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How Long Does a Hit-and-Run Investigation Last?

Published on Aug 14, 2018 at 12:27 pm in Car Accidents.

Unfortunately, hit-and-run accidents are more common than we’d like to think. When these crimes are solved, the guilty party is often found to have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It’s also likely they panicked and simply left the scene. When these crimes go unsolved, the victim is often left confused and worried about proving their claim to an insurance provider.

While there is no specific timeline for a hit-and-run investigation, the following information will give you an idea of what to expect if you’re the victim of such an accident.

Christopher Welsh Elected to AAJ Executive Board

Published on Aug 7, 2018 at 12:07 pm in News.

Christopher Welsh, one of our personal injury attorneys, has been elected as the Parliamentarian of the Motor Vehicle, Highway and Premises Liability section of the American Association for Justice (AAJ). This position will last for the 2019-2020 term.

The officers on the executive board serve one-year terms and are elected at the annual conventions. This year’s convention took place from July 7 to 10 in Denver, Colorado. The convention, in addition to serving as the election place for national officers, gives accomplished trial lawyers and experts the opportunity to discuss the latest developments in the legal world so they can represent their clients in the best way.

What Percentage of Car Accidents Are Caused by Cell Phone Use?

Published on Aug 2, 2018 at 9:03 am in Car Accidents.

Driving requires your mental, physical, visual, and auditory attention at all times. Getting distracted for even a few seconds can have devastating consequences. In the past, alcohol and speeding were the leading causes of auto accidents; however, incidents of distracted driving are on the rise. In 2014, 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 were injured as a result of distracted driving collisions.

While there are multiple ways a person can get distracted while driving, cell phones are a primary cause. In 2013, nearly 15 percent of all distracted driving accidents involved drivers using a cell phone. This percentage is even higher when you look at the 20-29 age group – where almost 40 percent of distracted driver accidents were caused by texting, calling, or emailing. In order to understand why these accidents occur, it’s important to recognize how distracted driving affects the brain.

Bayer Announces that Sales of Essure Birth Control Will be Halted

Published on Jul 24, 2018 at 4:43 pm in Product Liability.

On July 20, 2018, Bayer announced they would be halting the sale of the Essure birth-control device in the U.S. by the end of the year. An estimated 750,000 devices have been sold, mostly in the United States.

The device, designed to cause sterilization, was approved by the FDA in 2002 and was deemed a nonsurgical alternative to tubal ligation. It was developed by Conceptus Inc. in California and acquired by Bayer in 2013. Essure consists of two-inch-long flexible coils made from nickel and titanium.

Thousands of woman blame the implant for serious health problems including persistent pain and perforations of the uterus and fallopian tubes, autoimmune problems, unintended pregnancies, and migration of the device into the pelvis or abdomen. Some have had to have the device surgically removed.

Can Minor Whiplash Lead to a More Serious Injury?

Published on Jul 17, 2018 at 1:58 pm in Car Accidents.

Injuries sustained during an accident vary in type and severity. One of the more common injuries, with a reported 3 million cases per year, is whiplash. This injury, while seemingly minor and inconvenient, can have serious, lasting effects if not properly treated.

It’s important to recognize the causes, signs, and symptoms of whiplash so you can manage your condition with a healthcare professional and return to normal as quickly as possible. Read on to learn about how minor whiplash can lead to a more serious injury.

Defining Whiplash

Whiplash is a type of soft tissue injury. It’s common in rear-end collision accidents when the force of the impact causes the head to violently stretch forward and backward. While whiplash is most commonly associated with car accidents, violent motions causing whiplash can occur during slips and falls, assaults, or sporting activities.

Two Killed in Norfolk Truck Accident

Published on Jul 13, 2018 at 5:46 pm in Car Accidents.

A fatal crash, involving an SUV and a tractor-trailer, occurred in Pierce County, five miles north of Norfolk and east of Hadar. The accident, as reported by KETV7, happened on July 12, 2018, at 12:45 PM, at the intersection of Highways 13 and 81. A woman and three children were inside the SUV at the time of the collision.

Rebecca Fischer, a 36-year-old woman from Plainview was turning west onto Highway 13 from the northbound lanes of Highway 81 when her Buick Enclave was struck by a southbound semitrailer.

At the time of the collision, three children, Scarlett Fischer, five, Lium Fischer, four, and Lara Fischer, two, were in the back of the SUV.

Top 10 Causes of Distracted Driving

Published on Jul 10, 2018 at 12:52 pm in Car Accidents.

No matter how long you’ve been behind the wheel, driving requires your full attention. You need to be alert mentally, physically, and auditorily at all times for the safety of yourself, your passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians. As the facts will tell you, however, it can be difficult for some people to prioritize good driving over tasks like texting or eating.

The National Highway Traffic Administration reported that distracted driving claimed 3,450 lives in 2016. In 2015, 391,000 people were injured in car accidents while distracted. Texting is seen as the most alarming distraction because of the number of teens who die each year, as a result.

In Nebraska in 2015, 4,402 reported accidents were caused by distracted driving – 12 of which were fatal. According to the Nebraska Department of Transportation, every day eight people are killed as a result of distracted driving, nationally. Distracted driving accounts for approximately 10 percent of all crashes in Nebraska and is just as dangerous as driving under the influence or speeding.

What is Medical Negligence?

Published on Jul 3, 2018 at 2:55 pm in Medical Malpractice.

The majority of people in the United States who seek medical treatment will receive good or excellent care. However, occasionally someone will experience harm at the hands of a health care professional. Health care professionals have a responsibility to their patients to follow a standard of care. When these standards are not met, it may be appropriate to bring a legal case to court to recover financial compensation.

Medical negligence is defined as an act or a failure to act by a medical professional that deviates from the accepted medical standard of care. Negligence itself is not illegal, but when the act of negligence is the cause for the patient’s injury, there may be a case for medical malpractice.

The term “medical negligence” is often used synonymously with the term “medical malpractice.” Interchanging these two terms is not necessarily incorrect. However, the term medical negligence is more appropriately placed under the umbrella of the term medical malpractice, as the negligent act is often just one component of a medical malpractice case.

Omaha School Bus Crash Proves that Disasters Can Be Avoided

Published on Jun 29, 2018 at 12:54 pm in News.

On the afternoon of June 27, 2018, students from Adams Elementary School and their bus driver, Erin Heming, rolled through a fence, down a hill, and stopped just inches from a high voltage transformer substation.

Heming reported she was attempting to turn left on to Fort Street from 108th at a green light when a truck, operated by Urban Lift, struck the bus. The impact caused the school bus to spin, strike a third vehicle, and roll down the hill towards the station.

Witness accounts varied. Some onlookers reported Heming ran a red light. Other witnesses blamed the truck. Regardless of what the witnesses reported seeing, all commended the bus driver on her ability to control the bus and avoid the power station.

Nebraska U-Turn Laws

Published on Jun 27, 2018 at 1:58 pm in Car Accidents.

You’re running late while driving to work one morning. Next thing you know, you’ve missed your turn and now you’re really in a bind. You think to yourself there’s no harm in just making a U-turn, right? The answer to that question depends on many things. U-turns are one of those tricky traffic laws that vary in each state. We’re here to provide you with the specifics on U-turn laws in Nebraska.

Nebraska U-Turn Laws

Nebraska defines a U-turn as turning to proceed in the opposite direction. Keep reading to learn about the specific dos and don’ts, as specified in the Nebraska Legislature.