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When an animal attacks and causes you injury, who is to blame?

You, like many other people in Indiana, may love animals and even own a pet. However, there is nothing that can adequately prepare you for the shock and pain of experiencing an attack from an animal. Animal bites and attacks from pets owned by other people can not only be the cause of great mental and emotional suffering, they can cause great physical damage as well.

If you suffered harm because of a bite from an animal, you have the right to hold liable parties accountable and seek appropriate compensation. However, you may be unsure of how to start this process and what you can do to hold liable parties accountable. With help, you can obtain the rightful compensation you deserve after experiencing an animal bite.

Are new cars too distracting?

Automakers frequently promote advanced safety features on the new models of their cars. Undoubtedly, those features have saved countless lives. Perhaps you can attest to this if your airbag ever deployed during a collision. However, safety is not the only area in which automakers seem to be competing.

A recent trend in the auto industry is the standardization of infotainment features that provide drivers with an array of options at their fingertips. However, you may agree with many safety advocates who have expressed concern that these features may be creating a greater hazard than that of  texting and driving.

The weather outside can be frightful, especially when driving

A dangerous accident can occur at any given moment for a variety of reasons, but the result is typically the same. Chances are you probably consider your health to be of the utmost importance, and you may attempt to avoid an accident at all costs by choosing to strictly adhere to Indiana state traffic laws and safe driving procedures, but others may not share your enthusiasm.

With an ever-increasing number of drunk and distracted drivers out on the road, the concern for your well-being may be at an all-time high. However, there are other dangers you may face out on the road that can be just as hazardous, such as the presence of inclement weather.

Disaster can strike when a driver nods off at the wheel

Do you feel as sleep deprived as a significant amount of the country's population? A good number of those people who struggle to get enough sleep may live here in Indiana. In fact, you may share the road with drowsy drivers every day and not even know it.

Like many people, you may not consider how dangerous those drivers may be. The demands of today's society may not encourage sleep, but it is vital to your well-being. Understanding how a lack of sleep can affect your body may illustrate how much of a hazard drowsy driving really is.

Debris is the deadly threat that you may not see coming

Many things can cause a car accident, from distracted drivers to dangerous car parts. Road debris is one of these hazards, yet many fail to recognize the distinct danger that it presents to motorists. One of the most common sources of dangerous road debris includes trucks and other vehicles with unsecured loads. 

There are laws that protect Indiana drivers from unsecured loads, yet it continues to be a risk for drivers. In fact, it may be the cause of the accident that left you or a loved one injured. If an unsecured load caused you harm, you would be wise to take quick action to ensure that the appropriate parties are accountable and that you obtain the compensation you deserve.

A denied disability claim is not the end of the road for you

If you are unable to work due to a disabling mental or physical condition, you may know that you could have a rightful claim to disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. It is never easy to secure benefits and get the support you need, and unfortunately, many initial claims come back denied.

Denied claims may be fairly normal, but it can be useful to understand why it happens and what you should do next. Indiana applicants who are not initially successful have the right to appeal and continue to pursue benefits. In fact, estimates suggest that only one-third of disability benefits claims are successful on the first try.

Holding drunk drivers accountable for accidents and injuries

Drunk driving can cause great harm to many innocent people. In fact, you may be dealing with injuries suffered in an accident caused by an alcohol-impaired driver. If you suffered because of a drunk driver, it is possible to hold these individuals accountable for their actions and seek financial compensation.

Drunk driving is a serious problem, both in Indiana and everywhere else. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 28 people die in an alcohol-related crash every day. That equals one fatality every 51 minutes, and the cost of the financial damages from these types of accidents amounts to approximately $44 billion.

Pit bulls are not the only vicious dog breed

Pets are often part of the family, and you may have friends who refer to their animals as their children. Some may even include their dogs or cats in family portraits or throw parties for their pets' birthdays. Perhaps you are one of those whose emotional attachment to your pet runs deep.

Nevertheless, animals can be unpredictable, and you may not have seen it coming when a neighbor's dog attacked you. Whether your neighbor invited you onto the property or you were just passing by, an unprovoked attack likely left you with physical and emotional scars, particularly if the dog was a pit bull.

Many truck driver errors are blamed on fatigue

Researchers are finding out more about how much our bodies need sleep and what happens to us when we don't get enough of it. Many sources now equate driving while you are drowsy with driving drunk. This is how dangerous researchers now know it is to get behind the wheel when fatigued.

Now imagine that you are driving a massive vehicle weighing several tons and needing a considerable distance to stop. If you are fatigued and your reaction times and judgments are affected, you would more than likely be an accident waiting to happen.

An unfocused mind makes for a distracted driver

While cell phones are often associated with the problem of distracted driving, they are not always to blame. There are many different types of distraction, and all of them pose a threat to Indiana drivers and passengers. In fact, one of the most dangerous types -- cognitive distraction -- can be quite deceptive, as it involves the driver's mind, not necessarily physical actions. 

Unlike texting or doing something else while behind the wheel, cognitive distraction can occur when a driver has both hands on the wheel. With an unfocused mind, a driver may be unable to notice, evaluate and avoid potential hazards -- ultimately resulting in accidents and injuries.

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