21% of Fatal Crashes a Result of Drowsiness -Study Suggests

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Driving while drowsy is dangerous.

In November The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a report highlighting the dangers of drowsy driving. “Founded in 1947, the AAA Foundation in Washington, D.C. is a not-for-profit, publicly supported charitable research and education organization dedicated to saving lives by preventing traffic crashes and reducing injuries when they occur.” According to the report, car crashes rank among the leading causes of death in the U.S. This particular report focuses on the number of injuries and deaths resulting from drowsy drivers.

For some time researchers have questioned official government statistics which, “suggest that drowsy driving only contributes to approximately 1-3% of motor vehicles crashes each year in the United States.” In fact, the report states that experts believe official statistics are only the “tip of the iceberg” as it relates to the number of crashes that result from drowsiness.

Following up on a study that was previously done by the AAA, a re-analysis using data from the years 2009-2013 revealed an alarming number of crashes occurring due to drowsiness.

AAA Reports Startling Statistics on Drowsy Drivers

Results of the re-analysis revealed an estimated…

  • 6% of all crashes in which a vehicle was towed from the scene involved a drowsy driver
  • 7% of crashes in which a person received treatment for injuries involved a drowsy driver
  • 13% of crashes in which a person was hospitalized involved a drowsy driver
  • 21% of crashes in which a person was killed involved a drowsy driver

These numbers are staggering, and emphasize the need to be alert when behind the wheel. Other researchers have discovered that people may not even realize they have been asleep unless they have been sleeping for an extended period of time. This means that you may not even realize you have fallen asleep while driving if you have only been asleep a few seconds. Don’t risk your life or someone else’s. Don’t get behind the wheel if you feel drowsy.

Were You Hurt by a Drowsy Driver?

Have you been injured in a car accident because of a drowsy driver? Contact the car accident attorneys at Hensley Legal Group today. Our experienced attorneys can help you understand your rights, and will work with you to help you recover what you deserve from insurance companies. We are available 24/7 at 1-800-436-7539 to answer your questions. You can also contact us via the web. Fill out the ‘Get Help Now’ form and someone from our office will contact you immediately to discuss your claim. The initial consultation is always free, and we never get paid unless we help you get the money you deserve.

Replacement Switches Urgently Ordered Well Before G.M. Recall

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SpeedometerThe New York Times reports in an article published November 11th that emails, discovered in “four million documents contained in a depository set up for discovery in federal multi-district litigation against the automaker,” show that G.M. placed an urgent order for 500,000 replacement switches months before it notified the government about the recall. The initial email from G.M. was sent on December 18th, 2013 which, according to the Times, was “a day after a crucial committee met to discuss the switch issue but declined to order a recall.”

The first email from G.M. to Delphi, the supplier of the part, was sent the 18th at 3:16pm, apparently following a voicemail, and requested “a build and ship plan for a large volume of this part to support an urgent Field Action for our customers.” The following day a follow up email was sent with a modified subject line including the words “FIELD ACTION **URGENT**.” Delphi responded noting that they had only provided G.M. with 11,445 pieces in the last year, and requested a timeline for the 500,000 parts described by Delphi as “a huge increase in production.” G.M. responded saying they “would need to start seeing shipments ASAP.”

According to the Times, G.M. has “recalled 2.6 million cars for the defective switch, beginning in early February, and has acknowledged that some engineers and others in the company knew of the flaw for more than a decade.” These emails would simply serve as evidence that the company knew about the problem, and even prepared to fix the problem, months before the cars were officially recalled. It also brings into question the credibility of Mary T. Barra, who became G.M.’s CEO in January. She has said that “she did not learn of the ignition-switch defect until a committee decided that month to recall the cars.” However, in an AP article published November 11th, Robert Hillard, a Texas personal injury attorney, noted that it seemed unlikely that the CEO would not have known about the purchase of the 500,000 new switches which would have come at an unbudgeted cost of about $3 million dollars. However, the AP article also states, “G.M. says it is standard procedure to start ordering parts before a recall decision is made.”

In the end, these emails add yet another wrinkle in the already complicated G.M. recall case. But, at least 32 deaths have already occurred due to the ignition switch problem. G.M. could have potentially saved some of these lives by announcing concerns about the ignition switch when it placed the order for replacements. Robert Hillard, in the AP article notes that “For his clients alone, a warning (as soon as G.M. knew about the problem) could have prevented one death and 85 injuries.”

