Truck Safety and Your Indiana Truck Accident Lawyer

Trucking safety is no accident.  The federal government is working hard, through the Department of Transportation Federal Motor Safety Carrier Administration.  This function is necessary because semi tractor-trailer accidents, big truck accidents and generally all highway accidents either cause wrongful death, or severe injuries.  These injuries cause hundreds of thousands of lost hours of productivity negatively impacting our economy.  On the individual scale, Hoosier families cannot earn a living, cannot educate their children and cannot purchase the other necessities of life.  As a Trial Lawyer with over 22 years experience, John P. Young has represented thousands of Hoosiers finding themselves the victim of highway accidents with severe injuries.  Mr. Young knows that the rules set in place by the FMSCA are highly effective tools to use to make those who negligently cause Hoosiers injuries in large truck accidents to make up for the harm they cause.  The FMSCA has started a new program designed to make the roads safer for both car and truck traffic.

TACT (Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks) Program


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Welcome to the Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) Program Web site—an TACT online resource to help States plan and implement a high-visibility traffic enforcement program. The information and tools provided on this Web site are designed to help States educate motorists about the dangers of unsafe driving behaviors committed by cars around trucks, trucks around trucks, and trucks around other types of motor vehicles. Unsafe driving behaviors may include, but are not limited to: unsafe lane changes, tailgating, failing to signal lane changes, failing to yield the right of way, speeding, and aggressive driving (a combination of two or more behaviors).

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Why is this program important? The program is important because crash data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that the truck-involved fatality rate on the nation’s roadways declined 12% in 2008 compared with 2007, with the number of truck-related crash fatalities dropping from 4,822 in 2007 to 4,229 in 2008. Initiatives such as TACT are helping to decrease the fatality rate by making the general driving public more aware of the safe ways to interact with trucks and provide large vehicles with more room and maneuverability. To help reduce crashes and fatalities further, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is working to educate motorists on how to share the road safely with commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).

If you or a friend or family member has been injured in a truck crash, call your Indiana Truck Accident lawyer, John P. Young for a free, personal and confidential consultation.  There is no fee unless we recover just and fair compensation for your injuries.  Call Mr. Young at 1-888-639-5161 or email Mr. Young at [email protected].  Thank You.

Your Indiana Brain Injury Attorney Discusses Helmets

John P. Young is your Indiana Brain Injury Attorney.  Mr. Young is a member of the National Brain Injury Association and the Brain Injury Association of Indiana, and has been for more than 15 years.  Mr. Young is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Brain Injury Association of Indiana, a past Chair of the Board of Directors and now sits on the Emeritus Board of Directors. As part of the mission of the Brain Injury Association, Mr. Young has been discussing the best way to deal with brain injury – PREVENTION.  Prevention is the key to stopping brain injury.  One very effective means of preventing brain injury is through the use of a helmet.  This includes not only while riding a motorcycle, but when riding a bicycle or when snow skiing.

young-woman-putting-on-bicycle-helmet--thumb2037263 A brain injury can happen in a number of different ways.  Did you know that a stroke is an injury to the brain?  The most common cause of brain injury, however, is trauma or a direct blow to the head.  While a helmet cannot completely prevent brain injury, a helmet is highly effective at either eliminating or reducing the damage caused by a blow to the head. Many of the brain injuries that occur annually in this country can be prevented. Each year 140,000 persons die from brain injuries and 70,000 persons sustain severe brain injuries. The Bike Helmet Safety Institute provides quick answers on how to buy a helmet and other frequently asked questions.

At Young and Young, we encourage every motorcyclist, bicyclist, and skier to wear their helmet.  We also encourage parents to teach their children about helmet safety.  If you or a loved one suffers a brain injury as the result of another person’s negligence, please call John P. Young today for a private, confidential and free consultation.  Call (888) 639-5161 or email Mr. Young at [email protected] today.  We only charge if there is a recovery for your injuries. Put 22 years of experience helping Hoosier families on your side

Pit Bull Attacks Child in Animal Shelter

Most dog bite incidents generally occur on the street or in someone’s home. But on March 16, a six-year-old Indiana boy was attacked by a pit bull mix, of all things, inside an animal shelter. The injured dog was apparently in an unlocked isolation human-pitbull-gene room right off the lobby in the Hamilton County Humane Society. "Do not enter signs" were posted outside of the room, but the boy went in out of curiosity as children tend to do. The pit bull then attacked the child, biting him on the check, arm, and leg. The boy was rushed to the hospital for treatment. The dog allegedly had no history of violent behavior but was put under quarantine for ten days as a result of the attack, and may wind up being put down. The shelter has subsequently installed deadbolts on the rooms where animals are kept. The boy’s family is, however, considering legal action against the shelter.

