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Personal Injury Overview

Jeffersonville Personal Injury Law Blog

Assigning liability after dog attacks

Whenever you hear news of a dog biting case in Jeffersonville, it is almost always accompanied by an assertion from the animal's owner that he or she had never acted aggresively before. While that may indeed be true, claims of a dog's normally loving nature do little to help those he or she bit to handle their injury expenses. Often, clients who come to see us here at the Doane Law Office, LLC after having suffered a dog bite worry that their attempts to hold the owners responsible will fall on deaf ears. Should you have the same fear, it is likley due to the notion of the "one bite rule." 

You might hear the term "one bite rule" and equate it to the "three strikes rule" that many states apply to criminal offenders. In reality, it does not necessarily mean that any dog is allowed to bite one person before his or her owner can be held liable. Rather, it may simply excuse an owner from liability if he or she had no reason to believe that the dog might be dangerous. Yet the trouble with the one bite rule is that not all state's follow that logic. In fact, Indiana adheres to a strict liability standard when dealing with dog bite cases.

Two pedestrians hit by drugged driver, one dies

Pedestrians in Indiana know that they must always be on the lookout for drivers who may not necessarily see them. This can be while walking across a parking lot, on a sidewalk or crossing an intersection. Even if a pedestrian has the right of way, they must exercise caution as an accident between a person on foot and a vehicle will generally turn out worse for the pedestrian due to the inherent lack of protection around them.

Such was the case in a tragic accident that happened in Columbus earlier this spring. A husband and wife couple were walking in a bike lane that was buffered from the main road when they were hit by a minivan. The husband, who was 30 years old, was killed as a result of the impact. The wife, who was 28 years old, was injured but no details about the severity of her injuries were reported.

Communicating with your insurance company after an accident

After a car accident, there are certain things that you must do. Contacting your insurance company should be one of the first things on your list. You pay your insurer for situations like this, so you can get needed funds for repairs, medical bills, and other related expenses.

Before you get in touch with your insurance, make sure that you understand how to properly communicate with the company. It is critical that you understand and fulfill all of the driver duties in accordance with Indiana laws. Failing to comply with these regulations during or after your accident can negatively affect your claim.

Two children killed, mother injured in bizarre wreck

When most people in Indiana think about car crashes they might think about things like a rear-end fender bender that occurs because someone is driving too close to someone else and cannot stop in time. Making a turn in front of another car without sufficient time to complete it may also be a typical type of accident that people think of. However, some wrecks are so odd that they are definitely not the first thing that would come to one's mind.

These odd accidents, sadly, can have results just as tragic as any other. A recent crash in Clinton County provides a good example of this. One woman was airlifted to the hospital for treatment, three children were treated for injuries that were not life threatening and two other children were killed. All of this happened when a driver who was only 17 years old plowed through the walls and into the living room of a family home.

Helping your child recover from a crash

As a parent, you may have to go through a number of challenges when it comes to raising your children. At Doane Law Office, we know that some parents have had to go through the painful experience of dealing with injuries their children sustained in motor vehicle accidents. Worse yet, some children are not able to survive these accidents. If you are struggling because your child was involved in a collision, you should do all that you can to help them recover.

After an accident, multiple hardships may exist, even for those fortunate enough to survive. From physical pain to injuries and mental trauma, these accidents can upend a victim’s life in many ways. Whether you need to transport your child to physical therapy, help them around the house because they are unable to walk, or speak with them about what happened, there are many different ways you might be able to help.

Bicycle accidents and traumatic brain injury

Indiana drivers are to be congratulated for reducing the number of bicycle fatalities over the past decade. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the number of people who died in Indiana as a result of being hit while biking decreased from 21 in 2006 to 12 in 2015.

But while this is excellent news, it says nothing about nonfatal biking accidents that result in serious injury. One of the most devastating of these is  traumatic brain injury.

RV collides with car, sending eight to hospitals

Summer is the time when many people take to the open road for vacations in Indiana. Even with the relative ease of air travel today, the good old-fashioned road trip maintains a staple of many people's favorite and most nostalgic getaways. However, when a vehicle accident happens, the glamour and excitement of that road trip can be lost in an instant. Instead, families may be left with tragic memories and even lifelong injuries.

Recently a stretch of Highway 34 near Thompson Parkway had to be shut down to motorists for several hours after a recreational vehicle collided with a passenger car. The accident occurred in the middle of a summer afternoon on a Friday. The driver of the RV is said to have attempted to turn in front of the car, resulting in the two vehicles making contact.

Mistakes to avoid after a car accident

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet ranked Jefferson County as the county with the most traffic fatalities from 2012 through 2014. It also ranked high in overall safety concerns on the highway. The potential for being in an accident is higher when driving in Jefferson County.  

Do you know what to do when you are in an accident? You need to remember to stay calm and take care of yourself and any passengers first. Call the police and make a report. Additionally, do not make these mistakes following an accident: 

  • Forgetting to keep track of expenses, medical bills, lost wages and out-of-pocket purchases: Having this information helps you maximize a settlement.
  • Giving a statement to the insurance company without speaking to an attorney: Insurance companies are not your friend. They are in business to pay out the least amount possible.
  • Not getting medical treatment or stopping treatment too early: After an accident, adrenaline can mask injuries. Do not talk about the lack of injuries at the scene. Let a doctor make that assessment.
  • Not reporting the accident: You will want to report the accident to your insurance company and to the police.
  • Apologizing for the accident: An apology could be mistaken for admitting that you were at fault. Do not take blame from the get-go, as this could be detrimental to your claim.  
  • Not getting witness information: Even if you cannot get the witnesses to the accident to stick around for the police, at least get their contact information. 

Potential drunk driver kills self, two passengers

When hearing reports about accidents involving semi trucks or other large commercial vehicles in Indiana, it is understandable that people's minds might initially think that the responsibility for the accident be with the driver of the truck. Trucker fatigue among other factors may well contribute to some dangers indeed.

However, not every accident involving a semi truck is caused by the negligence of the trucker. Some of the time, it may well be the actions of another driver that lead to a crash. An example of a wreck in which this may well be the case can be seen in a recent incident that took place in the early morning hours in Newton. A semi truck was travelling east along Indiana 10 when the driver reportedly slowed down as the truck approached an intersection.

Marijuana said to increase accident claims

While Indiana has not legalized the use of recreational marijuana, people from Indiana who may be travelling to any of the places in the country where it is legal this summer should be aware of the potential risks on the road. Alcohol is not the only substance that may cause a driver to be impaired and may therefore contribute to a motor vehicle accident. While proponents of legalized pot of course assert that its use is completely safe, some new research may show otherwise.

And insurance research firm called the Highway Loss Data Institute conducted a study of roadway collisions spanning from January 2012 through October 2016. In looking particularly at Colorado, Washington and then Oregon, the first three states to allow pot to be legally used recreationally, a potentially dangerous trend can be seen. Accident claims after pot was legalized spiked more than two-and-a-half percent in these states compared to other states where pot was not legal.