Car Accidents

Car Accident Causing Death

Car Accidents that Cause Serious Injury or Death

Most motor vehicle accidents tend to produce clear and convincing evidence as to who was at fault. Nebraska vehicular laws are written and designed in such a way so that the person responsible for the accident typically cannot avoid being held accountable for any injuries and damages caused and sustained in an accident. However, this doesn’t imply that legal guidance should not be sought following a motor vehicle collision. Anyone who has sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident needs to contact Demerath Law Office attorneys for a free consultation. We will ensure fair compensation is obtained, not merely for any physical injuries but also for any other injuries and damages resulting from the accident.

Why is a Personal Injury Attorney Essential?

insurance companies operate for profit; thus, their first responsibility is not protecting the rights of those injured in a motor vehicle collision. They understand Nebraska law favors the injured party and work to pay out as little as possible, even if the injury results in death. Often, victims find they are pressured to take an early settlement, but individuals should never agree to any settlement for a serious accident without first speaking to an attorney to ensure they receive fair compensation. Also, oftentimes your vehicle will sustain only minor damages but your injuries can be substantial. The insurance company then may argue that your injuries are also minor. Nothing is further from the truth.

What Type of Car Accident Cases Does Demerath Law Office Handle

At Demerath Law Office we can handle all types of serious car crashes involving negligence.  Some of the more typical accidents include:

  • Rear-end Crashes – typically occur when a lead vehicle slows or stops and the vehicle in the rear is not paying attention or is driving too fast and hits the front vehicle. In almost all situations the rear vehicle is at fault for failing to have their vehicle under control.
  • Head-on Collisions – while not as common as the rear-end crash, head-on collisions are generally more serious because of the extreme force of 2 cars slamming together. Causes of head-on collisions include a distracted driver, intoxicated driver, hazards on the road – ice – and too often these type of accidents result in very severe or fatal injuries where the need for an experienced attorney is critical.
  • Broadside or T-Bone Crashes – in which one vehicle crashes into the side of another vehicle and generally has serious consequences, particularly if there are passengers seated on the collision side of the vehicle. Side impact accidents happen for a number of reasons – are generally at intersections where a driver fails to stop for a red light or stop sign or fails to yield the right of way.
  • Cell-phone Related Accidents – a person is talking on their phone and distracted and does not consider or see other traffic and causes an accident. Studies have shown that drivers who have such a cognitive distraction are at increased risk of causing an accident and are thus responsible for any damages or injuries caused in an accident.
  • Drunk Driver Accidents – Regardless of tough drinking and driving laws in Nebraska, too many intoxicated people still get behind the wheel and cause serious accidents. In 2019 there were 1,542 alcohol-related crashes in Nebraska according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation. In all those situations the impaired driver caused or contributed to the accident.

Rights of Passengers Who Are Injured In An Accident

Each year many of the people who are injured in motor vehicle accidents are passengers. Passengers can also pursue a claim against the negligent driver – and that may be the driver of their vehicle or the driver of the other vehicle.

Factors that Influence Car Accidents

Most individuals do not stop to consider the various factors which may play a role in their injuries. For example, headrest positioning can contribute to neck injuries or prevent them. Where a person is seated in the vehicle is also of importance, as those closest to the impact may be more severely injured or even died. Seat belts and airbags are designed to prevent serious injury, yet they may contribute to minor injuries. Furthermore, when a person knows an impact is inevitable, he or she might tense up, and this can play a role in the severity of their injuries.

What Should You Do After An Accident

If you get into a motor vehicle accident, you should:

  • Activate your car’s hazard lights and move the vehicle out of the line of traffic if possible;
  • Check the condition of all parties;
  • Call 911 particularly if there are injured parties – or the police;
  • Get the name and contact information of all parties, including any vehicle insurance information;
  • If witnesses get their name and contact information;
  • Document the scene of the accident with pictures, particularly the damage to all vehicles;
  • Seek appropriate medical treatment immediately following the accident;
  • Notify your insurance company of the accident;
  • Prepare and keep a diary of the incidents leading up to and including the accident, record the injuries and complications with the injuries thereafter on a daily basis;
  • NEVER give a statement to the opposing parties’ insurance company unless your attorney is present; and,
  • Contact a good accident attorney – preferably Demerath Law Office.

Wrongful Death LawyerIf you have been injured in a car accident, or you are suffering the wrongful death of a family member, contact our office. Our personal injury lawyers will be happy to talk with you and evaluate your case. Although the law is meant to be on your side, the insurance company has lawyers working to protect their interests, and you need to ensure you have the same. At the Demerath Law Office, we have been helping individuals injured in motor vehicle accidents obtain fair compensation for their injuries, their pain and suffering, any income they have lost, and all other damages and expenses they have incurred as a direct and indirect result of the collision. We have been in practice for more than 45 years now and have learned a great deal about how to gather and present evidence of the other driver’s liability and document the impact of the injuries on the injured party’s life. Allow us to do the same for you. All it takes is that first call to 402-677-5656.