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Boy’s Death After Bus Crash Prompts Questions About Safety

Published on Apr 19, 2018 at 1:55 pm in Car Accidents.

Earlier this month, an 8-year-old Omaha boy named Haji Mohamed lost his life when he was struck by a school bus on Sprague Street between 22nd and 23rd Streets, just north of the King Science and Technology Magnet Center. Haji was in the second grade at Springville Elementary and was well-loved by everyone at the school and his family. According to his mother, the boy never stopped smiling.

Omaha police said their investigation showed that the school bus had come to a stop on Sprague Street at a designated drop-off spot. The driver had stopped off a couple students and continued traveling westbound. Haji had just gotten off the bus and tried to cross Sprague Street. As soon as he entered the roadway, the bus struck him. Surveillance footage showed that the other children who got off at his stop did not cross the street at the same time.

Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Arizona Pedestrian

Published on Mar 20, 2018 at 2:59 pm in Car Accidents.

Self-driving car makers have been trying their hardest to perfect their vehicles to make them safe for widespread use. Uber has been testing Volvo’s self-driving cars since December 2016. So far, the tests have been conducted in Pittsburg, San Francisco, Toronto, and Tempe, Arizona. Up until now, the testing has gone fairly well. There was one crash in March 2017 between an Uber self-driving car and another vehicle, but the crash was found to be caused by the other driver.

Over this past weekend, that track record unfortunately changed for the worse. On Sunday, March 18, an Uber self-driving car, a Volvo XC90 SUV, crashed into Elaine Herzberg, a 49-year-old woman who was walking with her bicycle on a street in Tempe. The woman didn’t survive.

Omaha Drivers are Among the Worst in the United States

Published on Feb 27, 2018 at 12:03 pm in Car Accidents.

People always talk about city driving. It’s usually slow and compact because of the traffic. This usually makes people late and it makes drivers upset and angry. Some cities have reputations for reckless drivers, like New York. Driving in cities may seem all the same, but there are cities that have safer drivers than others. But who really has some of the worst drivers in our country?

It may surprise you, but Omaha, Nebraska drivers are on the list as some of America’s worst drivers. Omaha has no shortage of car accidents and when they occur, you may need help. When choosing your legal representation, you want people who are experienced, passionate, and dedicated to your case. A Nebraska car accident lawyer from Welsh & Welsh will fight to get you compensation.

What are the Most Dangerous Interstates and Roads in Nebraska?

Published on Feb 21, 2018 at 2:01 pm in Car Accidents.

Car crashes can occur anywhere. Whether it’s a main roadway or driving through town, a reckless driver can cause an accident with long-lasting physical or emotional trauma. If you’ve been in an accident through not fault of your own, you don’t have to go through this by yourself. You have legal options available that will alleviate some of the stress that comes after being in a car crash.

A Nebraska car accident lawyer from Welsh & Welsh can help you get the compensation you need.  We’re ready to fight to get you a favorable settlement and give you peace of mind that experts are looking out for your best interests.

Do You Text and Drive? Beware Rising Insurance Rates

Published on Feb 13, 2018 at 1:26 pm in Car Accidents.

We all know the dangerous of texting and driving. Our phones get our eyes off the road, one hand off the wheel, and our concentration away from driving. While so much of our social interactions are facilitated through phones—like texting and social media—it’s often difficult for some people to resist the urge to check their phone despite the major risks of causing a car accident. But this could start to change.

Allstate has a unit called Arity, and they’re tracking how drivers use their phones while they’re in the car. Depending on how much drivers use or ignore the phone, the driver could potentially get punished or rewarded.

Pedestrian Dies in Omaha Hit-and-Run Accident

Published on Jan 22, 2018 at 1:29 pm in Car Accidents.

Pedestrian accidents are often devastating due to the simple fact that when a car hits a pedestrian at full speed or even half-speed, the pedestrian has a high chance of suffering from grave injuries or even fatal injuries. As the U.S. becomes more populated year after year, we see a greater number of car accidents in general but especially pedestrian accidents. In larger cities like Omaha, it’s oftentimes easier (and healthier) to walk to our destinations instead of drive. When a driver of a car fails to look for pedestrians, this is when a deadly accident may occur.

One of the most heartbreaking scenarios is when a driver hits a pedestrian and leaves the scene of the accident. This type of scenario is referred to a hit-and-run accident. Any driver who leaves the scene of an accident is breaking the law.

Victims Identified in Double Fatality Crash on Highway 75

Published on Jan 9, 2018 at 7:11 pm in Car Accidents.

On Friday, January 5th, a fatal car accident occurred early in the morning on Highway 75 at Chandler Road in Omaha, Nebraska. The accident happened when an A R tow truck, traveling southbound, was driving erratically. The tow truck crashed into two vehicles– a black Pontiac G6 and a maroon Chevrolet truck– as they sat on the side of the road. Both drivers of the stalled vehicles passed away in the impact of the crash.

The accident is still under investigation, but the police believe that the driver of the Chevrolet truck had pulled over to the side of the road to assist the driver in the stalled Pontiac. Both passengers in the Pontiac are currently in critical condition at Nebraska Medicine.

5 Ways You Could Jeopardize Your Car Accident Settlement

Published on Jan 2, 2018 at 2:30 pm in Car Accidents.

Car accidents can be a harrowing experience. There’s the shock of the accident itself, the injuries or damages, and you might be missing work because of it. On top of the that, you have to deal with the car accident claim and insurance adjusters. It’s a lot to take in, and can easily overwhelm anyone.

This can get frustrating, especially when you’re not at fault. You want the people responsible to be held accountable. But even if the accident wasn’t your fault, the wrong steps could get you a settlement that doesn’t cover the costs that you needed it to.

6 Wintertime Driving Tips for Omaha Drivers

Published on Dec 19, 2017 at 1:28 pm in Car Accidents.

The winter season brings conditions that can make the roads very dangerous. Black ice can make cars slide without the driver knowing it was there, a snow storm can trap cars on the road, and cars need extra care so they run efficiently in the colder months.

Car accidents can happen suddenly and have serious consequences. The dangers that come with winter weather only makes this more likely to happen.

Two Victims in Fatal School Bus Fire Near Oakland, Iowa

Published on Dec 14, 2017 at 11:27 am in Car Accidents.

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.

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