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62-year-old Killed in Accident Caused by Intoxicated Street Racer

Seven vehicles were involved in a fatal wreck outside the state of Indiana recently. The wreck was started by a 38-year-old who was speeding through the streets of Los Angeles, allegedly in an act of illegal street racing. The other person involved in the street racing later told police that he was simply scared of the 38-year-old and trying to get away from him. Whether that is true or not will be left up to the police to fully investigate. Of greater importance are the 38-year-old’s behavior and the accident he caused. Traveling in the range of 80 to 90 miles per hour, the young man crashed into the back of a vehicle that became so damaged that it was tough to identify what type of vehicle it actually was. It appears to be a Nissan, and the 62-year-old driver of the apparent Nissan was killed in the wreck.The Nissan then spun off and into multiple other vehicles, with numerous people in those vehicles suffering injuries. It was later found that the 38-year-old was also intoxicated at the time of the street racing incident. Street racing is illegal and reckless, and the terrible results of this behavior are made all too clear in this story. Innocent people suffered because of this 38-year-old’s horrible decision. Victims of car accidents that are caused by negligent drivers should consider legal action Source: The Drive, “Street Racing Eyed in Fatal Seven-Car Crash Outside Los Angeles,” Kyle Cheromcha, Sept. 22, 2017

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Traffic Fatalities Reflect Growing Problems of the Opioid Crisis

There are many ways to measure and analyze the opioid crisis that has shrouded the United States of America in discomfort and outrage for many years. It appears that few proactive and effective measures are being taken to address the crisis. This is reflected in this staggering statistic: about 100 million people in the U.S. took some form of prescription opioid in 2015. These drugs are too widely available and they do far too much damage to public health. Beyond the obvious personal harm that opioids can do, how else does the opioid affect public safety? Researchers at Columbia University set out to discover just that by looking at car accidents, fatalities, and the people who tested positive for opioids over a multi-decade period of time. According to this study, which looked at fatal traffic accidents in states that had drug testing laws, there was remarkable consistency (as well as very low rates) in the consumption of opioids from 1995 to 1999. In traffic accidents, both men and women that died in these wrecks tested positive for opioids about 1 percent of the time. But if you fast forward to the time period of 2010 to 2015, the numbers explode. About 5 percent of men killed in accidents tested positive for opioids, and even more women (7 percent) tested positive for opioids under the same conditions. Drivers that are under the influence of drugs are willfully taking their lives, and the lives of others, into their own intoxicated hands. Such behavior is negligent and can be established with a personal injury lawsuit. Source: The Drive, “Prescription Opioid-Related Fatal Car Crashes Spike in U.S., Study Says,” Kyle Cheromcha, July 31, 2017

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Self-driving Cars Are Not Without Their Problems

While the following story didn’t happen here in Indianapolis, it still carries some significant weight for the entire country. It revolves around the ongoing saga of self-driving cars, and what the future holds for these tremendous, but problematic, vehicles. One big piece of news from yesterday was that the U.S. House of Representatives accelerated the move towards self-driving cars by allowing automakers to release more of these vehicles to the public without the autonomous vehicles meeting certain safety standards. That may sound dangerous, but it would seem the point is to experiment and accelerate the production of self-driving cars, which promise to dramatically cut back on preventable, human-caused car accidents. But alongside this piece of news is a report that numerous Uber self-driving vehicles have run red lights in San Francisco, and that one was involved in a minor accident in that city recently. The wreck was a rear-end accident that saw another vehicle crash into the autonomous car after the driver had turned off the self-driving mode to allow some pedestrians through. There is also a video in our source article showing a self-driving car just casually driving straight through a red light. Obviously, there are some serious issues with the Uber self-driving fleet, but this could be a wide-spread problem with self-driving cars in general – not just Uber. In any case, more problems will undoubtedly show up as these vehicles become more popular and more widely available. Figuring out legal liability will be a new issue that needs to be addressed in the world or personal injury law. Source: San Francisco Business Times, “Uber’s self-driving vehicle has first California car crash in San Francisco,” Riley McDermid, Aug. 30, 2017

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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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