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When most people think of Indianapolis, all they can picture is the Indy 500, but that could be different soon. The trucking industry has always been big in Indiana, earning it the nickname of the “crossroads of America.” It's a title well deserved, and easily proven when you look at the state capital. There are four major interstate highways that meet up in Indianapolis, making it one of the largest transportation, warehousing, and freighting hubs of America.

Even now, the Indiana trucking industry continues to grow faster and faster as more warehouses and truck companies move in. More than a few of the nation's largest trucking companies have recently opened new sites throughout Indiana, including:

Olympus Partners and Biynah Industrial Partners recently acquired a 4-million-square-foot industrial site with eight buildings in Indianapolis. Old Dominion Freight Line unveiled a 63-door terminal on May 17th in Brownwood. Knight Transportation recently invested in a nearly $5 million property in Plainsfield where they opened a regional distribution center.

While all of these new sites may be good for business, what does it mean for the safety of Indiana residents, especially those located around Indianapolis?

How Will Indianapolis' Truck Industry Affect Residents?

With so many new and existing distribution centers and competing truck companies, there will be more commercial trucks on the road than ever. Truck drivers are trained to do everything they can to prevent truck accidents, but with so many trucks out there, it's only a matter of time.

These various trucking companies are typically worth upwards of several hundred million dollars or more, and didn't get there by being overly concerned with the safety of other drivers. Old Dominion Freight Line is worth more than $3 billion this year, and growing. Companies often grow that large by focusing on profit over safety.

The Indiana truck accident lawyers at Doehrman Buba have years of experience fighting against trucking companies that prioritize their own profits over the safety of other drivers.

The post How Will Indiana's Booming Trucking Industry Affect Residents? appeared first on Doehrman Buba - Indianapolis Injury Attorneys With Decades of Success.

Tue, May 31, 2016
Source: Doehrman Chamberlain
Scene of an accident

High-speed car chases are the stuff that Hollywood movies are made from. Usually, they involve an action star zipping in and out of traffic in a shiny new muscle car while the police follow, sirens blaring. Inevitably, the hero manages to lose the cops by a combination of unbelievable luck and incredibly dangerous maneuvers that result in at least one of the police cars ramming into a wall, barrier or other random car on the roadway. Obviously, real life is not like the movies, but car chases do happen and it is possible for a police officer to hit another car while in pursuit of a criminal. If you are involved in an accident with a police car, you may not know who is liable for the damages.

Indiana is an at-fault state when it comes to car accidents, which means that if you are involved in an accident that was not your fault, you can choose to file a claim with your insurance provider or the at-fault driver's provider. Otherwise, you have the option to file a lawsuit against the driver who caused the accident (but Indiana's comparative fault rule may mean your award will be reduced). However, if a police car is involved, things can get complicated.

Indiana's Tort Claims Act May Limit Your Options

An accident with a police car may seem like any other car accident, but government vehicles may be protected by state laws, specifically the Indiana Tort Claims Act. This act protects the state from being sued in certain cases, and can even protect officers of the law, like the police. While police officers are not completely immune from fault in the case of a car accident, the Tort Claims Act does place restrictions on you if you want to file for damages.

Police cars are generally self-insured, which means that they don't have an insurance policy like yours. Instead of filing an insurance claim after the accident, you would need to file an administrative claim with the city, county or state, depending on who hit you. Unlike regular claims, which have a statute of limitations of up to two years, these administrative claims typically must be filed within 180 days. These claims and the laws concerning them are complicated, so it is best if you hire an experienced personal injury lawyer to handle the case for you.

If the government rejects your claim, as often happens, you will have the option of filing a personal injury lawsuit. It can be difficult to get a settlement this way, however, since the Tort Claims Act stipulates that, in a lawsuit against the government, a contributory negligence standard must be used instead of comparative fault. This means that if you contributed to the accident in any way at all, you are not eligible to receive any money in damages.

It can be difficult to get compensation from the government if you are involved in a crash with a police car. However, it can be done with the help of a qualified personal injury attorney, and you do always have the option of filing a claim with your own insurance provider to offset your medical bills and car repair costs.

The post Who Pays for the Damages If You Are Involved in an Accident with a Police Car? appeared first on Doehrman Buba - Indianapolis Injury Attorneys With Decades of Success.

Mon, May 30, 2016
Source: Doehrman Chamberlain
Brain injury recovery

It is not impossible for an ordinary civilian to sustain a blast-related concussion, but the overwhelming majority of people with this kind of brain injury are soldiers. For this reason, the Army has developed its own brain injury research lab in order to study mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that specifically result from an explosion. When you think of a government laboratory, you probably envision a secret underground lab with very white floors and lots of fluorescent lighting where people in hazmat suits roam the halls. Luckily, life inside the Army's brain injury research lab is nothing like that.

The blast-related concussions that are the focus of the Army Research Lab happen when the power of a nearby explosion creates a shock wave that forces your brain to collide with the side of your skull. Often, this force is enough to knock you off your feet, which may result in more damage if you hit your head, but not all blast-related concussions result from a hit to the head. The blast itself is enough. Although the symptoms and treatment for blast-related concussions are no different from any other mild brain injury, the unique cause of this kind of TBI sets it apart.

How is the Army's TBI Research Different?

Researchers at the Army Research Lab, which is located on a base in Maryland, ultimately hope to develop protective equipment for soldiers in combat zones to reduce or eliminate the risk of TBI from explosions. To accomplish that big picture goal, they concentrate on the little things. In fact, they concentrate on tiny, microscopic things like individual brain cells. Like other brain injury specialists, these Army researchers first hope to understand exactly how trauma affects the brain in order to develop treatments and preventative measures.

But unlike other specialists, these researchers have a couple of advantages on their side, including state-of-the-art equipment and the Army itself. They don't just simulate an explosion to see what happens to brain cells that are hit by the blast wave, they use actual explosives. They have also developed a unique way to study the brain, called the “aquarium model”. Inside your head, your brain in suspended in fluid, and the aquarium model tries to duplicate this environment as closely as possible by placing live brain cells in liquid-filled tanks for testing. This allows researchers to control the environment and get a better idea of what actually happens to the brain during an explosion.

However, it's not all biology and brains in vats at the Army Research Lab. There are also teams of chemists and engineers working on pharmaceutical treatments and technology to help veterans with mild traumatic brain injuries. The teams frequently work together, and with other labs, in order to learn as much about TBI as possible. The work being done on the Army base could one day help all TBI victims, soldier and civilian alike.

The post What's It Like Inside the Army's Brain Injury Research Lab? appeared first on Doehrman Buba - Indianapolis Injury Attorneys With Decades of Success.

Sun, May 29, 2016
Source: Doehrman Chamberlain

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When most people think of Indianapolis, all they can picture is the Indy 500, but that could be different soon. The trucking industry has always been big in Indiana, earning it the nickname of the “crossroads of America.” It's a title well deserved, and easily proven when you look at the state capital. There are four major interstate highways that meet up in Indianapolis, making it one of the largest transportation, warehousing, and freighting hubs of America.

Even now, the Indiana trucking industry continues to grow faster and faster as more warehouses and truck companies move in. More than a few ...Read More

Tue, May 31, 2016
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