Car Accidents

An Omaha Law Firm That Protects Your Rights

Nobody expects to get into a car accident. But when it happens, it can affect your life in many ways. Your accident can affect you physically, mentally, emotionally and financially. Many people aren't sure what to do next. An experienced car accident lawyer can help you sort things out and recover damages (financial compensation) so you can move on with your life. Since 2007, the Ausman Law Firm, P.C., L.L.O. has been helping victims of car accidents obtain the compensation they deserve.

Whether your accident occurred on a busy highway, a residential street, a parking lot or a country road, our Omaha auto accident attorneys can help. We serve clients throughout Nebraska and Iowa. Our firm is dedicated to helping the injured.

There are many different types of car accidents. Each one can leave you with serious injuries. No matter what type of accident you were involved in, we will fight for your rights.

How did your accident happen?

You could be hurt in any type of crash. Car accidents can cause head and neck injuries, back injuries, internal injuries and broken bones. It can take months or even years to recover from an injury sustained in a car accident. Some injuries can cause permanent damage. No matter how you were hurt, you will be faced with medical expenses.

Car accidents usually happen because a driver was negligent. No two cases are exactly alike, but our attorneys have seen common types of negligence in car accident cases. We know how to hold negligent drivers accountable.

Why did your accident happen?

Establishing negligence is an important part of a successful claim. Our attorneys know how to build a strong case. We conduct our own investigation into an accident. We review all documentation related to the crash-including police reports, medical records and photographs. If there are witnesses, we'll interview them ourselves. We may visit the accident scene itself. And if needed, we'll consult with experts, such as accident reconstruction experts.

When we find evidence of negligence, it shows the insurance company we are serious. It shows we are determined to get you the compensation you deserve, and won't settle for less. It also shows them we are ready to fight your case in court, if that's what it takes. When insurance companies see we are prepared, they often agree to negotiate, and we are able to work out a favorable settlement.

One of the first things we'll do before talking to the insurance company is determine the true value of your claim. The insurance company may make you a settlement offer, but it's not likely to cover all your damages. We look at how your accident has impacted your life. Types of damages include:

  • Medical expenses (past and future)
  • Lost wages if you are unable to work
  • Property damage, including damage to your vehicle
  • Emotional trauma
  • Pain and suffering

Attorneys Jason Ausman and Michelle Epstein used to work for insurance companies. They know how insurance companies value claims. They've heard the arguments used to keep payments low. That's why they know what it takes to build a successful case that maximizes compensation. They learned how the system really works from the inside. Now, they put that knowledge to work for you and other accident victims.

If you've been in a car accident, contact us today for a free consultation. We'll go over all your legal options and answer any questions you have. There's no obligation. And if we take your case, you don't owe us any fees unless we make a recovery for you. Call today.

"How did your accident happen?"

Rear-End Collision

This type of car accident is common. A car crashes into another car directly in front of it. Rear-end accidents often happen because a driver was speeding, distracted or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A driver may also have been following a car too closely. This doesn't leave enough room to make a complete stop if the car in front has to brake suddenly.

A rear-end collision is generally considered to be the fault of the driver that hit you from behind. But because both Nebraska and Iowa have comparative negligence laws, it may not always be that simple. The insurance company may try to pin some of the blame on you to reduce the amount they have to pay. We know how insurance companies work and how to fight back against their tactics.

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T-Bone/Intersection Accident

In this type of accident, one car crashes into the side of another. (It is sometimes also called a right-angle, broadside or side-impact crash.) These accidents commonly occur at intersections, often when a driver fails to stop at a stop sign or traffic light, or doesn't yield the right of way.

T-bone accidents can cause severe damage to cars and serious injuries to the people inside. Victims may suffer broken bones, or injuries to the head, neck, back or shoulders. Serious injuries may require future medical care. So it's a good idea to talk to an attorney to make sure any offer from the insurance company covers your expenses.

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Head-On Collision

These accidents happen when one car crosses over into the other lane and crashes into a car coming in the other direction. Because both vehicles can be traveling at significant speeds, the injuries caused in these accidents can be very serious or even fatal. Severe traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries are often seen in this type of crash.

Head-on collisions can be caused by a driver who's speeding, distracted, reckless or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Our experienced attorneys know how to prove the other driver was negligent and make sure you get the medical care that you need for your injuries, now and in the future.

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Sideswipe

In this type of accident, the side of one car crashes into the side of another car traveling in the same or opposite direction. This can happen when a driver attempts to change lanes without looking or unintentionally drifts into another lane. The impact can cause injuries such as broken bones, head or neck injuries, or spinal cord injuries.

Our attorneys know where to look for evidence that another driver's negligence led to your sideswipe collision. The driver could have been texting just before drifting into your lane, fell asleep at the wheel or might have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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Forced Off Road

A driver suddenly cuts in front of you on the road. There is no time to brake, so you take evasive action by driving off the road. While you avoid hitting the car, you may hit a guardrail or a tree, or end up in a ditch. Your collision can leave you with injuries. Meanwhile, the other car is gone.

