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Individual rights when police search people and their property

Many Indiana residents take comfort in knowing that law enforcement officials throughout their communities are prepared to step up if dangerous or difficult situations develop in their cities and towns. When problems arise, police and other first responders must quickly assess what has happened and how best to deal with the consequences. To this end, certain law enforcement officials may be allowed to encroach on individuals' personal rights, such as that to privacy, when the situations warrant such action.

However, during most encounters with Evansville residents, police officers do not have the unlimited power to investigate, search or seize people or their property without a reason. This protection comes from the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which ensures that Americans may enjoy some expectation of privacy in their thoughts and actions.

Strong litigation strategies to help accident victims

Commercial vehicles are automobiles used to conduct for-profit business. The delivery trucks that bring packages to Evansville neighborhoods, the semis that transport goods across the country and even the buses that drive individuals to where they need to go may all qualify as commercial vehicles.

According to the Indiana Department of Revenue, commercial vehicles drive more than nine billion miles in the state every year. That is a lot of distance covered and many hours on local and state roads. Inevitably, with so many commercial vehicles in operation throughout the year, some are bound to be the causes of serious motor vehicle accidents.

Running red lights leads to vehicle accident fatalities

Red lights are important traffic signals. When drivers see glowing red indicators at intersections they are expected to stop their vehicles and wait until the indicators turn to green. When such a change happens, a driver has the right to move forward through the intersection.

Although that may seem like a basic premise, when Indiana drivers fail to see and stop at red lights, dangerous and sometimes deadly situations arise. That is because when one direction of an intersection is supposed to be stopped, another direction has the right to move. A driver who runs a red light may cause a collision with other vehicles that have the right to be in the intersection.

Why your spine is vulnerable to injury in a rear-end crash

Let us say you stop at a busy intersection and wait for the light to change. Suddenly, you feel a terrific jolt and realize you have become the victim of a rear-end crash.

You check yourself for injuries, but thankfully, you seem to be okay except for some stiffness in your back. It is only later in the day that the discomfort really sets in and you make an appointment with your doctor.

Car accidents may result in traumatic brain injuries

Victims of car accidents can suffer a range of injuries to different parts of their bodies. While some Indiana residents may be able to walk away from collisions, others may suffer life-threatening harm. In the wake of a car accident or other motor vehicle incident, victims should seek medical help to make sure that they are not suffering from a hidden medical emergency.

For example, one serious medical condition that can result from collisions is a traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries can be called a "TBI" for short, and a traumatic brain injury can result when a victim suffers a hit or penetration injury to their head. Just like other car accident injuries, traumatic brain injuries can be mild or very serious.

Former NFL player killed in motorcycle accident

Motorcycles are popular vehicles for individuals throughout the state of Indiana to drive and many choose to ride motorcycles in lieu of driving four-wheeled cars. While motorcycles are safe when they are properly driven and riders use safety equipment like helmets, motorcyclists can be put into harm's way when other drivers fail to take proper precautions around them. Not long ago a former player for the National Football League was killed when another motorist hit him while he was riding his motorcycle.

Cedric Benson, a prolific running back who retired from professional athletics, was riding his motorcycle when there was a collision with a minivan. The minivan's driver was attempting to cross an intersection when the incident occurred, and Benson died from his injuries. A second victim also lost her life in the crash. An investigation regarding the cause of the accident is ongoing.

What child custody options are available in Indiana?

In Indiana, parents have the option of establishing their own child custody arrangements through agreements. While these agreements must protect and promote the best interests of the children that will be impacted by their execution, parents can establish schedules that will work for their lives. However, when parents cannot make agreements about how to care for their children after their separations or divorces, the courts will take an active role in creating plans for the kids' needs.

Child custody plans can take on different forms. Custody refers to both legal and physical custody of children, with legal custody concerning how important decisions are made about their care and physical custody concerning where and with whom they will live. In the state, child custody can be shared between the parents or it may be granted solely to one of the children's parents.

An overview of Indiana's wrongful death laws

A wrongful death may occur when a person dies due to the actions of another person. Wrongful deaths can be the result of negligence, recklessness, criminal conduct and other actions. In Indiana, certain laws dictate just who may pursue wrongful death damages, when they must do so and what losses they may not be able to seek through their lawsuits.

Closely related family members can file wrongful death lawsuits when they lose loved ones. If the decedent was married, their spouse may file such a claim. Similarly, decedents' children or parents may file wrongful death claims if the decedents were not married or the facts of the case support such actions.

Legal support for victims of car accidents

A car accident can be a painful, traumatic and financially draining experience. When an Indiana family is affected by such a tragedy the members may be surprised how deeply and diversely they experience harm. From physical injuries to financial loss, a car accident can drastically change the way that a family plans for the future.

Car accidents can cause physical harm. Common injuries may include but are not limited to broken bones, brain and spinal injuries, cuts, bruises and even burns. While not all car accident injuries require extensive medical intervention, some victims suffer such significant losses that they must receive ongoing or long-term care to survive.

Should a victim settle their car accident claims?

Personal injury claims, such as those that arise from car accidents, can often be litigated for the recovery of victims' damages in the courts of Indiana. While litigation is an excellent option for many individuals who have lost much as a result of other parties' negligence, some may consider a second option for getting back some of their accident-related financial losses. That second option is settlement, and in the wake of a motor vehicle accident a victim may receive just such an offer.

When a victim settles their claims they receive financial compensation in exchange for their agreement to waive any claims they may have against the other party. That means that while they will receive money to help them get back on their feet, they will not later have the right to sue if that money is insufficient to cover their needs. To this end, a settlement may be a good option for some car accident victims but may not serve the needs of those whose losses are extensive, ongoing or unknown.

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