'Vehicle Accidents'

By: Jeffrey Lapin

Volume Bars and NHTSAThe U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 141, which would require hybrid and electric vehicles meet minimum sound standards (volume) in order to help make all pedestrians and bicyclists more aware of these vehicles. These types of vehicles pose more danger at low speeds because they are relatively quiet. The NHTSA was mandated to create a volume standard by the bipartisan Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010 (PSEA). […]

Warning Sign for Ice & SnowThe forecast for eastern Nebraska, including Lincoln, calls for snow and winter weather. So far, Lincoln has been spared any snow or ice on the roadway. There are a lot more accidents the first snow and ice of the season as drivers forget the differences in driving on dry and ice and snow-packed roadways. Last year we discussed winter driving: Drivers Prepare: Winter Weather Is Arriving Soon and Drivers Take Care: Winter Weather Is Almost HereThis post is presents a new way, using the ABC’s, to help drivers stay safe while driving in winter weather, snow and ice. […]

By: Jeffrey B. Lapin

As we are about to start another Nebraska Husker football season Lapin Law Offices reminds everyone to be safe and cautious. Here are some tips to make sure you stay safe getting to and from Husker football games: […]

By: Jeffrey Lapin

A new report issued by the Consumer Federation of America (“CFA”), Low Ball: An Insider’s Look at How Some Insurers Can Manipulate Computerized Systems to Broadly Underpay Injury Claims, details how major car insurance companies are using computers systems, primarily Colossus, to underpay injury claims. One of the authors of the Report, Mark Romano, the CFA’s Director of Insurance Claims Projects, was formerly Allstate’s “Colossus Subject Matter Expert,” the top expert for Allstate’s computerized claims system. Allstate, and other insurers using these types of systems to evaluate claims, use a variety of tactics to lower the amount of money offered to injured persons. This post will discuss Colossus, how it is manipulated to underpay injured people and what regulators can do to ensure fair settlement offers. […]

By: Jeffrey Lapin

Cattle

Ogallala State Sen. Ken Schilz, in LB 1021, wants to require motorists who collide with livestock to have to prove specific acts of negligence on the part of the cow’s owner before they can recover for their injuries. This would be a significant change in Nebraska law. It also would make it virtually impossible for an injured motorist to win a case against a livestock owner. […]

By: Jeffrey Lapin

Distracting In-Vehicle ElectronicsOn February 16, 2012, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood announced the first-ever federally proposed guidelines to encourage automobile manufacturers to limit the distraction risks posed by in-vehicle electronics. The guidelines, which would be voluntary, would apply to most non-commercial vehicles. The goal is to limit the number of injuries and deaths caused by a driver distracted by in-vehicle electronics. […]

Winter weather (bitter cold temperatures, snow and ice) is almost here and drivers need to remember to take extra care. Every year it seems that there are more accidents during the first couple of snowstorms as drivers tend to forget how to drive on snow and ice. An earlier post, Drivers Prepare: Winter Weather Is Arriving Soon, discussed how you should know your vehicle functions and features, having your vehicle in good working condition and by preparing a safety kit. This post offers tips and suggestions for driving in winter weather, snow and ice.

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As the temperatures drop we know the winter driving season is nearly upon us. Drivers need to start preparing now for driving on snow and ice. Driving on snow and ice is always challenging, but with a bit of preparation everyone can hopefully enjoy a safe winter season.

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Deer Crossing Warning Sign - W11-3Drivers need to be extra cautious when driving in certain areas as the majority of collisions between motor vehicles and deer occur in October and November especially in Nebraska. There are a few reasons for this. First, these are the months that prime harvesting months and crop and cover patters change quickly. In addition, there is less daylight as the days get shorter and it is harder to see the deer. Moreover, deer breeding typically begins in October, which can cause deer to be distracted. Deer activity increases and movement peaks each day near dawn and just after dusk. […]

According to a October article published in the American Journal of Public Health, Vulnerability of Female Drivers Involved in Motor Vehicle Crashes: An Analysis of US Population at Risk, even when both use seat-belts, women are much more likely to sustain a severe injury in vehicles crashes than men. The study reviewed “national crash data between 1998 and 2008 to determine the role of the driver’s gender as a predictor of injury outcome when involved in a crash.” The odds were approximately 47% higher for a female wearing a seat-belt to sustain a severe injury than those for a seat-belted male. One factor the authors examined during the study was whether advances in occupant safety technology provide equal injury protection for male and female drivers involved in a serious or fatal crash. While there have been many advances in driver safety in the 10 years studied, most of the designs have been tailored to the male frame. Designing safety factors in this way decreases the safety to women who typically are shorter than males and who have different neck sizes. As to this factor, the article concluded that “health policies and vehicle regulations must focus on effective safety designs specifically tailored toward the female population for equity in injury reduction.”

Read the entire article: Vulnerability of Female Drivers Involved in Motor Vehicle Crashes: An Analysis of US Population at Risk

Other articles and information posted by Lapin Law Offices regarding motor vehicles and accidents:

Distracted Driving, Communication Devices and Nebraska: A Summary of the Law

Alarming Statistics Regarding Distracted Driving

Drivers Understand But Often Ignore Risks of Texting or Talking on Cell Phone

Texting Doubles a Driver’s Reaction Time According To New Study

Distracted Driving: Risks Inside Your New Car or Truck

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