In the aftermath of a car or motorcycle accident, one of the most important factors that will determine whether you can make a claim against negligent parties or collect a settlement from insurance will be who was at fault for your accident. Liability refers to who is at fault after a car accident and who is responsible for paying for expenses and losses. Rensch & Rensch Law are personal injury lawyers in Omaha, Nebraska who can help you seek damages and compensation for your losses if you have been hurt in a car or motorcycle accident for which you were not at fault.
Liability can stem from negligence, reckless driving, or when a driver fails to follow the rules of the road. One of the things that can be confusing after a crash is determining who is at fault. Police may write a report and may ticket one or both drivers, but sometimes determining fault can be more complex. Sometimes both parties played a role in the crash, and sometimes only one party played a role. What are some of the causes of car accidents? What are some of the ways you can prove that you are not liable? How can you hold the other driver liable after a car or motorcycle accident? Here are some factors that result in car accidents:
- Distracted Driving: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving claims 3,166 lives each year and leads to many more injuries. Many accidents could have been stopped had drivers put down their cell phones and avoided texting and driving. While it can sometimes be difficult to prove that a driver might have been texting and driving, sometimes drivers leave evidence of their behavior, like posts on social media, text messages, or sometimes witnesses at the scene of the crash saw the driver texting and driving.
- Drunk Driving: According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, every day drunk driving leads to approximately 300,000 accidents or incidents. Over 10,000 people die due to drunk driving each year. Fortunately, when drunk driving or drugged driving is suspected, the police may require both drivers to submit to breath and blood tests. If another driver was found to be drinking and driving or driving while under the influence of drugs, you and your family may be entitled to seek damages for your losses.
- Breaking the Rules of the Road: Speeding, improper lane changes, running red lights and stop signs can all lead to accidents. If another driver broke the law, you may be entitled to make a claim against insurance or seek damages for your injuries and losses.
- Reckless Driving: Drag racing, improperly using a vehicle, or driving in a manner that endangers others on the road can lead to serious accidents and injuries. If another driver was racing or otherwise using a vehicle improperly, you may have the right to make a claim under the law.
- Inexperience: Teen drivers and younger drivers sometimes don’t have the experience to evade accidents. One of the leading causes of accidents is driver inexperience. It is why younger drivers are so expensive to insure.
- Road Rage: From time to time we all get angry behind the wheel. However, when drivers use their vehicles to take revenge on other drivers, accidents can happen. Cutting off another driver, speeding and overtaking other drivers, improper lane changes, or bumping into another vehicle as an act of aggression can all be considered acts of road rage. If you or a loved one were hurt in a road rage accident, Rensch & Rensch Law are accident attorneys in Omaha, Nebraska who may be able to help you.
- Drowsy Driving: Driving while sleepy can be just as dangerous as driving drunk. Proving drowsy driving is possible. Your personal injury lawyer may be able to evaluate the driver’s activities and schedule before he or she got behind the wheel to show that he or she may have been tired while driving.
- Unsafe Road Conditions: We rely on our cities and states to keep roads safe, to repair roads and to hire construction crews who will keep roads in good condition. When cities and municipalities fail to maintain roads, accidents can happen. While pursuing a lawsuit against the city or state can be challenging because the state may be protected under sovereign immunity laws, Rensch & Rensch Law are personal injury lawyers in Omaha, Nebraska who may be able to assist you.
These are just some of the factors leading to car accidents. If you or your loved one has suffered an injury in a car or motorcycle accident, having a personal injury lawyer on your side can make a difference in helping you collect a settlement and in proving negligence. Rensch & Rensch Law leaves no stone unturned when helping clients seek the settlements they may deserve under the law.