The Problem Of Latency In Texting And Driving

March 13, 2019
Everyone knows that texting and driving is dangerous. It kills more than 3,500 people per year in the United States and injures about 400,000 more. The federal government, numerous state and local governments, and many companies have run campaigns to educate people on the risks of texting while driving.

But many people don't know the perils of texting and driving last long after you put your phone down. This is called latency. Our South Bend lawyers at Gardner & Rans have compiled a guide to why it’s so bad:

What is Latency?

Latency is the time it takes your… Read Full Post

Record Breaking Holiday Travel Expected in 2018

December 17, 2018
AAA reports one in three Americans will travel for the holidays this year. 112.5 million people across the country are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home to celebrate the season with family and friends - 102 million by motor vehicle - making 2018 the busiest holiday travel season on record.

Traffic accidents typically increase around the holidays for a variety of factors, including:

More intoxicated drivers on the road
More driers late at night
Poor driving conditions
Unrelated holiday… Read Full Post
Category: Car Accident

Who is at Fault for a Parking Lot Accident?

December 10, 2018
It’s the holiday season, which means parking lots are about to become much busier. As shoppers rush to destinations like Erskine Plaza and University Park Mall, often all at once, it’s almost expected to have to circle around parking lots once, maybe twice, before finding a space.

In the midst of this parking lot cruising, it is not impossible for you to be involved in an accident. In fact, during the busier holiday season where rushing can result in carelessness, accidents in parking lots are much more common. But who is liable for parking lot accidents?

Understanding Right of Way

Parking lots are fairly straightforward.… Read Full Post

Drowsy Driving

November 21, 2018
Adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep for each 24 hour period. Failure to get adequate sleep increases risks for emotional duress, mental fatigue, memory and concentration problems, sexual dysfunction, obesity, and stress among other issues. Sleep deprivation can also result in increased risks for heart attack and stroke, hypertension, and diabetes.

Failure to get adequate sleep results in what somnologists (sleep doctors) call a “sleep deficit” over time. A sleep deficit cannot be made up with future sleep, but it will have an impact on mental and physical functioning until a… Read Full Post

Five Important Steps to Take After Sustaining an Injury

November 06, 2018
If you have been injured in any type of accident, there are five steps that you should absolutely take to protect your rights and keep your legal options open. These are:

Cooperate with emergency personnel: get a report along with the names and bade/id of everyone you speak to
Document the scene: take pictures, take notes, and be as detailed as possible
Gather contact information: from anyone involved and any witnesses
Get medical help: even if you received help on the scene
Contact an attorney: you may be eligible for compensation beyond the offerings of insurance companies.
Once you have accepted an insurance offer, you waive your right to seek compensation through legal channels.… Read Full Post
Category: Personal Injury

What are good manufacturing practices?

August 31, 2017
When you need a prescription or over-the-counter medication, you have to put your trust in the manufacturer and the government that it is safe and will not harm you. While nobody can protect you completely from side effects or adverse reactions, there are measures in place to ensure there is no intentional harm due to manufacturing issues. These are called good manufacturing practices and are established by the Federal Food and Drug Administration.

CGMs are important because you have no way as a consumer to know if a drug is out of date or has otherwise gone bad. In addition, they… Read Full Post
Category: Personal Injury

Governmental regulations try to curb trucker fatigue

August 23, 2017
If you have driven for any length of time in Indiana, you no doubt have been along side a semi truck or other large commercial vehicle like a dump truck, cement mixing truck or something else. When this happens, you can realize just how much smaller even the biggest passenger vehicle is than these commercial trucks. It is not surprising that when a tractor trailer and a passenger vehicle are involved in an accident together, the results can be extreme.

In an effort to curb trucker fatigue, a known cause of some large truck crashes, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has put in place very specific rules. These rules detail the number of hours … Read Full Post
Category: Truck Accident

Children deserve the best possible education after a spine injury

August 21, 2017
Sadly, accidents do not happen only to adults. Children often suffer injuries in accidents as well, and some of them suffer permanent 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.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

This law gives your child the right to a "free… Read Full Post

What are the most common types of motorcycle accidents?

August 17, 2017
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… Read Full Post

Develop good habits to keep yourself from texting and driving

August 10, 2017
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… Read Full Post
Category: Car Accident