For many families, the recent holiday weekend meant traveling by car to be with loved ones. Some of those families here in Nebraska were also unfortunate enough to experience a car accident. Multiple law enforcement agencies reported that there was a spike in accidents due to icy road conditions. Lincoln itself saw around 20 crashes on Thanksgiving night alone.
Several areas around the state experienced freezing rain, causing roads to ice over. Some areas had black ice, making the ice was difficult to see on the roadways. Under those circumstances, some motorists may not realize they need to exercise extra caution. One woman was rushed to a nearby hospital after being in a crash involving five cars. Local authorities had to shut down part of the roadway as they dealt with the incident.
Authorities warned motorists that road conditions were not ideal. They worried many people may not heed their advice as many headed out to participate in Black Friday shopping. They said that areas near overpasses and bridges were especially dangerous. Areas all around the state reported car crashes, vehicles sliding off the road into ditches, and even a few semi trucks jackknifing on icy roads.
This time of year can mean inclement weather and dangerous road conditions that may make driving more difficult. Even if Nebraska families take necessary precautions, they may still end up in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence. If that happens, they may want to consider consulting a personal injury attorney who can guide them through civil litigation. Doing so may be the best way to hold responsible parties accountable.