Pit bulls have developed a reputation for violent, aggressive behavior. But any dog attack, regardless of breed involved, can obviously inflict serious injuries on the victim, including physical and emotional trauma, especially if the victim is a young child. If you or a loved one have been victimized by a dog attack, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Young and Young in Indianapolis for a free consultation.

Indiana Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

John P. Young is your Indiana spinal cord injury lawyer.  Mr. Young has and continues to represent Hoosiers coping with spinal cord injuries for more than twenty years.  The common thread in Mr. Young’s cases is that the spinal cord injury was caused by trauma, and the cause of that trauma was another’s negligence. sleep-paralysis-imagery Remember, just because a person did not intend to harm you, cause you to incur medical bills and lose your ability to earn a living to support your family does not mean that they should not be responsible for making up for the harm they did cause.  As your mother taught you, and you teach your children, if you make a mess, or break something, you are responsible for making up for that harm.  You are responsible for making up for all the harm.  Negligence means, in the law, a failure to use reasonable care.  Reasonable care is obeying the rules of the road, or following the safety regulations which cover a construction site.  When a person violates these rules, even if they did not mean to, they are still responsible to make up for the harm they cause, all of the harm they cause.

Statistically speaking close to 11,000 people in the U.S. sustain a traumatic spinal cord injury each year.  These injuries can be permanent or temporary and can affect your ability to feel, to move or both. As we have discussed before, the higher in the spinal cord the injury, the more of the body will be affected. Almost 200,000 people live with paralysis caused by spinal cord injury. For those coping with spinal cord injury, the good news is there are many resources available to help you adapt to your injury and make a life for yourself.  Mr. Young highly recommends you visit the website of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association ( This organization has a wealth of resources and information crucial to a family coping with spinal cord injury and paralysis.  The Association is made up of professionals dedicated to treating spinal cord injury.  It lists support groups and other resources directly from families and individuals who have been on the road you are travelling.  Do not go at this alone, help is near.

If you or a loved one is dealing with a spinal cord injury caused by another’s negligence, call John P. Young for a personal, confidential and free of charge consultation. Mr. Young works exclusively for you and there is no charge unless you receive fair compensation.  You can call 1 888 639-5161, or email Mr. Young at [email protected].  Let Mr. Young help you and your family, call today.

Indiana Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

John P. Young is your Indiana/Indianapolis drunk driver accident lawyer.  Mr. Young has been representing Hoosiers injured by drunk drivers for 22 years.  Mr. Young is a long time member of Mothers Against Drunk Driving ( Mr. Young has been in attendance at MADD’s victim impact panels, as a guest of a family whose daughter and granddaughter were killed by a drunk driver, and has witnessed the devastating effects of drunk driving accidents on Hoosiers and their families.  Other injuries discussed at these impact panels include broken bones, brain injury, spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis such as paraplegia and quadriplegia, blindness, burns and amputation.


madd-wihatwist1 Even a few decades ago, drunk driving was a crime upon which society looked the other way.  Today, thanks to the efforts of the law enforcement community, organizations such as MADD and trial Lawyers such as Mr. Young, we have changed the attitude toward this crime to making it socially unacceptable.  Yet there is still much work to be done. 

The current statistics tell:

  • MADD estimates that 515,000 people are injured in alcohol-related crashes each year.
  • About 3 in every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some time in their lives.
  • In 2004, there were 16694 fatalities in alcohol-related crashes.
  • In 2004, alcohol contributed to 39 percent of the fatal crashes nationwide.

In Indiana, a person is considered to be driving under the influence of alcohol if their Blood Alcohol Content is .08 mg/dl. The only sure way to avoid being a drunk driver is to never drive after you have been drinking.  Teach your children this truth, it may save their life and the lives of innocent Hoosiers and their families.

John P. Young is working hard, using the civil justice system to force drunk drivers to fairly compensate (to make up for the harm they cause) innocent Hoosiers and their families.  Call Mr. Young today for a personal, no cost consultation.  Call Toll Free 1-888-639-5161 or email Mr. Young at [email protected]

Conventioneer Killed in Indianapolis By Suspected Drunk Driver

A pedestrian who happened to be attending a horror film convention was tragically killed in Indianapolis on Thursday morning. According to police, the victim, a California filmmaker and actor, was run over after an eastbound car swerved out of the traffic lane and struck him in the 7700 block of East 21st Street about 10:30 a.m. The victim died at the scene.pedestrian shadow

Police arrested the motorist on preliminary charges of DUI causing death and transported him to Wishard Memorial Hospital for a blood test. The test results are  pending, according to local news media. The victim was in Indianapolis for the HorrorHound Weekend convention at the Indianapolis Marriott East.

