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Roy Tabor selected as Bicycle Indiana board member

Tabor Law Firm is proud to announce that Roy Tabor has been selected as a board member of Bicycle Indiana. Bicycle Indiana is a member-based organization consisting of like-minded people, organizations, and businesses that are committed to improving all aspects of bicycling in Indiana. As a board member, Roy will be a valuable asset. He will work towards making Indiana a safer state for bicyclists. Tabor Law Firm has been a proud sponsor of Bicycle Indiana for years and supporters of the ever growing community of bicyclists across Indiana.

You snooze you lose- sleep deprived is no way to drive

Snooze behind the wheel, and you could lose not only your license, but your life. Driving while fatigued is one of the lead causes of accidents across the country. Drowsy driving causes as many as 1.2 million collisions on average a year, which result in up to 8,000 fatalities. And drowsy driving doesn't just mean driving when you're tired from a rough night's sleep. Drowsy driving can also be caused by sleep disorders, medications, commercial (truck) drivers, or working the late shift.

Indianapolis hit-and-run could result in wrongful death lawsuit

When people lose a beloved family member, usually the last thing on their minds is money. In the aftermath of such a tragic loss, many individuals find themselves too incapacitated by grief to think clearly, and unable to work or immediately return to their lives as before; additionally, there is always the added financial burden of things like funeral costs and medical expenses. Though a wrongful death lawsuit cannot undo what has already occurred, a successfully presented case can ease the resulting financial stresses.

In Indianapolis, a family has just suffered a devastating loss. The name of the woman who was killed was not provided in the first reports of a fatal accident, in order to give authorities time to notify the victim's next of kin. Police arrested a 20-year-old man for a hit-and-run accident that left the woman, a 22-year-old passenger in the vehicle the 20 year struck, dead at the scene of the crash. Officers responded to the incident at around midnight on Sunday, April 23.

5 steps to take after every car accident

From fender benders to serious collisions, accidents happen every day. If you are lucky, you will not be involved in one, but even as you drive safely and defensively, others on the road may not. Motor vehicle accidents can have long-term effects on your quality of life if they are not handled correctly.

If you find yourself in an accident, there are several steps you should always take whether it is serious or not. This is to protect both your health and your financial future.

Woman receives $350,000 in brain injury suit settlement

Traumatic brain injuries are generally complex and may exhibit a broad spectrum of symptoms. Anyone in Indiana who has suffered a brain injury or is acquainted with someone who has likely knows the devastating physical, mental and even emotional impact a TBI can have on victims and their families. The medical treatment necessary for such injuries is often expensive and long term.

In another state, a woman recently filed a lawsuit after experiencing a traumatic brain injury at a high school track meet. The settlement of $350,000 she received can, at least in part, go toward the mounting medical expenses that the suit states resulted from both the brain injury and the other severe personal injuries she suffered. The now 83-year-old woman filed the suit against both the Omaha Public Schools (OPS) and the Nebraska State Activities Association (NSAA) after being struck in the head by a discus thrown by a student athlete at the school sporting event.

Pedestrian fatalities are a growing epidemic in the United States

Every time they travel on foot, pedestrians put their lives at risk. The human body is no match for a motor vehicle during a collision, which makes pedestrians the most vulnerable population on the road.

According to preliminary data prepared by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), there were nearly 6,000 pedestrian deaths nationwide in 2016. This is an 11 percent increase from 2015 data and the highest total in nearly two decades.

Indiana truck accidents more likely to be fatal than car wrecks

While large trucks are said to be involved in fewer accidents than other types of vehicles, accidents involving big rigs have a much higher rate of fatalities. This is at least in part because trucks can weigh up to 30 times more than the average passenger vehicle. This in turn means that the driver and passengers of any smaller vehicles involved in Indiana truck accidents are, sadly, more likely to perish or be severely injured.

Recently, two truck accidents occurred within the same day in the same area. According to Indiana State Police, the first crash happened at around 7 a.m. when two semi-trucks were backing onto the freeway. Thankfully, no one was killed in this accident, possibly because it involved no passenger vehicles.

Protect yourself from a serious motorcycle accident

Motorcycle accidents are some of the deadliest crashes on the roads. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that motorcycle deaths occur 27 times more often than in other types of vehicles.

Given these odds, it is vital for riders to keep themselves as safe as possible to avoid accidents or reduce the severity of injuries if one occurs. It is also vital for drivers of other vehicles to be aware of and share the road with motorcycles.

Cause for alarm--Three Bicyclist Fatalities on Indiana Roadways in 15 Days

In North Vernon, Indiana on April 1st a bicyclist was tragically killed when for an unknown reason (accident currently under investigation) the bicyclist fell off his bike, and was struck by a driver of a Jeep Liberty. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Two weeks ago, a couple walking in a buffered bike lane in Columbus were killed after being struck from behind by an intoxicated driver. On March 23rd, a Muncie man was killed when his bicycle was struck by a car after the driver "looked away for a moment" while traveling through a dark section of Morrison Road. In LaGrange County on March 22nd a 13 year-old girl riding her bicycle was killed when a motor vehicle driver traveling in the same direction failed to yield her the right away. Again-all five of these fatal accidents have occurred in just over 2 weeks.

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