The New Year means a new start for many individuals, but unfortunately it can end up becoming a tragic one if a family member is lost in a car accident near the end of the year. With the emotional turmoil come frustration and a need to answer questions such as what happened and who is responsible for this crash. When it comes to light that the accident could have been completely avoided if the negligent driver had not gotten behind the driving wheel while impaired, family members often feel like they might never come to terms with their loss.
Car accidents in Indiana surely cause physical injuries, but they also leave emotional scars. The sounds of screeching tires and screams, the smell of burning rubber and oil and the force of the impact can leave accident victims emotionally reeling, afraid to get into cars and go through the same trauma all over again. Add to that the stress of getting treatment for one's injuries -- from the initial emergency room visit to the repeated visits for ongoing treatment, a car accident usually kicks off what will be a long and difficult journey of hospital visits and bills. Add to this the stress of the not being able to work, and the resulting loss of paycheck, and one can really see that the aftermath of the crash is often even more traumatizing than the actual incident.
People in Indiana expect to enjoy the holiday season with their family, and they look forward to this time all year long. When a motor-vehicle accident causes severe injuries and totals the car in the process, it can send the whole season into a tailspin for the accident victim and their family. One of the ways families can come to terms with their shocking accident can be to hold the negligent driver accountable, but when there are multiple vehicles involved, it can only add to the headache.
Though we often know that life can change in the blink of an eye, we don't know the ramifications of the statement until we go through something traumatic that does change everything, When an Indiana resident is involved in a motor vehicle accident, it does end up changing their whole life-in fact, not only theirs but also of their loved ones. This is because injuries can range from serious to paralyzing, even when the scars fade the pain can remain.
We give 17-year-olds the keys to the car and treat them like adults, but we often forget that they are still children-their decision making skills are still developing and their reaction time is still slow. This is perhaps why statistics show that new drivers between the ages of 16-17 are three times more likely than adults to be involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident.
We know that a good night's sleep means we wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day. We don't think much of the repercussions of missing a couple of hours of sleep, thinking we can make it up the next day-it's not a matter of life and death for most of us. Unless you are a truck driver, where drowsy driving means you are operating a large vehicle without fully functioning cognitive abilities. This is perhaps why some researchers estimate that up to 20 percent of large-truck accidents are caused by drowsy or fatigued driving.
Every single day, thousands of people head out on the open road whether for pleasure or work. While the vast majority of these trips thankfully occur without incident, there are some that unfortunately end in tragedy. As a recent car accident in Gary shows, these situations can claim lives and leave many questions.
Indiana is called the Crossroads of America for good reason, as several traffic corridors, heading both east and west and north and south, cross this state. Even here in the southern part of the state, there are lots of truckers and other commercial vehicles passing through on their way to pick up and drop off loads.
A recent truck accident on a major highway in another part of Indiana left four people dead and also attracted the attention of the national news media. If anything, the tragedy shows the importance of a trucker's being always mindful of what is going on ahead of him or her, as no one can assume that highway traffic will not suddenly come to a standstill even outside of an urban area.
For years, safety advocates have warned of the dangers of new forms of distracted driving, particularly the use of smart phones while driving. Activists, law enforcement officials and lawmakers all over the country have tried various approaches to make drivers avoid texting or checking social media while driving so that they can concentrate on the road. Legislators in some states are considering a new approach they call the textalyzer.