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Meeting with an Evansville Car Accident Attorney

Being in a car accident and suffering injuries is a stressful and overwhelming experience. For some, adding to that stress by meeting with an Evansville car accident attorney can be an intimidating thought. When you meet with one of our attorneys, it is best to be prepared. This will relieve you of some of the stress that you might be feeling. Remember that your first meeting is much like an interview and that this is the time to ask questions of the attorney. It is also a good chance for one of our legal professionals to learn more about you and your situation so that they can provide you with realistic and honest feedback about the case. Preparing for the Meeting with an Evansville Car Accident Attorney Before you meet with an Evansville car accident attorney that you may hire to represent you, take a moment to prepare yourself. Sit down and make a list of any questions that you might have for the attorney such as how long have they been practicing, how much of their practice involved car accidents, and what their success rate is. Provide the attorney with any documentation that you have relating to the accident including accident reports, police reports, letters from your insurance company, information from your employer, and any medical documentation you might have on hand. You will likely want to know what they see as an outcome of your case. Remember that they can only speculate based on the facts and their knowledge as to how your case will go. They can provide you with information about the process ahead and what you can expect. Get Started with an Evansville Car Accident Attorney Today The best thing you can do is to hire a competent and experienced Evansville car accident attorney from Gerling Law. Don’t wait until time has gone by before you get started. The attorney will be able to relieve some of the stress and get you started on protecting your rights in any upcoming process. Call Gerling Law at 888-437-5464 today and discuss the case at hand. They are ready to help you get what you deserve and the help of a professional.

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Why Hire an Evansville Back and Neck Injuries Lawyer?

A back or neck injury can be debilitating and can occur from many sources including slipping and falling, a sports accident, or an auto accident. Whatever the reason for your pain; an Evansville back and neck injuries lawyer from Gerling Law can provide you with the help you need to get the compensation you deserve. You can get the answers that you need. The legal professional will fully understand the laws that surround a case where you have been injured through no fault of your own and understands your need for assistance throughout the process. Learn How an Evansville Back and Neck Injuries Lawyer Can Help When you hire an Evansville back and neck injuries lawyer in Indiana, you will be hiring the backup that you need so that you can work on recovery in peace. One of our lawyers will handle incoming questions from outsiders related to the incident causing your injuries. This means that the other lawyers, insurance companies, and perhaps employers will go through your lawyer to get information about the situation. This allows you to work on recovery instead of dealing with the logistics of the situation. Our lawyer will provide you with information regarding the case at hand and give you feedback on what they believe the outcome will be. We will be able to plan the next steps of the case and help you focus on healing. Get the Help You Need from an Evansville Back and Neck Injuries Lawyer It is important that you provide our Evansville back and neck injuries lawyer with as much information about how you became injured as possible. This will give them a clear idea of the situation and allow them to better provide you with advice. Our expert lawyer will need to get information from your doctors regarding your prognosis, and he or she will need to get some idea of what you have lost in wages. The sooner you get in touch with an Evansville back and neck injuries lawyer the faster they can become prepared for the events ahead. Call Gerling Law at 888-437-5464 to learn more about how you can get the compensation that you deserve.

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The Devastation of a Trucking Accident

Data suggests that approximately 5,000 people in passenger vehicles die every year in accidents that involve semi-trucks. Whether or not a big rig is loaded, these massive vehicles are capable of causing serious and debilitating damages to people, vehicles, and property. Injuries from accidents involving trucks often result in the need for compensation for physical, emotional, and/or financial losses. In order to collect for injuries suffered in a truck accident, it is important to identify all defendants. This may not be limited to the driver. In many cases, the trucking companies, contractors, employers, and insurance companies may be obligated to compensate you for your injuries.Reasons that others may be named in legal action include: Inadequate training for the driver Mechanical issues Improper loading of cargo Non-compliance of “Hours of Service” meaning operating the truck longer than is allowed by law Unrealistic schedules and expectations of trucking companies that encourage drivers to hurry, despite safety risks involved Should You Settle or Go to Court? Often, a trucking accident lawsuit can be settled in advance of a court date via methods such as arbitration, mediation, or negotiation. Having a truck accident attorney as part of a settlement will help you obtain the maximum reward you deserve and help you decide if a settlement is your best option. Settlements have several benefits: They save time They are cheaper and save both parties a significant amount of money Settlements are less adversarial and confrontational The disadvantages of settling without going to court include: You usually give up the right to pursue any further legal claims There is a risk that the settlement amount may be much less than what you would get if successful in court The injured party must usually agree not to publicly hold the defendants liable for their harmful actions Legal Guidance What is best for your case? Contact one of the professional attorneys of Gerling Law and meet with them at our locations in Evansville and Indianapolis, IN, or Louisville and Owensboro, KY. We have experience in truck accident cases and are dedicated to getting the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We will help you determine if your case is best settled out of court or if it would be better to go to trial. Call us now for a free consultation at 812-266-9051.

