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In late July, a horrific truck accident led to a fire that claimed five lives after the semi truck hauling a tanker full of cooking oil rear-ended a series of vehicles slowing down in a construction zone. Among the dead were a mother and her two children.

According to Indiana State Police Sgt. Kim Riley, the stretch of I-65 where the crash occurred has roughly 20 miles worth of warning signs indicating construction on the road ahead, implying that the truck driver either did not notice the signs or ignored them.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records on Illini State Trucking Company of Hammond, the company that owned the truck, showed that the company has had trucks involved in nine other crashes within the last two years. Four of those accidents caused injuries, and one was fatal.

Furthermore, Illini State Trucking Company has been cited 34 times in the last 24 months for hours of service violations, including at least seven instances of drivers breaking the eight-hour limit that drivers are legally allowed to be on the road before resting.

We've blogged in the past about the economic incentives that lead truck drivers to engage in negligence, and this tragedy could be an example. We may never know what caused the truck driver to miss or ignore the construction zone warnings, or to fail to slow down in time to prevent the crash, but in many truck crashes, the answers point to driver fatigue or unrealistic demands placed on the drivers by their employers that encourage risky behaviors like speeding.

If your loved one has been killed in a truck accident, you have the right to seek damages against the negligent party. Call an Indiana personal injury attorney to schedule a free consultation.

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Sun, Aug 02, 2015
Source: Doehrman Chamberlain
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If you have a loved one in a nursing home, you expect them to be taken care of. But according to research by the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), a shocking 44 percent of nursing home residents said that they had been abused or maltreated at least once within the previous 12 months. Other studies done by the NCEA showed that only one in 24 instances of nursing home abuse were reported. Abuse can be physical, emotional and even financial.

If you notice any of these warning signs that your loved one is suffering abuse, you can call 911 to report the situation to the authorities if you believe the abuse is an emergency:

unexplained bruises a lack of necessary amenities in his or her home unexplained changes in personality or behavior aggressive or demeaning actions by the caretakers untreated bedsores or an obvious lack of care for your loved one

If the abuse is not an emergency, there are several other resources you can use to protect your loved one from future abuse. When a report is filed about nursing home abuse, usually the first agency to respond is Adult Protective Services (APS), which investigates reports of abuse and can help you get the situation resolved.

There are also elder abuse hotlines that you can call, run by the National Council on Child Abuse and Family Violence. The number for the Indiana hotline is 1-800-992-6978.

If you suspect elder abuse at your loved one's nursing home, you should also contact an attorney. Attorneys are familiar with the problem of elder abuse and can help you file a report and follow up with the agency in order to ensure that the problem is investigated and taken care of.

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Sat, Aug 01, 2015
Source: Doehrman Chamberlain

In February, a Beech 1900 airplane crashed two miles outside of the Miami Executive Airport (also known as Tamiami Airport). The two crew members and two passengers did not survive the crash, and the questions that haunt this incident have led the victims' families to seek justice with our firm. The plane was owned by a security company based in Venezuela, and it was on a maintenance trip to Florida. It was scheduled to refuel in the Turks and Caicos before returning to South America, and before the trip, two men were offered seats to fly back with the crew. Minutes after takeoff, one of the plane's engines failed, and the crew requested to turn around and make an emergency landing. For reasons unknown, the plane approached the landing strip too low, collided with a utility pole and crashed. The two passengers, one a business owner and the other an...
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Fri, Jul 31, 2015
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Photo of serious truck crash

In late July, a horrific truck accident led to a fire that claimed five lives after the semi truck hauling a tanker full of cooking oil rear-ended a series of vehicles slowing down in a construction zone. Among the dead were a mother and her two children.

According to Indiana State Police Sgt. Kim Riley, the stretch of I-65 where the crash occurred has roughly 20 miles worth of warning signs indicating construction on the road ahead, implying that the truck driver either did not notice the signs or ignored them.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records on Illini ...Read More

Sun, Aug 02, 2015
Source: Doehrman Chamberlain