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of an ignition switch problem with your G.M. vehicle, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced car accident attorney at Hensley Legal Group. We have the experience you deserve, and can handle the big insurance companies so you can focus on recovering. Contact us anytime 24/7 at 1-888-436-7539, or reach us via the web and fill out the ‘Get Help Now’ box. We work on a contingency fee basis and never collect money from you unless we help you collect a settlement. Contact us today to see if hiring an attorney would be beneficial to you and your situation.

Scammers Target Social Security Disability Applicants

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Text MessagingWhat You Need to Know

  1. Patrick P. O’Carroll, Jr., Inspector General for the Social Security Administration, warns those who are applying for disability and those receiving benefits about a texting scam. The text requests applicants and beneficiaries “call a telephone number for information about their Social Security disability benefit claims.”
  1. The text message reads “Disability Alert: Please call 253-xxx-xxx regarding your recent disability benefits application.”
  1. The Inspector General, in a Fraud Advisory Press Release, said that Social Security will NEVER send you a text message about your application. He also said that, “Social Security representatives may call to follow up on a benefit application-but they will not send text messages-and they generally will not ask for personal identifiers or financial information.”
  1. This type of texting scam is just one way thieves attempt to obtain personal information. If you would like more information on identity theft, and other ways people attempt to get your information click here. You can also contact the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-ID-THEFT for more information, or to report identity theft.
  1. If you receive a suspicious text message regarding your Social Security Application contact the Social Security Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271 from 10am to 4pm Easter Time, or online here.

ALICE Report Highlights Hoosier Struggles

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Many Hoosiers are pinching pennies to get by.

The United Ways of several states, including Indiana, have partnered to produce the ALICE report, and the numbers for Indiana are in. According to the United Way’s website, ALICE stands for asset limited, income constrained, employed, “and represents the population of individuals and families who are working, but are unable to afford the basic necessities of housing, food, child care, health care, and transportation.” The report, focusing on Indiana, was released Monday November 10th, and highlights the struggles Hoosiers face every day to make ends meet.

Do Federal Poverty Levels Need Updating?

The foundation of the report is the notion that the Federal Poverty Guidelines are out of date and inadequate. To quote the report, “Yet the Indiana poverty rate of 14 percent obscures the true magnitude of financial instability in the state. The official U.S. poverty rate, which was developed in 1965, has not been updated since 1974, and is not adjusted to reflect cost of living differences across the U.S.” To better measure the true number of struggling Hoosiers the report attempts to update the poverty guidelines which are currently $23,050 for a family, and $11,170 for a single adult. The United Way, based on the current cost of living in Indiana, created an annual Household Survival Budget and an annual Household Stability Budget. The Survival Budget is absolutely bare bones, and does not allow for any savings. For a family of four the annual Survival Budget is $46,495, and for a single adult it is $17,026. The annual Household Stability Budget is, “one that enables not just survival, but self-sufficiency.” For a family of four in Indiana the annual stability budget is $82,740, and for a single adult it is $22,836.

Many Hoosiers Make Less Than The Household Survival Budget

The number of Hoosiers making less than the annual Survival Budget is staggering. The report states that 922,342 households (37 percent) are below the ALICE threshold, or make less than the annual Survival Budget. How far from the Survival Budget are these households? According to the report, “ALICE and poverty-level households earn only 36 percent of the income needed to reach the ALICE Threshold for basic economic survival.” What’s most disturbing is that even when factoring in government, nonprofit, and health care resources these households, “remain 23 percent short of the income needed to reach the ALICE Threshold.” This means that after applying all of our current aid mechanisms households below the ALICE Threshold collectively fall $7.9 billion dollars short (23 percent) of reaching the ALICE Threshold.

Report Highlights Inequality in Indiana – Women Hurting

The ALICE report is full of interesting statistics about the State. One being, “Sixty-nine percent of all jobs in Indiana pay less than $20 per hour ($40,000 per year if full-time), and more than half (51 percent) pay less than $15 per hour ($30,000 per year if full-time). It goes on to state that in order to reduce the number of ALICE households, “a significant increase in the wages of current jobs or in the number of medium-and high-skilled jobs in both the public and private sectors in Indiana” is necessary. It also highlights income inequality in the State which, “increased by 17 percent from 1979 to 2012.” Currently, if you are in the top 20 percent of wage earners in the State you make 48 percent of all the income. The report notes that if five Hoosiers divided 100.00 based on the current distribution of income in the State then the first person would get 48.00, the second 24.00, the third 15.00, the fourth 9.00, and the last would get 4.00.

