How Alcohol Impairs a Driver

July 24, 2019
It is not a surprise that drinking alcohol affects a person’s ability to drive safely. Every year, there are numerous accidents and fatalities associated with drunk driving in Indiana. However, many people do not understand how alcohol affects their bodies and may drive, thinking they are perfectly okay to do so.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science explains that the effects of alcohol include many changes to the brain that affect the body’s ability to function correctly. This infographic explains how it can affect you:
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Category: Car Accident

Filing Personal Injury, Premises Liability, and Wrongful Death Claims

June 28, 2019
Personal injury claims can vary widely in terms of their causes, liable parties, and resolution. If you have suffered an injury due to another party’s negligence, the last thing you want to think about is preparing to fight for fair compensation. You likely have pain, medical appointments, financial concerns, high emotional stress, and uncertainty about your future.

At Gardner & Rans, our attorneys can help you pursue justice for personal injury, wrongful death, and premises liability claims in Indiana. We believe that manufacturers, companies, and property owners should be held liable for negligence that results in harm to a member of the public. Call us for a complimentary case… Read Full Post

How Long do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?

May 17, 2019
If you were injured by the actions or negligence of another person, you may be entitled to compensation. However, statutes of limitations require you to file a personal injury claim within a set period after your injury. These filing deadlines make it essential to speak to an attorney as soon as possible.

For many individuals, a severe personal injury can result in physical, mental, emotional, and financial burdens. Filing a personal injury claim so soon afterward could cause you additional stress and trauma.

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Category: Personal Injury

The Dangers of Night Driving

April 24, 2019
Nighttime is by far the most dangerous time to be on the road. There are a plethora of reasons for this, and the statistics behind it are shocking. This infographic explains just how much more perilous driving is at night than during the day.
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If you're injured in a car accident at night, the attorneys at Gardner & Rans will dedicate themselves to making you whole. We will do our utmost to help you recover physically, emotionally, and financially.

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Category: Car Accident

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?

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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
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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

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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.
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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… Read Full Post
Category: Personal Injury