Consumers in the U.S. were naturally excited when the first “self-driving” cars were launched on the market. The hope was that this new technology would not only make commuting easier but also reduce traffic crashes and resulting injuries and fatalities. As it has turned out, however, Tesla vehicles running on Autopilot have been involved in a number of serious accidents, some of them fatal.
Winters can be harsh in Indiana. Snow, sleet, and ice can cause hazardous driving conditions and can be devastating for anyone on the roadways. In a recent year, the first snow of the season in Fort Wayne led to more than 95 accidents in an eight-hour period, as reported by the News Sentinel.
Sideswipe accidents occur when the sides of two vehicles come into contact or collide. This type of crash typically involves drivers traveling in the same direction. Sideswipes are common when distracted or drowsy drivers drift into another lane, when drivers switch lanes without performing a head check and hit vehicles in their blind spots, and when drivers fail to yield when merging into oncoming traffic.
Multi-vehicle pile-ups can cause serious injuries to drivers and passengers involved. They are more likely to result in catastrophic or fatal injuries than two-car collisions, because a vehicle can be hit multiple times from different directions. There is also more flying glass, crushed metal, and leaking gas when there are more vehicles involved. These accidents are common on freeways where traffic moves fast, and when visibility or road conditions are poor. Multi-car crashes are chain-reaction events that can cause bodily injury and property damage to several motorists in different vehicles.
An automobile accident is a very traumatic event. There’s a lot going on, with first responders providing care and working to get traffic back to normal. You will probably feel disoriented, but, if you can, it’s important to take photographs of the accident scene, the people involved, the damaged vehicles, and any injuries you or the passengers with you may have sustained.
Anyone can be seriously injured in a wreck, but older drivers face an even greater risk. Senior citizens involved in traffic accidents are more likely to suffer serious injuries or have chronic pain caused by the accident. Although seniors tend to drive less than other age groups and are more likely to wear seat belts, obey speed limits, and drive safely, they have a higher risk of injury or death behind the wheel.
When you first start looking at an auto insurance policy, your first question will be, “How much is this going to cost me?” Auto insurance rates can fluctuate due to many factors, but the real value of these policies is how they can help you in a collision. Auto insurance is not only a legal requirement for drivers in the state of Indiana, but an invaluable source of compensation when you are injured.
Following an auto accident, your biggest goal is getting your bills paid and to get back on your feet. You may hope that you can quickly file a claim online or over the phone with the other driver’s insurance to get compensation immediately. Insurances companies like to say it is an easy and seamless process — for them, at least.
One of the first questions we get when meeting with clients is, “How do I pay my medical bills?” Most people do not have significant savings or health insurance to cover an emergency room visit on top of the costs of repairing a vehicle, taking time off work to see doctors, and getting any long-term treatment. A single collision can come with a massive stack of bills that set you back months to years as you struggle to recover. However, if you were injured by a negligent driver, then you may have a car accident claim against that driver’s insurance company. In order to get the most out of your claim, you should work with an experienced personal injury attorney who understands how to tell your story effectively.
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