Nebraska Car Accident Law, Lawyers and Attorneys
UPDATED: February 19, 2020
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Unfortunately, car accidents are a common occurrence, every day and in every state in the U.S. The state of Nebraska had nearly 35,000 traffic accidents in the year 2008. If you are among the many who have been in a car accident, and you’re looking for help, the advice and resources provided below should be of help. Of course, if the accident just occurred, or if there is an injury involved, the first thing for you to do is call 911 immediately. The information provided here on FreeAdvice.com addresses such topics as assessing your rights and responsibilities after the accident, and our car accident articles cover issues ranging from claims and fault data, to liability issues and the context behind structured settlements. This information will be helpful only after you’ve taken care of your immediate health needs. You will also find rules, laws and other information specific to the state of Nebraska, as well as links to Nebraska personal injury attorneys who can evaluate your claim and provide personalized advice on the best course of action for you.
Nebraska Car Accident Articles:
How an Auto Accident Insurance Claim Works
What is Your Car Accident Injury Claim Worth
Who is at Fault?
Car Insurance and Auto Accidents: Are You Covered?
What You Can Expect to Recover for Property Damage in Auto Accident Cases
Auto Accidents: Options if You’re at an Impasse with the Insurance Adjuster
Car Accidents Involving Government-Owned Vehicles and Government Workers
Do I Need to Contact an Attorney After a Car Accident
Nebraska Car Accident Lawyers:
Find an experienced Nebraska Car Accident Attorney at AttorneyPages.com
Special Rules for Nebraska Car Accidents:
Nebraska Fault: Proportional Comparative Fault at 50%
Nebraska Car Insurance Requirements/Limits: Bodily Injury & Property Damage Liability. The minimum level required by law is:
$25,000 per person for bodily injury
$50,000 per accident for bodily injury
$25,000 per accident for property
Proof of this liability insurance must be kept available in the vehicle at all times, including when registering a vehicle, renewing license plates, or anytime a police officer or the Department of Revenue asks you to show proof of insurance.
Nebraska Small Claims Limits: $2,700
Nebraska Personal Injury Statute of Limitations: 4 years
Nebraska Auto Accidents Involving Government Vehicles: In most cases, government entities receive protection from private lawsuits under a legal doctrine known as “government immunity” or “sovereign immunity.” But this doctrine doesn’t necessarily provide complete protection to the government. In fact, it may just impose extra notice requirements on you before you sue. For more information on this type of government protection, follow this link to the FreeAdvice.com article on vehicle accident claims against government entities. Keep in mind that, depending on which government entity, there are frequently special requirements for how long you have to notify them of your claim. See below for some Nebraska specific details:ï¿½
Requirements for Filing Against Government Entities:
1) For filing against the Federal Government: Use Standard Form 95 and follow the instructions on the back page. The form must be completed and submitted to the appropriate agency within two years after the claim accrues.
2) For filing against the State of Nebraska: Consult a qualified Nebraska car accident attorney for a free case evaluation and for more information.
3) For filing against a Nebraska county or municipality: The requirements vary with the entity, so you’ll have to contact the specific county or agencies involved. See Nebraska Personal Injury Venue below for more information on where and how to file a claim. See this directory for other public entities in Nebraska.
In dealing with accidents involving government entities and workers, be aware that there are always special notices to be filed against the appropriate government unit responsible, whether in risk management, attorney general’s offices, or local agencies, and the time periods are limited in all cases (as little as 30-180 days). The rules can be confusing, so carefully check the forms linked above before you fill them out. Accident claims involving the government can be complicated. Any mistakes in filing or failing to file on time could result in losing your ability to recover for your damages and injuries. Consult an experienced attorney right away to preserve your rights. Also see Car Accidents Involving Government-Owned Vehicles and Government Workers.
Nebraska Personal Injury Venue (Where to File Your Lawsuit): In the municipal or justice court located where the defendant (the person you are suing) lives or does business. Alternatively, you might consider filing in a court located where the accident occurred. If you are filing a claim against a government agency and are unsure of which agency is responsible, the most prudent course is to file a separate claim against each agency, or contact a Nebraska auto accident attorney.