It is well documented that alcohol slows reaction times, impairs judgment, and leads to accidents, sometimes with fatal consequences. In addition to facing criminal charges, drunk drivers who injure or kill other motorists or passengers–or in this case, allegedly someone merely walking down the street– can also be sued in civil court for money damages. If you or a loved one have been seriously hurt by a driver under the influence, please contact the personal injury lawyers at Young and Young in Indianapolis to obtain full information about your legal rights. Young and Young will keep tabs on the criminal prosecution of drunk drivers, including convictions or plea deals, which forms crucial evidence to help you recover fair compensation for your injuries in civil court.

Reckless, Impaired Driving Create Highway Accident Headlines

orange cone In the news: Prosecutors have charged a Hammond, Indiana man with reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident involving death in a March 16 accident that claim the life of a construction worker.  Police say the man took off from the scene of the crash after he allegedly hit and killed a worker who was filling potholes in a construction zone on I-80/94 in the Lake County area. He was arrested the next day after calling his girlfriend on a pay phone. The motorist apparently admitted to police that he had been drinking before the early morning accident although no additional charges have been filed as yet.

Separately, a Lanesville, Indiana, woman recently entered a not guilty plea in a host of charges flowing from a wrong-way, multi-vehicle crash on I-65 in Louisville, Kentucky, back in January. According to toxicology reports, the motorist apparently registered four times the legal blood alcohol limit, and has been charged with charged with DUI, criminal mischief, operating on a suspended license, no insurance, assault, wanton endangerment and careless driving.

In highly dangerous, often tragic incidents of this nature, the legal process operates on a parallel track. Prosecutors bring criminal charges against the offender, while the victim or the victim’s family can hire a private attorney to seek money damages from the offender in civil court. A criminal conviction provides powerful evidence of the offender’s civil liability.

If you or a family member have been injured in a car accident owing to the negligence or recklessness of another driver, or by a driver that operated a vehicle while impaired, it is important to retain legal counsel with the experience and skills needed to obtain full compensation for your injuries. At Young and Young, we have represented thousands of Hoosiers with serious auto accident injuries. We have more than 55 years of experience waiting to help.

Indiana Social Security Lawyer

John P. Young is your Indiana Social Security Lawyer.  Mr. Young has represented disabled Hoosiers for 22 years.  He personally meets with every client.  He personally attends every hearing.  He has read the Social Security Rules and Regulations and understands them.  Is pain enough to get you your Social Security Disability Benefits?  The answer is not simple.  The Social Security administration rules and regulations specifically address pain.  There is no test for pain.  There is no objective imaging for pain.  We know people are in pain in a couple different ways.  If the only reason we know you are in pain is because you are telling us you are in pain, you likely will not get benefits.  The reason is because it is easy to say you have pain, but if there are no objective reasons you are having pain, then your chances of getting disability are small. 

Another way to tell if someone is in pain is they have a disease, injury or illness that is known to cause  pain.  Some disabling conditions even have predictable pain patterns.  For example, if you are having pain moving from your neck to your should to your arm and hand, and the pain is accompanied by numbness, your doctor may well test your neck for a disc condition.  You see, a herniated disc, which can be seen on MRI has a predictable pain pattern, depending on where the affected disc is.  If you have a herniated disc, and your pain complaints are the type of complaints  we would expect to see with a disc herniations in that area, your chances of getting disability are quite good. 

Another way we can tell if a person is in pain is they stop using the affected part of their body as much as they used to.  If the pain is in your right leg, and not your left, and you stop using your right leg as much, the leg muscles will get smaller.  This is called atrophy.  The doctor can measure your leg and see that the muscle is wasting, or is atrophying.  If the doctor accurately records his/her findings, then you stand an excellent chance of getting benefits. 

The underlying thread her is that you must be able to document your conditions.  Therefore, you must go to the doctor, tell the doctor accurately what pain and problems you are having and let them test you for any particular problem.  The doctor will document his/her findings and you can present these to the Social Security Administration. 

If you require assistance with your Social Security Disability Claim, call your Indiana Social Security Disability lawyer r, John P. Young today for a confidential and free consultation, toll free  1 888 639-5161.

