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.
In many instances, overloading is to blame in a truck-related crash. It is not easy for a motorist to determine whether the 18-wheeler in the next lane is carrying excess cargo, but there are telltale signs.
Traffic signals and signs play important roles on today's roads. They regulate the flow of traffic, manage traffic at busy intersections, limit speeds and prevent collisions. Unhappily, drivers occasionally ignore these signs, and the result is often an accident with multiple injuries or deaths. A recent car accident near Elnora, Indiana appears to have been the result of one driver's failure to yield the right-of-way to another vehicle, and four people, including two children, died as the result.
Most residents of Indiana are not aware that drivers have a duty of due care to their passengers. A driver is legally responsible for driving carefully, obeying traffic laws and not exposing passengers to dangers that could be avoided by responsible conduct. The Daviess County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating a car accident that was apparently caused by a driver failing to yield the right-of-way at a highway intersection near Odon.