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Children deserve the best possible education after a spine injury

Sadly, accidents do not happen only to adults. Children often suffer injuries in accidents as well, and some of them suffer lifelong health issues as a result. Even so, parents often want to provide their children with the most "normal" life possible. This includes tending to their needs in a variety of areas, and one of them is education.

This may be the position that you are currently in after learning that your child will be wheelchair bound. Part of any normal child's life includes an education. Regardless of your child's age, you can find educational services and programs for him or her.

What are the most common types of motorcycle accidents?

You probably are aware that a motorcycle is one of the most dangerous vehicles to drive on Indiana roadways. You are at risk every time you ride for an accident that could seriously injury or even kill you. While following safety procedures can help protect you from injuries and accidents, your best defense is understanding the common types of accidents.

According to Ride Apart, there are several types of common accidents both involving other vehicles and only the motorcycle. Motorcycle only accidents are most often caused by not driving safely and not paying attention to road conditions. For example, not being able to take a curve due to going too fast is simply a matter of not driving safely and not paying attention to the road. Hitting loose gravel or wet leaves and losing control is another issue caused by not being aware of your surroundings. Paying attention to the road is one of the best ways to avoid many types of single-vehicle motorcycle accidents.

Develop good habits to keep yourself from texting and driving

Your ability to operate a vehicle provides unparalleled freedom and flexibility to make traveling from place to place easy and convenient. However, it is important to remember that driving can be risky if you are involved in certain behaviors behind the wheel. At Gardner & Rans P.C., we have helped many Indiana residents deal with the complications of car accidents.

Your involvement in a car accident could stem from a variety of factors including mechanical failure, inclement weather and distraction. One of the most dangerous things you can do while driving is using your phone. Whether you are texting, calling or checking an address, manipulating your device means your attention is diverted away from the road. This behavior, no matter how brief, can compromise your safety as well as that of your passengers and other drivers.

Addressing the financial consequences of a crash

From broken bones and other serious injuries to death, motor vehicle collisions can be devastating for different reasons. In Indiana, these crashes can also affect victims in other ways, which also interfere with their quality of life. For example, you may be going through numerous financial hurdles following a wreck. At Gardner & Rans, our law firm knows how these financial problems can make recovery even more challenging, especially for victims who have debilitating injuries or families who lost someone who was close.

Auto crashes often result in medical bills, which can be incredibly costly. However, they may bring other financial ramifications. For example, a car accident victim may be unable to continue working because they were hurt in the collision. Lost wages can result in falling behind on bills, late penalties, and other issues. Moreover, when someone passes away in a crash, they may leave their family with more than just permanent emotional trauma. Sadly, their death may also cause financial struggles, such as those brought on by funeral costs.

Keeping yourself and others safe when driving a truck

If you are one of the many truck drivers who travel Indiana roads each day, you may be familiar with the risks and dangers of your job. Often, many motorists fail to recognize that truck drivers like yourself require additional space, consideration and time to safely operate and maneuver such a large vehicle on the road. At Gardner & Rans P.C., we are familiar with the complexities of truck driving.

According to Esurance, you can take several responsible precautions in your efforts to operate your truck safely and in compliance with the law. Here are some of the things you can do:

  • Follow loading instructions: Specific loads you transport will require detailed instructions to guarantee that the cargo is stable. Your load should never exceed weight capacities listed on your trailer.
  • Regularly maintain your truck: While you may be the safest and most attentive truck driver on the road, failure to properly maintain your vehicle can have dangerous consequences.
  • Keep yourself in good health: Your ability to safely operate your truck is enhanced when you have received proper rest and are eating right. Taking good care of yourself enables you to make confident decisions, remain attentive and able to react responsibly in potentially dangerous situations.
  • Be attentive: As you are well aware, trucks have lots of different blind spots which are often quite large. Your efforts to know where those blind spots are and to be attentive on the road can help you to avoid hitting other drivers that may be around your truck.

Slip-and-fall injuries: What kind of compensation can I claim?

If you have injuries from a recent slip-and-fall accident in Indiana, the one question on your mind may be what kind of compensation can you recover. Not all slips and falls lead to serious injuries. However, the ones that do can have a major impact on your life that you may not be in a financial position to deal with. It is important for you to understand how compensation is determined for slip-and-fall accidents. Even though you are hurt, there are factors that can affect the amount of compensation you can recover from the liable party. 

Here is a brief overview of the types of compensation you may receive for a slip-and-fall accident. 

Watch out for Indiana drivers talking on cell phones!

If you've researched the dangers of distracted driving in any capacity, you likely already know that many fatal car accidents in Indiana and throughout the nation include some type of driver distraction as causal factors. At the top of the list for dangerous behaviors behind the wheel is hand-held cell phone use. If you drive on roadways in this state even semi-regularly, you probably see adults talking on cell phones while they're driving all the time. Perhaps, it's because it is not against the law.

Do you know that only drivers under age 18 are prohibited from cell phone use behind the wheel in this state? While some believe the federal government should control such matters, most motorists support states' authorities to make their own traffic laws and regulations. No matter which side of that particular coin you're on, it never hurts to step up your game when it comes to staying alert and cautious while driving in case a distracted driver is in your vicinity.

Learning to drive safely around large commercial vehicles

The inherent risks that accompany driving privileges can expose anyone to danger, even if you are the safest driver on the road. You may find that driving around big trucks can be extra disconcerting because of their luminous size and ability to cause extreme destruction and harm in an accident. At Gardner & Rans P.C., we are familiar with the complications of truck accidents in Indiana.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there are several precautions you should take when driving near a big truck to keep yourself safe. These include the following:

  • Leave plenty of space: While you may think you have just enough space to squeeze in front of a big rig on the highway, doing so can have dangerous consequences. Statistics show that large commercial vehicles take as much as 40 percent longer to stop than an average car. While you may think you have enough room, a trucker may be unable to successfully stop or slow to accommodate you.
  • Leave room for trucks to turn: Did you know that trucks have an exceptionally large turning radius at nearly 55 feet? If a truck is approaching you on a turn, be sure to leave plenty of space for them to complete their turn before you approach the intersection.
  • Beware of blind spots: A trucker’s view is completely obstructed in certain areas due to the shape, size and length of his or her vehicle. If possible, avoid driving immediately in front of, behind or to the sides of a truck where it could be a lot harder to spot your vehicle.

What is a mild brain injury?

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a mild brain injury in Indiana, you may be wondering exactly what this means. The term "mild" often confuses people. The Brain Injury Association of America notes that "mild" does not refer to the effects the injury has. Mild brain injuries can cause severe side effects and damage to the brain. The word "mild" refers only to how the injury occurred originally.

If you suffer a head injury, there will usually be symptoms that alert you to the issue. Diagnosis often relies on the patient or patient's family reporting the symptoms that have been experienced. It is important to know what symptoms may occur related to a brain injury so you can properly report them to your doctor.

Accident liability for borrowed cars

When a person loans their vehicle willingly to another driver in Indiana, the car insurance usually follows the vehicle. This means, according to Esurance, that should someone borrow a car and get into an accident, it is the car owner’s insurance that will pay. However, as with any situation, things are not always that cut and dry. There are some other circumstances that could alter the liability in an accident.

To begin with, if the person who borrowed the car is not at fault for the accident, then the at-fault driver’s insurance will usually cover the costs of any damage. Another situation that could absolve the vehicle owner of liability is if the borrower did not get permission to drive the vehicle. In this case, the driver would be liable.

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