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The dangers of distracted driving

Driving distracted involves any behavior that drivers engage in that removes their attention and focus from the roadway. What is important to remember is that a distracted driver is dangerous and can result in serious injuries and harm to victims.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 3.328 victims were killed and 421,000 victims were injured in distracted driving-related car accidents during 2012. A total of 17% of all car accidents that caused injury involve driver distraction. Personal injury legal protections can hold distracted drivers accountable for their negligence and help victims and their families with the harm they have suffered. It is important for injured victims to be familiar with the personal injury legal protections available to them when harmed by a distracted driver.

How can you protect your children from dog bite attacks?

Dogs can make great friends and companion animals, but they can also be a major source of risk. After all, dogs are animals, and they can sometimes behave in unpredictable or dangerous manners. Even small dogs can hurt a child severely.

As a parent, you, no doubt, want to do anything in your power to keep your kids safe. Teaching your children some basic safety rules can help them stay safe around dogs. Preventing a dog bite attack not only saves your child from physical injury, but it can also help you prevent a lifetime of fear and trauma as a result of a childhood dog attack.

Who may be legally liable for a truck accident?

Truck accidents can cause unthinkable harm and catastrophic injuries to victims. As a result, truck accident victims must know about the personal injury legal protections available to help them and who may be liable to compensate truck accident victims for the harm they have suffered. Truck accident victims may have questions, however, about how the legal process can help.

Truck accidents can cause extensive physical, financial and emotional damages to victims. Truck accident victims may be left needing help with medical expenses, lost earnings and compensation for the emotional trauma suffered in a truck accident. A personal injury claim for damages can help injured truck accident victims recover compensation for their damages from the negligent party or parties responsible for the harm they have suffered.

Wrongful death legal protections after a fatal car accident

Surviving Indiana family members of victims of fatal car accidents need legal protections such as wrongful death legal protections. Fortunately, personal injury wrongful death legal protections are available to help loved ones with some of the damages they face following a fatal car accident.

An unexpected car accident can change the lives of victims and their families forever. Surviving family members can also suffer financial and emotional damages as a result of a fatal car accident. A wrongful death claim is a type of personal injury claim that surviving family members can bring to assist with the damages they have suffered. It can be brought on behalf of the lost loved one's estate for the benefit of surviving family members.

Legal protections for motorcyclists this motorcycle season

Indianan Motorcycle accidents can cause debilitating injuries for victims. This blog recently discussed the types of damages that may be available to car accident victims. Motorcycle accident victims can also recover compensation for their damages, including physical, financial and emotional harm, suffered in a motorcycle accident through a personal injury claim for damages.

Motorcycle accident victims may need help with medical expenses, lost wages and the emotional harm that can be suffered in a motorcycle accident. They may be able to recover compensation for their damages from a negligent driver responsible for the accident. Motorcycle riders are 5 times more likely to be injured and 29 times more likely to be killed in an accident with a car than those traveling in cars. Motorcycle riders are uniquely vulnerable to harm on the roadways.

What types of personal injury damages are available to victims?

Personal injury damages are important for victims who have been injured in a car or other type of accident to be familiar with. Different damages may be available to victims depending on the circumstances but are generally intended to help them with the losses and damages they have suffered as a result of a car accident.

Compensation for damages including physical, financial and emotional may be available to car accident victims depending on the harm they have suffered. These can include medical expenses and future medical care costs in many circumstances. Additional damages can include damages for lost wages and lost-earning capacity. Damages can also include those for loss of consortium, loss of society and companionship and loss of enjoyment of life.

Young drivers face many distractions

Distractions on the road cause many accidents in the United States. There has been a surge in deadly crashes in the last few years, and many people point to smartphones as the reason why. While other dangers have traditionally trended downward -- like drunk driving -- distractions have only become more common as the smartphone influence has spread.

Common distractions

Legal help for truck accident victims

Truck accidents can be devastating for victims simply because of the size of trucks alone and the damages they can cause. This is because, when fully loaded, commercial trucks can weight as much as 80,000 pounds. Many passenger vehicles weigh around 4,000 pounds which means that a collision with a semi-truck can cause catastrophic harm to victims.

Because victims of truck accidents can suffer catastrophic harm, they commonly need help with their medical expenses to treat the injuries they have suffered; lost wages while they are unable to work as they recover; and pain and suffering damages for the emotional trauma often associated with a truck accident.

What can car accident victims do about soft tissue injuries?

This blog recently discussed the extent, and serious nature, of injuries that car accident victims can suffer. One type of injury they may suffer includes soft tissues injuries which can have debilitating impacts on the victim, worsen over time and sometimes require ongoing medical treatment and care.

A personal injury claim for damages can help with all of those things as it allows the victim to recover compensation for their physical financial and emotional damages suffered. This includes compensation for medical expenses and ongoing medical care and treatment in some instances; lost earnings while they are away from work healing; and pain and suffering damages. All of these damages may be available by bringing a personal injury claim for damages against the negligent party responsible for causing the accident.

Legal remedies for victims of distracted drivers

Distracted driving includes any activity that removes the driver's attention from the roadway. Distracted driving can increase the chances of a motor vehicles accident and may be considered negligence when it results in a car accident, carrying liability for the distracted driver.

Driver distraction falls into three broad categories; however, anything that removes the driver's attention and focus from the roadway is considered distracted driving. The categories of distracted driving include: visual distraction, or removing the driver's eyes from the roadway; manual distraction, or removing the driver's hands from the steering wheel; and cognitive distraction, or removing the driver's mental focus from the roadway. Specific examples of distracted driving include texting while driving; using a cell phone while driving; operating a navigation device or radio while driving; or eating or grooming while driving.

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