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Who Is Responsible for School Zone Crashes?

By Jason Bottlinger on September 12, 2021

School zones are designed to help keep our children safe, along with their teachers and parents. Nevertheless, children walking, biking, or riding buses to school are at risk in school zones. Some drivers fail to follow school zone traffic rules, which can lead to serious collisions. Negligent drivers can be held accountable for the injuries they cause. If you or your child has been injured in a school zone wreck, you may have a claim for compensation against the at-fault driver.

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How Prescription Drugs Can Lead to DUIs

By Jason Bottlinger on September 4, 2021

When your doctor writes you a prescription, you may be concerned with the cost of the medication, potential side effects, and possible drug interactions. It may never have crossed your mind that driving after taking your prescribed medication could lead to a DUI. In fact, certain prescription medications can impair driving ability and result in DUI charges, the same as alcohol or recreational drugs.

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Posted in: DUI

Is Nebraska a Stand Your Ground State?

By Jason Bottlinger on August 23, 2021

Laws on the subject of self-defense vary from state to state. Stand your ground laws provide legal justification for the use of force against attackers in certain situations. These laws come into play when a person is lawfully present in a place, not engaged in any unlawful activity, and reasonably believes force is necessary to protect himself or others from serious injury or imminent death. Nebraska has not enacted a stand your ground law, as discussed by the Legislative Research Office (LRO). However, we do have self-defense laws in place.

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Posted in: Criminal Defense

Keeping Safe When Pulling Over

By Jason Bottlinger on August 17, 2021

If you have to pull over on the side of the road, it would be wise to use extra caution. Hundreds of people die and thousands are injured in stopped vehicle crashes every year in the U.S. During a recent three-year period, each year an estimated 566 people were killed and 14,371 were injured in crashes involving disabled vehicles, as reported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Visibility was a likely factor in all of these wrecks.

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Posted in: Traffic Safety

What if I Am Injured by an Out-of-State Driver?

By Jason Bottlinger on August 9, 2021

People visiting our state may not be familiar with the roads or the traffic laws, which can increase the risk of a crash. Out-of-state drivers are required to follow Nebraska laws, the same as any other driver. Nebraska is an at-fault state. If you are injured by a driver from out of state, the at-fault driver is responsible for your damages. The out-of-state driver’s insurance carrier should cover your losses up to policy limits.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

How Malls Fail to Prevent Falls

By Jason Bottlinger on July 17, 2021

Shopping in Omaha is a popular activity for all age groups, particularly during the winter months, at indoor malls such as Oak View Mall, Regency Mall, and Westroads Mall. Shopping is usually uneventful – until a guest encounters a dangerous walking surface and slips, trips, or falls. Shopping malls and their stores are required to properly maintain their facilities for the safety of guests and employees. When a wet, slippery, or uneven floor or walking hazard in a mall parking lot or structure leads to an injury fall, a claim can filed to recover compensation.

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Psychological Trauma After a Motorcycle Collision

By Jason Bottlinger on July 11, 2021

A motorcycle collision can be a physical – and emotional – disaster. Motorcycle riders who survive a collision with another vehicle may be dealing with a set of severe neurological injuries, as well as psychological trauma, such as PTSD.

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When is a Hit-and-run a Felony in Nebraska?

By Jason Bottlinger on July 4, 2021

A hit-and-run accident can be a frightening incident to experience. No one wants to be involved in a vehicle accident, but usually, the parties involved will stop, exchange insurance information, and any dispute is eventually resolved. In a hit-and-run, the responsible driver leaves the scene. The driver may be drunk, or drug intoxicated, has no car insurance, or just doesn’t want to face the consequences of their actions. In these cases, the legal issues can become complicated.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

What Should Bicyclists Know to Keep Safe in Omaha?

By Jason Bottlinger on June 29, 2021

Omaha is a bicycle-friendly community. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in April 2019 to celebrate the completion of a 38-mile bike trail network, as reported on 3 KMTV. More than 600 signs at over 400 Omaha locations are posted on the trails in this network. These signs are designed to help cyclists navigate in unfamiliar areas, alert motorists to watch for bicycles, and assist bicyclists in a number of ways.

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Posted in: Bicycle Accidents

Responding to a Restraining Order in Nebraska

By Jason Bottlinger on June 29, 2021

Having a police officer show up at your door and shove a restraining order in your face can feel like a massive blow. Restraining orders can impact every facet of your life, from where you work to how you get around Omaha to your relationships. Whether it is temporary or permanent, you should take a restraining order seriously and not hesitate to speak to an attorney about how you can fight it.

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Posted in: Criminal Defense

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