Four people were taken to the hospital in Omaha, NE on Thursday morning after a pickup truck ran a red light in the intersection of 156th and Maple. The accident occurred just before 10:30 am on Thursday, June 1, 2017. Police officers say that the driver of the red pickup truck was traveling eastbound on West Maple Road when they ran a red light and collided into a silver sedan that was making a left-hand turn onto 156th Street.
The force of the collision caused the two vehicles to crash into two other pickup trucks that were waiting at the traffic light. All four people in the sedan suffered from serious injuries. The injuries were later reported as non-life threatening, however. No one else in any of the other vehicles was injured.
According to U.S. and Nebraska laws, a driver is defined as intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol any time their Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is over 0.08%. If you’re pulled over for any reason and are tested to have this much alcohol in your bloodstream, you can be given a DUI/DWI even if you were not pulled over due to any noticeable driving impairment.
It’s important to note, however, that even alcohol levels under 0.08% can cause a deadly car crash. Here are the facts you need to know regarding how much alcohol it takes to become impaired in Nebraska:
On April 25th, a major accident between a school bus and a passenger vehicle left 5 people in Omaha, Nebraska– including at least one student– injured. The accident occurred on Tuesday afternoon at 63rd Street and Ames Avenue. The bus was driving eastbound on Ames and turning left on to northbound 63rd when the 2007 Hyundai Sonata, traveling westbound, struck the school bus.
According to Sgt. Chuck Casey who arrived on-scene, the Sonata was traveling “at an extremely high rate of speed.” The crash occurred at 4:31 in the afternoon. According to witnesses who saw the accident, at least one victim appeared to be pinned under the vehicle after the crash. The Hyundai struck the bus near its rear wheel. Debris was strewn across the intersection. When police arrived, they reported that the Hyundai’s front half had been torn apart.
There’s no doubting the perils of the highway. Driving is a necessary, dangerous activity we take part in every day. There are ways to lessen the dangers, however. When a warrior or martial artist learns to defensively block incoming attacks, they learn how to protect themselves and their body from serious harm. Taking this same approach, a motorist can learn how to drive in a more defensive manner that may help them avoid devastating car accidents and keep their loved ones safe.
Driving defensively is a tactic that balances caution with the necessity to keep up with the flow of traffic. It revolves around learning how to anticipate circumstances and preemptively plan for situations that might occur which involve quick thinking. Essentially, it teaches us that thinking one step ahead of your opponent—whether that opponent is a drunk driver or a commercial truck driver who loses control of their vehicle—is the first step to coming out ahead.
For most of us, driving a car is probably the most dangerous thing we will ever do. Carelessness, complacency, distraction by technology, and reckless driving are all factors that make driving a dangerous and sometimes deadly activity. In 2015, nearly 34,000 crashes happened in the state of Nebraska alone. And 218 of those crashes were fatal.
According to the Nebraska Department of Roads, 63.6% of crashes in 2015 happened on local roads and streets. Interstate crashes accounted for only 6.6% of car crashes on Nebraska roads. However, interstate crashes had a higher fatality rate. Crashes on interstate and other state highways tend to occur at higher speeds, causing them to have increased severity.