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Motorcycle season is here

Spring has sprung which means drivers will begin seeing an increased number of motorcyclists on the highways. As is the case almost every year, we are already finding reports of accidents involving motorcycles. On Wednesday, April 3rd, one took place on the Lloyd Expressway westbound, near Highway 41, at approximately 8:30 a.m.

Police state that the crash began as a two car accident, but as other drivers attempted to avoid it, a second crash took place involving four vehicles. A motorcycle was involved, though it is unclear whether it was in the first or second crash. One person was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. Traffic was diverted to one lane while responders worked and cleared the scene.

Proving lost wages when you are self employed

A portion of proceeds awarded in car accident cases are usually for lost wages and income. This is money that a victim did, or would in the future miss out on due to injuries sustained in the crash that left he or she unable to work. Whereas "lost wages" for a regular full-time employee of a business could include lost income, compensation, or benefits, they would also include profits, future contracts, potential business opportunities and lost good will for a person who is considered self-employed. Lost wages should never be confused with "lost earning capacity", as they are two different types of damages.

A self-employed individual would need to provide the court with a copy of a 1099 form or tax return from a previous year to substantiate income. In addition, they may also provide copies of current and upcoming contracts that have already been legally signed. This will show proof of expected future income.

Two fatalities in I-70 accidents involving commercial vehicles

Interstate 70 westbound in Putnamville, IN was a disaster on Saturday, March 16th. A total of three separate accidents occurred, claiming the lives of two people altogether. The first accident happened during the morning near the exit for State Road 46. It involved two commercial vehicles and five passenger vehicles, resulting in one fatality. The second accident occurred a few hours later at mile marker 17. It is unclear whether it involved only passenger vehicles or commercial vehicles as well. The third accident occurred at mile marker 48.6 and, again, it is unclear what types of vehicles were involved.

Investigations are still ongoing into all three accidents, and the names and ages of the deceased have not yet been released. The Putnam County Sheriff's Department was called in to handle the third accident, as state patrol were handling the first two. All I-70 westbound lanes were closed for hours while crews worked to clear the scenes.

Motorcycle safety review for riders and other drivers

Motorists driving other vehicles have just as much responsibility in keeping motorcycle riders safe as the motorcyclists do themselves. With springtime just around the corner, the number of motorcycles on Indiana roads will increase substantially, making this the perfect time to review some safety measures that can be taken by both parties.

First, let's talk about some of the common causes of motorcycle accidents. In general, other motorists don't even think about motorcycles, and therefore do not look for them. Motorcycles can be difficult to spot at times, especially when traffic is traveling at a high rate of speed.

Indiana domestic violence consequences

Domestic violence is considered an extremely serious matter in the state of Indiana. These types of charges may also be referred to as domestic battery or domestic assault. An incident is considered domestic in nature when the parties involved are either family members or household members. If such a relationship does not exist, such as when parties are just dating, then charges will be considered regular battery or assault instead of domestic.

Indiana Code, Section 35-42-2-1.3 states that domestic battery occurs when a person knowingly or intentionally touches a family or household member in a rude, insolent, or angry manner,  or in a rude, insolent, or angry manner places any bodily fluid or waste on a family or household member. These acts may be prosecuted as a Class A misdemeanor all the way up to a Level 2 felony depending on the circumstances. The range of punishments can run the gamut from one year imprisonment to up to 30 years imprisonment plus stiff fines and restitution.

Do Indiana grandparents have child visitation rights?

The Indiana legislature established the Grandparent Visitation Act in 1982 to allow a grandparent to seek visitation with a grandchild under certain circumstances. It is based on the assumption of only occasional, temporary visitation, and cannot interfere with or infringe on a parent's upbringing of, education of, or religious decisions for a child.

There are three situations in which the Grandparent Visitation Act can apply.

Intoxicated driver causes 2 car crashes within minutes

A 31-year-old Evansville man was involved in two separate car accidents within minutes of each other recently. The driver was suspected of intoxication and ultimately tested positive for a mix of drugs including methamphetamine, marijuana, and benzodiazepines.

The first crash was deemed to be a hit-and-run accident. The intoxicated driver, travelling in a Chevy Trailblazer, crossed the center line of a two-lane road and sideswiped an oncoming vehicle. He then kept going. Less than 10 minutes later, a second accident occurred involving a total of three vehicles. The SUV first sideswiped another oncoming vehicle causing the driver to swerve off the road, then hit a minivan travelling behind her head-on. The driver of the minivan was an 80-year-old woman who was seriously injured with several broken bones.

Making the parenting plan work for you

A divorce affects the couple, as well as others around them. If there are children involved, it can have a serious effect on them.

In order to make the process as smooth as possible for the children, it is important to have a proper parenting plan in place. To accomplish this, there are a few things that you as a divorcing parent should keep in mind.

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