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Police still investigating cause of fatal motor vehicle accident

Though most motorists take care to follow safety protocol while driving, car crashes still happen every day. Though sometimes these accidents are simply just accidents, there are other times when the negligence of another driver is to blame. When a motor vehicle accident proves fatal, families of victims may wonder how such a thing could happen and whether anything may have changed the outcome. This is what Nebraska police are attempting to determine after a recent crash left one dead and another with serious injuries.

According to police, the incident happened on a recent evening just before the start of the workweek. A passenger vehicle carrying two people was near a highway exit when another vehicle apparently struck it from behind. The driver of the first vehicle died due to his injuries and his passenger had to be rushed to a nearby hospital and was reported to be in critical condition.

Girl's entire 3rd grade class attends her adoption

There are so many ways to have a family. Some people decide to have children through the miracle of adoption, which is a beautiful choice, but can also be complex. Fortunately, there are professionals to help prospective parents here in Nebraska through every stage of adoption. The recent story of one young girl's adoption that was attended by 110 students from her elementary school shows just how supportive communities can be of this rewarding process.

A third-grade girl celebrated her official adoption, joined by all the other third-graders, a few other students and some teachers. She lived in three different foster homes and came to live with her now-mom about one year ago. She had to change schools with each foster home, but will now stay at the same school as her supportive classmates. 

Driver may need DWI defense after crash with cyclist

Having a DWI on one's record can affect a person's life in numerous ways. Besides criminal consequences, there is often a great deal of stigma associated with a drunk driving conviction. That is why it is so important for those accused of DWI and these types of crimes to have a strong criminal defense strategy. One Nebraska man may need just that after authorities claim that he was drunk and struck a bicyclist with his truck.

Police say that the incident happened on a local road just before the weekend. They claim that a man was westbound in his truck when it struck a cyclist going the same direction. The cyclist had to be rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment, but has been well enough to communicate with authorities. Police say that part of the bike's reflector was found on the truck.

Questions remain after fatal car accident

This time of year can mean unpredictable weather, which means that motorists have to pay careful attention when out on the road. If drivers fail to take precautions during winter weather, the results could be catastrophic, as is the case in a recent car accident involving three vehicles and a fatality. Nebraska law enforcement is still trying to determine exactly what happened, though they suspect inclement weather may have been a factor. Even so, one of the drivers involved could face criminal charges.

Police say that the crash happened on a recent evening on a state highway. An SUV traveling southbound apparently crashed into a pickup truck heading north. After the initial impact, a sedan rear-ended the SUV. The SUV burst into flames, though it is unclear which impact caused the fire. The driver of the SUV died at the scene but the other two drivers only had minor injuries.

How to avoid common financial problems in divorce

When the decision to get a divorce is made, it can often be a time of high emotion for everyone involved. This sometimes means that there is a rush to act without taking the time to consider the available options. This can be particularly detrimental when considering financial choices. Fortunately, experts have advice for those here in Nebraska who have questions about handling finances during the divorce process.

The first piece of advice is helpful particularly for those individuals who may not have been as involved in the financial decisions as the other spouse. It's important to gain a good understanding of the current state of one's finances. This includes both day-to-day expenses and more long-term options such as retirement accounts. Spouses may find it difficult to communicate, but not doing so doesn't make potential problems, like debt, go away. Honesty is typically the best policy for both spouses.

Broken ribs can lead to serious complications

Car accidents are serious events no matter how minor they may seem on the outside. It is just as easy for someone to suffer serious injuries in a low-speed crash as it is in a high-speed crash. Of course, various details can play roles in the outcomes of a car accident.

Unfortunately for you, the car accident you were involved in left you with serious injuries. At first, the adrenaline of the situation may not have made you notice the immense pain of your broken ribs, but you soon realized something was seriously wrong.

Tractor-trailer driver charged in fatal truck accident

It is an indisputable fact that commercial trucks are an important part of this country's economy. Without them, the transportation of goods around the nation would be much more difficult and costly. However, these trucks can still pose significant risk to others that share the road with them, especially during a truck accident. The recent death of a woman here in Nebraska only highlights that reality. 

The crash happened on a recent evening on the interstate. Authorities say that a man was driving a semi-truck heading west when he lost control of the vehicle. They report that the truck crossed over into oncoming traffic where a passenger vehicle slid under the trailer.

Nebraska State Police made several DWI arrests during holidays

Anyone who has ever faced criminal charges relating to intoxicated driving knows all too well how it can change someone's life. Even if a person manages to avoid jail time, a driving while intoxicated conviction can have a ripple effect across a person's entire life, both immediately and in the future. Those facing DWI or DUI charges must consider criminal defense strategy to give themselves the best chance at minimizing the impact on their lives. Law enforcement takes intoxicated driving seriously, as evidenced by the recent efforts of the Nebraska State Patrol to stop drunk driving over the winter holidays

The NSP, in conjunction with several local law enforcement agencies, participated in an anti-drunk driving campaign called "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over." The campaign was partially funded by the Nebraska Department of Transportation. The NSP reports that their efforts were successful in keeping intoxicated drivers off the roads, with the NSP saying its officers stopped 75 intoxicated drivers. Police also issued several other citations, including more than 1,000 for speeding, 41 for open alcohol containers, 29 for no seat belt and many more offenses. 

What property will you have to give up during your divorce?

One of the primary concerns a person may have during divorce is what will happen to his or her stuff. If you are facing the likelihood of your marriage ending, you also probably have concerns about what this means for your financial well-being and economic standing in the future. It is crucial to secure a final order that allows you to have stability and security for the duration.

A key component in this is a fair and reasonable division of marital property. You will find it beneficial to know your rights and understand how you can know what's rightfully yours and what you may have to give up or split. Knowing this information ahead of time can make it easier to protect your interests and allow you to negotiate terms with confidence.

Motor vehicle accident involving semi truck leaves 1 dead

Semi-trucks or tractor-trailers are a large part of the transportation of goods around Nebraska and the entire nation. As necessary as they are, they can also pose a danger to motorists in smaller vehicles who share the road with them. When people get into a motor vehicle accident with a large truck, they are at a higher risk of injury or fatality due to the size of these vehicles. This may be what happened to one person in a recent crash that involved a semi-truck.

Law enforcement says that the crash happened on a recent morning at the intersection of two state highways. A southbound semi hauling chickens apparently struck a northbound sedan. Police also say that the sedan was attempting to turn left at the time of the collision.

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