Landlocked and based in the American Midwest, Nebraska borders six other US states. It’s home to huge prairies and many amazing rock formations, most notably Chimney Rock towards the state’s western Wyoming border.
Nicknamed The Cornhusker State, Nebraska is one of North America’s leading corn, wheat, and cattle producers, and is also called The Tree Planter State with the state renowned for its residents planting millions of trees.
For Canadian and US Snowbirds travelling through Nebraska, they should know that the state follows “modified comparative fault” law. This means your percentage level of fault directly impacts the amount of money you can recover for your injuries. Additionally, if you are more than 50% at fault for the accident, you will receive no compensation.
This is a concern for only the drivers of a car. In most cases, passengers are rarely responsible for an accident. This is somewhat true when referencing pedestrians and bicyclists.
What Should You Do If You’re Involved in An Accident Outside Your Home Province?
- Your top priority is always the health and safety of you and your family. Be sure to seek out medical attention immediately.
- Make sure the police are contacted.
- If possible, take a picture of the other driver’s licence and insurance, and a picture of the licence plate.
- Call your insurance company and report the accident.
- Contact the Snowbird Helpline as soon as possible for advice.
For Nebraska Car Accidents, When Can You Pursue A Claim Against The At-Fault Driver?
From the time of a Nebraska car accident, drivers have 10 days to report the accident to the state police. In the US state, accidents should be reported if they caused physical injury or death and/or the accident caused $1,000 or more in damage.
After that, you have four years from the date of your Nebraska car accident to file an accident claim for personal injury. For wrongful death claims, the timeframe is just two years. If you file outside these periods, your claim will be barred. As such, you lose your right to sue and recover damages.
If you have suffered serious or catastrophic injuries arising from a Nebraska car accident, you always need to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney. Ultimately, the facts of the accident need to be reviewed. Your attorney will determine if this is a case you should proceed with.
Nebraska Car Insurance
Nebraska car drivers must carry at least the minimum liability coverage listed below.
- Bodily injury liability coverage– $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident.
- Property damage liability coverage– $25,000
- Uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage– $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident.
- Underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage– $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident.
Canadians and most other US car drivers will likely need to look to their own car insurance policy for protection. For example, if the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured, a lawsuit or claim must be filed against your personal car insurance policy.
You must also submit claims to your car insurer for SAB or PIP benefits. This is a complicated situation but revolves around your contractual rights. SEE ‘Canadian Snowbird Information’.
Why You Need Snowbird Car Accident Help For A Personal Injury Claim In Nebraska For Cross-Border Accidents?
For over 35 years, Snowbird Accidents has been assisting Canadian Snowbirds and US Snowbirds involved in car accidents and other personal injury accidents across North America. Very few lawyers and attorneys understand the complexity of cross-border accidents. After a serious Nebraska car accident, you will probably need a lawyer in the state where the accident occurred, and in your home province. To properly protect your rights and remedies, it’s crucial that lawyers work collaboratively.
We understand it is not only the injured party that may require assistance. Loved ones can face significant challenges also.
Snowbird Accidents arrange for you to speak to a top Nebraska personal injury attorney who is experienced with cross-border accidents. They’ll work collaboratively with other lawyers and attorneys in various states and provinces to protect you and your family’s legal rights and remedies.