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Man facing charges in fatal dump truck accident

When a motor vehicle accident happens, it is never a good thing. However, it can be particularly upsetting when it results in the loss of life. Families of the victims may wonder how such a thing could have happened and whether there was anything that might have prevented the crash. This could be what one Nebraska family is going through after authorities say that a man driving a dump truck without a proper license is to blame for a truck accident that took the lives of two children.

According to police, the accident happened recently on a state highway. They say that the man was driving a dump truck hauling a load of boulders and that he struck a minivan. A 16-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy died and three other people had to be rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.

A drunk driving conviction can cost you dearly

With the start of the holiday season, you may already have a calendar full of parties and get-togethers for the coming weeks. Between family, friends and co-workers, you may have more festivities than you can handle. Many of these activities will offer alcoholic beverages, and you will want to use good sense, especially if you are driving.

Driving after drinking is extremely dangerous. In an average year, 10,000 people or more die in drunk driving accidents. This is why Nebraska and other states have strict laws and penalties related to drunk driving. Perhaps you are already facing charges for DWI. If so, you would be wise to begin building a strong defense since the consequences of a conviction can be devastating personally and financially.

Multiple car accidents due to ice over Thanksgiving weekend

For many families, the recent holiday weekend meant traveling by car to be with loved ones. Some of those families here in Nebraska were also unfortunate enough to experience a car accident. Multiple law enforcement agencies reported that there was a spike in accidents due to icy road conditions. Lincoln itself saw around 20 crashes on Thanksgiving night alone.

Several areas around the state experienced freezing rain, causing roads to ice over. Some areas had black ice, making the ice was difficult to see on the roadways. Under those circumstances, some motorists may not realize they need to exercise extra caution. One woman was rushed to a nearby hospital after being in a crash involving five cars. Local authorities had to shut down part of the roadway as they dealt with the incident.

Driving tips: Avoid motor vehicle accidents this winter

Cooler weather can be a welcome respite for many people who dislike the summer heat. However, winter can also bring its own problems, especially for Nebraska motorists. Icy roads and snowfall can make driving difficult for anyone. Fortunately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has advice for those who want to avoid getting into motor vehicle accidents during the winter months.

The NHTSA says that the main thing to consider is preparation. Everyone should have their car checked by a trusted mechanic to prevent potential problems before they happen. It also recommends ensuring that people pack their car with items that may be needed during the winter, such as ice scrapers, jumper cables, flashlights, flares and other similar equipment. Other things people may not think about having in their car that can be helpful include cat litter for increased traction, blankets or warm clothing, and even food and water.

Your DWI and its potential impact on your car insurance

A criminal charge can affect your life in many ways. There are potential penalties you may face that can include time behind bars and expensive fines. If you are facing charges of drunk driving, a conviction can bring penalties that may include loss of your driving privileges as well. No matter your criminal history or the charges you are facing, a strong defense strategy is important.

A DWI conviction will leave a mark on your criminal record. In addition to the criminal penalties that can come from this type of charge, there are other ways that this can deeply impact your life, including ongoing child custody disputes, job applications and more. It can also impact your bottom line in the form of increased insurance rates.

Adoption of older children is a beautiful way to build a family

November is National Adoption Awareness month, which is meant to raise awareness of a nontraditional, but wonderful, way to create a family. While adoption of any child is an amazing choice for a Nebraska family to make, one organization hopes to encourage families to consider adopting older children. Many times, young children get adopted very quickly, but children who are older may not. One family from out of state shared their story with the world, and they hope to inspire others to open their hearts.

The adoptive parents first started to foster a brother and sister, aged 15 and 17, who had been in the foster care system for four years. The two siblings were, coincidentally, the first and only children that the parents fostered. They have all been a family for two years now. The parents say though they understand why people may initially want to adopt a baby instead of a teenager, it can still be an amazing experience. The family has taken several vacations together and shared brand new experiences with the teens.

Man may receive DUI after crash leaves girl in critical condition

People convicted of a DUI here in Nebraska can likely attest to just how much it can change a person's life. Not only does the person face the possibility of losing his or her license, depending on the circumstances around the case, the person may have to serve jail time or pay a hefty fine. This could be the fate of one man in Nebraska who police say may be facing charges of DUI resulting in serious bodily injury after a crash that left a young girl fighting for her life.

According to officials, the accident happened on a recent early evening. They claim that the man was driving a pickup truck when he struck an SUV at a local intersection. They also allege that the man failed to stop and subsequently hit another car a couple of blocks later. One witness in the second vehicle claimed that the man's truck was speeding, estimating that it was moving between 80 to 90 mph.

Do you know what to expect from a DUI conviction?

You may already be noticing changes in driving conditions as winter draws ever closer. The end of daylight saving time means you may be driving in the dark on your daily commute, and it won't be long before the roads turn slick with ice and snow. Even in ideal conditions, you take great risks if you get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. The winter factors will only make this more dangerous.

Even a single drink may affect your ability to react to danger or control your vehicle. You may lose some control over your decision-making processes, or you may simply be too sleepy to drive after consuming alcohol. While alcohol affects everyone differently in differing amounts, the laws of Nebraska set specific standards for when police may arrest you under the suspicion of driving while impaired.

Motor vehicle accidents: 2 injured, 1 killed in late-night crash

There may be a multitude of circumstances in which a driver could lose control of a vehicle and shift into oncoming lanes of traffic. Regardless of how it occurs, those who encounter a similar scenario may find it nearly impossible to respond quickly enough to prevent a crash. Motor vehicle accidents involving similar scenarios can have devastating outcomes. Two individuals were rushed to the hospital with injuries following a recent head-on crash in Nebraska.

According to reports, the incident took place just before midnight on a recent Friday. Law enforcement agents advised that an investigation into the crash determined that it occurred after a westbound vehicle suddenly crossed into the opposite lane of traffic. The vehicle proceeded to collide head-on with a truck and the impact of the crash forced both vehicles to veer off the road and roll over multiple times.

Concerns about child support common during divorce

Divorce is a difficult decision for a parent to make. Though you could have stayed together for the sake of the kids, you know that it would not have really contributed to their well-being. You would rather live separately and happily than have both parents under one roof fighting constantly. Still, you may have concerns about what divorcing with kids will mean for child support and your ability to provide for your family in the future.

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