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Few Details in Indianapolis Accident That Kills Bicyclist

A 23-year-old bicyclist was killed in a motor vehicle accident in Indianapolis, Indiana recently after a car struck the bike while it attempted a left turn. The accident happened just before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, and the police are investigating the accident. The driver of the motor vehicle stayed at the scene and cooperated with police, even submitting to a blood draw. The bicyclist was in his bike lane and then attempted to make a left before the car hit him – but little else is known about the circumstances of the wreck. We will have to wait for the police report before we know more about this incident, but it does look like it was a “true” accident. It is important to remember with all motor vehicle accidents that the police report carries significant weight – and that it can be changed after the fact if new information comes to light. But the report will take some time to complete, and for victims that are awaiting critical information to support their personal injury lawsuit, patience is crucial. The other lesson from this story is that bicyclists are at risk out on the road, and the drivers of other vehicles are often combative and unwilling to share the road with them. This can lead to avoidable and negligent accidents that cause significant harm to the bicyclist, or even death. Victims in these accidents should seek legal counsel so that they are aware of all of their options in the wake of a bike accident. Source: FOX 59, “Coroner’s office identifies bicyclist killed after crash on city’s northwest side,” Oct. 3, 2017

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Taking Proper Steps after a Car Crash

In the moments that follow a car accident, and you have a few choices. You can flee the scene of an accident, which is the worst possible decision you could make. Fleeing the scene turns your accident into a criminal act. You could get angry and upset with the other people involved in the accident, which then turns an already tense and upsetting moment into an angry, emotional roller coaster. You could remain calm and approach the post-accident process in a proper manner, giving you the best chance to put this whole incident behind you while also increasing your chances of success in the aftermath of the crash.There’s obviously a “best” option here, and it’s the last one: being calm and taking simple, necessary steps in the wake of an accident. After a crash, you should take a deep breath and prepare yourself to deal with the other people in the wreck. Check on them to make sure they are okay, and if they are, then you should talk with them and exchange information, If they aren’t okay, then call 911 and do whatever you can to help. Once this is completed and if you are feeling well enough yourself, you should get your cellphone and take pictures of the accident scene. Your pictures could help the police complete their investigation into the crash, and they can be used to support any claims you make to your insurance company. You should also talk to any witnesses to the crime, for their testimony could help you for the same reason as the pictures.

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Go With Experience

If you are searching for legal counsel in Evansville, Indianapolis, Louisville, Owensboro, or surrounding communities, contact Gerling Law. Our lawyers have one purpose: to make your life better through assertive advocacy, legal experience, and a commitment to results. For over five decades, our firm has helped individuals get their lives back after an accident or when they can no longer work due to an injury or illness. We are dedicated to getting the compensation you deserve and have a solid reputation as a large settlement attorney law firm. “I am proud that Gerling Law is a leading personal injury law firm. We have represented thousands of people over the past 50 year and obtained recoveries totaling more than $300 million,” stated Owner Gayle Gerling Pettinga. Professional Results Just some of the recoveries made by Gerling Law include: $7.5 Million Settlement; Brain Injury to Child; Auto and Tractor-Trailer Collision $3.01 Million Judgment; Permanent Brain Injury; Motorcycle – Tractor-Trailer Collision $2.5 Million Settlement; Wrongful Death; Auto and Tractor-Trailer Collision $2.1 Million Settlement; Traumatic Brain Injury; Motorcycle and Tractor-Trailer Collision $350,000 Settlement; Burn Injuries; Propane Tank Explosion $225,000 Settlement; Shoulder Injury; Pedestrian Struck by Auto Of course, these results are provided for informational purposes only and are not to be considered as a promise or guarantee as to the outcome of your specific case. Each case contains different facts and circumstances. The facts and circumstances of other cases will likely differ from the facts of the cases listed. Contingency At Gerling Law, we work on a contingency fee basis. That means you don’t have to pay us anything upfront or directly. We get paid only at the end of your case and when your case ends successfully. If your case is not successful, and you do not receive any kind of financial recovery, we will not charge you for the services we provided on your behalf. You’ll owe absolutely nothing. A Final Word Gerling Law has successfully represented clients from every walk of life and with every sort of legal challenge. We are confident that we can assist you with your legal needs. Clients are always treated fairly and with courtesy and respect. Every case receives the highest-quality representation matched by unparalleled integrity to obtain the compensation you deserve. Call the Gerling Firm today at 888-437-5464 for a no-obligation initial consultation.

