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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

Why You Should Always Report a Slip and Fall

By Jason Bottlinger on June 20, 2023

Slip and fall accidents are among some of the most common accidents, leading to more than one million emergency room visits a year in the United States. While some of the injuries may be minor, many are very severe, causing broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, or even loss of life. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident on another party’s property, report the slip and fall as soon as possible. Get a full medical assessment and tell the attending doctor what occurred. Reporting a slip and fall to the property owner or manager could be a vital point in a personal injury claim and protect the safety of future patrons or visitors to a property.
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Posted in: Premises Liability

Nebraska’s Dashcam Laws and Their Effect on Liability

By Jason Bottlinger on June 5, 2023

Dashcam footage can provide powerful evidence in a personal injury claim. In many cases, the footage can give you the upper hand when it comes to negotiating with the at-fault party’s insurance company. To ensure the footage you have is admissible in court, it is important to obtain consent from everyone in your vehicle before you record their voices if the dashcam records audio. Otherwise, the footage may be inadmissible.
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Posted in: Car Accidents

Why More Vehicles Drive With Lights off at Night

By Jason Bottlinger on May 17, 2023

You may have noticed a recent increase in the number of drivers traveling without their headlights on at night. In the past this dangerous phenomenon was rarely seen on the roads. The reason it has become more common recently is lighted gauge clusters.
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Posted in: Car Accidents

Do “Beware of Dog” Signs Affect Dog Bite Liability?

By Jason Bottlinger on May 7, 2023

Nebraska is a strict liability state for dog bites. Under the law, dog owners are liable for any injuries or damages their animals cause, regardless of negligence. Although dog and property owners may try to use signs that say “Beware of Dog” as a defense if the dog attacks a person, this will not protect them from liability in most cases. Under our state’s strict liability dog bite statutes, owners are liable for “any and all damages that may accrue . . . to any person, other than a trespasser, by reason of having been bitten by any such dog or dogs . . .”
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