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December 2016 Archives

Cargo securement issues can cause truck accidents

It is common to see commercial haulers of all sizes on Indiana roadways. This is both a good and bad thing. It is good in the fact that it means economic improvements have increased consumer demand. It is bad in the fact that these big trucks can be dangerous with which to share the road. Truck accidents occur for various reasons, one of them being issues with cargo.

Is your age affecting your ability to operate a vehicle?

The dangers on the roads affect us all. Chances are you know someone who has been involved in a car accident - or worse - who has lost a loved one in a crash. If every driver takes responsibility for his or her driving ability at all times, many traumatic crashes may be avoided. That includes being responsible enough to obey the rules of the road and not to drive after drinking, without a valid license, while on medication or while impaired in any way. You may not realize that age can also be an impairment, and drivers older than 65 fall into the category of mature drivers.

Holiday hosts can be held liable if their party gets out of hand

As we ring in the New Year people will be celebrating with friends and family. When the ball drops everyone will cheer and yell, "Happy New Year!" While most holiday parties start off great, some can get out of hand. A few guests drink one too many and will start arguing. The mix between alcohol and high tension can cause punches to get thrown. If a guest ends up in need of medical attention, the host will need to step up to the plate.

A personal injury claim covers more than just medical bills

Whether you have been hurt in a car accident, while falling, or from a dog bite, you will find that an injury costs more than just the medical bills. After a severe injury you can be impacted financially, physically and emotionally. Many times the mounting costs and suffering add up to be much more than what an insurance company is willing to pay.

Everyone's worst nightmare: Hit by an uninsured driver

It is hard to imagine driving around without car insurance, but thousands of people do it in Indiana every day. In fact, more people drive around uninsured than you might think. 14.2 percent of Indiana drivers do not carry insurance. Their lack of insurance not only puts them at risk but everyone else on the road. It is important to know what to do if you are hit by an uninsured motorist.

How long do I have to file a lawsuit after an accident?

Deadlines are not the first thing that you think about after an accident. After a life altering accident you will be focused on day to day essentials such as healing, eating and resting. If you were in a car accident then you will be thinking about how you will get to work and when you will find a new vehicle. Once you have the important basics sorted out your next step should be to decide if you want to file a personal injury lawsuit.

Marijuana and DUIs in Indiana

In states like Indiana where alcohol is one of the only drugs that is legally available for recreational use, alcohol is usually the first thing that comes to mind when you start talking about driving under the influence. However, even though the law prohibits the use of many other intoxicants, such as marijuana, many people use them anyway and there are legal consequences for both their use and driving while under their influence.

What should I do after getting into a car crash?

When you have been in an accident that another motorist caused, you may, understandably, be emotionally shaken and preoccupied with your injuries. However, a lack of wariness may prevent you from getting the full compensation to which you are entitled. A few tips may help you take the right steps to protect yourself following a car crash leading to injury in Indiana.

A dog bit me and now I'm really sick! What now?

An unprovoked attack by a dog can be frightening and disorienting, but it is important to keep track of details regarding the animal, its owner and the medical treatment you require, along with any other disruptions to your life, such as time off work while you recover.

Can a driver can still be impaired and not legally drunk?

Most Indiana residents might believe that if a driver was not considered legally drunk, which means the individual had a blood alcohol content (BAC) below .08 percent, then the person was not impaired. That is not necessarily true.

Winter weather increases your risk of slipping and falling

The days are shorter and temperatures are dropping here in Indiana, which means that there is a potential for snow and ice. Winter weather means an increase in the risk of slipping and falling. No matter how careful you might try to be when walking, remaining upright could be a challenge.

Fatigue can make a truck driver dangerous and accident-prone

Nearly every Indiana resident with a driver's license has driven while tired, but most do not drive for several hours at a time. Fatigue can sneak up on you, and your ability to drive safely can degrade quickly. Truck drivers are particularly susceptible to fatigue, and sleep deprivation is a primary cause of truck accidents.

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