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.
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.
Car accidents may take only seconds, but pain and suffering can linger weeks after an accident and in some cases even years. It is difficult to determine initially how long a victim can expect to be sore from their injuries sustained in a crash. Many factors apply, such as the speed at which the accident took place, the size of the vehicles involved, if safety seatbelts were in use, if airbags were deployed, and where the vehicle was struck.
Statistics show that 70 percent of people who have been involved in a car accident and saw a doctor for treatment experienced pain for up to six weeks following the accident. One can only imagine the length of time those who did not seek medical care experienced pain.
Fall is around the corner and that means it’s time for kids to head back to school. The first few months of a new school year can be chaotic for Nebraska families, especially if your children are headed to a new school. Amidst the chaos, accidents can occur if drivers or pedestrians are careless. All it takes is one mistake to place the lives of our youth at risk.
Did you know that between the years 2006 and 2015, 301 school-aged children died in school transportation-related crashes in the U.S.? Be prepared to remind your kids to prioritize safety when traveling to and from school. This is the best way to keep them safe and stop them from becoming another statistic.
On Monday evening in Omaha, NE, more than 800 friends, relatives, and fellow students attended a vigil at a Creighton University church to remember, pray, and comfort one another over the death of Joan R. Ocampo-Yambing, 19, a victim of a tragic car accident that occurred earlier that day.
The accident happened that morning on I-80, near the 84th Street underpass. The driver of a semitrailer truck failed to notice that traffic had slowed and proceeded to collide into a Prius. Afterwards, the semi collided with a Chrysler Sebring convertible and came to a rest on top of that vehicle. The Sebring collided one more time into a Freightliner semi. The two occupants of the Sebring were pinned underneath the truck that caused the initial impact but managed to be extracted and suffered minor to moderate injuries.
On Sunday, August 6th, a serious 3-vehicle crash occurred in Omaha on 99th Street and Blair High Road. The accident was reported at 2:11 PM and happened when a 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac ran a red light at the intersection and collided with the passenger rear door of a 2008 Honda Civic. As a result of the force of the crash, the Civic then collided with the front end of a 2012 Jeep Liberty that was waiting at the intersection.
An 8-year old Omaha boy, Ayden Jones, suffered from a potentially life-threatening head injury and remained in critical condition as of Monday, August 7th. The boy was a passenger in the Honda Civic. Three others were injured in the accident, including a relative of Ayden’s who was taken to the hospital with Ayden, treated, and later released. Two others were treated for minor injuries at nearby hospitals.
According to a recent article and interview conducted by USA Today, many Uber drivers are driving dangerously long shifts in order to make ends meet. Uber does not enforce any limits on how many hours per day or week their drivers can work since they’re independent contractors. In addition, the company often runs incentives that encourage drivers to work for long shifts on the weekends.
Multiple interviewed drivers and past drivers stated that it’s common for some drivers to work up to 16 hours a day due to low pay or tempting driving incentives. The hourly rates drivers receive depend largely on the area and hours they drive during, but it’s not uncommon for many drivers to receive $5-$8 an hour on average if they’re not in a major city.