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Indiana distracted driving bill may curb motor vehicle accidents

Distracted driving -- for instance, texting while operating a car -- can easily cause car crashes. This is why many states have taken steps to ban driving while using cell phones. Indiana is yet another state that has decided to make distracted driving illegal in an effort to prevent injuries from motor vehicle accidents as well as save lives.

The state of Indiana is proceeding with a House bill aimed at banning drivers from holding their mobile phones while behind the wheel. During a recent hearing, victims of distracted driving advocated for the law. Likewise, the surviving loved ones of people who had died as a result of distracted driving showed support for the bill.

Motor vehicle accidents result in 1 death, 2 injuries

A man recently passed away in a tragic Indiana car crash involving three vehicles. In addition, two other people suffered injuries in the accident. Often, these types of motor vehicle accidents happen as a result of a driver's carelessness behind the wheel, which is grounds for litigation.

The recent accident took place at a little before 4:30 p.m. on a Friday. According to police, the crash took place when a car heading east along a street was attempting to pass multiple automobiles. The driver then reportedly tried to return to its lane but ended up clipping the back part of a second car.

The most common types of medical malpractice

If you have recently had a negative experience involving your medical provider, you may be suffering damages as a result. These damages may be financial, they may be physical or they may be emotional. If you have suffered damages, you will be wondering whether there is anything that you can do to gain some form of compensation for what you went through.

It may be possible to gain back compensation for the damages that you suffered by making a medical malpractice claim. To do this successfully, you must be able to show that your medical provider was negligent or reckless in some way and that this behavior directly led to the damages suffered. The following are the most common types of medical malpractice.

Hit-and-run motor vehicle accidents can cause injury and death

When motor vehicle accidents occur in Indianapolis and throughout the state, drivers are expected to stop the vehicle. There are many reasons for this including checking to see if others involved are injured and need medical assistance, to exchange insurance information and to wait for law enforcement to arrive so an accident report can be filled out. This is known and should be adhered to regardless of the circumstances. It is even more important if the accident involves a pedestrian. Unfortunately, some drivers decide to flee the scene after a collision. When there is a hit-and-run crash, the victim who was injured or the family left behind after a fatality should consider their options to seek compensation.

A male pedestrian was hit and killed by an SUV. The vehicle subsequently fled the scene. First responders were called to the scene of a collision at approximately 7:15 p.m. The victim was in the street. He did not respond to them. The man was declared dead where he had been found. It is believed that the accident happened there. After speaking to witnesses, law enforcement determined that the vehicle in question was a Honda Pilot, model years 2003 to 2008. It is expected to have sustained damage to its front end on the grill and windshield. The driver did not stop to check on the pedestrian's condition and went north after the crash. A search is ongoing.

Distracted motor vehicle accidents are not just phone-related

When there is a story about a distracted driving accident in Indiana or anywhere else across the nation, there is an automatic assumption that the driver was using his or her phone. However, there are many ways in which a driver can be distracted and all can lead to motor vehicle accidents with injuries and fatalities. This is especially dangerous when the distracted driver is operating a large truck. People who have been hurt or lost a loved one in a crash should be aware of the variety of ways in which a driver can be distracted and consider this as part of a potential legal filing for compensation.

A semi-truck crashed into vehicles in front of it during slowed traffic after its driver was distracted by his cup of coffee. Three people died and many others were hospitalized after the accident. The accident happened on the interstate in the late morning at around 11 a.m. Eight vehicles in addition to the truck were involved. The fatalities were two women, 21 and 19, and a toddler. The driver of the truck, a 34-year-old man from Michigan, said he put his cup down just as he approached the traffic. He rear-ended the vehicles leading to the deaths and injuries. In total, 14 survivors were taken for treatment. The injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. The trucker was arrested on various charges including reckless homicide.

New law addresses military medical malpractice claims

We may think that anyone in our nation who has been negligently harmed by a medical professional has the right to pursue a legal claim. However, up until recently that hasn't always been the case for service members in Indiana and across the U.S.

In what has been dubbed by some a "Christmas miracle," the National Defense Authorization Act has been signed into law.

Number of fatal motor vehicle accidents on the decline

Many people in Indianapolis will be travelling this holiday season, and many choose to do so by driving. However, it is not just winter weather that can make roads hazardous -- negligent drivers also pose a risk.

But, as recent numbers show, the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents in our nation may be on a downswing.

Reasons to make a medical malpractice claim after plastic surgery

Getting plastic surgery is a personal choice. While it may not be necessary for your physical health, many report that it helps them to live a fulfilled life. For those who have reconstructive surgery after being involved in an accident, the positive results gained from plastic surgery can be life-changing.

However, when plastic surgery doesn't turn out as expected, many patients wonder if they have the right to take legal action, since the procedure was not medically necessary. The fact is that it is always possible to make a medical malpractice claim if you can show that negligence exercised by your medical provider resulted in damages.

How serious are whiplash injuries?

The reality is that whiplash injuries are serious injuries victims of car accidents may suffer and find they need help with following a car accident. Whiplash injuries can be difficult to treat, worsen over time and can be painful for victims which is why it is important for car accident victims to know as much as they can about these types of injuries and the personal injury options available to protect them.

Whiplash injuries are one of the most common types of injury suffered in a car accident. A whiplash injury occurs when the victim's head is thrust violently back and forth which is not uncommon in a car accident. More formal medical terms for a whiplash injury include cervical sprain, cervical strain or hyperextension injury. A whiplash injury includes harm to the vertebrae, muscles and ligaments in the neck. Victims of car accidents need to know what to watch for because the impact of a whiplash injury may not be immediately felt following a car accident.

Why drivers should not drive while drowsy

Drowsy driving is a serious problem throughout the country which can lead to many serious accidents, injuries and consequences for victims and their families.

As is always true following any motor vehicle accident, important legal resources are available to help injured victims with their damages.

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