While the trucking industry transports and delivers a number of important goods and services across the country, there are dangers associated with any type of vehicular travel. Trucks can be particularly dangerous because of their size.
Unfortunately, the number of tractor trailer crashes that occur in Nebraska and all over the country is high. While many of those accidents only result in injuries, a number do result in loss of life. Our Omaha truck accident lawyers are here to represent victims of those accidents, in an attempt to seek justice and possibly prevent similar accidents from happening in the future.
Even though the trucking industry is a major benefit to our economy, there are a significant number of accidents and deaths that result from a number of causes. According to the Traffic Crash Facts 2017 Annual Report from Nebraska’s Department of Transportation, nearly 50 percent of accidents involved a tractor-trailer, semi-trailer, or other heavy truck. Those accidents attributed to nearly 57 percent of all fatal crashes.
At Welsh & Welsh PC, LLC, we recognize how devastating truck accidents can be. We’re here to provide you with the legal representation you deserve, in the event you or a family member suffers from such a tragedy. We also want to do what we can to aid in the prevention of devastating collisions. Take the following five tips into consideration and you may be able to help truckers avoid causing wrecks.
One of the most commonly violated traffic laws is failing to properly stop at a stop sign. These road signs exist to protect drivers at potentially dangerous intersections. If a negligent driver decides to yield through the signs or simply run it, they are putting other drivers and passengers at risk for serious injury or worse.
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, so we 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 tradition or just get into the holiday spirit with their friends and family.
Whether you’re parallel parking, backing in or out of a spot, or leaving your driveway, driving in reverse is a common vehicle maneuver. Just like with any other maneuver, accidents can happen. Some collisions, unfortunately, result in serious injuries or worse. If you’ve been injured in a backover accident, our Nebraska car accident lawyers are can provide you with the legal guidance you need and deserve.
Defining Backover Accidents
Backover car or truck accidents occur when a driver operates their vehicle in reverse and unknowingly backs into or over someone else. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are at least half a million backing accidents of some type every year in the United States. Of those 500,000 collisions, 15,000 result in injuries and there are over 200 deaths.
Our vehicles are designed to get us where we’re going and to get us there safely. In the event you find yourself the victim of an accident, you’ll undoubtedly want your vehicle’s safety features to hold up and keep you from sustaining any serious injuries. In some instances, however, those safety features fail and you or your passengers may be injured beyond what you would have been if those features had been effective.
On October 17, 2018, the United States Department of Agriculture announced a recall that spans several companies and multiple grocery stores. The recall was issued because of possible listeria and salmonella contaminated ready-to-eat and premade vegetables. Items potentially affected include corn and onions.
All the recalled vegetables, which initially involved 217 to 940 pounds of salad, were produced by the company McCain Foods. The premade foods are sold at retailers like Walmart, Trader Joe’s, 7-Eleven, Whole Foods, Teeter, Harris, and Kroger.
In October 2018, a limousine crash killed 20 people in New York. The operator of the limousine company, Nauman Hussain, was charged with criminally negligent homicide. The limo company is in Wilton, New York. They owned the vehicle involved in the crash, a 2001 Ford Excursion. The 18 passengers in the limo were killed, including the driver, along with two bystanders.
Upon investigating the crash and the limo company, it’s been found that the limo failed two inspections this year. The vehicle’s brakes weren’t working properly. Even though the vehicle wasn’t up to inspection, it was still sent out. There are two investigations concerning this crash. The New York State Police Department’s criminal investigation and the National Transportation Safety Board is also looking into it.
Susan Kiscoan’s parents, with legal representation from Welsh & Welsh PC, LLO, have filed a wrongful death claim with Douglas County, NE. They are seeking $2 million for the death of their daughter, who passed away while in the Douglas County Jail.
On September 14, 2017, Susan Kiscoan, a woman diagnosed with schizophrenia and Addison’s disease, a condition that attacks the adrenal glands, was staying at the Lydia House, an emergency shelter for women. She was arrested at CHI Health Clinic, just north of downtown Omaha, for trespassing when she refused to leave the clinic. While this type of misdemeanor typically results in a $25 fine or a day in jail, Kiscoan was booked at 4:49 PM and remained at the facility until she died on September 28.
On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, a 2-year-old boy was killed at a pumpkin farm just north of Lincoln, Nebraska, as reported by KETV NewsWatch 7.
Caleb Acuna, his mother, and his 5-year-old sister were at a private event at JK’s Pumpkin Patch Wednesday evening. The three were on top of a 60×40 inflatable pumpkin, when a nearly 60 mile per hour wind gust picked up and folded the inflatable.
The mother and sister were thrown from the pad. The sister sustained a broken arm that was later treated at the hospital. The mother was unharmed. According to Lancaster County Sheriff, Terry Wagner, it is believed the boy was trapped inside the pad when it folded in half and traveled some distance before coming back down to the ground.