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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010, there was an average of one traffic-related pedestrian injury every eight minutes in the U.S. Despite the fact that they are in traffic, even drivers and motorcyclists can be caught off guard by another motorist's actions. Similarly, pedestrians on sidewalks and in crosswalks, despite taking all the proper precautions, can still be hurt or killed unexpectedly because of the actions of a reckless or distracted driver. For pedestrians in buildings or areas removed from the hustle and bustle of traffic, having a car, truck or motorcycle turn their surroundings into an accident scene can come as a complete shock. Preparing for such an incident is nearly impossible, and as a result, victims in these types of accidents, through no fault of their own, can all too easily suffer life-altering injuries or even lose their lives. Recently, a vehicle crashed...
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Tue, Sep 30, 2014
Source: Colson Hicks Eidson
Truck Wreck

Whenever you drive in heavy traffic, you should proceed with caution, as unexpected stops can occur, resulting in accidents.

These accidents can be deadly or result in catastrophic injuries, like traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries, if they involve tractor-trailers. A common cause of truck accidents is reckless driving, which can occur in heavy traffic if a driver is not attentive.

This type of truck accident occurred on September 16 in Jackson County, when Indiana State Police closed down Interstate 65 because of an accident involving three tractor-trailers.

According to WISH-TV, the crash occurred at around 2:20 p.m. near the Uniontown exit. The station reported that a Freightliner semi tractor-trailer hit the rear of a 2012 Freightliner semi tractor-trailer, which then struck a UPS semi truck.

The crash reportedly resulted in one of the trucks catching on fire, with the driver having to be freed. Two of the drivers allegedly had to be transported to area hospitals for injury treatment.

The driver who caused the initial accident was cited for following too closely. He reportedly told investigators that he did not see traffic slowing in front of him.

What Are Some Steps I Can Take to Prevent an Accident in Heavy Traffic?

Here are some safety tips that could help you avoid an accident in heavy traffic; these also apply to truck drivers:

Slow down- if you see traffic slowing down ahead, you should do the same thing. Trying to find the fastest lane and making several lane changes is not always the safest option.

Avoid tailgating- tailgating is one of the biggest reasons collisions occur in heavy traffic. You should maintain a safe buffer zone between the vehicles in front of you to avoid crashing should an unexpected stop occur.

Pay attention to the traffic around you- you should do this all the time, regardless of how backed up roadways are.

Communicate your intentions- use your turn signals if you are going to change lanes and make sure the drivers around you have time to react.

If you have been injured in a truck accident, call our law firm today. We handle every type of accident case and will hold the driver responsible for your injuries liable.

Did You Know? Speeding plays a role in an estimated 30 percent of all fatal vehicle accidents.

Doehrman Buba – Indianapolis truck accident lawyers

Source: http://wishtv.com/2014/09/16/multiple-semi-accident-closes-i-65-northbound/

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Tue, Sep 30, 2014
Source: Doehrman Chamberlain
There is rarely, if ever, a convenient time or place to change a flat tire. This is especially true if the tire goes flat while you are on an interstate. The last thing you want to happen while you are driving on a road with speed limits ranging from 55 to 85 mph and no sidewalk, is to be forced to pull over, exit your vehicle and become a pedestrian. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, per trip, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than vehicle occupants to die in a car accident. Julio Martinez, the former mayor of Hialeah, was seriously injured when he was involved in a wreck while helping a friend change a tire on Interstate 95. According to WBFS-TV, the driver of a black Honda Accord lost control of his car, hit Martinez's friend's Dodge Ram, which then hit Martinez's red Mercedes. “Suddenly,...
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Mon, Sep 29, 2014
Source: Colson Hicks Eidson

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010, there was an average of one traffic-related pedestrian injury every eight minutes in the U.S. Despite the fact that they are in traffic, even drivers and motorcyclists can be caught off guard by another motorist's actions. Similarly, pedestrians on sidewalks and in crosswalks, despite taking all the proper precautions, can still be hurt or killed unexpectedly because of the actions of a reckless or distracted driver. For pedestrians in buildings or areas removed from the hustle and bustle of traffic, having a car, truck or motorcycle turn their surroundings ...Read More
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Source: Colson Hicks Eidson