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Pursuing Justice For Accident Victims In Indiana

Brownsburg, Indiana, Personal Injury Blog

Dangerous rollover accidents are not confined to 18-wheelers

When you think of a rollover crash, you probably visualize a big rig going over on its side on the freeway and backing up traffic for hours.

However, a rollover can happen to any kind of vehicle, given the right conditions. Still, there are ways to keep your vehicle safe and keep you and your passengers from becoming victims.

Pursuing a wrongful death claim: Move quickly

The devastation you feel at the loss of a loved one may make it hard for you and other family members to move on or to function for a while. You may need time to heal and to focus on providing care for those that your loved one left behind.

After you lose someone suddenly, you're not likely to immediately worry about a lawsuit. However, the compensation you could receive in a lawsuit could be of assistance to you, especially if you wish to seek compensation for your loved one's death. It's common to file these claims after a death caused by the negligence or irresponsibility of another person. They are also common following violent acts where a person was killed.

Thousands of commercial trucks make the roads risky

In 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported that there were 524,058 interstate and intrastate motor carriers in the United States. These include government carriers, for-hire carriers, private carriers and dual-purpose carriers (hire and not-for-hire). The FMCSA regulates the drivers who are working in the United States along with those who require commercial drivers' licenses (CDLs). The agency believes approximately 5.9 million commercial motor vehicles are in operation within the United States presently. The total number is increasing as well.

A 2015 report indicated that there were 32,166 fatal collisions in the United States that year. Of those, 11.9 percent involved large trucks of buses. For nonfatal crashes, approximately 7.6 percent, 476,000, involved a large truck or bus.

What makes a spinal cord injury so serious?

A spinal cord injury is one that is devastating. A person with this injury may have a sudden disability, chronic pain or a loss of sensation that creates weakness in the affected areas of the body.

Spinal cord injuries happen in many ways, but trauma is one of the most common. For some, getting into a motorcycle accident, truck accident or a car crash results in these devastating injuries that may not be curable.

Preventing motorcycle crashes and injuries: The reality

Motorcycle accidents are some of the most severe for several reasons. First, there is no real protection for the rider against anyone who is driving a larger vehicle. Second, there is no way to keep the rider on the vehicle; a single strike could result in the rider being thrown. Finally, there's a high risk of impact and friction wounds, which could lead to serious complications and infections.

The good news is that it is easier than ever to avoid a motorcycle accident. Preventing these crashes starts with good training and safety measures on your motorcycle. Take lessons to learn to drive in unusual conditions and learn to fall or lay down your bike for emergencies. Before and after riding, you should stretch to loosen up. Always wear your helmet and braces to prevent injuries.

3 examples of driving distractions to avoid

Each year, countless people suffer serious and even fatal injuries after motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted motorists. Despite knowing the risks and hearing about the dangers, many people believe they can get away with it and continue to use their cellphones while behind the wheel.

Distractions lead to more driver error and reckless driving behavior that puts everyone at risk of car accidents, critical injuries and death. Drivers should avoid the following examples of distractions.

Bill could lower commercial drivers' age for interstate work

As the trucking industry struggles due to a shortage of drivers, many industry professionals are turning to teens to take on these positions. Is that a good idea, though? Many think it is not.

An April 10 report states that new legislation could make it possible for those under the age of 21 to take over driving jobs across state borders. Right now, federal law prevents commercial drivers under the age of 21 from crossing state borders. Anyone may obtain a license to be a commercial driver as early as 18 years of age, but federal laws limit how far they may travel as they learn to drive these vehicles.

Spinal fractures: A debilitating injury

When a fracture takes place in the spinal column, it's called a vertebral fracture. A vertebral fracture can occur because of a car accident, impact from a fall or from other serious accidents. Sometimes, a significant impact results in catastrophic injuries or death.

Since there is a great deal of force needed to fracture the spine, spinal fractures are often accompanied by other injuries such as torn ligaments, herniated discs and torn muscles.

1 dead, several injured in crash prompted by police chase

When the police know that they're chasing a party and that the individual could enter an intersection or busy area, they usually stop the chase. They don't want to put others at risk of getting hurt.

Even after they call off a chase, there's a chance that the person fleeing won't stop. If that happens, there's a risk that he or she could impact others on the roads by speeding, recklessly driving or being too distracted behind the wheel. In those situations, the victims have little they can do but to seek compensation for the injuries they suffer.

Are severe burns still deadly to patients?

Burns and traumatic injuries are so significant that they can change a person's life forever. Burns, when serious, nearly always resulted in death. The potential for infection was high, and the rate of pain people had was difficult to manage. Hospitals did not used to specialize in burns, leaving most victims to suffer in ill-equipped locations. As shortly ago as the mid-1980s, people would still be likely to die from burns with complications such as sepsis or acute respiratory distress.

Today, things are looking up for burn victims. The number of annual victims who succumb to their injuries has dropped by around two-thirds, with around 3,800 suffering fatal burns. What's more impressive is that the number of people surviving has increased. People with burns covering as much as 90 percent of their bodies can actually survive, although likely with some impairments in the future. Part of the reason for these successes is that there are more hospitals prepared to handle burns and that around 50 percent of victims end up in a specialized burn center prepared for the work it takes to treat such traumatic wounds.

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