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Auto Accidents and Distracted Driving

Most auto accidents are caused by another driver’s negligence. This includes anything from driving too fast or too slow, being distracted, ignoring signals and signs, or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The Phenomenon of Distraction You see it all the time: drivers in their cars using their Smartphones and taking their eyes off the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving is “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.” It puts that driver, the passengers, and everyone else sharing the road, at serious risk. Cell phone use requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver. It is by far the most alarming distraction on the highways today. In fact, texting while driving increases the risk of a crash by two times over non-distracted driving. In 2015 alone, 3,477 people were killed, and 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. When a driver is distracted, they are more likely to engage in the following dangerous behaviors: Striking an object or vehicle Inability to safely maintain lane control Driving into opposing or crossing traffic Slow response to traffic signals Turning abruptly or illegally Failure to maintain consistent speed Failure to signal Intermittently looking down Whether an auto accident was caused by the other driver being distracted or some other reason, it is important to begin investigating all possible contributing causes of the accident right away in order to acquire evidence and determine fault for injuries. These cases can be complicated, so it is essential to contact an experienced Auto Accident Lawyer as soon as possible. At Gerling Law, we service the entire Tri-State area including the communities of Evansville, Indianapolis, Louisville, and Owensboro. We have the experience and resources to handle the details of your case while you devote your time and energy to your recovery. For over five decades, our firm has helped individuals get their lives back after an accident.Contact us now to learn more at 888-437-5464, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Main Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

Any damage to a spinal cord may result in lifelong injury. Someone who has sustained a spinal cord injury may not be able to send messages to or below the area that has been damaged. Such an injury may lead to a loss of basic motor skills, communicative skills, and can even be so severe as to cause paralysis. While the effects may be severe, spinal injuries are rare. Those who have sustained such an injury were probably involved in one of the following events. Car Accidents The majority of car accidents are minor and won’t lead to the incurring of any severe injury. However, once in a while such an accident will occur that leads to irreversible injury. Always be safe when driving, but should the worst befall you or a loved one, call a local based Spinal Cord Injury Attorney or Car Crash Lawyer. Slips and Falls More often than not, a slip is more of an embarrassing accident than it is a life-altering one. The best-case scenario is that one who’s slipped blushes for a mere moment before moving on. However, occasionally a slip can result in something a bit more sinister. If you feel like the slip wasn’t entirely your fault, you should call a Premises Liability Lawyer in your local Evansville-Owensboro area to see if you have a case. Violent Altercations While rare, spinal injuries can result from violent altercations. Luckily this cause of spinal injury is easily avoidable, thus severely decreasing your chances of sustaining a spinal injury. A Sporting Injury Both youth and professional sports are slowly acknowledging the harmful effects that head injuries may have on players down the road. Yet while preventative measures have been taken for head injuries, no such thing can be found for preventing spinal injuries. If you feel as though the sporting organizations should be held accountable, you should call the Gerling Law Firm for a free consultation.

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Scooter Safety and Helmet Laws

