On Tuesday, December 12th, a school bus caught fire in front of a rural home near 480th Street and Elmtree Road southeast of Oakland, Iowa around 7 AM. The bus caught fire after the driver, Donald Hendricks, backed out of a student’s driveway and into a ditch. Only one child was on the bus– 16-year-old Megan Klindt, a high school student at Riverside School District. No other students were on board at the time of the fire.
Both the driver and student passed away in the fire. The first law enforcement officer on-scene attempted to open the rear-end emergency exit of the bus but was unable to do so before the flames became overwhelming. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The holiday season brings a lot of opportunities to get together with friends and family. Usually, holiday parties include alcoholic beverages. Unfortunately, this can lead to people drinking and driving, which could cause car accidents.
The CDC reported that 1.9% of Americans report that they’ve driven after drinking too much. 3.4% of people in Nebraska admit to drinking and driving.
Car accidents are jarring experiences that can cause serious injuries and damage. When the parties involved cooperate, it at least takes some stress off the situation. However, people don’t always do this after an accident. Whether they’re scared or want to try and get away with an accident, they might leave the accident scene.
This doesn’t mean they’re off the hook. In fact, they’ve made their situation worse. Once they decided to leave the accident, they committed a hit-and-run.
If you’ve been injured in a hitcar accident, you need someone at your side who will fight for your rights and get you the compensation you need to recover. The car accident lawyers at Welsh & Welsh in Omaha, Nebraska have years of experience in car accident cases and will work tirelessly until you get justice.
For many of us, cars are our main mode of transportation. Unfortunately, car accidents are a common occurrence and people are injured or lose their lives on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, found that in 2016, vehicle fatalities increased 5.6 percent from the previous year. While 2015 had 35,485 fatalities, 2016 had 37,461.
Nearly all groups of people who use the road, passenger vehicle occupants, truck drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists increased in fatalities in 2016.
The holiday season is here and that means it’s time to celebrate! There’s a lot to do during November and December in Omaha to bring in the holidays with good cheer, but we wanted to take the time to put together a list of some of our favorite holiday events, shows, concerts, lighting ceremonies, bars, restaurants, gift boutiques, and Christmas tree farms to help those who may be looking to start a new holiday tradition or just get into the Christmas spirit in a major way.
Welcome to our ultimate guide to holiday fun in Omaha – 2017 edition. Oh, and if you feel we’ve left anything out, do drop us a line! We’re happy to make changes or additions.
During the work week, we’re used to seeing a general flow of traffic around 7:30 am and again around 5 pm. Nebraska residents are familiar with how busy the roads can be on a Saturday night or how empty they can be on an early Sunday morning.
While there are certain times when more traffic accidents occur, this doesn’t mean that there are times when you should be less careful while driving. Every time you’re behind the wheel, you’re responsible for your safety and being aware of others on the road. Data shows that there are higher amounts of crashes during certain times of the day or night, but other factors are usually in play, like blood alcohol content and use of seatbelts.
Sharing the highway with large trucks can be intimidating, especially when you’re stuck in a group of them. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released statistics involving truck accidents. In 2016, 4,317 people died in large truck accidents. 17 percent of truck drivers were killed whereas 72 percent of people in other vehicles were killed.
Have you or a loved one been injured in a truck accident in Nebraska? You can seek legal action through the law offices of Welsh & Welsh in Omaha. We believe you shouldn’t have to worry about your insurance when you’re suffering from injuries and need to focus on recovery. Our experienced lawyers can help you or your loved one get the compensation you deserve.
The American Association for Justice (AAJ) aims to promote a fair and effective justice system as well as support the work of attorneys in their efforts to make sure all Americans have the ability to pursue and obtain justice in our nation’s courtrooms after being injured due to misconduct or negligence. AAJ is one of the leading attorney organizations in the U.S. and all of its members and officers work hard to protect our civil right to trial by jury as well as educate other lawyers in how to successfully represent clients and protect the democratic values inherent in the civil justice system.
At Welsh & Welsh, we feel that the American Association for Justice is vital to the legal profession as a whole, to personal injury lawyers nationwide, and to our nation. We’re proud to announce that Christopher P. Welsh has been selected to represent the Nebraska jurisdiction as part of the American Association for Justice Board of Governors. The Board of Governors is the governing body of the AAJ and establishes and approves all association policies.
On Tuesday, October 31st, five people were injured when a Jeep SUV crashed into Crane Coffee, a coffee shop located near 129th Street and West Maple Road in Omaha, Nebraska. The accident happened just before 9:45 am. As of Tuesday night, two of the injured victims remained in the hospital– one with critical injuries. The other 3 victims suffered minor injuries.
Omaha police officers are still trying to get to the bottom of how the crash occurred or why, but what they do know so far is that the Jeep was traveling eastbound on West Maple when the driver appeared to lose control and proceeded to plow through an area of grass, a two-lane road, and then directly into the coffee shop. It was reported that the Jeep was fully lodged into the building at impact which suggests that a braking error may have taken place.
Motorcyclists experience the road in a different way than people in cars. They’re not stuck inside. They listen to the rumble of the engine, feel the wind in their faces, and are in the elements of the day.
But this experience comes with risks. When motorcyclists get in accidents, they don’t have anything protecting them except a helmet and thick clothing. Motorcycle accidents can be devastating.
Everyone would benefit from a bit more knowledge about how motorcycles work and appear on the road. Motorcyclists and other motorists can turn this knowledge into several safety practices that will reduce accidents.
Sometimes, accidents happen and you need help. Welsh & Welsh in Omaha, Nebraska might be the right option for you. We know how traumatic a motorcycle accident can be and what it takes to get results.