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Semi Tractor-Trailer Fatalities Are Reduced With Strong Side Under-Ride Bumpers

Semi Tractor-Trailer Fatalities Are Reduced With Strong Side Under-Ride Bumpers -Indiana Truck Accident Attorneys

The Death of a Beloved Actress – Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers

big powerful truck with side underride bumpers moves on highway

On June 29, 1967, poor visibility caused a 1966 Buick Electra to slide underneath the rear of a tractor-trailer on a highway east of New Orleans. The occupants, film star Jayne Mansfield, her driver and attorney were fatally injured when the top of the car was sheared off. Fortunately, her three children were asleep on the back seat of the car; they were injured but survived the deadly crash. Mansfield’s death prompted calls for both rear and side under-ride guards (metal bumpers) on semi tractor-trailers but it wasn’t until 1998, thirty-one years later, that rear guards were mandated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), thereby reducing the number of automobile slide-unders in America.

Indiana Truck Accident Lawyers Support  Awards for Manufacturers With Strong Under-Ride Guards

Since their inception, some rear under-ride guards have proven more effective than others. In the spring of 2017, semi tractor-trailer manufacturers with strong rear under-ride guards were awarded the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) TOUGHGUARD Award. The five North American semi-trailer manufacturers earning the award were Great Dane LLC, Manac Inc., Stoughton Trailers LLC, Vanguard National Trailer Corp. and Wabash National Corporation.

The Loss of Life – Trucks Without Side Under-Ride Guards

Indiana truck accident attorneys understand the mortal devastation and grief experienced by the families of victims killed in semi-truck side slide-under accidents.  In 2015, statistics published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety showed that 1,542 people died as a result of their cars crashing into tractor-trailers. Two hundred and ninety-two passengers died when their vehicles struck the rear of semi tractor-trailers and 301 died as a result of striking the side of tractor trailers. In most cases, the passenger vehicles are sheared off and the victims, decapitated. In 2012, an IIHS study found that improved, stronger side guards could reduce the risk of injury involving semi-trailers by approximately 90%; the National Traffic Safety Board said injuries and deaths “could” be reduced by implementing side guards.

After a gruesome slide-under in New York, involving a jackknifed milk tanker and the death of four people in two passenger cars, Senator Chuck Schumer called for closing the truck safety gap by federally mandating the implementation of side under-ride guards on all semi tractor-trailers. Currently, several cities in the United States have implemented side guards on their city vehicles, including New York, Boston and Seattle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has the power to issue national transportation regulations. But to date, calls for a federal mandate standardizing side guards on tractor-trailers and heavy trucks has gone unheeded as seen through the lens of a trucking accident lawyer.

The Quest for a Federal Mandate – Side Under-Ride Guards on Commercial Trucks

Lois Durso lost her 26-year-old daughter, Roya Sadigh, in an Indiana snow storm in 2005 when Roya’s vehicle slid under the side of an unguarded trailer and was run over by the semi’s rear tires. When she learned side-guards are standard equipment on tractor-trailers in parts of Europe, she became very angry with trucking manufacturers and the federal government, stating “They’re fully aware people are dying as a result of their trailer design. And yet they do nothing about it.” Later it was learned that the side guards used on semis throughout Europe are there to protect pedestrians and cyclers. In a statement to congress and trucking industry leadership, Durso states, “You’ve had 30 years to figure it out, and 30 years of doing nothing.”

Marianne Karth, the mother of two teenage daughters killed in an under-ride crash and herself, a survivor of that same under-ride incident, petitioned NHTSA and lobbies for senate support, requesting side under-ride guards become standard safety equipment. Although her Petition is closed now, she and many others continue calling for a mandate from congress or NHTSA making side under-ride guards standard safety equipment on commercial tractor-trailers.

The Experienced Team of Indianapolis Indiana Truck Accident Attorneys

The truck accident team of attorneys at Ward & Ward Law Firm has more than nine decades of combined experience handling claims against commercial truck drivers, truck and trailer manufacturers and logistical companies. Since commercial motor vehicles and tractor-trailers are licensed and or regulated by intrastate and interstate federal commerce agencies, we strongly recommend you hire an experienced personal injury and wrongful death firm with the know-how to successfully manage your claim from beginning to end and get you and your loved ones the maximum compensation.