Other facts coming from the report expose the wage disparity between women and men in Indiana, which the report believes helps to explain why so many households headed by single women fall below the ALICE Threshold (54 percent). The report says, “Indiana has the sixth-lowest earnings ratio of any state in the country, with women earning just 73 percent of what men earn.” This disparity persists even among those who have achieved educational degrees. “In terms of education, men earn at least 40 percent more than women across all educational levels: the highest earnings gap is 59 percent for those with some college or an associate’s degree.”

Disabled Hoosiers Hit Hard

The ALICE report also highlights the struggles Hoosiers with disabilities face to get by. Disturbingly, “15 percent of people in Indiana have a lasting physical, mental, or emotional disability that impedes them from being independent or able to work.” Not only this, but for those who are working, they tend to make less. According to the report, those who are working with a disability make a median wage of $17,335 compared to the median wage of a non-disabled Hoosier which is $28,484. The report also notes that a household with a disabled member is twice as likely to be in poverty or below the ALICE Threshold.

Finally, from the years 2007 to 2012 the State saw a 39 percent increase in those receiving SSI benefits, a 12 percent increase in those receiving Social Security Income, and a 55 percent increase in those receiving Food Stamps. During this same time Indiana, “against the trend of most states,” saw a decrease in those receiving TANF or GA of 7 percent.

Get Assistance if You’re in Need

These numbers demonstrate the huge portion of Hoosiers struggling to get by. If you or someone you love is having trouble making ends meet, don’t feel like you are alone, or that it is your fault. There are programs that you can utilize to help you through difficult times. A Social Security Disability attorney at Hensley Legal Group can help you understand your options, and will work with you to ensure you get the help you need and deserve. Do you have questions about these programs? Call us today. We never charge for a consultation, and we work on a contingency fee basis which means you don’t pay us unless you get paid. Call today at 1-888-436-7539, or you can reach us via the web. Fill out the ‘Get Help Now’ form, and someone from our office will contact you immediately to discuss your options.

Is Testosterone Contributing to Prostate Cancer?

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Testosterone PillsStudy Shows Testosterone is a Tumor Promoter in Rats

On September 23, an article was published in the Journal Endocrinology summarizing a study which concluded, “Testosterone was shown to be a weak complete carcinogen and a strong tumor promoter for the rat prostate in this study.” Martin C. Bosland of the Department of Pathology at the University of Illinois at Chicago carried out the study and is very concerned about the results.

F.D.A. Also Concerned about Testosterone

Earlier this month an F.D.A. advisory panel discussed the potential for testosterone to cause heart attacks. The panel was not able to confirm that testosterone was in fact causing heart attacks due to limitations of the studies that found such a link, but the evidence was strong enough that the panel ordered clinical trials to determine the safety of the drug. The panel also voted to restrict the marketing of testosterone therapy only to those suffering from a serious illness such as hypogonadism. Bosland’s study echoes the panels’ suggestions. “Until adequate human studies are available, it appears prudent to limit testosterone therapy to those men who suffer from symptomatic clinical hypogonadism.” While the F.D.A. panel was making this suggestion due to fears of a link between testosterone and heart attacks, Bosland fears there may also be a connection between testosterone and prostate cancer.

His study tested rats, which were given testosterone, to determine the number of them which developed prostate cancer. Some rats were given a known carcinogen, others were given testosterone, and others still were given both the carcinogen and testosterone. The results of the study showed that rats given only the known carcinogen did not develop prostate cancer, but the study found “prostate carcinomas in 10%-18%” of rats given testosterone only. When both the known carcinogen and testosterone were given to the rats, the incidence of prostate carcinomas was increased to anywhere from 57%-71% depending on the level of testosterone given. According to the article “The most striking and novel observation was the strong prostate cancer response to the lowest testosterone dose, which did not increase circulating testosterone.”

Due to the results of his study and other studies which have highlighted concerns about the safety of testosterone, Bosland suggests in the article that men “avoid testosterone use for nonmedical purposes.” He also believes both the medical community and the general population need to “consider the lowered circulating testosterone levels occurring in aging men a physiological phenomenon and not a disease that requires treatment.” Bosland’s study showed that testosterone can cause prostate cancer in rats but “If testosterone is also a carcinogen and tumor-promoter agent for the human prostate, testosterone therapy could result in increased risk of prostate cancer.” Because of this, Bosland says studies of men who have taken and are currently taking testosterone are “urgently needed.”

