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Harbhajan Jhutti died in car accident

INDIANAPOLIS —Sleepiness may have been a factor in a deadly semi crash overnight at the south split of I-70 and I-65. The driver, Sukhinder Dhuga, 30, was driving his semi trailer on I-65 South when it started to merge onto I-70 West and turned on its side. A passenger, Harbhajan Jhutti, 33, of Canada, was thrown from the semi and was later pronounced dead at Wishard Hospital. Dhuga was extricated from the vehicle and was also taken to Wishard, where his condition is unknown. Police investigating the incident said speed was a factor and that the driver may have fallen asleep....

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What are the Indiana State and Federal laws that govern truck drivers?

Trucking companies must follow the following federal regulations found in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSA): Truck drivers are required to keep a driver's log. Federal regulations require a commercial driver's license for certain vehicles to reduce or prevent truck accidents, serious injuries, and death. Federal regulations require commercial trucks to have specific insurance coverage depending upon the type of load transported. The Commercial Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program requires that States and certain jurisdictions develop, support, and implement safety programs that establish and improve safer transportation of goods. Common provisions used in accident litigation 9 C.F.R. § 391 - Qualification...

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Construction Site Accidents – Who Will Pay For My Lost Wages?

Under Indiana Workers Compensation laws, construction site victims will be provided not only medical care, but also compensation for lost wages if they are unable to return to work.  The Indiana Compensation Act offers three types of benefits to injured workers: Medical care for work-related injuries Wage replacement due to injuries Payment for any permanent impairment Wage replacement is paid weekly after the employee misses more than 7 days of work due to injuries.  Benefits are paid at 2/3 of the injured worker’s weekly wage, which is based upon wages from the previous year. Compensation is also paid for a permanent impairment...

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Construction Accidents – Who Will Pay My Medical Expenses?

Workers compensation insurance is the first resource an accident victim may use for help. However, there may be other parties involved at the work site who are legally responsible for your injury.  A contractor or sub-contractor may be at fault. Your accident may have resulted from a violation of OSHA regulations or a malfunctioning piece of equipment from the equipment manufacturer. Immediately after an injury, it is imperative to gather all information and begin a thorough investigation of the accident. Immediate attention should be given to the scene of the accident, along with contact of any eyewitnesses. Photographs and videos of...

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Trucking Accidents – Who Will Pay For My Lost Wages?

If your truck accident occurred while you were working, Indiana Workers Compensation laws will provide medical care and compensation for lost wages if you are unable to return to work.  The Indiana Compensation Act offers three types of benefits to injured workers: 1.    Medical care for work-related injuries with no cost to you 2.    Lost wage replacement because of inability to work due to injuries 3.    Payment for any permanent impairment resulting from your injuries There are four types of disability benefits: 1.    Temporary Total Disability (TTD) 2.    Temporary Partial Disability (TPD) 3.    Permanent Total Disability (PTD) 4.    Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) Benefits are paid to employees who are...

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Trucking Accidents – Who Will Pay My Medical Expenses?

After a trucking accident, sorting it all out can be frustrating and confusing.  The main concern of most clients is how to pay for their medical expenses. We can help negotiate on your behalf with insurance companies and healthcare providers so you can continue to receive medical care until your case is settled. Who will pay your medical expenses?  The answer depends up how the trucking accident occurred.  If you have an auto policy, medical benefits may be available under your auto insurance along with the trucking company’s insurance, regardless of fault, up to a certain amount. After benefits with insurance companies...

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What are the Federal or State Laws That Govern Truck Drivers?

Trucking companies must follow many federal laws found in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSA) such as: 1.    Keeping a driving log by the commercial truck driver 2.    Obtaining a commercial driver's license for certain vehicles to reduce or prevent truck accidents, serious injuries, and death 3.    Carrying specific insurance coverage for commercial trucks depending upon the type of load being transported Here are common federal rulings used in accident litigation: 9 C.F.R. § 391 - Qualification of Drivers If a driver operates a tractor trailer or other commercial vehicle that weighs over 10,000 pounds, carries 16 or more passengers, or transports hazardous materials, he...

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Starr Austen & Miller Investigating 2013 Ford Escape Fuel Line Fire Recalls

Scott Starr, of the Indiana law firm of Starr, Austen & Miller, LLP, announced today that the firm is investigating potential products liability claims related to a recall of the 2013 Ford Escape for those vehicles containing a 1.6 liter engine. The Ford Escape has a new redesign for the model year 2013, and had only recently begun production of the new model at the Louisville, Kentucky Ford plant. While trying to launch this new version of the compact SUV, Ford announced a recall of approximately 11,500 vehicles manufactured between early April through July 11, 2012 all of which have a...

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Construction Workers Vulnerable to Injuries and Premature Death

New research from the Center for Construction Research and Training, affiliated with the AFL-CIO, indicates that almost all construction workers will have at least one work-related injury during their lifetime and are at greater risk of dying prematurely. Researchers drew from multiple years of data from national sources, including the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. According to CCRT researchers, in a 45-year career, a construction worker has a 75 percent chance of experiencing a disabling injury, and a 1-in-200 chance of a fatal injury on the job. Furthermore, someone who begins construction work at age 20 and lives until the age of...

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