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What Is the Federal Tort Claims Act?

For many years, the doctrine of sovereign immunity protected government entities from being held liable, or financially responsible, for the negligent acts of their employees. Sovereign immunity states that the government cannot be sued without its consent. When the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) was passed, however, it allowed citizens to sue the federal government for the first time – within certain parameters. What Does the Federal Tort Claims Act Mean? The Federal Tort Claims Act was enacted in 1946 to provide a means of compensating victims who suffered injuries, property damage or other…

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What Is CTE?

Traumatic brain injuries are highly complex in the damage that they cause to the brain and the effects on the victim. One potential complication associated with multiple brain injuries is chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. CTE describes brain degeneration caused by repeated brain injuries or trauma to the head. It is a rare disorder that is still not fully understood. About Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy    Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is a progressive brain disease that can be fatal. “Chronic” means ongoing and long-lasting rather than an acute (short-term) injury. “Traumatic” means an injury caused by…

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Tips for Safe Driving at Night

Nighttime driving comes with a variety of risks that are not present during daylight hours. Driving in the dark comes with complications associated with depth perception, visibility, color recognition and peripheral vision. The inability to spot a hazard right away can lead to reduced reaction times and higher odds of a car accident. Use these tips to keep yourself and others safe when driving at night. Inspect Your Headlights According to crash data collected by the Nebraska Department of Transportation in 2020, 34.1 percent of all traffic accidents occurred between the hours of 6:00…

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Tell-Tale Signs of Drunk Driving

It is impossible to operate a motor vehicle with the required amount of care, prudence and attention while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Despite knowing the risks of drunk driving, thousands of drivers in Nebraska commit this dangerous crime each year. According to the Nebraska Department of Transportation, 1,534 alcohol-related accidents were reported in 2020 alone. Decrease your odds of getting into a drunk driving accident by learning the tell-tale signs of driver intoxication. Inability to Stay in One Lane Drinking alcohol has a physical impact on a driver. Depending on the…

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Secrets Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know

If you get injured by someone else’s negligence, you will need to go up against that person’s insurance company to collect financial compensation for your medical bills and losses. Unfortunately, insurance companies care more about their profits than people. An insurance claims adjuster is trained to diminish claim payouts and save the insurance company as much money as possible. The more you know about how insurance companies operate, the better you can protect your rights during the financial recovery process. A Claims Adjuster Is Not on Your Side This may not seem like a…

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Nebraska Electric Bike Laws

Electric bicycles have become more common in Nebraska in recent years with the advent of public e-bike sharing services such as BikeLNK and B-cycle. Electric bikes are a fast and fun way to travel and have become a popular alternative to standard human-propelled bikes. If you plan on riding an electric bike in Nebraska, learn the applicable state laws and rules. Obeying these laws can help keep you safe and out of legal trouble. What Is the Definition of an Electric Bike? In Nebraska, an electric bike is defined as a bicycle that is…

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