Drivers in the state of Nebraska are required to stop at the scene of an accident they are involved in so that information can be exchanged, and aid can be rendered when possible. According to Nebraska Revised Statute §60-696, drivers who are involved in an accident that results in property damage must stop at the scene and provide their name, address, phone number, and driver’s license number to the party whose property sustained damaged. If a driver hits an unoccupied vehicle and causes damage, s/he must “leave in a conspicuous place in or on the unattended vehicle the information [mentioned above].”
Anyone who is involved in an accident with an unoccupied vehicle must also report the accident to an appropriate peace officer as soon as possible.
When an Accident Results in Serious or Fatal Injuries
Just as drivers are required to stop at the scene of an accident that results in property damage, they are also required by law to stop at an accident scene that results in serious or fatal injuries. Aside from providing their name, address, and vehicle license number to those involved, Nebraska Revised Statute §60-697 also requires a driver to “render reasonable assistance.” This includes transporting the injured party to a hospital or contacting the local authorities so emergency medical personnel can be dispatched to the scene.
When a driver fails to remain at the scene of an accident and instead flees, s/he may not only receive a fine for violating the law, but they may also have criminal charges filed against them, although, that does depend on the circumstances surrounding the accident. A driver who flees the scene of an accident, or in legal terms, engages in a hit-and-run, also puts themselves at risk of being sued by the party they injured.
What damages can be recovered after a hit-and-run accident?
After a hit-and-run accident, a victim may be entitled to recover compensation from their insurer or the insurer of the at-fault party if s/he is identified. They may also bring a lawsuit against the negligent driver if their injuries are serious and their insurance coverage won’t provide enough to cover medical expenses and other losses. To file a personal injury lawsuit against another driver in the state of Nebraska, it is recommended that a hit-and-run accident victim retain a Nebraska personal injury attorney to help them.
When an attorney is brought on board, they can help a victim determine what damages they are entitled to and formulate a plan that outlines how they are going to recover compensation for this. Some damages that often awarded in these types of cases include:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income
- Past and future medical expenses
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Mental anguish
To receive more information on suing a driver who caused a hit-and-run accident or how to obtain compensation for the injuries suffered in this type of accident, contact Rensch & Rensch Law to speak with a personal injury lawyer in Nebraska.
Rensch & Rensch Law can be reached at:
Omaha Law Office
7602 Pacific Street, #102
Omaha, NE 68114
Columbus Law Office
1470 25th Avenue
Columbus, NE 68601