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Unjust Law Strengthened Aspirations of 2015 Legendary Personal Injury Lawyer | Car Accident Lawyers and Personal Injury Attorneys

Unjust Law Strengthened Aspirations of 2015 Legendary Personal Injury Lawyer | Car Accident Lawyers and Personal Injury Attorneys

20155 Legendary Personal Injury Lawyer, Don WardWhen Indiana personal injury attorney, Donald W. Ward, was a first year law student, he learned through personal experience that “a lot of injustices have been legislatively induced.” To counter the power structure favoring insurance companies and special interests, the former President of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association has worked alongside like-minded, dedicated trial lawyers with members of the Indiana General Assembly to amend and pass legislation that would protect the trial court “wins” for injured clients.

Ward recalls one peculiar aspect of the Indiana Guest Statute that directly influenced his professional aspirations. During the fifties and prior to its amendment in 1998, the Indiana Guest Statute favored insurance companies by preventing an injured or deceased passenger from filing suit against a negligent owner or operator of the vehicle in which they were riding, except under narrowly defined circumstances. “Because you were a guest in my car,” Ward said, “my negligent driving did not entitle you to sue me for injuries caused by my negligent driving unless you could prove that I willfully or wantonly ran that red light.” Willful intent was key to overcoming the restrictions of the unjust law.

The early Guest Statute personally affected the Notre Dame Law Student

Jurisprudence was Ward’s calling. But it became personal after his sixteen-year old sister sustained life-threatening injuries when the vehicle in which she was riding crashed due to driver’s negligence. Upon learning of her accident and the injuries she suffered, he immediately left the law school he was attending to take his place with the family alongside her bed.

While in a prolonged state of unconsciousness, witnesses to the crash misled authorities by withholding facts. There was little hope her body could survive the excessive traumas and because of the restrictions placed in Indiana’s Guest Statute, little expectation that the driver’s insurance company would be financially accountable for the mounting medical bills.

Sometime later―her jaw wired shut―she awoke from a comatose state. When she finally regained the ability to form words, she stunned family members when she communicated to them that the driver of the vehicle in which she was riding had been drag racing on the road leading into the small town of Osgood when the accident occurred. She further articulated that prior to the crash, she and other passengers in the car firmly told the driver to “slow down.” Although latent, the adolescent eyewitnesses eventually corroborated the illuminating statement made from the hospital bed.

When the authorities determined the cause of the accident; that the driver of the car had “willfully” engaged in risky driving behavior; and the victim’s request to “slow down” had gone unheeded, this was the break family attorney and Ward’s mentor needed to proceed with a claim that would fall within the strict interpretation of the law. This incident and the bond formed between Ward and the late Howard S. Young Jr., served to strengthen Ward’s resolve to become a practicing plaintiff’s lawyer and to use his skills to affect changes in laws that were unjust and denied citizens equal access to trial by jury.

Former President of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association

Since those days back in the fifties, members of the Indiana Trial Lawyer Association have worked diligently to protect the rights of Hoosier citizens in the legislative process. Ward says, “It is my belief that the voices of individual citizens are heard in the legislative process through the members of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association.” When asked about his career as a trial lawyer, he said “The law profession is a very noble profession and I am very proud to have been a small part of it.”

Indiana’s Guest Statute, also known as the “Hitchhiker’s Law,” was eventually amended and implemented in 1998 reducing its scope to include parents, spouses, children, stepchildren, siblings, and hitchhikers. To learn more about the current Guest Statute in Indiana, visit the Ward & Ward Law Firm blog.

On August 19, 2015, Donald W. Ward of Ward & Ward Law Firm in Indianapolis, received the 2015 Legendary Lawyer Award presented by the Indiana Bar Foundation, a charity comprised of lawyers and judges who are dedicated to strengthening access to justice and an appreciation for the rule of law in Indiana. The committee that selected Ward was composed of Bar Foundation Fellows practicing law across the state of Indiana. Today, Ward is a diligent advocate for his firm’s injured clients and the families of wrongful death victims. Ward says he has no intention of retiring and will continue his work as a practicing personal injury lawyer.

