4 Teens Injured, 2 Critically, in Crash on Interstate 80—Omaha Accident Attorney Insights
KETV 7 reports on an Interstate 80 accident that injured four teens. Two of the teens were critically injured.
The crash occurred just before 7 p.m. According to authorities, D’Angleo Limones, 19, was driving his Chevy Trailblazer when he lost control and collided with the center median. The three passengers in his vehicle—Andersen Smith, Victoria Quinn, and Skye Manley—are also 19.
According to authorities, nobody in the vehicle was wearing a seatbelt. Smith suffered life-threatening head trauma, Limones sustained a broken nose, Manley suffered a dislocated hip, and Quinn was treated for aches and pains.
Drivers have a duty to behave in a way that does not endanger other people—and that includes their passengers. If you or someone you love was injured in a crash as a passenger, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim.
An injury lawyer from Rensch & Rensch Law can evaluate your case, gather evidence, and help you fight for the maximum payout. Call 1-800-471-4100 to schedule a free consultation with an accident attorney in Omaha.
Common—and Deadly—Mistakes Made by Teenage Drivers
It is common knowledge that teens are more susceptible to accidents that adult drivers. The primary reason for this is not texting, driving under the influence, or speeding—it’s their inexperience. Teenagers have not experienced the various dangers of driving, so they might not know how to respond to unexpected hazards.
The vast majority of teenage collisions are preventable. If your teen is a newly licensed driver, make sure he or she understands the dangers of making the following three mistakes:
- Texting behind the Wheel
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are three categories of driver distractions: physical, cognitive, and visual. The most dangerous distractions fall into all three groups. Texting is a prime example.
It is important that parents lead by example. Put your cellphone on silent before you start the engine, and do not look at your phone until you have turned off the engine. Also, talk to your teen about the dangers of texting and distracted driving in general.
- Not Wearing a Seatbelt
In 2014, seatbelts saved more than 12,800 lives, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Buckling up reduces your risk of serious injuries or death by half.
- Carrying Too Many Passengers
Teen Driver Source reminds young drivers that their risk of being involved in a fatal crash triples when they carry two or more peer passengers. Male drivers who carry a peer passenger are six times more likely to execute an illegal maneuver.
If your teen suffered an injury due to a negligent driver in Nebraska, contact Rensch & Rensch Law. The cost of medical bills and other damages can add up quickly, but you should not have to cover these losses out of your own pocket if your child was injured by a reckless motorist.
Call 1-800-471-4100 to schedule a free consultation with an injury lawyer in Omaha. You can learn more about car accident claims in Nebraska by visiting https://usattorneys.com/car-accident/nebraska/.