Lincoln, NE- Icy conditions and fog in eastern Nebraska made the roads more dangerous for motorists and contributed to a number of fatal traffic accidents.
Five fatal accidents involving two-vehicle crashes occurred both on Friday and Thursday, according to Omaha World Herald.
On Friday, an eastbound traveling Honda civic carrying four passengers crossed the center line of U.S. Highway 275 near the Waterloo viaduct and crashed into a Ford pickup truck with one passenger, the Herald Reported.
The four people in the Honda Civic were killed upon impact, but their identities have not been releases. The driver of the truck, the Herald said, was taken to a local hospital where he was listed in fair condition. Marty Bilek of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department said icy roads were a factor in the crash.
Just after 7:00 a.m. Thursday in Valley, local resident Tammy Harris was traveling eastbound on Ida Street when she lost control and veered into the oncoming lane and struck the vandriven by Noah Brase. Even though Harris was wearing her seat belt she was killed on impact. Brase suffered minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital.
Bilek told the Herald that icy roads and fog contributed to this accident.
Several more accidents occurred in Eastern Nebraska even though road crews were sent out to with salt trucks to improve road conditions.
These tragic accidents emphasize the dangers of driving on icy roads and demonstrate the need for motorists to take extra precautions.
According to Icy Roads.com, the majority of fatalities that can be attributed to icy roads occur in rural areas. The Midwest including Nebraska despite a lower population density tends to have the highest rate of icy road fatalities. In the winter season for 2009 and 2010, 23 Nebraska traffic fatalities were caused by frozen road conditions, according to data from Icy Roads. Only one other state, Pennsylvania, had a higher fatality rate or 26.
And it may not be surprising to learn that speed played the largest role in these fatalities. The drivers in the majority of fatal accidents were traveling between 45 and 55 miles per hour. Fatalities on frozen roads where motorists are driving at slower speeds are extremely rare.
Freezing rain is the most dangerous type of winter precipitation because of its visibility, how many times have you been warned to be cautious of black ice in the winter? Ice is very hard to see on roads since it blends in with the asphalt. Snow is easy to see to drivers have the tendency to be more cautious and drive more slowly.
You can reduce the chances of being involved in an injurious collision by slowing down and wearing you safety belt. Be aware of your surroundings and keep a good distance in between yourself and other vehicles are also a good way to avoid an accident.
You must remember that even the roads are icy or visibility is low you are still responsible for the damages caused by a traffic collision. If someone is hurt you may not be charged with a traffic violation, but the accident victims of families of the deceased can pursue a settlement for their personal injuries.
When you have been hurt by a negligent motorist, a Lincoln, Nebraska accident attorney can help recover the accident-related costs you incur.