On behalf of Gerling Law posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Spend any time driving the streets of Evansville and you will most likely see at least one scooter sharing the road with you. Common and popular in cities around the country (and the world), scooters are an inexpensive alternative form of transportation – small, light, and economical. For individuals who choose not to take on the expense of an automobile, with maintenance, insurance, and fuel costs, a scooter is an appealing option. But the differences between scooters and automobiles are the main reason that scooter riders must exercise caution when sharing the road. A scooter does not have the advantages of a “crumple zone” or airbags or seat belts – all standard features on automobiles. Never forget that an automobile is bigger, faster, and more powerful than most scooters out on the road. Though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) does not separate scooters from the larger and more powerful motorcycles in its fatality reports, the statistics are significant: motorcyclists accounted for 15% of all traffic fatalities in 2012, and are 26 times more likely than automobile passengers to die in a traffic crash. What is a Scooter? The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) defines a scooter as a motorcycle that has a platform or footrest for the operator’s feet, and a step-through architecture. Typically a scooter’s engine is beneath and to the rear of the operator, and the operator is in a perpendicular position to the seat. Scooter Safety Starts With the Driver Because a scooter doesn’t have the built-in protections that an automobile has, scooter operators have a greater responsibility to travel safely. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) has developed a system designed to assist riders in becoming safer on the road, regardless if they’re riding a scooter or a more powerful motorcycle. MSF’s SEE system encourages motorcyclists and scooter riders to develop a heightened awareness while riding, helping them to respond to potentially dangerous situations on the road. The SEE acronym indicates the three steps of this system: Search, Evaluate, and Execute. Search – a consistent and constant scanning of the roadway and traffic Evaluate – assess conditions with an eye toward the worst-case scenario Execute – take appropriate action if needed Scooter Safety Equipment Safe scootering is more than mental preparedness, however. It also takes proper protective equipment and adherence to traffic rules. This includes: Helmet – Probably the most important piece of equipment you’ll need to protect yourself on a scooter. The most devastating and difficult injury to recover from is a Traumatic Brain Injury, and a helmet can help to mitigate that risk. Do your research and purchase the right helmet for your needs. Protective gear – In addition to a helmet, you’ll want to protect the rest of your body with goggles or shatterproof sunglasses, a riding jacket, pants, and proper footwear. All of this gear will help to protect your body from a serious case of road rash (or worse) if you’re involved in an accident. Visibility – “I didn’t see him” is a common statement given to law enforcement officers investigating an accident. Making yourself visible through the use of bright colors and reflective materials helps to increase your safety on the road. Rules of the road – Even though a scooter is smaller and lighter than most other vehicles on the road, riders must abide by the same traffic rules as everyone else. This means proper use of directional signals, controlling your speed, and using road lanes as they are designed to be used. You’ll see many scooter riders in Evansville flaunting many of these guidelines, but understand that they are doing it at their own risk. An unprotected rider who doesn’t make himself visible to other vehicles is often the one who doesn’t walk away from an accident. Scooter Laws in Indiana If you ride a scooter in Evansville, you might be aware that the laws for scooter riders have changed recently. House Bill 1343, also known as “The Scooter Bill” took effect January 1, 2015, and provides local law enforcement as well as the driving public a set of rules for the operation of scooters on public roads. Under the law, all scooter operators must register their vehicle with the BMV and purchase a license plate, regardless of engine size. However, there are some differences in operator and insurance requirements based on engine size: Scooters with an engine size of over 50cc are considered “Class A” vehicles Must purchase license plate Must have a valid driver’s license with a motor-driven cycle endorsement Must have insurance Can have passengers Riders under age 18 must have protective headgear and goggles Scooters with an engine size less than 50cc are considered “Class B” vehicles Must purchase license plate Must be at least 15 years of age and possess a valid Indiana ID Pass a written test at the BMV for a motor-driven cycle endorsement No insurance requirement Can NOT have passengers Riders under age 18 must have protective headgear and goggles Reactions to this new law by the driving public were mixed, but the Evansville Police Department supported this legislation, primarily because of the licensing requirement. Police can track a registered scooter more easily when it is stolen if it has a license. This caused a nearly 300% drop in scooter thefts between 2014 and 2015. Still, regardless of whether you’re driving a Class A or Class B scooter, your first priority should be a safe operation. Remember, you are the one most responsible for your own safety on a scooter. If you or a loved one have been injured in a scooter accident, you may benefit from talking with an attorney experienced in accidents involving motorcycles. Your attorney will examine the facts of the situation and help you to determine what steps you should take to preserve your legal rights. Contact Gerling Law for more information – it won’t cost you anything to see if we can...

