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Nebraska Is a Comparative Fault State: What Does That Mean?

By Jason Bottlinger on November 15, 2023

Under Nebraska’s comparative fault laws, negligence in civil cases may be distributed among multiple parties. Each party involved in an incident may be assigned a percentage of fault in vehicle accident cases. Compensation awarded to an injured party may be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to that party. When fault or negligence equals or exceeds 50% for any party, that party is considered chiefly responsible for the incident and not eligible to receive any compensation.
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Posted in: Car Accidents

How Using Motorcycle Safety Equipment Affects Injury Claims

By Jason Bottlinger on November 5, 2023

Helmets and other equipment play an important role in motorcycle safety. From 2002 to 2017, more than 25,000 lives were saved by wearing motorcycle helmets, as reported by the National Safety Council. Helmets are estimated to be 37% effective for preventing fatal injuries to motorcycle operators and 41% effective for passengers. Other safety equipment can also help prevent severe injuries in a motorcycle crash. And use or failure to use a helmet and protective gear can impact an injury claim.
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Your Right to Safety as a Pedestrian in Omaha

By Jason Bottlinger on October 20, 2023

Pedestrians have a right to safety in Omaha. Walking is good for physical health, mental state, and the environment, but negligent drivers can make it dangerous for pedestrians. More than 7,500 people in the U.S. were struck and killed by motor vehicles in 2022, as reported by the New York Times. Pedestrian deaths have reached the highest level in more than 40 years. Now more than ever, pedestrians require legal advocacy.
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Posted in: Car Accidents

What Hidden Injuries Can You Get from a Car Crash?

By Jason Bottlinger on October 10, 2023

Motor vehicle collisions can cause a wide range of injuries, and not all of them are immediately apparent. While broken bones, deep cuts, and other visible injuries may be evident after a crash, other types of injuries may take hours, days, or weeks for symptoms to manifest. Victims of motor vehicle collisions can suffer hidden injuries, including whiplash, concussions and traumatic brain injuries, internal organ damage, and other soft tissue injuries. It is essential to know how to recognize and address these hidden car crash injuries.
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Posted in: Car Accidents

How Dangerous Are Heavy Winds to Tractor Trailers?

By Jason Bottlinger on September 15, 2023

High winds are extremely hazardous for big rig trucks. That’s why drivers and dispatchers must take active measures to avoid driving along windy highways and corridors. Drivers must slow down or pull off the road when they encounter high winds and other unsafe weather conditions.

Trucking companies lose money when their trucks slow down. That’s why many companies pressure their employees to keep driving in harsh weather conditions, even when it isn’t safe. This type of careless behavior puts other drivers and their passengers at risk, causing catastrophic injuries in places like Nebraska, where high winds frequently occur.
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Posted in: Truck Accidents

Omaha Bike Laws and Safety Tips to Protect Riders

By Jason Bottlinger on September 5, 2023

For a long time, Nebraska had a well-earned reputation as a state that wasn’t very hospitable to bicycles. In fact, Nebraska was rated the least bike-friendly state, according to a national survey conducted in 2017.

The survey criticized Nebraska for low funding, lack of planning, and limited infrastructure for bicycles. In the last few years, things have improved for bike riders in Nebraska, and the City of Omaha has made a concerted effort to improve conditions for cyclists in the city.
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Posted in: Bicycle Accidents

Electric Vehicle Fires and Dangers They Pose to Buildings

By Jason Bottlinger on August 20, 2023

Building fires can have devastating consequences. Every year from 2018 to 2020, an estimated 1,900 fatal residential fires occurred in the U.S., as reported by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). These fires caused an estimated annual average of 2,745 deaths, 625 injuries, and $230 million in lost property. Among the other potential causes, electric vehicles have caused building fires in recent years.
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Posted in: Personal Injury

Can PTSD Be Included in a Nebraska Personal Injury Claim?

By Jason Bottlinger on August 10, 2023

PTSD is an abbreviation for post-traumatic stress disorder. It is a mental condition triggered by a traumatic event. Most personal injury incidents can cause PTSD, including motor vehicle accidents, bicycle accidents, dog bites, and pedestrian accidents. Damages for PTSD may be included in a personal injury claim; however, PTSD alone is not worth compensation.
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Posted in: Personal Injury

How Amazon’s Policies Push Drivers to Dangerous Extremes

By Jason Bottlinger on July 30, 2023

Amazon is the leading online retailer worldwide. In the U.S. alone, the website gets two billion visits per month. The company is on track to reach $746.22 billion in sales in 2023.

Quick delivery time is one of the features that makes Amazon so popular. The company offers next-day and two-day delivery options for customers hurrying to receive their products. Unfortunately, Amazon’s policies can pressure their drivers, contributing to accidents.
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Posted in: Car Accidents

What Common Dangers Cause Premises Liability Claims?

By Jason Bottlinger on July 15, 2023

Property owners in Nebraska are responsible for maintaining the safety of their premises to prevent harm to those on the property. When they fail to do so, property owners may be held liable for resulting injuries that occur on the property. The following are some common dangers that give rise to premises liability claims.
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Posted in: Premises Liability

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