Tag Archives: Indianapolis

Exhausted Semi Drivers and Inclement Indiana Weather – a Dangerous Combination

Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorney - Semi- Truck Accidents

Exhausted Commercial Truck Drivers and Inclement Weather – A Deadly Combination

Bone-chilling temperatures have shaken up even the most seasoned cold-weather veterans in the Midwest. The “polar vortex” pushing through Indiana has brought record freezing temperatures across the region— and life-threatening conditions to our state’s roads. Combine such conditions with an 18-wheeler / semi tractor-trailer, an overworked trucker and snowy, icy highways to create a terrifying nightmare for motorists in Indiana. Many drivers avoid hitting the pedal too hard when the weather gets bad, but too often truck drivers, already operating on a narrow time margin, may not — and the resulting consequences of their negligence can be catastrophic. The risks for truckers driving in winter storms increases, due to a few specific reasons:Call Charlie Ward at 317-639-9501

  • Truckers spend more time on the road than normal drivers. They suffer from exhaustion, which slows reaction times and can prove fatal when roadways are icy and snowy.
  • Due to their sheer size and mass, trucks naturally take longer to stop — in messy winter weather, their stop time can slow even more.
  • Heavy winds may cause a tractor-trailer to jack-knife or blow over.
  • Truck drivers already have limited sight in typical conditions and rely on mirrors to see other vehicles. Snow, hail, rain, sleet and icy rain decreases visibility even more.
  • Because drivers of smaller vehicles may unexpectedly skid out, truckers may have a difficult time gauging how others react in dangerous conditions.

Avoid driving when the roads freeze or when visibility is limited, and maintain a safe following distance from semi trucks or 18-wheeler tractor-trailers. Keep a safety kit in your car. If a truck collides into you on the road, immediately file a police report and seek medical assistance. Afterward, contact an accident lawyer to learn about appropriate legal recourse. Indianapolis trucking accident attorneys are here to help during emergencies. Even when poor weather is partially to blame for a crash, you still may be entitled to collect compensation from the driver at fault.

By Charlie Ward

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

Protect your Personal Injury, Wrongful Death Claim – Refrain from Social Networking Activity

Personal injury lawyer in Indianapolis IN Protect Your Accident Claim by Refraining from Posting on Social Media

If you have hired a personal injury lawyer to protect your interests in a claim for injuries and damages involving a car, motorcycle, truck or semi tractor-trailer accident, your attorney will likely ask you to refrain from posting photos or messages of any kind to social networking sites, no matter how harmless or irrelevant your posts may seem to your case. Insurance company defendants can infer a great deal of information — and misinformation —from ‘harmless’ photographs that are taken out of the context of your daily life.

The legal term “discovery” means a formal pre-trial investigation. Call Charlie Ward at 317-639-9501Attorneys for claimants and defendants use the discovery approach to build their claim or make their defense. Vehicles used by attorneys for the discovery process may include, but are not limited to, Interrogatories, Request for Admissions and Request for Production of Documents. Despite privacy concerns, several state and federal courts have ruled that pictures, postings and messages transmitted via social media, i.e. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs, and many other online networking sites, may be compelled in the discovery process. You may be asked to turn over personal or professional profiles (both private and public), posts and images that you or your “friends” have posted online, even those postings made prior to your accident if defense can make the case that previous posts could be relevant to the case at hand.

Penalties for Spoliation of Evidence

I should caution you about ‘cleaning up’ or deactivating your social networking sites. In a wrongful death case in Virginia, a plaintiff received monetary sanctions from the Court in the amount of $180,000 for “spoliation” or tampering with the evidence by removing 16 photos from his Facebook account. Although the jury ultimately found on behalf of the Plaintiff, his monetary award was greatly reduced by that amount and his attorney was sanctioned $522,000 for instructing his client to destroy his page.

Lawyers practicing in the state of Indiana must abide by the Indiana Rule of Professional Conduct. Section 3.4 of the rules states:

 “a lawyer shall not unlawfully obstruct another party’s access to evidence or unlawfully alter, destroy or conceal a document or other material having potential evidentiary value. A lawyer shall not counsel or assist another person to do any such act.”

Sound Rules for Social Media Posts

An experienced personal injury or wrongful death lawyer may ask you to refrain from further online posting but should never ask you to hide, clean-up or remove posts, messages or photos which you or someone you know has already posted. The following are a few good common sense rules to abide by if you are involved in a personal injury claim:

  1. Do not talk about your case to anyone except your attorney;
  2. Do not accept any “friend” requests from people you don’t personally know;
  3. Do not post any photos of yourself online; and
  4. Do not hide, remove or in any way destroy any online postings that were made by or about you until your case has been disposed.

Lawyers experienced in accident with injury cases

The law firm of Ward & Ward has over eighty-five years of legal experience with personal injury and wrongful death claims. Our firm receives no legal fees or expenses unless we collect damages on your behalf. Call Charlie Ward today for a free evaluation of your claim.

By Charlie Ward

[email protected]

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

 

Personal Injury Lawyers Move to Near Southside | Auto Accident Attorney in Indianapolis

Personal Injury Lawyers, Don and Charlie Ward, Move Their OfficesCall Charlie Ward at 317-639-9501

On January 1, 1957, I (Don Ward) started practicing law in the Circle Tower Building on Monument Circle, Indianapolis, Indiana. On December 1, 1994, I (Charlie Ward) joined my father in the practice of law after graduating from law school and completing a two-year clerkship with the Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, Richard M. Givan. At that time we formed the law partnership of Ward & Ward.

After many years in the Circle Tower Building, we would like to announce that on May 29th we are relocating the law firm of Ward & Ward, to “728 South Meridian Street”. Our new office is on the near south side of downtown Indianapolis within the vicinity of Lucas Oil Stadium and across McCarty Street, just north of Shapiro’s famous deli. Attorneys and staff of Ward & Ward are looking forward to the move. Our new law office building has on-site parking, including handicapped spaces for the convenience of our clients and friends. In addition, our new location offers easy access to I-70 from the east and west and I-65 for north and south commuters. Our phone number will remain the same – (317) 639-9501.

Experienced auto accident lawyers in Indianapolis

We invite you to visit our website at www.wardlawfirm.com and hope that you’ll join us on Facebook where we share news and legal insights that may be of use to you in your daily life. Our Facebook fan page is located at facebook.com/wardlawfirm. By selecting the “Like” button at the top of the page, you’ll receive articles and information that we feel may benefit you, our clients and friends. We look forward to having you personally visit with us at our new location.

WARD & WARD

Donald W. Ward and Charles P. Ward

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