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Motor vehicle accident claims life of Indiana grad student

A graduate student at Indiana University has sadly lost her life in a tragic car crash. TheĀ motor vehicle accident took place near a street intersection not far from the university's campus on a recent Saturday night. The crash took place as she was attempting to cross the street.

According to police, a man, 59, had stopped at a red light while traveling south along a street. The man then reportedly tried to turn right while the light was red. Police said the man reported feeling a thump, at which point he pulled over and noticed that he had hit a woman, age 25.

Wearable technology may help prevent drowsy driving

Any sort of trucking accident has the potential of causing significant damage. This makes sense considering semitrailers can weigh 20 to 30 times more than passenger vehicles.

However, it is not just the weight of these large vehicles that contribute to devastating collisions. Driver fatigue is a common problem in the trucking industry, even if it is underreported.

Motor vehicle accident claims 1 life, leads to 1 injury

A woman has sadly lost her life in a car accident in Indiana. In addition, a man suffered injuries in the motor vehicle accident. The head-on accident took place along a road on a recent Sunday morning.

Authorities said they were called to the accident scene shortly after 9:30 a.m. When they arrived there, they reportedly found a pickup truck lying inside a ditch. Meanwhile, a compact SUV was sitting in the road. Both automobiles had sustained major damage in the collision.

Safety board begins investigation of Tesla crash

As self-driving cars are proliferating Indiana's and the nation's highways, federal regulatory agencies are beginning to investigate the actual safety of these vehicles.

The principal suspect is Tesla's self-navigating system, named "Autopilot" by the company. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the Autopilot system was engaged in three Tesla vehicles that caused serious or fatal car accidents.

A primer on wrongful death claims

The sudden loss of a loved one is nothing short of tragic. The mere emotional devastation can be too much to handle, let alone the financial realities that often accompany such a loss. Sadly, when taken together, the damages suffered after a fatal accident often leave surviving family members overwhelmed and concerned for their future. Although these family members may not want to think about the legalities of their situation, oftentimes pursuing a wrongful death claim can provide them with the closure and compensation they need to move on.

There are a number of damages that are recoverable in a wrongful death lawsuit. If successful on one of these claims, surviving family members can recover compensation for medical expenses and lost wages. Other damages may be available, too, such as loss of support and loss of consortium. While economic damages like medical expenses and funeral costs may be easy to calculate, noneconomic damages are more challenging, which means that they are open for argument. Therefore, surviving family members should be prepared to present evidence to support why a certain amount of compensation should be awarded to them.

Truck drivers are strictly prohibited from texting while driving

Truck accidents can be catastrophic for victims and their families which is why protections are in place to protect victims from distracted truck drivers. Federal laws prevent truck drivers from texting while driving and negligent truck drivers can face serious penalties and consequences, including civil liability, for the damages suffered by victims.

Texting while driving and the use of hand-held mobile phones is restricted for truck drivers while driving. This is because of how dangerous texting while driving is. Research commissioned by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration revealed that the chances of a safety-critical event increased by 23.2 times for truck drivers who are texting while driving when compared to truck drivers who did not text while driving. Truck drivers who are texting while driving are removing their eyes from the roadway for an average of 4.6 seconds which is the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour.

3 Safety precautions to take on winter roads

In true Midwest fashion, Indiana sees a considerable amount of snowfall during the winter months. In addition, the drop in temperature makes for slippery road conditions this time of year. So, whether you’re new to winter driving or you’re a seasoned professional, brushing up on winter driving safety tips can help you stay safe on the icy roads.

 

What types of damages are available after a car accident?

Car accident victims can be harmed in many ways including physically, financially and emotionally. Personal injury legal protections can help victims recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional damages they have suffered because of a negligent car or truck driver.

Victims of car accidents may wonder what types of damages a claim for damages can help with. Car accident damages can help with the everyday challenges car accident victims may unexpectedly find themselves facing following the incident. Car accident damages can first help victims with their medical expenses as they seek the treatment and medical care they need following a car accident. It can also help with their future medical care costs if needed. Victims may also face disability or disfigurement, which is why damages for those types of injuries are also available.

Bicycle-motor vehicle accident fatalities have varied causes

The inherent dangers for bicyclists who share the road with automobiles in Indiana and across the United States is known. However, there has been a worrisome increase in serious injuries and fatalities in a bicycle-motor vehicle accident in recent years. It is important to understand the factors that are contributing to the rise. As with any accident, driving safety is a consideration and those who have been hurt or lost a loved one should know how to pursue compensation in a legal filing.

A recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated that there were 857 bicycle fatalities in 2018. Another report from the National Transportation Safety Board analyzed bicycle accidents. Accidents involving bicyclists began increasing in frequency in 2011. In the last nine years, there has been a 37% increase in these fatalities. Researchers cite the following factors in causing the significant rise in bicycle fatalities: bigger vehicles; the rising use of smartphones; more drivers on the road; more people riding bicycles; and the slow progress of safety initiatives.

Latest NHTSA statistics show rise in truck accidents

Indiana's central location in the U.S. means large trucks will frequently drive through the state to get from one place to the other. This, in addition to the trucks making deliveries in and to the state, can lead to many of these big and intimidating vehicles being on the road. Drivers of passenger vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians should be cognizant of trucks as a collision can cause serious injuries and fatalities. Recent statistics indicate that while there was a general improvement in road safety, truck accidents and wrongful death incidents have been on the rise.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there was a slight increase in truck fatalities from 2017 to 2018 with 46 more deaths. Large trucks accounted for 4,951 deaths in 2018. In 2017, there were 4,905 such deaths. While that is an increase of less than 1%, it is still problematic. 885 of those killed were in the trucks. The remainder were outside the trucks.

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