Distracted driving is a common cause of these types of accidents. But identifying the negligent driver can be difficult. Our attorneys can conduct a thorough investigation to try to identify the driver. If we are unable to do so, we can help you seek damages in other ways, such as pursuing a claim under your uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.

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Rollover

This type of accident can happen when a car veers off the road and the driver tries to overcorrect the steering. But other factors can also lead to a rollover accident, such as icy roads, faulty vehicle design and defective tires. The injuries caused by rollover accidents can be very serious, especially at high speeds.

Our attorneys will investigate your rollover crash to determine how it happened and who was negligent. The fault could lie with a driver who ran you off the road, or with the manufacturer of a tire that suddenly blew out. We can help you take action against all negligent parties to recover compensation.

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Multi-Vehicle Accident

In this type of accident, a collision causes a chain reaction and leads to a pileup of several cars. Multi-vehicle crashes are often seen on highways or at busy intersections. There can be several factors that led to the accident. One driver may have been following another too closely. Another driver may have been distracted and didn't spot the first collision until it was too late to stop.

It can be difficult to sort out negligence in these types of accidents, as more than one person can be responsible. Our attorneys know how to investigate multi-vehicle accidents and determine what really happened. If necessary, we will bring in experts to help us prove negligence.

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"Why did your accident happen?"

Drunk Driver

Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is against the law because these substances affect a driver's ability to operate a car safely and make good judgments. Unfortunately, people still get behind the wheel after using alcohol or drugs. Too often, they end up causing an accident in which people get seriously hurt.

If you've been in an accident involving a drunk driver, you need an experienced lawyer on your side. We can establish that the other driver was under the influence by investigating your accident, including reviewing police reports and interviewing witnesses. This can help us get you the maximum compensation possible for your injury.

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Texting and Driving

Despite many public information campaigns about the dangers of texting while driving, some people still do so. This is dangerous behavior because it takes the driver's attention away from the road. Even if the driver looks away for a couple of seconds, that's plenty of time for a serious car accident to happen.

If you were injured in an accident caused by a driver you think may have been texting, we'll conduct our own investigation. We'll review police reports and seek phone company records that prove the other driver was texting just before the crash. This can help us establish negligence and recover financial compensation for your injuries.

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Asleep at the Wheel

Some people drive even when they are very tired. This is dangerous, because lack of sleep slows reaction time and impairs judgment. A driver can fall asleep at the wheel or not even notice another driver on the road. The result is an accident and injured victims.

Many people who drive while drowsy are shift workers or have a sleep disorder. But it can be difficult to prove another driver was drowsy or asleep at the wheel. Sometimes, an investigating officer will note drowsiness as a factor on a crash report form. We can conduct our own investigation, including interview witnesses to establish that the driver was drowsy.

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Speeding

Driving too fast is a major cause of car accidents. Traveling at high speed makes it more difficult to control a car. It also takes longer to bring a car to a complete stop. This often results in a crash that leaves people hurt. Greater speed also means a harder impact, which causes even more serious injuries.

If you've been injured in an accident, we'll look for evidence of speeding by the other driver. We'll review police reports to see if there was an estimated speed. We'll look for signs of speeding at the accident scene, such as skid marks. We may consult an accident reconstruction expert to estimate speed based on the amount of damage caused. We have your case covered.

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Distracted Driving

Along with texting, there are many other activities that distract drivers and take their attention away from the road. This includes talking on the phone, operating a GPS or changing the radio station. Some drivers eat behind the wheel. Others check their hair in the mirror or put on makeup. Any of these activities take the driver's eyes off the road and greatly increase the risk of a crash.

Proving a driver was distracted can be difficult. But our investigation will look for any evidence a driver was not paying attention to the road. This can help us establish negligence and prove the other driver was at fault.

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Defective Vehicle

In some car accidents, it wasn't a driver that was negligent. Some accidents can be traced back to a defect in the car itself. A tire suddenly blows out. There's an electrical short or transmission trouble. An airbag doesn't function properly. Suddenly, an accident can happen. And you can be hurt as a result.

In our investigation, we'll find out exactly what happened. The negligence may lie with an auto manufacturer, the manufacturer of a part or both. We can gather the evidence that proves negligence led to the crash that left you injured. These cases can take time, but we are dedicated to helping you get the compensation you deserve.

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Inclement Weather

When the weather is bad-for example, high winds, driving rain or heavy snow-accidents can happen easily. But drivers have a responsibility to take extra precautions when there is inclement weather. That could mean driving slower than the posted speed limit or leaving extra space between cars. Driving as if conditions were normal can easily lead to a serious crash.

Proving a driver was negligent when the weather was bad can be challenging. That's why it's important to document your crash right after your accident. Taking photos at the scene. Talk to witnesses who saw your crash. Every piece of evidence matters. As your attorney, we'll build the strongest possible case to help you get financial compensation for your injury.

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Ausman Law Firm

9850 Nicholas St., Suite 305
Omaha, NE 68114
Phone: (402) 933-8140
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