to schedule a free initial consultation. You can also visit the USAttorneys website to learn more about drunk-driving accident lawsuits in Nebraska.
Follow These 9 Steps after an Accident with a Drunk Driver
There’s a good reason why drunk drivers face harsh consequences in Nebraska: Between 2003 and 2012, 682 people in this state were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver.
According to the CDC, just four alcoholic drinks can compromise a driver’s muscle coordination, making it difficult to steer safely, and impair judgment and self-control. Unfortunately, a deplorable number of motorists drive under the influence every day.
All drivers should know what to do after a drunk-driving accident. If you find yourself in this situation, follow these nine steps:
- Remain calm and do not behave aggressively;
- Check everyone involved in the crash for injuries;
- Call the police;
- Stay at the scene until police give you permission to leave;
- Exchange insurance and contact information with all drivers involved;
- Record the contact details of eyewitnesses;
- Take photos that show the positions of vehicles, skid marks, traffic signs, injuries and property damage,
- Write down the details of what happened; and
- Contact an accident lawyer.
If you were injured by a drunk driver in Nebraska, turn to Rensch & Rensch Law for legal advice. An injury attorney in Omaha will evaluate your case, assess the police report and doctors’ records, interview witnesses and help you recover the maximum compensation. If your case goes to trial, our lawyers have the litigation experience to represent your interests in court.
If we do not win, then you will not pay attorneys’ fees. Call 1-800-471-4100 to schedule a free initial consultation.