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Nebraska Car Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash in Omaha, Lincoln, or elsewhere in Nebraska, you may be feeling upset, confused, and alone. An Advocate can help you recover.

A Nebraska Car Accident Attorney Can Help Your Case

A car wreck can leave you with physical injuries, a broken vehicle, emotional trauma, and financial damages. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed or hopeless.

The Nebraska car accident attorneys with The Advocates have been representing car accident victims for nearly three decades, and we are ready to help you too. We are committed to assisting you in your recovery and helping you obtain the settlement you deserve.

If you’ve been injured by a negligent driver and need an experienced, caring attorney for your personal injury claim, contact The Advocates’ law firm today for a free consultation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Not every accident requires an lawyer. However, if the accident resulted in injuries or significant property damage, it is a good idea to contact a lawyer. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you navigate the claims process, which can be lengthy and complex. Your lawyer will build your case, keep track of your medical records, negotiate with insurance companies, and represent you in court if necessary. Studies have shown that accident victims who hire a personal injury lawyer can receive settlements up to 3.5 times larger than if they settled on their own.

The best way to know if you have a case is to speak with an lawyer. The Advocates offer free consultations—you can speak with a qualified legal team to understand what your case is worth without paying a dime. Once you have decided to hire an Advocate, we will investigate your accident to firmly establish liability.

Your initial consultation with us is always 100% free. There are never any upfront costs or hidden fees when you hire The Advocates.
Our attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that our attorney fees are calculated as a percentage of your settlement. You will not pay us unless we win your case, and you receive a settlement.

Every personal injury case is different. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to accident claims. The length of the claims process will depend on the severity of your injuries, the willingness of the other party to settle, the court’s caseload, and more.
In general, personal injury cases can take anywhere from several months to a few years. It’s important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible to get your case started. Each state has a statute of limitations for personal injury cases, after which you will lose your right of action.

When you hire The Advocates, we will begin investigating your accident immediately while you finish medical treatment. Once all evidence and medical records have been compiled, your attorney will send a demand letter to the other party’s insurance company. At this point, negotiations will begin.
In many cases, a settlement can be reached during negotiations. If the other party refuses to make a fair offer, you may choose to file a suit. In the litigation phase, your lawyer will represent you in court in front of a judge, jury, and/or arbitrator.

A Team of Legal Professionals Assigned to Your Case

For nearly 30 years, The Advocates have helped thousands of personal injury victims receive the compensation and care they deserve after their accidents, and we are prepared to do the same for you. 

We can help you:

  • Understand the claims process
  • Investigate your accident
  • Build your case
  • Negotiate with insurance adjusters
  • Obtain a fair settlement offer

You only pay if we win your case!


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  • No need to wait for an email response
  • Free online consultation
  • Talk directly with an attorney

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Nebraska Car Accident Statistics


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Where are car accidents most likely to occur?

  • Lancaster, Sarpy, and Douglas counties have the highest number of fatalities due to car accidents each year
  • Counties through which I-80 passes have higher fatality rates than other counties
  • Around 80% of all motor vehicle accidents occur on dry roads
  • Most car accidents (60%) happen on local roadways, however, most fatal accidents occur on rural highways
  • The majority of accidents occur between noon and 6:00 pm

Nebraska state car accident statistics  

  • Collisions between two motor vehicles are the most common type of car accident
  • Statewide, there are more than 35,000 car accidents each year
  • People who are not wearing seatbelts at the time of a crash account for 60% of car accident fatalities 
  • Each year, the death rate from accidents in Nebraska is around 42 fatalities per 100,000 people
  • The age group most likely to be involved in a car accident due to speeding is 14-19 year olds
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Common causes of car accidents

  • Distracted driving: Motorists become much more dangerous and unpredictable when texting or talking on the phone
  • Impaired driving: Car accidents are far more likely to happen when one or more drivers is under the influence
  • Speeding: High speeds not only give drivers less time to react to hazards, they also make accidents more likely to result in serious injuries or death
  • Following too closely: Tailgating is a dangerous practice that can easily lead to rear-end collisions
  • Improper passing: Illegal passing on two-lane highways can lead to head-on collisions, which often cause devastating injuries

Common car accident injuries 

Depending on the nature of your accident, car accident injuries can range from mild to life-threatening. Some common vehicle collision injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Broken bones
  • Whiplash
  • Lacerations and bruising
Common injuries that occur from car accidents

Nebraska Car accident Laws


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What is the maximum speed limit in Nebraska?

