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Car manufacturers distracted by devices

Distracted driving causes 3,500 fatalities and 390,000 injuries in motor vehicle accidents in this country each year. While Indiana and other states have outlawed distractions as texting and driving, manufacturers have installed features in their vehicles, which may have contributed to this problem.

Manufacturers are not the best judge of in-vehicle technology, according to a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. A multitude of buttons, touch screens, gesture and voice controls and displays have confounded many motorists. They also assume that driving while using these devices is safe because of their installation in the vehicle.

Why follow up a traffic accident with a medical examination?

For most of us, traffic is simply a part of life, one that is more of an annoyance than a daily opportunity to suffer serious, lasting injuries or even die. Even those who live further out from the city still often drive somewhere every day, and may not always think about how dangerous any traffic accident can be, whether it occurs on a relatively empty country road or at a crowded intersection.

After any car accident, you should always seek out a professional medical examination, no matter how serious or minor you might think the accident actually was. It is very possible that you suffered injuries that you don't feel quite yet, and the sooner you see a doctor, the sooner you can identify those injuries and treat them. If you wait until you feel the pain, it may be too late to avoid long-term consequences. This is especially true when it comes to delayed pain in your abdomen.

Honored law enforcement officer's family awarded benefits

Law enforcement officers and their families, facing the consequences of a fatal or personal injury, must often confront legal and bureaucratic obstacles when they seek workers' compensation or other funds that were established to compensate victims and their families. Thirteen years after a fatal shooting, a family of a Monroe County corrections officer was finally awarded $275,000 from a federal fund last month.

Officer Bill Brand was fatally shot after he was driving home from working at the county prison on Feb. 8, 2005. Over many years, his wife sought recognition from federal and state agencies that her husband was killed in the line of duty by a former inmate who was acting on his hatred of law enforcement officers.

Misreading CT scan costs $15 million

Although medical technology is designed to preserve life, human error with its use can jeopardize health. In one recent personal injury case, a federal court jury in Indiana awarded $15 million to a woman who charged that a Carmel imaging center committed malpractice and reduced her chances of successfully combating cancer by failing to identify a tumor that went undetected and untreated for 1½ years.

Can you separate the truth from myths about SSD?

When an Indiana resident is too young to retire but in no physical state to continue working, either due to an injury or disability, do they have a financial safety net? Social Security Disability benefits is supposed to function as that insurance plan-its supposed to protect against the risk that everyone in the country faces, the risk that one day they will be unable to perform their job.

Car crash with horse-and-buggy kills 2

As mentioned previously on this blog post, motorists often overlook other objects on the road. This ends up resulting in fatal accidents or crashes involving catastrophic injuries. When an intoxicated driver causes the car accident, the family members of the accident victim are even more frustrated as the crash could have been avoided from the outset if the drunk driver had been responsible from the beginning.

These questions may be surfacing in the mind of the family members of the 44-year-old man and 15-year-old girl who died in a fatal car accident involving a car and a horse and buggy in Indiana recently. The car in question was being driven by a 21-year-old man in the west lane when he passed a jeep. Upon returning in the westbound lane, the car hit an open-top horse-and-buggy from behind.

Skull fractures: The dangers and complications

Hitting your head on the ground, on a car window or on your steering wheel is likely to leave a mark, and for some, it splits the skull open. Skull fractures are extremely dangerous depending on their severity. There are multiple kinds of fractures, and they may or may not be accompanied by brain injuries.

As a victim of a crash, you should fully understand the kind of injuries you suffered. A skull fracture is a serious injury and has to be addressed. Here's what you should know.

Don't let bias against motorcyclists taint your lawsuit

There is an unfortunate stigma around motorcyclists, in Indiana and across the country, that makes motorcyclists disliked and distrusted by many people, including police. If a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, they are assumed to be at fault. This preconceived notion is difficult to overcome and can be especially damaging if an injured motorcyclist is trying to receive compensation from a negligent motorist who injured him in a motorcycle accident.

The fact that a motorcyclist is much more likely to suffer a fatal injury in an accident does not matter when jury members believe that the motorcyclist brought it upon himself. Fighting this type of bias is just one of the hurdles lawyers at the Law Office of Nick Stein are experienced in doing. With more than 35 years of experience under their belt, they are prepared to pursue matters both in and out of court.

Motorcycle crash 27 times more likely to kill than other crashes

Motorcycle accidents cause fatalities 27 times more frequently than in crashes involving other vehicles. This may come as no surprise to Indiana motorcyclists. Though riding on a motorcycle lets cyclists enjoy the weather to the fullest and get a rush of adrenaline in the process, but there is very little protecting them from the extremities and from the road. The whole frame of the vehicle they are in and equipment inside it, such as seatbelts and airbags, protects motorists. Motorcyclists, on the other hand, only wear a helmet, if that, and knee pads. That males them more susceptible for injuries.

One of the ways to decrease the instances of motorcycle accidents on the road is to make other motorists aware of the objects sharing the roads with them. When an accident does take place, it is usually the motorist's fault, not the motorcyclists. This is because motorists don't see motorcycles and don't anticipate their movement. Without knowing what to look for, motorists miss motorcyclists in their blind spots. May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month for this reason-bring motorists attention to motorcyclists.

Work zone car accidents can be fatal

Now that better weather is finally upon Indiana residents, many drivers will probably see their favorite routes being closed down as major road construction projects get underway. Even though drivers may see the yellow and red warnings, many don't take heed of these warnings and end up engaging in irresponsible driving habits that could end up injuring a construction worker or someone else.

As per the Indiana Department of Transportation, police data of 2014 shows that 14 people were killed and 400 more injured in accidents in work zones. Police officials noted that the most common causes of the accidents included following too closely, improper lane change, running off the roadway, unsafe lane movement and driver inattention. As a result, rear-end and head-on collisions were common types of accidents that took place.

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