Every time an individual operates a motor vehicle in Nebraska, they owe a duty of reasonable care to others in or near the roadway. That duty extends to the driver's own passengers, who have the expectation of arriving at their destination safely. That duty applies to motorcyclists as well, and they are required to operate their bikes in conformity with our laws and the rules of the road. A one vehicle wreck happened in Lincoln recently, injuring both the driver and passenger.
Earlier this month, we discussed the dangers of distracted driving. As readers may recall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nine people die on a daily basis as a result of distracted driving.
Truck accidents can be caused by a variety of factors. Driver fatigue, speeding, aggressive driving, equipment failures and unsafe passing can all lead to serious accidents. A recent truck accident in a nearby state appears to have been caused by unsafe passing on the part of a truck driver.
Thirty-nine states, including Nebraska, have passed legislation banning people from text messaging while driving. Despite potential criminal penalties, many people continue to text and drive.