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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.

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.

Failure to yield right-of-way kills four, including two children

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.

Failure to yield right-of-way leads to four deaths

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.

Types of damages in car accident-related claims

When you have been injured in a car accident caused by another driver's negligence, the effects can touch almost every part of your life. You face the enormous costs of your medical care, and you will likely lose income from the time you are unable to return to work. Beyond those costs, you will also face pain and suffering and other symptoms of your injury. It's relatively straightforward to assign a dollar figure to the cost of your medical bills and lost wages, but harder to figure out how to place a monetary value on your pain.

Can the injured file suit if they were partly at fault?

After a negligent driver injures someone else in a car accident, Indiana law provides that the injured can hold the negligent driver liable for their damages. This is the legal foundation of many personal injury claims based on car accidents. However, negligence and liability are not always straightforward. In some cases, a court can find that more than one driver acted negligently. Does this mean no one can recover compensation?

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.

Shutdown puts brakes on NHTSA safety investigations

The ongoing government shutdown has impacted the public and users of government services in many ways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the federal agency responsible for investigating defects in vehicles, suspended this duty during the shutdown. This imperils safety and may increase the risks of car accidents caused by defective vehicles.

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