Suffered Injury Following Testosterone Treatment?

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from testosterone therapy, contact an experienced dangerous drug attorney at Hensley Legal Group. Our attorneys have experience with these cases and can get you the answers you need following your injury. We are also experienced in other types of dangerous drug and medical device cases. You can find out more on our dangerous drug and medical device webpage. You can reach us 24 hours a day 7 days a week at 317-222-3333, or contact us via web  and fill out the ‘Get Help Now’ box.

Big Bird Shuts Down Northern Indiana Highway

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According to Yahoo News, a large flightless bird on the loose near Peru Indiana “forced the closing of a northern Indiana highway.” On Monday October 27th the large bird, known as a rhea, ran onto U.S. 24 about 80 miles north of Indianapolis, and caused trouble for travelers. National Geographic says the Rhea is the largest bird in South America, and is related to ostriches and emus. Apparently the bird escaped from a farm over the weekend after it jumped a fence and disappeared into a cornfield.

Owner Subdues “Jet” Like Bird

Authorities arrived to try and capture the bird, but State Police Officer Bob Burgess told the Kokomo Tribune “This thing would just all of a sudden take off like a jet.” He also said, “Everybody was a little bit skeptical about grabbing ahold of it because it could kick you and it had some pretty vicious talons.” An animal control officer arrived and shot the bird with a tranquilizer dart, but it didn’t appear to have much of an effect. Luckily the bird’s original owner showed up and according to Yahoo news “arrived at the scene and was able to tackle it.” He then loaded it into his truck and returned it to its new owner.

The highway was reopened shortly after the bird was taken away, but it doesn’t sound like 1st Sgt. Burgess will forget the incident anytime soon. “It was kind of a circus there for a little bit. This thing could run like nobody’s business.” Apparently the bird’s original owner is slightly faster than nobody’s business.

Distractions Are No Laughing Matter

Don’t let the humor of this story fool you. Things happen on our roadways every day that can result in catastrophe if drivers aren’t paying attention. Don’t let distractions get the best of you. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident as a result of someone else’s negligence call our northern Indiana office at 219-525-3906. The attorneys at Hensley Legal Group have the experience you deserve, and will help you understand your options following an accident. You can also reach us online by filling out the ‘Get Help Now’ box. Someone from our office will contact you immediately to discuss your situation.

North West Indiana Amtrak Train and Semi Accident

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According to an article in the Northwest Indiana Times, 14 people were injured when an Amtrak train headed for Chicago collided with a semi-truck. The collision, which occurred in White County, happened at about 8:20a.m. Tuesday, October 28th. White County Sherriff Pat Shafer told The Associated Press that the people injured were taken to local hospitals, but that he wasn’t sure of the severity of the injuries. However, Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said “No one aboard the Hoosier State line suffered serious or life-threatening injuries in the collision.” It appears that the 18-wheeler stopped in the path of the Amtrack train for unknown reasons. The train was unable to avoid the collision, and split the trailer in half. Apparently no one associated with the big rig was hurt, and of the 56 passengers aboard the Amtrak train only 14 complained of injuries.

Have You Been Injured in a Semi Accident?

If you or a loved one has been injured following a semi accident call the experienced team of attorneys at Hensley Legal Group today. With an office located in Merrillville Indiana we are ready and able to serve the Northwest Indiana Region at a moment’s notice. Don’t let a lawyer who is unfamiliar with truck accidents mishandle your case. Call the truck accident attorneys at Hensley Legal Group at 219-525-3906. Or contact us via the web. Fill out the ‘Get Help Now’ form and someone from our office will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss the specifics of your case.

Good News for Mesothelioma Patients

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Turmeric SpiceOn September 18th Case Western Reserve University issued a news release that gives hope to patients suffering from mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer often associated with exposure to asbestos. Scientists from Case Western Reserve along with colleagues from Georg-Speyer-Haus in Frankfurt, Germany  were able to demonstrate that curcumin, a derivative of the Asian spice turmeric, combined with cancer fighting peptides has the potential to increase the levels of a protein inhibitor that is known to “combat the progression” of mesothelioma, according to the news release.

