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Allegedly drunk hit-and-run driver kills two

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can pose a serious threat to the driver; he could face significant jail time and the loss of driving privileges. An impaired driver is also a serious threat to other drivers.

In a recent Indianapolis motor vehicle accident, a pickup truck driver who is believed to have been intoxicated crashed into a car, killing both occupants.

If you see a wrong-way driver, you have 1.5 seconds

Many wrong-way driver accidents happen because drunk drivers accidentally get on the interstate or a one-way road going the wrong direction. However, this also happens when drivers get distracted, feel exhausted or simply get confused and make mistakes. A driver may misinterpret the instructions from the GPS, for instance, and turn onto a road going to the wrong way without immediately realizing their mistake.

No matter how it happens, it's incredibly dangerous. If you see a wrong-way driver -- perhaps just the headlights coming your way -- police experts claim that you have to make a decision in the next 1.5 seconds. That's all the time you have.

The high costs of caring for brain injury victims

The costs of brain injuries can be overwhelming to face and can be one of the many types of serious and catastrophic injuries victims suffer in a truck accident or other type of traumatic accident. It is estimated that the total costs of brain injuries annually in the U.S. is $48.3 billion and the costs for individual victims can be crushing which is why they should be familiar with the personal injury legal resources available to help them with the costs of brain injuries.

Individual costs of brain injuries can vary by the nature of the brain injury suffered but a mild brain injury can cost $85,000 to treat; a moderate brain injury can cost $941,000 to treat; and a severe traumatic brain injury can cost $3 million to treat. It is estimated that the total cost of care over a lifetime for a brain injury victim ranges from $600,000 to $1.875 million. Total hospital costs for brain injury victims are estimated at $31.7 million each year. The cost of acute and rehabilitative care for brain injury victims is $9 to $10 billion a year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Car accident victims can seek damages from negligent drivers

Car accidents can occur in a variety of different ways and all without warning. An unexpected car accident can present extreme challenges for car accident victims and their families who may be left facing a stack of medical bills, the inability to work and the emotional challenges associated the unexpected changes and challenges to their lives.

Fortunately, personal injury legal protections are available to help injured victims with their everyday needs and the unexpected medical bills that pile up at the same time they are unable to work. Car accident victims can bring a personal injury claim for damages against a negligent driver responsible for causing their accident and may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages.

Understanding the consequences of brain injuries for victims

Traumatic brain injuries are a type of injury that are not uncommon in car accidents and many car accident victims may suffer brain injuries. Brain injuries can have a devastating impact on victims and their families so victims of their families should be familiar with the different types of resources that may help them, including legal resources.

Brain injuries are a major cause of death and disability in the United States. During 2014, 155 victims died each day due to injuries including traumatic brain injuries. Brain injuries result from a bump or blow to the head which can be suffered in a car accident. Traumatic brain injuries are unquestionably serious injuries which can have an impact on every aspect of the victim's life. They can impact the victim's thinking and memory; movement; sensation including vision and hearing; cognitive abilities; and emotional function including mood changes and depression. It can impact their ability to perform daily activities and to work to support and care for themselves.

Wrongful death legal protections can help after a fatal accident

Car accidents can devastate victims and their families, which can be especially true in circumstances of a fatal car accident or fatal truck or motorcycle accident. Because of this, it is essential for surviving family members of victims of fatal car accidents to be familiar with the wrongful death legal protections available to them, since they can serve as an important remedy for the harm they have suffered.

Wrongful death legal actions can hold accountable a negligent driver who is responsible for the harm suffered by victims and surviving family members. When a loved one has been wrongfully lost, surviving family members may be able to recover compensation for their damages, including loss of support and services; loss of companionship; loss of future earnings; and medical and funeral costs. The exact type and extent of damages depends on the circumstances and characteristics of the victim, but financial and emotional damages may generally be available to surviving family members.

Workplace injury claims may be difficult to resolve fairly

Workplace injuries can occur in any profession or work environment, and most employers hold liability for their workers while they are on the job or acting on behalf of the employer. If you recently suffered an injury at work, you probably have grounds for a workers' compensation claim, or may be able to hold your employer liable for your injury some other way.

Workers' compensation protects both employers and employees, providing care and compensation for injured workers and also limiting the ability of workers to sue their employer. While you typically cannot sue your employer for a workplace injury directly, a strong workers' compensation claim may address lost income and provide the medical care you need to recover.

Understanding time limits associated with personal injury claims

Personal injury claims for damages are a vital protection available to victims who are injured in car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and other types of traumatic events. Because of the importance of seeking compensation through a personal injury claim, it is essential that car accident victims are familiar with the time limits associated with a personal injury claim for damages.

Time limits associated with personal injury claims require that victims of car accidents or other events that are caused by the negligence of another bring a claim against the party responsible for their damages within a specified period of time. Those time limits are referred to as statutes of limitation and can vary by claim type and state, so it is important for victims to be familiar with the time limits in their state.

Legal resources for truck accident victims

Truck accidents can be devastating for those they injure. Because of the significant size disparity between large trucks and passenger vehicles they share the roadways with, truck accident victims can suffer serious injuries that are disfiguring or disabling and may even result in death. Given the serious nature of truck accidents, it is important for truck accident victims to know that their legal rights are protected.

Large commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when they are fully loaded. On the other hand, most passenger vehicles weight approximately 4,000 pounds. Because large trucks are as much as 20 times larger than the average passenger vehicle, a collision with a commercial truck can be catastrophic for victims. Following the truck accident, victims may notice medical bills pile up as they suffer lost wages because they are unable to work because of their injuries. A personal injury claim for damages may help truck accident victims with their physical, financial, and emotional damages.

Fatal Indiana motorcycle accident claims life of 18-year old

In an Indiana community around an hour south of the Fort Wayne area, an 18-year old man was recently killed in a motorcycle accident. The accident occurred as the motorcyclist was traveling east and a vehicle driven by another 18-year old man traveling west turned south in front of motorcyclist without seeing him. Following the motorcycle crash, the motorcycle caught fire. The driver of the passenger vehicle that struck the motorcycle was not injured.

Motorcycle accidents can result in serious injuries and the loss of life. Unfortunately, many motorcycle accidents are caused by inattentive drivers or drivers who fail to spot a motorcyclist on the road. Motorcycle accidents can claim the lives of victims and commonly occur when a driver of a motor vehicle violates the right of way of a motorcyclist by turning in front of them.

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