The absolute speed limit on rural interstates in Nebraska is 75 miles per hour for both passenger vehicles as well as heavy trucks. On interstates passing through urban areas, the maximum speed limit is 70 miles per hour. On most two-lane state highways, the speed limit is 65 miles per hour.

Speed limits are set based on the following factors:

  • Size of roadway
  • Location of roadway
  • Frequency of accidents
  • Existence and location of intersections and traffic control devices
  • Road surface
  • Professional opinions of traffic engineers

What is considered “distracted driving” in Nebraska?

According to the Nebraska Department of Transportation, distracted driving is classified as driving while engaged in any task that takes a motorist’s focus off the road. This includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Cell phone use 
  • Eating 
  • Adjusting the radio
  • Looking at maps
  • Talking to passengers

Nebraska has a statewide ban on texting and driving, including while temporarily stopped due to a red light, traffic, or any other momentary delay. Young drivers are prohibited from using a handheld device for any purpose, including phone calls.

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What is considered “driving under the influence” under Nebraska law?

Around one-third of fatal crashes in Nebraska include alcohol as a factor. This puts the state in the middle of the pack when all states are ranked for drunk driving rates.

In the state of Nebraska, the legal blood alcohol concentration limit is 0.08. However, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle if a person’s ability to drive safely is impaired to “any appreciable degree.”

If there is sufficient evidence that a driver has been drinking or using drugs, even if their BAC is below the legal limit, they may still be charged.

The penalties for drunk driving in Nebraska are severe. 

For a first offense, a driver must:

  • Serve jail time of 7-60 days
  • Pay a fine of $500
  • Have their license suspended for 6 months

For second and third offenses, penalties increase:

  • 30 days-1 year in jail
  • $500-$1,000 in fines
  • Driver’s license suspended for 18 months-15 years

Penalties increase even more if a driver’s BAC is greater than 0.15.In the case of a drunk driving accident, the at-fault driver is typically the impaired motorist (although drivers can share fault in Nebraska). If you’ve been in a car crash with a drunk driver, contact The Advocates to get started on the road to recovery.

What responsibilities do drivers have after an accident?

Any driver who is involved in an accident in Nebraska must stop as close to the scene of the accident as is safe. The driver is required to exchange information with the other party and render aid to anyone who needs it. This includes getting any injured people to a doctor or hospital should they require it.

If you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident, be sure to do the following:

  • Move your car out of traffic (if possible)
  • Check for injuries
  • File a police report
  • Exchange contact information and insurance information with the other party
  • Seek medical care, even if you do not believe you are injured
  • File a car accident claim with your own car insurance provider
  • Consider contacting an auto accident attorney
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What is the statute of limitations for car accidents?

For any personal injury case, a plaintiff only has a certain amount of time to file their claim. After that time period is up, they lose their right of action. This is referred to as the statute of limitations.

In Nebraska, the statute of limitations for car accident cases is 4 years. However, it is a good idea to file your claim much sooner than that. Personal injury cases can take a long time to settle, so it is a good idea to give yourself as much time as possible before the statute of limitations is up. As soon as you think you may have a case, contact a Nebraska car accident lawyer so they may begin working on your claim.


When Should I Hire a Nebraska Car Accident Attorney?


If you were injured in a car accident, you will need to prove that the other driver was at fault in order to receive any damages. Nebraska is a comparative negligence state, meaning that you must be found less responsible for the accident than the other driver(s) in order to receive a settlement. Your claim will be reduced depending on how much responsibility you are found to have had in causing the accident.

Insurance companies will often do everything in their power to avoid paying you a fair settlement for your damages. They may try to convince you to settle for less than you deserve, diminish the severity of your injuries, or deny liability for the accident altogether. When dealing with physical injuries and emotional anguish, the last thing you want to do is fight with insurance adjusters.

The Advocates’ auto accident attorneys have been fighting insurance providers for decades, and we understand how frustrating it can be. We know how to get you fair compensation for your injuries and other damages, so you can focus on feeling better.

We are here to help every step of the way– our number one priority is your peace of mind. The Nebraska car accident lawyers with The Advocates will be by your side, ready to listen to your needs and ensure they are met throughout the entirety of your case. Contact our Omaha office today for a free case evaluation. You deserve an attorney who cares. You deserve an Advocate.

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