PIAS3 Peptides and Curcumin Combat Mesothelioma

It has been determined that STAT3, an intracellular protein and transcription factor, is a major contributor to the progression of mesothelioma because it sends signals that trigger the growth and expansion of cancer cells. However, it is also known that PIAS3, a protein inhibitor, is able to block STAT3’s cancer causing properties. The news release quotes the Director of the Center for Cancer Drug Development and University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center Afshin Dowlati who said, “Mesothelioma patients who have low PIAS3 and high STAT3 have a greater chance of dying early. On the flip side, those patients with a high PIAS3 level have a 44 percent decreased chance of dying in one year, which is substantial.”

The study conducted by Western Reserve University demonstrated that curcumin coupled with PIAS3 peptides actually raised PIAS3 levels, which means that they have found an effective means of battling malignant mesothelioma. However, Dowlati also explained that curcumin is not effectively absorbed by the human gut when taken in as the spice turmeric. Armed with the knowledge of this study, researchers can now move forward to develop a form of curcumin that is digestible, and eventually use it as a way to combat mesothelioma.

Non-Asbestos Related Mesothelioma

According to the news release, mesothelioma kills 43,000 people worldwide each year. It also states that many suffering from mesothelioma were never exposed to asbestos, and makes it clear that asbestos exposure is not the only way patients develop mesothelioma.

Get Help Now

The CDC reports that from 1999-2010 there were 662 deaths from mesothelioma in Indiana. If you or someone you love is fighting mesothelioma, and you are curious about your legal rights contact the experienced attorneys at Hensley Legal Group. We can inform you of your options, and help you determine if you deserve compensation. Call us at 317-472-3333, or contact us via the web. Fill out the ‘Get Help Now’ box, and someone from our office will contact you as soon as possible.

F.D.A. Adds Warnings to Xolair Labels

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Asthma InhalerFears Xolair Could be Unsafe

On September 16th the F.D.A. released a safety announcement regarding the asthma drug Xolair. Approved by the F.D.A. in 2003, Xoliar is prescribed to asthma sufferers whose condition is not adequately controlled with traditional inhaled corticosteroids. The medication is administered every 2-4 weeks by a physician as an injection. The F.D.A. safety announcement highlights concerns about whether the drug may be causing problems including heart attacks and cancer.

F.D.A. Warns of Potential Heart and Brain Related Problems

According to the F.D.A. their 5-year safety review “found a slightly higher rate of heart and brain blood vessel problems” for those in the study who took Xolair compared to those who did not. The safety announcement says “The heart and brain blood vessel problems included mini-strokes known as transient ischemic attacks or TIAs; heart attacks; sudden, unexpected chest pain; high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs called pulmonary hypertension; and blood clots in the lungs and veins.” It is important to note however, that the F.D.A. said that while the data seemed to suggest a concern there were weaknesses in the study which left the F.D.A. unable to “definitively confirm or determine the exact increased level of these risks with Xolair.” The F.D.A. however, did find the risk great enough to warrant “added information about the potential risks of heart- and brain- related problems to the Adverse Reactions section of the drug label.

Cancer Risk

The safety announcement also highlighted studies which have shown higher rates of cancer for Xolair patients. The F.D.A. did stress that their analysis did not show higher rates of cancer for Xolair patients, but again they did find the evidence compelling enough to add information about the risk of cancer to the Warning and Precautions sections of the drug label.

In summary the F.D.A. reviewed literature which showed potential risks with Xolair. The F.D.A. found problems and limitations with the studies that found these risks, however they did decide to include information on Xolair’s label to warn people about the cancer risk and the heart and brain blood vessel problems. The F.D.A. advised “Patients taking Xolair should continue to take the medication as prescribed and discuss any questions or concerns with their health care professionals.”

Hensley Legal Group Can Help You Today

If you or someone you know have taken Xolair and experienced an injury like the ones listed above please contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney at Hensley Legal Group. Our group of knowledgeable attorneys can help you understand your options, and help you determine what your next step should be. Call our office any time 24/7 at 317-472-3333. Or reach out to us on the web. Fill out the ‘Get Help Now’ form, and someone from our office will reach out to you as soon as possible to discuss your options.

You’ve Been in an Auto Accident – Now What?

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Auto AccidentBeing involved in an auto accident can be traumatic, stressful, and confusing, but Hensley Legal Group is here to help. In this post you will find a guide to help you determine what your options are following an auto accident.

What if I am at Fault?

