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Focus: an Indiana injury victim's recovery after an accident

Our attorneys at the Indianapolis Tabor Law Firm know from experience how injury victims often feel following a motor vehicle accident.

You feel vulnerable. Your world has been turned upside down. Many people injured by another party's negligence cannot return to work -- sometimes temporarily, sometimes forever. Bills pile up. Family life can change dramatically in many ways.

Agency: Troubling accident trend owes to driver negligence

For Indianapolis residents and other individuals and families living all across Indiana who have a gut feeling that a lot of dire outcomes are occurring on state and federal roads, there's a sad wealth of evidence to back that up.

In fact, a national report issued just last week by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concludes that deadly crashes are occurring across the country at a frighteningly high rate.

Operation Safe Driver Week

Next week, October 15th-21st, law enforcement will have an increased focus on commercial motor vehicle and passenger-vehicle traffic enforcement during the annual "Operation Safe Driver Week" sponsored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. Specifically, law enforcement will be focusing on reducing dangerous driving including speeding, distracted driving, texting, seatbelt violations, traveling too closely, improper lane change, and failure to obey traffic control devices. Unlike previous years, the 2017 campaign will be targeting ALL vehicles, rather than focusing on truck and bus drivers alone.

Two Killed in Ripley County Head On Collision

At Tabor Law we've noticed more and more head on collisions being reported on Indiana roadways. On Saturday night, two people were killed when a car crossed the center line of State Road 129 in Ripley County. The motor vehicle operator who crossed the center line and a passenger in the car that was struck were both pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car that was struck head on also sustained serious injuries as a result of the collision and was airlifted to a nearby hospital.

Greater Indianapolis area truck accidents often devastating

Car accidents in the Greater Indianapolis area are inconvenient and upsetting even in a best-case scenario. Unfortunately, truck accidents frequently prove even more dangerous, due in large part to the size of the vehicles. A recent Indianapolis hit-and-run has left a tow truck driver in the hospital with serious, life-altering injuries.

Per reports, the crash occurred early on a recent Friday morning when a semi was riding too close to the white line and hit the tow truck driver. The tow truck driver not only suffered a broken hip, but lost his lower leg when doctors were forced to amputate. He was quickly taken to the hospital for emergency treatment but damages to the leg were so severe that physicians were unable to save it.

Enhanced vulnerability always present for Indiana motorcyclists

Here's a dichotomy -- and a clearly unfortunate reality -- relevant to roadways across Indiana and the rest of the country: a misplaced and not-well-considered attitude harbored by many drivers of passenger and commercial vehicles against motorcyclists.

Candidly, why should such a view exist and, more troublingly, persist? After all, bikers and their passengers are at once one of the most vulnerable and endangered demographics on streets and highways across the country.

Share the road Sunday! 500 bicyclists to hit the roads in Hamilton & Boone County this Sunday

This Sunday is the 5th annual Rollfast Gran Fondo, a cycling event where 500 participants will either ride 25, 66, or 100-mile courses primarily through Hamilton and Boone County. This event is drawing elite cyclists from across the world, including a Tour de France competitor.

Single-car accidents not always the driver’s fault

Most car accidents involve a collision with another vehicle. There is a subset of accident, however, in which only one vehicle is involved. Injuries in these accidents are every bit as compensable as multiple-vehicle accident injuries.

The classic single-car accident involves a driver encountering something on the road that is not another vehicle. 

Traffic fatalities lower in first half of 2017; higher than 2015

The nonprofit National Safety Council, or NSC, has been tracking fatality trends and providing estimates for almost 100 years. This year's preliminary estimates bring us some good news and some bad news.

The good news is that deaths in motor vehicle accidents were down in the first half of this year. Unfortunately, the second half of the year tends to be more deadly than the first-and that's not the only bad news. According to the group, 2016's fatality numbers were 6 percent higher than 2015's and also represented the biggest two-year increase since 1964.

Consultant files suit after brain injury on construction site

Anyone in the Greater Indianapolis area who knows someone suffering from severe head trauma likely understands the long term impact on that person's life. Even when the victim is lucky enough to survive, a brain injury is often permanent and devastating, with lasting effects on the sufferer's life. Frequently, ongoing and expensive medical care and treatment is necessary, and many who have suffered a brain injury are never able to return to their job.

In another state, a consultant recently filed a lawsuit against a mixed-use construction site after he suffered a traumatic brain injury. The man was hired to provide consulting services for the defendant. The plaintiff claims that the defendant performed demolition or excavation work at the construction site that was unsafe and hazardous.

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