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Car/motor vehicle accidents can have enormous costs on those individuals unfortunate enough to be involved in them. With the advancements of our roadways and of the automobile, these accidents have become nearly impossible to avoid.
The purpose of these rules and regulations are to ensure the safety of other drivers on the road. It is recognized that it is important to set limitations on these operators with the large numbers of semi-trucks on the road and the demands placed on these drivers.
Hours of operation is one of the areas where there are limitations placed on semi-truck drivers. The number of hours a commercial driver is allowed to operate can greatly affect the safety of others on the road. One such provision under the FMCSA is that commercial drivers are limited to 11 hours of consecutive driving without interruption.
Anyone who has ever drove while a little sleepy knows the dangers of drowsy driving. Even a few seconds of nodding off behind the wheel can lead to consequences that last a lifetime.
It is likely that you can recover your lost income/wages if you have suffered an injury in a car accident that keeps you from working. If the injury that resulted from the accident is the reason you are not cleared to work, this would fall into the category of damages that can be sought.
Having the police come to the scene is also a good way to start an initial investigation and to preserve evidence.
It is important for those charged with a criminal offense to know their rights and have legal representation. Maximum sentencing and credit time varies by level of the offense.
Accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. This article is to outline a couple of the more common causes that our firm has seen over the years. These causes are listed in no particular order.
Roush was ultimately held 100% responsible for the accident and the jury awarded $3.1 million to each of the teens. The only settlements which were offered prior to the jury trial were in the range of $200,000 to $600,000. This is a perfect example of how insurance companies may handle claims and try to minimize their payout.
The Flyer Group reported that in July of this year an Indiana jury awarded $18.5 million to Plaintiffs in a car accident case in Hendricks County. The case involved an accident between a car and a semi-tractor trailer while on I-74.
A status conference or pre-trial conference is a date where your attorney will be able to speak directly with the prosecutor about your case. These conferences generally do not take place inside the actual courtroom. At these "conferences" is generally when the plea negotiations start to take place (depending on the facts/circumstances of each case). Your attorney will have the facts and law researched for your case and will attempt to get something resolved. If a plea cannot be reached that is acceptable to the client, then a trial date may be requested at these hearings.
At the initial hearing the court will inform you of the charges against you and will also advise you of your rights. The court will ask you of your intent to hire an attorney and will advise that you have a right to have an attorney appointed to you if you cannot afford an attorney.
Settlements for personal injury claims occur in the large majority of cases. Many of the car accident, motorcycle accident, and trucking accidents will never go to trial and many get settled prior to filing the lawsuit in court. When these cases are resolved outside of court, these are called settlements.
If you have been injured in an accident you may find yourself asking "How are my medical bills going to get paid and who is responsible for paying them"? With the rising costs of healthcare, dealing with medical bills after an accident can cause a great deal of stress. The more serious the injuries in the case often mean the more serious the medical bills are going to be.
Under Indiana law, when the death was caused by the wrongful act or omission of another, the family or personal representative of the decedent has the right to bring a claim against the individual who caused the unfortunate death. Sometimes it is easier to think of wrongful death cases as a personal injury claim where the injured party has deceased due to the other party's actions.
If you have been involved in an accident and are wondering if you should speak with an attorney, the answer is likely yes. It is always best to speak with an attorney as soon as you can if you are having questions about your claim.
The Insurance Company adjusters are trained to minimize the payouts on any given claim. The less the insurance companies have to pay out, the more they have in their pockets. Often, insurance adjusters will try to settle claims with the individual before they are able to hire a lawyer for a fraction of what the claim may be worth.
Every case is different and there is no one answer that can be applied to every case. A lot of different factors go in to evaluating a claim. The best way to determine if you have a valid claim is by speaking with a legal professional.
Car accident and personal injury claims are like snowflakes, each and every one is unique. In order to project an accurate valuation you must first develop and understand all of the facts. Without all of the facts it is impossible to value a claim.
The start of Memorial Day brings with it the start of the "100 Deadliest Days" on the road for teenage drivers. According to the CDC , 2,333 teens in the United States died and another 221,313 suffered injuries from motor vehicle accidents in 2014.
Divorce can be a very difficult decision which can have effects on individuals for the remainder of their lives. In order to obtain a divorce in the State of Indiana certain requirements must be met and certain steps must be properly taken. This article is a small overview of those requirements and steps needed for initiating a divorce in Indiana.
Our office offers free initial consultations for all personal injury cases. This include motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice claims, and also any worker's compensation claims. Unlike at some other larger firms, you will speak directly with one of our attorneys who will personally handle your case. It costs you nothing to come in and speak with one of our attorneys about your case.
Finding the right firm to handle your car accident or other personal injury claim can be difficult. While many may be tempted to go with the large firms that are often seen on TV, there are many benefits that come from choosing a smaller law firm with experience handling personal injury claims.
Loss of Consortium claims were created to provide compensation for the loss of companionship and services of a spouse who was seriously injured or killed due to someone else's negligence. Damages which may be sought may include those material services that the injured spouse performed as well as for the loss of companionship, love, care and affection of that spouse.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 3,978 large truck and bus accidents occurred in 2014 resulting in a fatality. While this number has decreased from the 2013 statistics, the number of large trucks involved in an injury crash have increased from 86,000 accidents in 2013 to 93,000 in 2014. Bus injury accidents have decreased since 2013 but there were still 11,000 bus accidents resulting in injury. With the sheer number of crashes resulting in injury and death, it is easy to understand that many people and their families are being affected by these accidents.
The Dangers of Drunk Driving
Driving impaired has caused over 2,200 deaths in Indiana from 2003-2012 according to the CDC. If an impaired driver has caused an accident they may be held responsible for any property damage as well as any injuries or deaths caused as a result of that accident.
Depending on the type of case, there can be a number of steps that the laws require you to follow in order to receive compensation. An attorney can help you navigate through those steps and also help evaluate your case to determine the proper steps.
This article addresses whether a bar or restaurant can be responsible for over serving their patrons. Under Indiana's Dram Shop Laws, any establishment who served that individual alcoholic beverages could face liability.
This article aims to address just a few of the commonly asked questions regarding personal injury cases.
Monetary damages are awarded in a personal injury case to compensate the victim.
Earlier this year the Indiana Legislature agreed to increase the cap on damages in medical malpractice cases starting July 1, 2017. The current cap of $1.25 million was set in 1999.
Car accidents are a common occurrence in today's fast paced modern society. According to Indiana Crash Facts there were 205,532 traffic collisions that resulted in injury or property damage in 2014 alone.[i]