Keeping yourself and others safe when driving a truck

July 26, 2017
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:

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Category: Truck Accident

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

July 20, 2017
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… Read Full Post
Category: Personal Injury

Watch out for Indiana drivers talking on cell phones!

July 16, 2017
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… Read Full Post
Category: Car Accident

Learning to drive safely around large commercial vehicles

July 05, 2017
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… Read Full Post
Category: Truck Accident

Accident liability for borrowed cars

June 21, 2017
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… Read Full Post
Category: Car Accident

Is a truck owner responsible for a driver’s accident?

June 16, 2017
If you have been involved in an accident with a commercial truck in Indiana, you may be wondering if you will be dealing with the driver or the company that owns the truck. Whether the truck owner is responsible in part or in whole for the accident, depends on the circumstances.

According to the Huffington Post, there is the concept of vicarious liability to consider. Because federal law has stated a truck bearing a company’s name or license number is partially responsible for the actions of the truck, in many cases, the company is automatically liable in some sense. This… Read Full Post
Category: Truck Accident

The psychological damage of a spinal cord injury

June 13, 2017
You will likely never forget the expressions on your loved ones' faces when they stepped into your hospital room and saw you for the first time after your accident. You could see in their faces that they had already begun to think of you differently, and you may have worried that they now saw you as a patient instead of the vibrant and vital part of their lives you once were.

The accident that damaged your spinal cord changed your life forever. Not only did it rob you of many physical abilities, it may also have filled you… Read Full Post

Common injuries that motorcyclists may experience

June 10, 2017
Indiana motorcyclists have a great state to ride through with plenty of scenic views, open roads, and great weather to enjoy. But unfortunately, if a time comes when that motorcyclist gets into an accident with another vehicle on the road, they'll likely be the ones walking away with worse injuries.

Motorcycles have much less cover than cars do, which means a motorcyclist risks taking damage directly to their body. Ride Apart lists off the body parts that a motorcyclist is most likely to injure if they get into a crash. Generally speaking, the lower and upper extremities are the ones… Read Full Post

How to handle a dog bite incident

June 08, 2017
A dog bite incident can occur at any time in Indiana to anyone. It may involve a wild dog or someone’s family pet. At Gardner & Rans PC, we see victims of all ages and situations of all types. Not every dog must be provoked to attack. If a dog is known to be aggressive, it could attack if you just walk by it. If an attack occurs, you should seek medical attention immediately and the proper authorities need to be contacted.

According to the Indiana State Board of Animal Health, the state requires all animal bites to be investigated. An official animal bite form must be filled out for each incident that contains information… Read Full Post
Category: Personal Injury

How alcohol impairs a driver

May 30, 2017
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. Coordination is greatly affected, which can impair a person’s ability to use parts of their… Read Full Post
Category: Car Accident