2012 March Archive

Joseph Cullan Shares Some of the Most Common Causes of Semi Truck Accidents

By Cullan & Cullan on March 30, 2012 - Comments off

Omaha Semi Truck AccidentEach year, semi trucks are involved in an estimated 500,000 accidents in the U.S., 5,000 of which result in fatalities. Joseph Cullan, a personal injury lawyer in Nebraska, understands how dangerous a truck collision can be, particularly for the occupants of the smaller vehicle, and the critical impact it can have on a victim’s life. As a commercial truck can legally weigh anywhere from 10,000 to 80,000 pounds, a truck crash will likely result in serious and life-threatening injuries due to this large vehicle’s immense size.

There are a number of reasons a truck accident can occur, but Lawfirms.com has identified five of the most common. Causes of large truck accidents include: Read the rest »

Medical Malpractice in NE: What is Surgical Malpractice?

By Cullan & Cullan on March 27, 2012 - Comments off

Nebraska Surgeon Accident InjuryWith millions of people each year in the U.S. requiring medical assistance, it is imperative that members of the medical community provide the highest level of care to patients. However, serious mistakes made by healthcare professionals that can endanger the life of a patient occur frequently, whether it is in the emergency room or the exam room; when this occurs, injured patients have the right to file a medical malpractice claim. Medical malpractice results in an alarming 225,000 deaths each year in the U.S., making it the third leading cause of death in the nation. One very serious type of medical malpractice in Omaha and throughout the nation is surgical malpractice. Read the rest »

Brain Injury Awareness Month: Celebrate by Understanding Causes and Prevention

By Cullan & Cullan on March 22, 2012 - Comments off

Omaha TBI AccidentMarch is Brain Injury Awareness Month, created to increase the public’s awareness of the causes and life-altering consequences of brain injuries, as well as highlight the need for prevention, research, and education.

Brain injuries permanently impact the life of the victim by decreasing cognitive and physical abilities, and can be caused by a number of things, such as car accidents, physical assaults, medical conditions, and slip-and-fall accidents. Read the rest »

Semi Truck Highway Accident near Trenton, NE Results in Injuries

By Cullan & Cullan on March 20, 2012 - Comments off

The McCook Daily Gazette reports that a collision between a big rig and a pickup truck in Southwest Nebraska resulted in injuries to the driver of the smaller vehicle. A Nebraska State Patrol sergeant states the accident occurred on March 19 at 7:14 a.m. on U.S. Highway 6 & 34 near Trenton. The 39-year-old large truck operator was driving westbound after pulling onto the highway from a Trenton ethanol plant, while the pickup truck driver – who was also driving westbound – hit the rear of the tractor trailer. The small truck came to rest in the north ditch.

The pickup truck driver, a resident of Danbury, had to be extricated from the pickup by rescue workers and was immediately taken for treatment to an area hospital. The man was later transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. The pickup truck was totaled in this Nebraska semi truck crash and the big rig only sustained minor damage. The semi truck driver was not injured. Read the rest »

NHTSA Issues Recall for More Than 12,000 GTC Light Truck Tires

By Cullan & Cullan on March 16, 2012 - Comments off

Nebraska Auto Defect AccidentThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and GTC North America, Inc. have issued a large recall for tires due to a defect which may cause a serious truck accident. The recall, issued just a few weeks after another major Goodyear Tire recall was announced, affects 12,289 tires Advance Extra Grip AR215 light truck radial tires, size P235/75R15. “Light truck” refers to any motor vehicle with a combined curb and payload weight of 8,500 pounds or less, including pickup trucks, SUVs (sport utility vehicles), and minivans. The defective tires were manufactured from September 2008 through December 2009.

Following an investigation by the NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI), it was determined that the tires fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 139, which specifically relates to radial tires for light vehicles. The tires may experience blistering on the sidewall, which could create tread chunking and a loss of air. This defect has the potential to cause a loss of vehicle control and increases a driver’s risk of a crash. Tread chunking occurs when small tire pieces are ripped off the tread, which is a form of tire failure that is not frequently seen and stems from a quality control or manufacturing problem, according to the NHTSA. Read the rest »

NHTSA Reminds Nebraskans to Celebrate Safely This St. Patrick’s Day

By Cullan & Cullan on March 12, 2012 - Comments off

The Irish holiday of St. Patrick’s Day prompts partygoers across the U.S. to take part in the many festivities which will be underway to celebrate Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. As celebrators will be wearing green-inspired clothing, attending parties and parades, and partaking in traditional food and drink, this holiday is certainly one of the merriest of the year. However, this annual celebration can also be dangerous when Nebraska motorists decide to combine drinking and driving, which can endanger their lives and others on the road.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 37 percent of St. Patrick’s Day motor vehicle fatalities in 2009 involved at least one driver with a BAC (blood alcohol content) of .08, the legal level of intoxication in every U.S. state. In addition, during 2009 there were 103 crash fatalities in Nebraska, with 39 involving a driver or motorcyclist with a BAC that exceeded the legal limit. With these alarming statistics in mind, the NHTSA offers Nebraskans the following tips to help celebrate safely on March 17 and year-round. Read the rest »

Family Safety in Nebraska: How to Prevent Swimming Pool Accidents

By Cullan & Cullan on March 7, 2012 - Comments off

Nebraska Pool Accident PreventionWith summer and warmer temperatures quickly approaching in Nebraska and around the country, aquatic-loving individuals with a swimming pool in the backyard or a short drive away will be getting ready to take a dip. Though pools are a great source of summertime fun, they can also be dangerous and pose a risk if swimmers aren’t careful. Poolside and other swimming-related accidents are the second leading cause of death of children under the age of 14. Annually, over 1,000 children lose their lives in swimming-related accidents and more than 5,000 are hospitalized. Also, more than 200 children die in spa and whirlpool accidents.

Many deaths and injuries occur in residential pools, so with this mind, Injuryboard.com and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) offer the following suggestions to help protect you and your family from a serious Nebraska swimming pool accident. Read the rest »

Truck Rollover Accident Near Waverly Blocks All Eastbound Lanes of I-80

By Cullan & Cullan on March 2, 2012 - Comments off

Journalstar.com reports that an Interstate 80 truck rollover accident occurred on March 1, injuring both occupants of the vehicle. The Nebraska semi truck accident took place on the interstate between Waverly and Greenwood around 6 a.m. The semi driver reportedly lost control of the truck and overcorrected, which caused the vehicle to hit a barrier and flip onto its side near the weigh station east of Waverly. Both the main driver and co-driver of the semi were taken to BryanLGH Medical Center West in Lincoln for treatment, though a Nebraska State Patrol spokesperson was unsure of the extent of their injuries.

All eastbound traffic had been stopped and redirected, but the interstate was reopened around 8:20 a.m. the same day.
Vehicle rollover accidents are rare, but are particularly deadly when they do occur. Rollovers accidents affect an estimated three percent of passenger vehicles, but represent almost one-third of all occupant fatalities every year. In addition, approximately 50 percent of truck-driver fatalities and 47 percent of incapacitating injuries occurred in accidents in which the truck rolled over. Rollover accidents are strongly associated with accident severity and serious injury to truck drivers. These alarming statistics show just how dangerous a rollover crash can be for all parties involved. Read the rest »