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Five things you should do after an auto, motorcycle, bicycle or truck accident to increase your settlement

How to increase your settlement or jury award after an accident

The steps you take immediately following an accident will help you and your attorney achieve the best possible results from your personal injury settlement or trial. When you hire a lawyer, he or she will thoroughly investigate the facts of the accident based upon the information you are able to provide as follows:

  1. Obtain an accident report from the police or sheriff within the jurisdiction where the accident occurred;
  2. Obtain eye witness information: name,  phone number and address, if possible;
  3. Take photos of all vehicles at the scene of the accident;
  4. Get medical treatment and follow-up on your doctor’s treatment plan;
  5. Do not give a statement to the other driver’s insurance company without your lawyer’s knowledge and/or presence.

In many cases, a private investigator may be employed by your attorney to further delve into the details of the accident, particularly when there is a question of liability. But the information listed above will give everyone involved in your case a good start on the facts and provide some very necessary information.

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Call Charlie Ward at 317-639-9501If you, or someone you know, has been injured or killed in an accident caused by another person’s negligence, give Charlie Ward a call today at 317-639-9501 to discuss the facts and obtain a free evaluation of your claim.

By Charlie Ward

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

One in Seven Traffic Accident Fatalities Involve Large Truck | Indiana

At Least 1 in 7 Traffic Accident Fatalities in Indiana Involve 1 Large Truck

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently released their publication entitled Traffic Safety Facts Indiana 2008-2012. This publication offers the raw data statistics on the state of the State of Indiana’s road crash fatalities. Following are some of the grim statistics for 2012:

  1. 29% of all fatal crashes involved a driver with a .08+ Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)
  2. 53% of crash fatalities age 5 and over were known to be restrained
  3. 10% of all Indiana road fatalities occurred in Marion County; Lake County was next at 5%
  4. There were 152 motorcycle fatalities; 30 of the fatalities were helmeted — 116 were not wearing a helmet.  77% of motorcycle fatalities were not wearing a helmet.
  5. Motorcycle fatalities made up 20% of all fatally injured crash victims—1 in 5 fatalities
  6. .02% of motorcycle fatalities involve a person under the age of 20; the age group that has the highest number of fatal injuries at 25% is age group 50-59
  7. 24% of all crash fatalities involved a driver exceeding the speed limit
  8. 1 in approximately every 7 crash fatalities involved at least one large truck

The law firm of Ward & Ward has over 85 years of combined experience in personal injury law including accident and wrongful death claims. We urge you to speak with an experienced personal injury — wrongful death attorney as soon as possible and before the statute of limitations runs out. Our firm receives no legal fees or expenses unless we collect damages on your behalf. Call Charlie Ward today at 317-639-9501 for a free evaluation of your claim. Our attorneys are available to speak with you.

Charlie Ward

(317) 639-9501

 

The Short List of Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyer- Motorcycle Accidents

Statistics don’t take inclement weather into account

The “Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures,” was a study conducted by the University of Southern California and partially funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This study investigated nearly every aspect of 900 accidents involving motorcycles in the Los Angeles area.  Below is a short list of some of the findings selected from the study. Keep in mind that the study was conducted in the sun-belt area of the United States and therefore, weather-related influences were not significantly factored into the results.

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  1. Approximately three-fourths of motorcycle accidents involved collision with another vehicle.
  2. In single vehicle accidents, motorcycle rider error was present as the accident precipitating factor in about two-thirds of cases. The typical error being a slide out and fall due to over braking or running wide on a curve due to excess speed or under-cornering.
  3. In 66% of multiple vehicle accidents, the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcyclist’s right-of-way.
  4. Intersections are the most likely place for the motorcycle accident, with the other vehicles violating the motorcyclist’s right-of-way, and often violating traffic controls.
  5. Most motorcycle accidents involve a short trip associated with shopping, errands, friends, entertainment or recreation, and the accident is likely to happen in a very short time close to the trip origin.
  6. Accident involvement is significantly reduced by the use of motorcycle headlamps or in daylight hours and the wearing of high visibility yellow, orange or bright red jackets.
  7. Motorcycle riders between the ages of 16 and 24 are significantly over-represented in accidents; motorcycle riders between the ages of 30 and 50 are significantly under represented.
  8. Motorcycle rider training reduces injuries and accident involvement.
  9. Motorcycle riders with dirt bike experience are significantly underrepresented in accident data.
  10. Motorcycle riders showed significant collision avoidance problems. Most riders would over brake and skid the rear wheel, and under brake the front wheel, greatly reducing collision avoidance deceleration. The ability to counter steer and swerve was essentially absent.
  11. The typical motorcycle accident allows the motorcyclist less than 2 seconds to complete all collision avoidance action.
  12. Large displacement motorcycles are underrepresented in accidents but they are associated with higher injury severity when involved in accidents.
  13. 98% of multiple vehicle collisions and 96% of single vehicle accidents resulted in some kind of injury to the motorcycle rider; 45% resulted in more than a minor injury.
  14. Injury severity increases with speed, alcohol involvement and motorcycle size.
  15. The most deadly injuries to the accident victims were injuries to the chest and head.
  16. The use of the safety helmet is the single critical factor in the reduction of head injury.
  17. Less than 10% of the motorcycle riders involved in these accidents had insurance of any kind to provide medical care or replace property.

Charlie Ward is a personal injury attorney experienced in accident litigation and wrongful death claims for families whose loved ones were fatally injured in motorcycle, auto and trucking accidents. The law office of Ward & Ward receives no legal fees or expenses unless we collect damages on your behalf. Call Charlie today at 317-639-9501 to discuss your accident and receive a free analysis of your claim.

By: Charlie Ward

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

http://www.wardlawfirm.com

Insurance Companies Hire Attorney Advocates—Shouldn’t You?

Who represents your interests?

At Ward & Ward, we often meet honest people who’ve been injured in accidents, through no fault of their own, opt to work on their own behalf and in good faith with
their auto insurance carrier to resolve the disputes that naturally arise from an accident. But all too quickly these same sincere folk realize that they have become entangled in a web of self-interested parties including their own healthcare insurer, individual providers who have delivered costly medical services, the negligent party’s insurance company as well as their own automobile insurance company—and each party is looking after
their own competing interests
.

With over eighty-five years of combined experience in personal injury and wrongful death cases, Don and Charlie Ward understand how the well-being of these same people can easily get trampled on the battleground of competing parties attempting to recover costs and minimize losses. Don and Charlie know that insurance companies hire their own attorneys to represent their
‘bottom line’ best interests which may—indirectly—put your welfare secondary to their own.

Indiana has a two-year statute of limitations on personal
injury and wrongful death claims resulting from an auto, motorcycle or trucking
(semi tractor-trailer) accident. Most claims can be amicably settled before the
statute runs. But occasionally extenuating circumstances may require a
long and expensive investigative process before a lawsuit can be filed with the Court. Keeping
in mind that the two-year clock starts running on the date of your accident or
injury, we recommend that you speak with an experienced personal injury attorney
as soon as possible to receive an honest evaluation of your case.

Should we represent you, you will enjoy the full
financial resources of the firm. That means there are no up-front costs to you!
And when you hire the law firm of Ward & Ward, we’ll work on your behalf to make
things right. The insurance companies have lawyers—shouldn’t you enjoy the same
strategic advantage?