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Scooter Safety and Helmet Laws

Spend any time driving the streets of Evansville and you will most likely see at least one scooter sharing the road with you. Common and popular in cities around the country (and the world), scooters are an inexpensive alternative form of transportation – small, light, and economical. For individuals who choose not to take on the expense of an automobile, with maintenance, insurance, and fuel costs, a scooter is an appealing option. But the differences between scooters and automobiles are the main reason that scooter riders must exercise caution when sharing the road. A scooter does not have the advantages of a “crumple zone” or airbags or seat belts – all standard features on automobiles. Never forget that an automobile is bigger, faster, and more powerful than most scooters out on the road. Though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) does not separate scooters from the larger and more powerful motorcycles in its fatality reports, the statistics are significant: motorcyclists accounted for 15% of all traffic fatalities in 2012, and are 26 times more likely than automobile passengers to die in a traffic crash. What is a Scooter? The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) defines a scooter as a motorcycle that has a platform or footrest for the operator’s feet, and a step-through architecture. Typically a scooter’s engine is beneath and to the rear of the operator, and the operator is in a perpendicular position to the seat. Scooter Safety Starts With the Driver Because a scooter doesn’t have the built-in protections that an automobile has, scooter operators have a greater responsibility to travel safely. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) has developed a system designed to assist riders in becoming safer on the road, regardless if they’re riding a scooter or a more powerful motorcycle. MSF’s SEE system encourages motorcyclists and scooter riders to develop a heightened awareness while riding, helping them to respond to potentially dangerous situations on the road. The SEE acronym indicates the three steps of this system: Search, Evaluate, and Execute. Search – a consistent and constant scanning of the roadway and traffic Evaluate – assess conditions with an eye toward the worst-case scenario Execute – take appropriate action if needed Scooter Safety Equipment Safe scootering is more than mental preparedness, however. It also takes proper protective equipment and adherence to traffic rules. This includes: Helmet – Probably the most important piece of equipment you’ll need to protect yourself on a scooter. The most devastating and difficult injury to recover from is a Traumatic Brain Injury, and a helmet can help to mitigate that risk. Do your research and purchase the right helmet for your needs. Protective gear – In addition to a helmet, you’ll want to protect the rest of your body with goggles or shatterproof sunglasses, a riding jacket, pants, and proper footwear. All of this gear will help to protect your body from a serious case of road rash (or worse) if you’re involved in an accident. Visibility – “I didn’t see him” is a common statement given to law enforcement officers investigating an accident. Making yourself visible through the use of bright colors and reflective materials helps to increase your safety on the road. Rules of the road – Even though a scooter is smaller and lighter than most other vehicles on the road, riders must abide by the same traffic rules as everyone else. This means proper use of directional signals, controlling your speed, and using road lanes as they are designed to be used. You’ll see many scooter riders in Evansville flaunting many of these guidelines, but understand that they are doing it at their own risk. An unprotected rider who doesn’t make himself visible to other vehicles is often the one who doesn’t walk away from an accident. Scooter Laws in Indiana If you ride a scooter in Evansville, you might be aware that the laws for scooter riders have changed recently. House Bill 1343, also known as “The Scooter Bill” took effect January 1, 2015, and provides local law enforcement as well as the driving public a set of rules for the operation of scooters on public roads. Under the law, all scooter operators must register their vehicle with the BMV and purchase a license plate, regardless of engine size. However, there are some differences in operator and insurance requirements based on engine size: Scooters with an engine size of over 50cc are considered “Class A” vehicles Must purchase license plate Must have a valid driver’s license with a motor-driven cycle endorsement Must have insurance Can have passengers Riders under age 18 must have protective headgear and goggles Scooters with an engine size less than 50cc are considered “Class B” vehicles Must purchase license plate Must be at least 15 years of age and possess a valid Indiana ID Pass a written test at the BMV for a motor-driven cycle endorsement No insurance requirement Can NOT have passengers Riders under age 18 must have protective headgear and goggles Reactions to this new law by the driving public were mixed, but the Evansville Police Department supported this legislation, primarily because of the licensing requirement. Police can track a registered scooter more easily when it is stolen if it has a license. This caused a nearly 300% drop in scooter thefts between 2014 and 2015. Still, regardless of whether you’re driving a Class A or Class B scooter, your first priority should be a safe operation. Remember, you are the one most responsible for your own safety on a scooter. If you or a loved one have been injured in a scooter accident, you may benefit from talking with an attorney experienced in accidents involving motorcycles. Your attorney will examine the facts of the situation and help you to determine what steps you should take to preserve your legal rights. Contact Gerling Law for more information – it won’t cost you anything to see if we can help!

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