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Council Bluffs Car Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area or elsewhere in Nebraska or Iowa, The Advocates injury attorneys can help you.

A Car Accident Attorney Can Help Your Case

Automobile accidents can have devastating effects on the lives of everyone involved. When faced with painful injuries, mental anguish, and steep medical bills, many victims start to feel like their lives will never return to normal.
The Advocates injury law firm has over 30 years of experience representing accident victims and helping them obtain the compensation they deserve for their damages. 
If you’ve been injured in a car crash, truck accident, or other type of motor vehicle accident, contact the personal injury attorneys with The Advocates for a free consultation today.

The Next Steps In Your Case

Injury

Immediately after your accident, check for injuries

Hire Attorney

Contact The Advocates as soon as possible to begin the road to recovery

Treatment

Seek medical treatment as soon as you can

Property Damage

Get the damage on your car assessed and fixed

Treatment Complete

Once you’ve completed treatment, your attorney will compile your medical records

Demand

Your Advocate will send a demand letter to the responsible party

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.

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.

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.

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 Car Accident 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
  • Take your case to court if necessary

We only get paid if we win your case!


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Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Statistics


Aerial View of Downtown Council Bluffs, Iowa

Nebraska/Iowa statistics

  • More than 1.5 million people live in the Omaha metro area.
  • Over the last 10 years, Pottawattamie County, Iowa has seen more than 120 traffic fatalities (this is the fourth-highest in the state, after the Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport areas).
  • In Nebraska, Douglas, Sarpy, and Cass counties regularly have some of the highest numbers of traffic fatalities each year.

Common causes of car accidents

  • Distracted driving: Cell phone use has become a serious problem on roads throughout the United States.
  • Impaired driving: Over a five-year period, an average of 28.8% of Nebraska fatal car accidents included alcohol as a factor.
  • 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.
  • Failure to check blind spots: Many bicycle and motorcycle accidents are the result of motorists simply not seeing the smaller vehicles.
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Attorney discusses a car accident case with client

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

Iowa Traffic Laws and Information


man using phone while driving the car

Iowa distracted driving laws

Although a large portion of the Omaha metro area is in Nebraska, Council Bluffs and some surrounding cities are in Iowa, meaning they are subject to Iowa traffic laws.
In Iowa, distracted driving is a primary offense. This means that an officer can pull a motorist over and cite them if they are seen texting or otherwise using a mobile device while driving.
Nebraska, on the other hand, is one of only three states that classifies texting and driving as a secondary offense—a driver can only be cited for distracted driving if they are pulled over for another violation.
As a driver in a bi-state metro area, it is important that you understand and adhere to state and local laws wherever you drive. Texting and driving is illegal in both Iowa and Nebraska, even though the two states enforce the laws differently.

What responsibilities do drivers have after an accident?

Under Iowa law, drivers involved in accidents that result in personal injury, property damage, or death have a responsibility to stop, exchange information with the other driver, and render reasonable assistance if necessary (such as calling 911).
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, take the following actions to protect yourself and your right to a personal injury claim:

  • Move your vehicle out of traffic if possible.
  • Check for injuries and call 911 if anyone is seriously hurt.
  • File a police report.
  • Exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver.
  • Take pictures and videos of the accident scene.
  • Notify your own auto insurance company of the accident.
  • Seek medical attention, even if you do not believe you are injured.
  • Consider contacting a personal injury lawyer for legal representation.
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What is the statute of limitations for car accidents?

If you were injured in a car accident in the OmahaCouncil Bluffs metro area, where your accident took place matters. Every personal injury case is subject to a statute of limitations, or time limit, for filing a claim. Once the statute of limitations has expired, you lose your right to a claim.
In Nebraska, the statute of limitations is generally four years from the date of the accident. In Iowa, however, the statute of limitations is only two years. This is why it is important to contact an attorney as soon as you believe you may have a case.
The Advocates have law offices in both Council Bluffs and Omaha. Contact us today for a free initial consultation—our experienced attorneys can help you determine whether you have a case and how long you have to file.


When Should I Hire a Council Bluffs Car Accident Attorney?


If you’ve been injured in a car crash in the OmahaCouncil Bluffs metro area, it’s critical that you know your rights and responsibilities. An auto accident attorney with The Advocates can offer sound legal advice, build your case, and fight to get you fair compensation for your medical expenses and other damages.

Contact us today for a free consultation and to get started on the road to recovery. You deserve an attorney who is experienced, compassionate, and local to your area. You deserve an Advocate.

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