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Ward & Ward Indianapolis Personal Injury Law Firm Uses Discretion to Protect the Privacy of our Client’s Auto, Motorcycle, Bicycle and Trucking or 18-Wheeler Accident Settlement and Jury Awards

I was recently approached by a colleague who asked:

Why our personal injury law firm did not publish our clients’ large settlement and jury awards for compensation?Call Charlie Ward at 317-639-9501

Ward & Ward Law Firm is a plaintiff’s personal injury law firm that operates at the behest of private citizens who have been injured in car, motorcycle, bicycle, pedestrian and semi tractor-trailer or 18 – wheeler trucking accidents. We feel that our clients’ interests are best served by exercising discretion—honoring their trust with confidentiality.

A million dollar settlement or jury award can alter behavior of friends and family

A quiet settlement or jury award permits our clients to pick up the pieces of their lives after a traumatic accident and move on privately. We strongly advise our clients refrain from divulging to friends or family when a settlement or award for economic, non-economic losses or punitive damages has been made. Well-meaning people can inadvertently exert enormous pressure on individuals to ‘share the wealth.’ They may not comprehend that our clients will use their settlement or award to protect a future which may include permanent disabilities.

The Confidentiality Clause

Additionally, large settlements by prominent corporations may contain a clause within the settlement agreement that prevents the claimants from discussing any negotiations and dollars received with anyone, exempting plaintiff’s attorney and their tax preparing accountant. But why?

Settlements often are not an admission of guilt by the defendant(s), but rather the determination has been made that it would be in neither party’s mutual best interest to continue with further litigation.

We respect the privacy of our personal injury clients.

The law firm of Ward & Ward will never broadcast our clients’ identities or injuries in conjunction with settlement or jury awards to enhance the prestige of the firm. We respect the confidentiality of each and every client. If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident with traumatic injury, call Charlie Ward today at 317-639-9501 for a free analysis of your case.

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Roundabouts Safer for Pedestrians, Bicycles in Indiana

Roundabouts Mean Fewer Accidents for Cars, Pedestrians and BicyclistsCall Charlie Ward at 317-639-9501

Long ago Europe embraced and adopted the roundabout as a key part of their transportation system. Their statistics show that accidents involving pedestrians have been reduced by approximately seventy-five percent and attribute that reduction to the vast number of roundabouts populating much of Europe’s highways. The IIHS states regardless of age, pedestrians involved in crashes are more likely to be killed as vehicle speeds increase. In a report on pedestrian injuries recently prepared by the Preusser Research Group for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the authors cite *research concluding

“about 5 percent of pedestrians hit by a vehicle traveling 20 mph will die. The fatality jumps to 40 percent for cars traveling 30 mph, 80 percent for cars going 40 mph, and 100 percent for cars going 50 mph

Roundabouts engineered to reduce speed

Roundabouts are becoming the standard in commuting. Carmel, Indiana is known for its more than 60 roundabouts. Their pedestrian crossing signs and line markings advise the pedestrian of the crosswalks. (Learn more about Carmel’s roundabouts here.) And in 2012, the city of Indianapolis developed plans to add four new roundabouts to the metro transportation grid. Each year, as funds become available, this number will grow.

Bicyclists and Pedestrian Recommendations

Roundabouts can be made safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.The Institute for Highway Safety recommends pedestrians walk the perimeter sidewalk using line markings to cross where necessary. Make yourself visible by wearing brightly colored clothing and make use of eye contact with approaching drivers’ who are intent on getting to their destination. Cyclists are recommended to ride the “middle” of the lane, not on the edge. This reduces confusion among drivers of motor vehicles. Cyclists should signal their turn for as long as possible and also try to make eye contact with drivers if possible. If traffic seems erratic and is overtaking you, pull off on the side and walk your cycle around the roundabout.

Lawyers with Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents

The law firm of Ward & Ward has over 85 years of combined experience in personal injury law. If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident as a pedestrian or while riding a bicycle, call Charlie Ward for a free consultation.
By Charlie Ward

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

* To learn most about the Preusser study, visit http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/research/pub/

Why you Need an Experienced Indiana Motorcycle Injury Accident Lawyer

Attorneys Use Contributory Negligence as Affirmative Defense in Motorcycle Accident ClaimsCall Charlie Ward at 317-639-9501

A person injured in a motorcycle accident that is a direct result of another driver’s negligence, requires legal representation by a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorney that understands and can counter the defenses employed by defendant’s counsel. Defendant will likely attempt to portray the cyclist as a “risk-taker” who is in whole or part to blame for his or her own injuries. Why? Because Indiana’s comparative fault law proclaims that a Plaintiff who is more than 50% at fault for his or her own injuries cannot recover for damages.

Contributory negligence in motorcycle accidents claims

Indiana Code 34-51-2-6 states:

“…the claimant is barred from recovery if the claimant’s contributory fault is greater than the fault of all persons whose fault proximately contributed to the claimant’s damages.”

From a defense perspective, proving plaintiff’s contributory negligence would reduce or even eliminate the defendant’s financial exposure in the claim.

In an affirmative defense strategy, defendant’s counsel may attempt to plant the seed of negligence and portray cycling as an inherently risky behavior. Asking the jury to consider that the cyclist failed to mitigate their damages by opting not to wear a helmet is a very common defense. However, an experienced lawyer representing motorcycle claimants will petition the Court early on to disallow any speculation about Plaintiff’s failure to wear protective headgear. In State v. Eaton, 659N.E.2d232 (Ind. Ct. App. 1996) establishes that Indiana motorcyclists have no common law duty to wear a helmet or protective eyewear. Therefore absent any protective head gear or eyewear, defendant may not hold cyclist accountable for failing to do so and a jury may not speculate how the injured party’s damages might have been lessened if a helmet had been worn.

Motorcycle claims are very different from auto accident claims and require help from an experienced lawyer

Motorcycle lawsuits require counsel experienced in litigating cyclist’s claims. Call Charlie Ward today at 317-639-9501 for a free evaluation of your claim.