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Legal help for victims of car accidents

Negligent drivers can cause car accidents that have serious consequences in a variety of different ways. When a negligent driver injures innocent victims, it is important for them to be familiar with the legal protections that can help with the damages they have suffered.

Car accidents can be caused by negligent drivers running red lights; speeding; tailgating; driving aggressively; failing to adjust driving behaviors for traffic or weather conditions; driving while under the influence; and texting while driving or otherwise engaging in distracted driving behavior. Regardless of whether the negligent driver is a distracted driver, drunk driver or other type of negligent driver, they may be liable to compensate the victim for their physical, financial and emotional damages as a result of the car accident.

What are the causes of truck accidents?

Truck accidents oftentimes result in catastrophic injuries and harm to victims. Commercial trucks can be a safety hazard for smaller vehicles, which is why truck accident victims should be familiar with legal resources available to help them when they have been harmed.

When the negligence of a truck driver or trucking company has caused harm to another, the driver of the trucking company may be liable to compensate the victim for the damages they suffer. Truck drivers can cause truck accidents in a variety of different ways including: driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs; driving while fatigued; driving too fast for the roadway, traffic or weather conditions; failing to adjust their driving for the conditions; or by engaging in distracted driving.

Help for family members after a fatal car accident

Personal injury legal protections are available to help both victims of car accidents and surviving family members of victims of fatal car accidents. Personal injury legal claims protect victims of car accidents. In addition, wrongful death legal protections are available to help surviving family members of victims of car accidents.

The unexpected loss of a loved one who has been wrongfully killed can devastate the lives of loved ones. Surviving family members of victims may suffer emotional harm and financial challenges when they have lost a loved one. As a result, it is important for family members to be familiar with wrongful death legal protections. A wrongful death claim for damages can be brought on behalf of the lost loved one's estate for the benefit of surviving family members.

What are personal injury legal protections?

There are different types of personal injury legal protections depending on the circumstances the victim and their family members find themselves in. Regardless of what the circumstances are, however, it is important for victims who have been injured in a car accident, truck accident or other types of traumatic accident to be familiar with the personal injury legal protections available to them.

Personal injury legal protections allow a car accident victim to bring a claim for damages against the negligent driver responsible for causing the car accident they suffered. Victims may be able to recover compensation for the specific damages they have suffered. Damages can include medical expenses, future medical care costs, lost wages, lost-earning capacity and pain and suffering damages.

Pedestrian killed near casino, amid growing pedestrian fatalities

An Ohio man was struck while crossing the road near Belterra Casino Resort in Florence, Ind. on New Year’s Eve. Robert V. Loughry was walking with three other people to an overflow parking lot across from the casino. He and his companions crossed State Road 156 to reach the lot. He was struck by a car and died at the scene.

A woman from Warsaw, Ky. was driving the car. The authorities are still waiting on toxicology reports for the driver.

Help for victims of distracted drivers

In recent years, researchers have been concerned about a rise in the number of accidents attributed to distracted driving. Much of the media attention to the problem has been devoted to the increasingly common dangers of people texting while driving, but in fact the category of distracted driving includes many other dangerous behaviors.

There are three primary types of distractions: cognitive distraction, which takes the driver's mind off the roadway; visual distraction, which takes the driver's eyes off the roadways; and manual distraction, which takes the driver's hands off the steering wheel. Texting while driving is considered the most dangerous type of driver distraction because it combines all three types of distractions. Other forms of distracted driving include using a cell phone; operating a radio or navigation device; eating and drinking; talking with passengers; and grooming, among other behaviors.

What types of damages are available in personal injury cases?

Knowing the types of damages that may be available when a victim has been injured by a negligent or careless driver is important. Economic recovery may be available from those who are liable for the damages the victim suffered, but exactly what types of damages are available?

The exact damages that are available depend on the situation and circumstances, however, there are several categories of damages that may be available through a personal injury claim. Damages may be available for medical expenses, as well as future medical expenses. Damages must also be reasonable and must be accurately calculated.

Legal protections for victims of truck accidents

Because of the size disparity between commercial trucks and other vehicles they share the roadways with, truck accidents can result in catastrophic injuries to victims. The potentially life-altering nature of an unexpected truck accident is reason enough for victims of truck accidents to be familiar with the legal protections available to them.

Commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when they are fully loaded which is 20 times heavier than the average 4,000 pound passenger vehicle large trucks are sharing the roadways with. As a result,

Are many parents not enforcing teen safe driving rules?

Among the laws out there for protecting young drivers are Graduated Drivers Licensing restrictions. These are rules within a state’s driver license laws that put special restrictions on younger drivers. What specific limits young drivers are subject to under these laws varies from state to state. Some of the GDL restrictions here in Indiana include:

  • A ban on young drivers using phones behind the wheel
  • Limits on when young drivers can be out on the roads
  • Temporary passenger restrictions for young drivers

What do hotels need to update to keep their guests safe?

Hotels are arguably one of the most crucial parts towards a safe and relaxing vacation or business trip. The owners are responsible for providing a sufficient location for a guest to sleep overnight and keep their valuables in as they do what they need to do in the city.

However, hotels are also common areas for injuries to happen. Someone could slip on the puddle in the lobby, receive a beating outside the entrance circle or find their luggage and passport missing from their room. Most of these instances are preventable with the right security devices and protocols placed by the hotels, but some locations either lack these or use outdated versions. It is important to know if your place has any of these in place to determine if they are liable for certain injuries.

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