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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 DWI 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 coming and going from work, and it won't be long before the roads turn slick with ice and snow. However, even in ideal conditions, you take great risks if you get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol.

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

Having children is an event that many Nebraska parents feel make their lives happier. Of course, having children also means needing to take their feelings and lives into consideration when making major decisions. For instance, you likely gave the idea of ending your marriage a substantial amount of thought and considered how it would affect your kids before deciding to move forward with divorce.

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.

Motor vehicle accidents involving motorcycles are often fatal

For an increasing number of Nebraska residents, motorcycles are the preferred method of transportation. They are not only convenient and economical and are also a fun way to travel. However, traveling by motorcycle can also be dangerous. What makes them so dangerous is not the motorcycles themselves, but the other vehicles on the road. Since motorcyclists are exposed and minimally protected, motor vehicle accidents involving motorcycles are more likely to be very serious or fatal.

Recently in Omaha, a motorcyclist lost his life in an accident with another vehicle. The crash happened at night at the intersection of 72nd and Wirt streets. According to reports, the motorcyclist was approaching the intersection traveling south on 72nd Street.

When refusing to comply with a breathalyzer test is bad

While many people in Nebraska are aware of the risks, dangers and consequences of driving under the influence, there are still stories that surface of accidents that were caused by an impaired driver. If people are pulled over after they have been drinking and are asked by authorities to provide a breathalyzer test, it is important that they are aware of their rights in this often-stressful situation. 

There is plenty of information online that may lead people to believe that they can refuse a breathalyzer test with no repercussions for their actions. In fact, in some states, declining the request to take a breath test could have less severe consequences in others. However, in the state of Nebraska, when people openly refuse to comply with an authority's request for a breathalyzer, their decision means they can be legally arrested. 

Can I get a job with a criminal record?

If you are among the many people who live in Nebraska and have some sort of criminal activity on your record, you may worry about how or where you might be able to get a new job. Being employed and earning a living is an essential element to moving your life forward in a positive manner so it is understandable that you may be concerned that your past could get in the way of this. That does not need to happen, however, as you can find a good job even after a criminal conviction.

According to Monster.com, one of the things you should do is to target jobs that would not be directly impacted by your criminal incident. For example, if you were convicted of a drunk driving offense, you may be better served to apply for jobs that do not require you to drive.

Protect kids with safety seats

Many Nebraska drivers may worry about getting into a car accident, but the thought of a collision may be worse if people have their children in the backseat. It is important for parents to know how they can keep their children safe in the car.

One important way parents can protect their children is by using the right car seat. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that parents should make sure their infants sit in rear-facing safety seats. Many people may put toddlers in front-facing seats; however, it is a good idea to keep toddlers in a rear-facing seat until they have outgrown it. Additionally, children should usually sit in a front-facing safety seat until they are five years old. Once a child no longer fits a car seat, many parents may think their child can ride in the car without a safety seat. However, seat belts may not always fit young children properly, so it is a good idea to use a booster seat until kids are tall enough for the seat belt to fit correctly. Once children no longer need a booster seat, it is important to make sure they always buckle their seat belts.

Did your crash leave you crushed?

Nebraska drivers like you share the road with plenty of other people in a single day. Unfortunately, the more people there are on the road, the higher the chances are of something going wrong and someone getting hurt.

MedlinePlus takes a look at crush injuries and how they can impact your physical state. Crush injuries are the result of your body being pinned between two hard surfaces. Typically speaking, in a car crash, you will most likely get pinned between two vehicles or between your own vehicle and the ground.

Four-time drunk driver going to prison

People who live in Nebraska might often hear others talk about how tough the laws related to drunk driving are in the state. However, it may seem to some that the laws are not quite strong enough. Too often, reports surface about accidents that are caused by intoxicated or drugged drivers who have been convicted of impaired driving offenses before. The fact that the law allows these people to keep driving and engage in the same behaviors can be hard to understand or appreciate. 

The family of one teenage boy could well be among the people who feel the laws could benefit from being stronger. The teen died after the car he was riding it was struck by a drunk driver who failed to stop at a red light. The driver was also exceeding the speed limit by nearly 15 miles per hour. The boy was only 14 years old. He was in the car with his father and the pair were on their way to a choir event when life changed forever.

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