2011 September Archive

Car vs. Motorcycle Accident Sends Motorcyclist to Hospital

By Cullan & Cullan on September 30, 2011 - Comments off

NBC 6 reports that a car and motorcycle collision occurred Wednesday, September 28th at 13th Street and Hickory Street. As the motorcyclist headed north on 13th, a car turned in front of the motorcyclist and stopped, blocking one of the lanes on Hickory and causing the motorcyclist to hit the side of the car. A witness reports that the cyclist’s leg was broken in the accident. The motorcycle sustained significant damage and the accident also put a dent in the car. The accident is still under investigation to determine a cause.

Motorcyclists can pose a threat to other drivers if they make bad driving decisions or do not follow the rules of the road. Because of their small size, motorcycles are not as visible as cars or trucks. Some cyclists use the small size of their bikes to justify abrupt maneuvers or trying to sneak into small spaces between vehicles on the road. It’s also difficult to determine the speed and distance of a motorcycle, with bikes seemingly moving slowly when the driver is actually speeding. A bike may appear far away in your rear-view mirror when it is actually much closer than you think. Read the rest »

Nebraska Death Linked to Tainted Cantaloupe Consumption

By Cullan & Cullan on September 29, 2011 - Comments off

Federal health officials report that as many as 16 people have died after eating cantaloupe produced in Colorado, according to KETV Omaha. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention attribute 13 confirmed deaths and 72 illnesses to the tainted cantaloupe, which is contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Officials continue to investigate three other deaths that may be related to cantaloupe consumption.

The deaths, which have been confirmed in Kansas, Texas, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Maryland, Oklahoma, and New Mexico, make this the deadliest foodborne illness outbreak in more than 10 years. Listeria monocytogenes causes listeriosis, a serious infection that often affects those with weak immune systems. Pregnant women, elderly adults, newborns and people with weakened immune systems are especially at risk. The bacteria are found in water and soil, which makes it possible for cantaloupe and other produce items to become contaminated. Read the rest »

CPSC Announces September Product Recalls

By Cullan & Cullan on September 26, 2011 - Comments off

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) publishes information about manufacturer recalls, giving consumers a central location to check for recall notices and safety information. September 2011 recalls include several John Deere products, children’s bunk beds, and 6-speed blenders.

  • American Woodcrafters recalled approximately 180 twin and loft bunk beds due to a fall hazard. The guard rails on the top bunks can crack and cause the support rails and mattress to collapse.
  • Target has recalled more than 300,000 Chefmate 6-speed blenders due to a laceration hazard. During use of the blender, the blade assembly can come apart from the plastic pitcher, exposing the blades and increasing the risk of cuts and lacerations. Read the rest »

Emerson Drunk Driving Accident on Highway 35 Kills Motorcyclist and Rider

By Cullan & Cullan on September 23, 2011 - Comments off

The Associated Press reports that the driver who caused a September 9 crash near Emerson has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide. The 55-year-old driver was driving on the wrong side of Highway 35 when his vehicle struck a motorcycle and killed its two riders. Both riders were students at Wayne State College. The driver was driving drunk with a blood alcohol concentration of more than two times the legal limit.

Drunk drivers do more than put themselves in harm’s way. When someone under the influence of alcohol or drugs takes the wheel, every other motorist, pedestrian, motorcyclist, and bike rider becomes a moving target. Even when drunk drivers don’t kill anyone, they cause serious injuries and property damage when they have accidents. Read the rest »

Omaha Teen Sustains Serious Injuries in Accident

By Cullan & Cullan on September 21, 2011 - Comments off

An Omaha teenager suffered a broken clavicle, broken pelvis, collapsed lung and several broken ribs after falling off the hood of a moving vehicle, according to KETV in Omaha. Officers responded to the accident at 4th and Cedar and found that the boy had been riding on the hood of a moving vehicle driven by his 18-year-old brother. Officers did not cite anyone for the accident.

This type of accident demonstrates that teenagers are less mature when it comes to making critical decisions on the road. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says motor vehicle crashes are the top cause of death for teens in the United States. In 2009, motor vehicle injuries killed eight teens ages 16 to 19 each day. Teenagers 16 to 19 years old are also four times more likely to crash than older drivers. Read the rest »

Omaha Police Officer Injured in Cruiser Crash

By Cullan & Cullan on September 19, 2011 - Comments off

The Associated Press reports that an Omaha police officer sustained minor injuries in a crash that occurred at an intersection in north Omaha on September 13. The officer was responding to a request for backup when she entered the intersection against a red light. Witnesses say the officer was using her siren and emergency lights at the time. An 83-year-old driver struck the officer’s police cruiser and later hit a third car that was stopped at the intersection. The police officer sustained a minor head injury and the 83-year-old also sustained minor injuries.

As people age, physical and psychological changes make safe driving more difficult. Although not every elderly driver causes accidents, some find themselves involved in more frequent fender benders. The National Institute on Aging reports several factors that make safe driving more difficult for seniors: Read the rest »

Prostate Cancer Misdiagnosis Changes Lives Forever

By Cullan & Cullan on September 14, 2011 - Comments off

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a time to educate men about the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer. When detected early, this type of cancer is very treatable, which highlights the importance of regular screening. Early-stage prostate cancer may not cause any symptoms, but as the disease advances, those affected may experience the following:

  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Weak urine stream
  • Swelling in the legs
  • Bone pain
  • Pelvic discomfort

Misdiagnosis of prostate cancer is a serious issue. If a man has prostate cancer that is not diagnosed early enough, the cancer could spread to other organs. This makes it more difficult to treat the cancer and increases the risk of death. Another type of misdiagnosis also has serious consequences. Read the rest »

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Brings “Silent Killer” Into the Spotlight

By Cullan & Cullan on September 12, 2011 - Comments off

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month takes place every September, with organizers hoping to raise awareness of this deadly disease. Ovarian cancer is especially hard to detect because the symptoms often mimic the symptoms of other gastrointestinal and pelvic disorders. Additionally, there is no reliable blood test to detect ovarian cancer. Women should be on the lookout for these signs and symptoms:

  • Pelvic pain or discomfort
  • Urinary frequency
  • Urinary urgency
  • Abdominal bloating or swelling
  • A feeling of fullness or pressure in the abdomen
  • Frequent constipation or diarrhea
  • Frequent indigestion or nausea
  • Low back pain Read the rest »

Nebraska State Patrol Announces Participation in Anti-DUI Campaign

By Cullan & Cullan on September 2, 2011 - Comments off

The Nebraska State Patrol recently announced that it will participate in the “You Drink & Drive, You Lose” campaign. The Nebraska Office of Highway Safety provided NSP with a $22,000 grant to fund overtime hours for communication specialists and state troopers participating in this initiative. This program, which consists of increased patrols, undercover officers and sobriety checkpoints, is part of a national law enforcement crackdown on those who drink and drive.

The NHTSA recommends that drivers and passengers take several steps to protect their safety:

  • Call the police to report possibly impaired drivers to the authorities.
  • If you plan to drink and do not have a designated driver or readily available public transportation, arrange to spend the night at the location of the event.
  • Buckle your seatbelt and restrain children properly in case you do get into an accident with an impaired driver. Read the rest »