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Personal Injury Overview

Jeffersonville Personal Injury Law Blog

Are there exceptions to dog bite liability?

If you own a dog in Indiana, it is your general responsibility to ensure that dog is not running loose or harming people. If your dog bites someone, you face serious liability and could be sued or even thrown in jail, according to the Indiana General Assembly. You are responsible for any injuries your dog causes if you do not have your dog properly contained and the dog was not provoked in any way.

Keep in mind that provocation is important. If someone was messing with your dog or your home, then he or she may not be able to hold you liable. The law specifically says the person who is injured needs to have been acting "peaceably" when the attack occurred.

Two common reasons for motorcycle accidents

Motorcycle accidents are a tragically common occurrence on the roads of Indiana. Because a motorcycle does not offer the protective barrier of a car, riders are far more likely to be severely injured and even killed when they are involved in a collision. It is imperative that all drivers and riders on the road be aware of the factors that commonly cause these accidents and take steps to proactively prevent them.

According to the Indiana University Public Policy Institute, in 2016, 100 motorcyclists died in motorcycle crashes. If you are a motorcyclist, you should be aware of the following dangers that may be to blame for such collisions:

Helping children learn the importance of bicycle safety

When a child learns to ride his or her bike independently, it is often something to be celebrated! For many children in Indiana, riding their bicycle around town is a source of entertainment, a reliable method of transportation and something that facilitates their independence. However, there are also significant risks when children do not understand how to ride their bicycle safely, especially around other moving vehicles who may not be paying attention or are driving carelessly. 

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, bicycle accidents involving non-fatal injuries are the highest among children and adolescents. This group of individuals accounts for over one-third of all bicycle accidents that are reported to emergency rooms in the United States. 

Avoid these common mistakes after your auto accident

After the trauma of a car crash, it can be hard to come to grips with the myriad logistical issues that ensue, especially if you also have injuries. Many people feel lost because they do not know the best way to proceed.

The following mistakes are common and understandable, yet they can create considerable difficulties. Consulting an experienced attorney promptly can help you avoid missteps and pave the road to getting the recovery you need.

Safety tactics you can implement to safely cross a street

When you are a pedestrian, you are subject to the risks of walking near moving vehicles. There are times when drivers do not even notice people around them or pedestrians walking in the road. In fact, if you have ever been behind the wheel, you may have had an experience where you did not notice someone standing on the roadside until it startled you a little. At Doane Law Office, LLC, we are familiar with the dangers that pedestrians in Indiana are subject to. 

Crossing the street may seem like a relatively simple concept. However, have you ever considered that there is a "right" way to cross a road? According to CNN, your awareness of some key factors can help you make wiser decisions and better protect your safety and well-being when crossing a street. Here are some of the things you should always remember:

  • Walking in the road at nighttime increases your risks exponentially. If you have to walk at night, be sure that you are wearing visible clothing and are extra cautious of your surroundings. 
  • Never walk somewhere when you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Doing so can significantly impair your judgment and inhibit responsible decision-making. 
  • Whenever possible, find and use a crosswalk rather than bolting across the street during an opening in traffic. 

What can you do to keep yourself safe while cycling?

Whenever you take your bike out and ride the busy streets of Indiana, it is never a bad idea to remind yourself of the basic rules of safety. Becoming complacent or too confident with your cycling skills may create a liability if you are faced with a sudden hazard on your ride. Whether you are looking for a brief refresher or you are new to the world of cycling, it is imperative that you are aware of some general safety tips. 

Contrary to what some may believe, cycling accidents are not always the fault of motorists. In fact, you could be involved in a violent collision independently, without the interference of other vehicles or obstructions. According to CBS News, here are some important tips to always remember:

  • Do not ride your bicycle alone at night. If you have to ride at night, wear reflective clothing and have proper reflective gear on your bike.
  • Get your bike fitted properly to your frame and build. A poorly fitted bike could be more of a hazard than anything else. 
  • Always practice vigilance and be aware of your surroundings to identify hazards before they threaten your safety. 
  • Do not use headphones or other electronics that could obstruct your hearing or vision. 
  • Regularly monitor your brakes and other important components to guarantee they are working properly.
  • Wear the proper clothing and safety equipment whenever you are on your bike. 

Why are streets inherently dangerous for pedestrians?

When you think about pedestrian hazards in Indiana, you probably think of the vehicles, and the drivers controlling them. Distracted, drunk or aggressive drivers all play their part in pedestrian deaths each year. However, some of the fault for fatal accidents rests in the hands of the professionals who designed the roadways.

AARP explains that engineers often focus on the flow of vehicle traffic without giving a thought for whether the area is high in pedestrian traffic, as well. So, they design the roads with multiple wide lanes that accommodate a large number of vehicles and allow those vehicles to travel quickly. To add to your danger, engineers often fail to include crosswalks and sidewalks.

Animal control takes pit bull after pregnant woman is attacked

While many pet owners in Indiana take precautions to properly train their dogs about how to act around other people and pets, there are times when sudden behavioral changes can create a dangerous situation. Dogs, for whatever reason, may become spooked or irritated at times and become aggressive when their owners least suspect it. There are also dogs that have not been properly trained or have been abused that are running loose but should not be allowed in public places. 

A pregnant woman in Fort Myers, Florida is currently recovering in the hospital after being viciously attacked by a pit bull while she was outside. The woman told of how the canine seemed to appear out of nowhere and began to attack her. Recognizing the severity of the situation, the woman used her arms to cover and protect her stomach. She believes that had it not been for her quick actions, the dog would have mauled her and killed her unborn child. 

Educating children about how to behave around dogs

Dogs make wonderful pets for many doting families in Indiana, and many people go to great lengths to ensure the comfort of their four-legged friends. However, there are times when unwarranted attention can create danger when a dog is provoked to attack. Often, these situations involve children who may mean well when approaching a dog but end up startling or angering the canine instead. 

Parents who make it a priority to teach their children about how to behave around dogs may be better able to prevent unnecessary injuries from occurring. According to iworkdogs.com, there are effective ways for people to approach dogs, as well as pet them to create a positive and safe experience. Some of the behaviors that parents should teach their children to avoid include the following:

  • Putting their face right in front of the dog's face. 
  • Yanking or pulling any part of the dog, especially fur, tail and ears.
  • Wrapping their arms around a dog or attempting to give a hug.
  • Yelling, running or other rambunctious behavior that could startle or anger the dog.

Car accidents may cause traumatic brain injury

Car accidents can result in a number of serious injuries. As in any situation where one sustains an impact to the head, traumatic brain injury can be a possibility.

Car crashes, as well as accidents involving falls or getting hit with an object, number among the major reasons for TBI. This condition can lead to substantial medical expenses and can also affect one's ability to earn a living. Speaking with an experienced attorney can give you more insight on your options for recovering these and other damages.