First, let’s look at a scenario where you were involved in an auto accident, and the accident was your fault. If you have auto insurance, your company will deal directly with the other parties involved in the accident and will pay for the damage you caused. However, it’s important to note that if you sustain damages as a result of the accident, you must cover the costs for your own damages. Your insurance company will not pay for your damages, either to your vehicle or to yourself, if the accident was your fault unless you carry a comprehensive policy. This is an important aspect of your insurance policy to understand, and if you aren’t sure whether your policy would pay for your damages if you are at-fault in an accident, it would be wise to contact your agent today to find out.

Don’t Go Without Auto Insurance

If you’re in an accident that is your fault, and you don’t have auto insurance, you can be sued by the other party or their insurance company to pay for damages you caused. Not only is it illegal to drive a vehicle without auto insurance, – if you cause an accident you could lose more than just your license. You may lose your savings or even have to file bankruptcy to cover the costs of the damages. In this case it’s just not worth the risk.

What if I was not at Fault? What’s Underinsured Coverage?

Second, let’s assume that you are in an accident that is not your fault. It’s important to realize that your options in this instance differ depending on whether the other driver has insurance. If the other driver is insured, then your first option is to file a claim with the other driver’s insurance to recover damages. Sometimes this is as far as you will need to go to recover your losses; however, a situation can arise in which the at-fault driver is underinsured. This means that the other driver has insurance, but the policy has a maximum payout limit, and that limit is less than the cost of your damages. If this happens you can file a claim with your own insurance company to recover the difference between the other driver’s policy limits and your damage. It is very important to understand that you can only do this if your policy includes coverage for underinsured drivers. If your policy does not include coverage for underinsured drivers then you are responsible for any remaining bills beyond the other driver’s policy limits. If you are unsure of whether your policy includes coverage for underinsured drivers it would be wise to contact your agent to find out. As you can see, if your policy does not include this type of coverage you can be in an accident that is not your fault, – and still have to pay for damages you or your property sustain.

What if I was not at Fault? What’s Uninsured Coverage?

In the event that you’re in an accident that isn’t your fault, but the other driver has no insurance, you can file a claim with your own insurance company to recover damages. But please note that you can only file such a claim if your policy includes coverage for uninsured drivers. If your policy does not include this type of coverage, your only recourse is to sue the other individual to recover damages. This is an expensive and time consuming option and can be disappointing if the other individual has no way to pay or files bankruptcy. If you are unsure whether your policy includes uninsured coverage, it would be wise to contact your agent immediately to find out. As you can see, you could be in an accident that is not your fault, and still get stuck with the entire cost of damages to you and your property depending on the type of policy that you carry.

Understand What Your Policy Covers

In summary, it is critical to understand what your own policy covers and does not cover. According to the Indiana Department of Insurances’ website, “Each newly written Indiana auto liability policy must include uninsured and underinsured motorist’s coverage.” However, this does not mean that your policy has this type of coverage as the site also states “unless you reject this in writing.” You may have rejected this in writing and not have even been aware. The best thing to do is to contact your agent today and find out if you have uninsured motorist coverage, underinsured motorist coverage, and if your policy will pay for your damages if you are at-fault in an accident. Once you know the answers to these questions, you can then make an educated decision about the best policy for you – a decision that is based on your safety and best interest and not just the cost of the policy.

Why do I Need an Attorney?

Finally, it is always a good idea to contact an attorney following an accident. If you are not at-fault, an attorney can work with you to help ensure your rights are protected. The attorney can investigate whether the other driver has insurance and the extent of that coverage as well as your own insurance coverage. The attorney can also help you with the paperwork and take over communication with the insurance companies which allows you to focus on getting better. The attorney can negotiate a fair settlement and ensure that all aspects of your recoverable loss are compensated, including lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage. In short, if you are in an accident contact, an attorney. Many offer a free consultation, and many also work on a contingency fee basis. This means you can talk to someone for free about your situation, and if you become a client the attorney will not get paid unless you recover money for your damages. You don’t have anything to lose.

Contact an Experienced Auto Accident Attorney at Hensley Legal Group

If you have been in an auto accident and want to speak with an experienced attorney call Hensley Legal Group today at 317-472-3333. We can help you determine what you should do, and we will fight to ensure that the insurance company gives you a fair settlement. We work on a contingency fee basis and won’t charge you anything unless we help you get a settlement. You can also reach us via the web. Fill out the ‘Get Help Now’ form and someone from our office will contact you immediately to discuss your accident.

*Every situation is different. You should always speak with an attorney to get legal advice tailored to your specific situation. This post is not legal advice and should not be considered as such. The information contained in this post only applies to accidents occurring in Indiana.