What If It’s Already Been A Few Days Or Even Weeks Since Your Nebraska Car Accident?
Don’t worry – you can still write down what you remember, take photographs of injuries or vehicle damage, and gather contact information. But do so as quickly as you can. Likewise, get a copy of the police report.
Putting the pieces together
After overcoming the initial shock and taking care of immediate needs, it’s time to make sense of the situation. What caused the accident to happen? Who was responsible? How can you prevent another accident from taking place in the future? These are all extremely important questions that can only be answered once you gather and examine the evidence.
Diverse and hidden causes of your collision
When you’re caught up in the moment, the cause of your crash may seem blindingly obvious:
- The other driver sped through a red light.
- The truck driver lost control of the wheel and veered into your lane.
- The sun got into the eyes of the motorcyclist, causing him to zigzag in front of the SUV, which in turn caused that car to sideswipe you.
In the heat of the moment (and soon afterwards), we tend to blame people, rush to judgment and get emotional about what happened. These instincts make sense. However, a more sober, objective assessment could reveal surprising features that force a change of perspective. For instance:
- Maybe the other driver sped through the light because his brakes failed, indicating that the maker of the brakes or the mechanic who installed or repaired them could be liable for your damages.
- Maybe the trucker who lost control and veered into your lane did so because his company assigned him too much work, violating regulations; hence, that company would be liable for your damages.
- Maybe the motorcyclist skidded out on loose oil and stone that the city hadn’t marked well; hence, the municipality in charge of highway signage could be held responsible.
Using effective investigation and forensic work, your attorney and authorities should strive to clarify exactly who or what caused the crash, not only to ensure justice in your case but also to protect other drivers and pedestrians still vulnerable to whatever caused your accident.
One reason many states have “no-fault” auto insurance laws is because it’s often quite challenging to reduce fault in an automobile accident to a single factor or a single person. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 22 percent of all vehicle crashes in a single year are weather-related. Weather-related accidents occur in adverse weather conditions (snow, rain, fog, etc.) or on slick roads. Since car accidents are so much more likely in adverse weather, it’s safe to assume these conditions are frequently partly to blame. It’s not just the texting teen driver or the sleepy trucker at fault: the entire context of the crash matters!
Commercial Vehicle Accidents In Nebraska – Special Considerations
Due to the nature of their work, trucking companies pick up the pieces after literally thousands of grisly accidents each year, some of which lead to six and seven figure settlements or judgments. Knowing what’s at stake, trucking companies act fast. They send insurance company representatives to inspect accident scenes and sometimes interfere with police investigations. Meanwhile, these insurance representatives often act aggressively to prevent victims from filing suit. We’ll discuss these complications (and what to do about them) later in this blog post series.
For immediate insight into your Nebraska car accident, call Inkelaar Law to get the justice you deserve at (877) 537-4665, or visit www.JusticeYouDeserve.com.