Trucking accidents are complex claims, often with multiple defendants. We don’t stop inquiring until we are confident that all parties responsible for your damages have been named.

Our attorneys and their assistants are sensitive to your loss and committed to managing your case while you take the time and energy  to successfully move through the healing process after an accident with a commercial tractor-trailer.

If you or someone you know has been critically or fatally injured in a commercial trucking accident, call the legal team of Ward & Ward Law Firm at (888) 639-9501 for a free, no-obligation, consultation. Ask for injury and wrongful death attorney, Charlie Ward,   We look forward to helping you.

Charlie Ward

Ward & Ward Law Firm
728 S Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46225
317-639-9501 or  toll free at 1 (888) 639-9501
Published 1-26-18

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Distracted Driving | Personal Injury Attorneys in Indianapolis

Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorney - Texting DriverWhat are the 3 largest causes of vehicular fatalities ?

According to the National Safety Council, a new report shows that leading causes of death from a vehicle are:

  • Alcohol 30.8%
  • Speeding 30% and
  • Distracted driving 26%

Call Charlie Ward at 317-639-9501The new and surprising category that is catching the most attention is the distracted driving statistics–especially in teenage drivers. This category is on-the-rise at an alarming rate.  Advancement in technology, i.e., mobile phone use (texting), is the primary cause for this generational phenomenon.  According to the recent survey, 80% of the public incorrectly believes that hands-free devices are safer than a handheld phone.

Surprising accident-related fatality statistic

The #1 cause of death in teenagers is from an auto-car accident. Much of the blame can be placed on driving inexperience.  Statistics show that graduated driver’s license systems across the country reduce crashes involving teenagers by 40%.  But the question remains how to minimize the potential risks of an accident?  Clearly one way is to limit passenger distraction and the use of a cell phone and texting-messaging.Teenagers need to understand that accidents happen very quickly and the time-distance factor is not in their favor.

It is critically important for all teenage drivers to understand the dangers of the road and potential hazards that exist.  One way to educate our teens to the hazards and risks is to take a defensive driving course.   Education is the answer.   Finally, getting teenagers in a buckling-up routine upon entering a vehicle is critical. This should begin at a very early age. Seat belts save lives–it is just that plain and simple.

By Charlie Ward

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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

 

Drowning | Indianapolis Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

Some summers ago I witnessed a toddler who was unaware of the perils of an Call Charlie Ward at 317-639-9501azure pool — quietly and generally unnoticed, go ambling into the water while her mother was momentarily distracted. Below the surface, the child’s face was without fear as she floundered in silence, her small arms and baby legs calmly and quietly treading, searching for a pocket of fresh air. Meanwhile, above the surface there was no indication that this child was suffocating. There were no pleas for help, no flailing of arms and no commotion of any kind from the toddler. Before I could come to her aid, her mother caught sight of the situation and rescued the child. As in any stressful situation, a moment in time can seem like an eternity and after the danger has past, the most detailed of events can be recalled in slow motion. Such was my experience. But the most troubling aspect of the incident and the thing that I have taken away, was the quiet calm of a child jeopardized by silence.

The Center for Disease Control has found:

  • Fatal drownings remain the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 – 14 – second only to motor vehicle crashes
  • 1 in 5 children who are treated for drowning in ERs, die
  • More than half of drowning victims treated in ERs require hospitalization for further care and treatment, i.e. brain damage from oxygen deprivation resulting in memory problems, learning disabilities and a loss of basic functioning.

The damage associated with oxygen deprivation and brain injuries can be irreversible depending upon many factors including the age and health of the individual. Immediate and on-site resuscitation is the key to increasing survival chances without brain damage.

With high temperatures looming over Indiana this summer and record heat waves, many Hoosier parents and their children are seeking relief from the heat in water parks, rivers, lakes and pools. Adult supervision and a certified swim program can prepare you and your family for the water and the hazards associated with water play.

The Brain Injury Attorneys

If you or someone you know has been in an accident and brain injury is involved, an attorney experienced in personal injury matters involving traumatic brain injuries may suggest a neuropsychological evaluation. Ward & Ward Law Firm has over 80 years of combined experience in personal injury and wrongful death cases. The law firm of Ward & Ward receives no fee unless you recover for your injuries. Call Charlie Ward today for a FREE consultation.