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Call personal injury and accident lawyer Charlie Ward today for a free consultationIf you, or someone you know, has been injured in an accident, call personal injury attorneys and car accident lawyers,  Don and Charlie Ward, today at 317-639-9501 or 888-639-9501 for an evaluation of your claim.

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Famous Quotes by and about Lawyers and the Law

 

Lawyer life is the forum where attorneys post their day-to-day concerns from insurance to litigation.We invite you to comment or add your favorite to the following collection of well-known quotations written by and about lawyers and the law*

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A lawyer without books would be like a workman without tools.

– Thomas Jefferson

If you don’t get a lawyer who knows law then get the one who knows the Judge!.

– Unknown

A lawyer‘s time and advice are his stock in trade

– Abraham Lincoln

The leading rule for the lawyer … is diligence. Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.

– Abraham Lincoln

“I shall not rest until every German sees that it is a shameful thing to be a lawyer.”

– Adolph Hitler

A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.

– Robert Frost

Lawyer: One who protects us from robbers by taking away the temptation

– Henry Louis Mencken

The power of the lawyer is in the uncertainty of the law

– Jeremy Bentham

He who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client

– Proverbs

The minute you read something that you can’t understand, you can almost be sure that it was drawn up by a lawyer

– Will Rogers

Don’t misinform your Doctor nor your Lawyer

– Benjamin Franklin

Most people aren’t appreciated enough, and the bravest things we do in our lives are usually known only to ourselves. No one throws ticker tape on the man who chose to be faithful to his wife, on the lawyer who didn’t take the drug money…

– Peggy Noonan

Law students are trained in the case method, and to the lawyer everything in life looks like a case.

– Edward Packard, Jr.

The average lawyer is essentially a mechanic who works with a pen instead of a ball peen hammer.

– Robert Schmitt

What a holler would ensue if people had to pay the minister as much to marry them as they have to pay a lawyer to get them a divorce.

– Claire Trevor

A lawyer without history or literature is a mechanic, a mere working mason; if he possesses some knowledge of these, he may venture to call himself an architect.

– Sir Walter Scott

“Don’t give me paper – I can get the same lawyer who drew it up to break it. But if you shake my hand, that’s for life.”

Jerry Lewis

“One of the things I was taught in law school is that I’d never be able to think the same again – that being a lawyer is something that’s part of who I am as an individual now.”

Anita Hill

“In the courtroom, it’s where a lawyer really becomes an actor. There’s a very fine line between delivering a monologue in a play and delivering a monologue to a jury …The best lawyers are really theatrical.”

Woody Harrelson

“Going to trial with a lawyer who considers your whole life-style a Crime in Progress is not a happy prospect.”

Hunter S. Thompson

I’m a lawyer. I go for due process; I go for fairness and equity – these values mean a lot to me.

Mohamed ElBaradei

“Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world. If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can’t get you off.”

Bill Veeck

“If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.”

Charles Dickens

“The clearest way to show what the rule of law means to us in everyday life is to recall what has happened when there is no rule of law.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

“The magistrates are the ministers for the laws, the judges their interpreters, the rest of us are servants of the law, that we all may be free.”

Marcus Tulius Cicero

“The law is reason, free from passion.”

Aristotle

“It is the trade of lawyers to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour.”

Thomas Jefferson

“Where the law ends tyranny begins.”

– Henry Fielding

Laws are like sausages. It is better not to see them being made.”

– Otto von Bismarck

“I have spent all my life under a Communist regime, and I will tell you that a society without any objective legal scale is a terrible one indeed. But a society with no other scale but the legal one is not quite worthy of man either.”

– Alexander Solzhenitzyn

“Gentlemen, a court is no better than each man of you sitting before me on this jury.”

– Atticus Finch,  from To Kill a Mockingbird

“We protect the unknown.”

– Charlie Ward

Ward & Ward Law Firm
728 S Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46225
317-639-9501
888-639-9501