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Jeffersonville Personal Injury Law Blog

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.

Seven people taken to hospital after serious crash

Even when an accident is only a minor fender bender and no people are injured, Indiana residents can find it difficult to work effectively with insurance companies to process claims and ensure that their rights are properly protected. As accidents become more complex with either greater amounts of damage, the inclusion of physical injuries or even death to people and perhaps more than one or two vehicles involved, the challenges only escalate.

A recent accident in Indianapolis on a stretch of roadway known for danger and crashes may end up causing many hassles for the motorists involved who will need to look to insurance companies for help. Early reports indicate that crash investigators and law enforcement officers admit to being unsure of exactly what transpired and how such a mess came to happen. The incident involved multiple vehicles although exactly how many cars or other vehicles were involved is not known.

Bike ride ruined by hit-and-run driver

Indiana residents eager to get outside for some exercise and fresh air in the lovely months of summer should be able to do so without worry of problems. Sadly that is not always possible especially when one's chosen means of activity involves sharing the road with cars, trucks and other vehicles. Bicycling or even running along sidewalks, bike lanes and paths inevitably puts people on bikes or on foot at risk of being hit by vehicles.

A man from New Carlisle set out on a beautiful Saturday morning to get his dose of physical activity only to have his ride cut severely short by a driver who failed to even stop after hitting him. Few details are known other than the fact that the man was riding in La Porte County along a stretch of Indiana-2 when a witness reported that he was struck by a green pickup truck. The woman who saw the accident was apparently not aware at the time that it was a person who had been hit. The driver of the truck did not stop and has not yet been located or identified.

Man sentenced after plea bargain for killing woman in crash

After a serious accident occurs, Indiana residents have every right to start thinking about how they can or should seek justice and compensation for their losses and injuries. Depending upon the nature of the cirumstances, the road to justice may include both civil and criminal paths. In the case of one crash that happened over a year ago in Clay County, a criminal path has led to some resolution recently.

The incident occured near the intersection of Indiana 59 north and County Road 1200 North when a man ran into another vehicle while that driver was in the midst of making a turn. The man is said to have been passing multiple other vehicles at the same time, including a local sheriff's deputy vehicle. The woman in the car that was hit was declared dead at the scene of the crash. She was 29 years old.

Tips for pedestrian safety in summer

The long daylight hours of summer and the warm weather naturally give rise to a greater number of people out and about on foot. If you are on the many Indiana residents who looks forward to spending more time outside at this time of year, you'll want to pay special attention to keeping yourself safe.

One of the first rules of thumb according to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center for any pedestrian is to make sure you are seen. This is not just an issue at night as you might think but even during the day. Wearing brightly colored clothing, for example, may make it easier for a car driver to see you than if you are wearing muted colors that blend into the natural background around you.

Safe bicycle riding tips

May is National Bike Month and as the weather improves and people get excited for summer, it is no wonder that more bicyclists are seen around Indiana. Whether on designated bike paths or on city streets, staying safe should always be a priority for anyone on a bike.

According to the National Safety Council, bicycling's popularity may well have its downside. In 2015 alone, more than 1,100 bicyclists are said to have been killed in accidents with motor vehicles. In addition, more than 480,000 other people required treatment in an emergency room for a bicycle accident and related injuries. While wearing a helmet may understandably be one of the first recommendations given for people to learn how to stay safe, there are other important tips to know as well.

Slip-and-fall accidents happen in summer too

When you picture a slip-and-fall accident, you might envision icy conditions, such a section of sidewalk frosted by snow. However, many slip-and-fall accidents occur at other times of the year, not only in the winter.

Falls in the summer can be just as harmful, leading to back problems, brain injuries or other health consequences. Here is a look at some common summertime scenarios.

Indiana ranked number eight for dog bite claims by State Farm

Many people in Indiana have dogs as pets and know the love and bond that these animals can share with their human companions. Sadly, however, there are many times when a dog ends up causing harm, not joy, to a person. When a dog attacks a person without provocation, the trauma that can be experienced is great. Serious injury and even death can and does occur from these situations. 

To get a sense of how serious the problem of dog attacks really is, one can look at insurance claim data. In 2016 alone, State Farm insurance made payments for 3,660 dog bite claims. In total, these claims amounted to $121 million. That represented an increase of 15 percent over the prior year. In the span of a decade, the company has paid out more than one billion dollars to people for dog bites.

Auto insurance costs may drop with autonomous vehicles

Indiana residents who are concerned about their safety and the safety of those they love when on the roads may well be watching closely as automakers and technology giants continue to evolve autonomous vehicle technology. Among the many benefits of and reasons for adopting these types of vehicles is the alleged improvement in safety that may result from letting computers rather than people operate vehicles.

Whether or not americans are ready to hand over their keys and their driving freedom to computers yet remains to be seen but as this potential industry evolves, many other things may be called into question or may also change. One of these is how insurance might work. There are no specific regulations or requirements related to what type of insurance people with self-driving vehicles might have to carry someday.

Speeding car driven by teen flips, kills two including self

Indiana residents know that teenage drivers may be impulsive at times and that they may not always make the best decisions when behind the wheel of a vehicle. Parents and others on the road may do their best to teach their kids about the importance of driving safely but ultimately the decision is up to the teen when they are actively driving as to how they choose to drive. 

Sadly, some young drivers make the choice to drive recklessly, even with their friends as passengers in their cars at the time. That is the decision that one teen appears to have made recently in Indianapolis. On a Tuesday night, the driver who was 17 years old is believed to have been chasing after another vehicle along Interstate 70. As such, he was driving at a high rate of speed although reports did not indicate an exact speed in miles per hour.