Your Indiana Brain Injury Lawyer

John P. Young is your Indiana Brain Injury Lawyer.  Mr. Young has been representing Hoosiers dealing with Brain Injury for the last 22 years.  Mr. Young started when a client came to him who had been roofing a building at a surface mining operation.  The client asked the mine operators to turn off the power to the line going over the roof.  The mine operator sent an employee to shut off the power.  The employee told the roofers it would take five minutes to shut off the power and they could begin work in ten minutes.  The crew waited for 30 minutes, just to be sure, besides, they had to unload their supplies and equipment, so the delay was no problem.  Turns out the mine employee met his girl friend on the way to shut off the power, and never did get around to shutting off the power.  My client came into contact with the line and was hit with 7,500 volts in the mouth.  The shock caused him to fall from the roof and land on his head.  His injuries were severe.

brain Mr. Young immediately joined the National Brain Injury Association and the Indiana Brain Injury Association.  He went to the seminars held by both organizations and met world renowned experts in brain injury trauma.  Mr. Young was so enthralled with this area, he joined the board of directors of the Indiana chapter and eventually served as the Chair of the Board Of Directors of the Indiana Brain Injury Association.  For the client, the case was resolved giving him fair compensation that allowed him to live in a fashion he was used to, with all the skilled medical care necessary to make him comfortable.

Brain injury can come from any source, such a traffic accident, a highway accident, a semi tractor-trailer accident, a drunk driving accident, or a construction accident.  The injury can be severe (coma, death) or less severe (concussion) and all manner of descriptions in between.  I say that a concussion is less severe on purpose.  In the vernacular of the TBI world, a concussion may well be classified as a mild brain injury.  I think this is misleading as it implies the injury is necessarily slight and short term.  Brian injury has as many different impacts as there are people.  So, how do we know if you have had a concussion.

Signs and Symptoms of Concussions

  • Nausea (feeling that you might vomit)
  • Dizziness or balance problems
  • Double or fuzzy vision
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Headache
  • Feeling sluggish or tired
  • Feeling foggy or groggy
  • Confusion
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Trouble remembering

It is never wise to ignore a concussion.  If you are in sports, tell people in charge you think something is wrong.  Continuing to be active, or play, before you see a doctor can be a dangerous thing.  I suggest seeing a health professional right away.  Generally, a neurologist has the proper training to give you the best opinion.  Following your doctor’s orders is key to successful recovery.

Concussions are common, and you will not necessarily lose consciousness.  Having an altered awareness of what is going on around you may occur.  (Sometimes this is referred to as being knocked goofy, or having your bell rung).  Multiple concussions can be dangerous and cause lifelong injury.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, and you believe might have suffered a brain injury, see you doctor, and follow the advice given.  Then, call John P. Young for a free consultation about your rights and fair compensation.

Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers

John P. Young is your personal injury lawyer.  At Young and Young all we do is represent injured Hoosiers.  I would like to share with you one of the most common things I hear from Hoosiers who come to my office, or whom I speak with in their homes or hospital rooms. They are sitting in bed, they may have been in a semi tractor-trailer crash, or a highway crash.  They may have even been in a traffic accident with a drunk driver.  They are in pain with broken bones, maybe an amputation or paralysis, very serious injuries.  They all tell me, “I am not one of those money hungry people trying to get something for nothing” or “I am not ‘sue’ happy”.  They say these things despite the obvious necessity for themselves and their families to seek fair compensation from the negligent person who caused their injuries.

broken window My experience is that most people are honest.  They will not lie to get something they do not deserve.  Of course, there are those out there who will lie, and ruin it for the rest of the honest Hoosiers who need help, but that percentage is very small.  In fact the dishonest persons I encounter, maybe one a year, are so easy to detect that they pose no problem.  We just tell them the evidence does not support their claim and show them the door.  So, why are hard working Hoosiers so likely to apologize for asking for what’s fair?  Let’s start with what your mother taught you, and what you teach your children.  If you make a mess be responsible and make up for the harm you cause.  Is your neighbor being unreasonable for asking you to fix the window you put your baseball through?  No, in fact, we all think the person who does not take responsibility for their actions is a bad person.

People feel they need to apologize because in our society personal responsibility has come to mean don’t ask the person who negligently hurt you to make up for the harm they caused, it has come to mean, shut up and take what you get with a stiff upper lip.  Why would this silliness ever be acceptable?  It is because the insurance companies desire us to think this way.  Why would they want us to think this way?  Because if jury’s consistently were fair with their peers, the insurance companies would have to pay more in fair compensation and that would hurt their executive bonuses.  Don’t feel sorry for them, look around your city, who names are on the biggest buildings?  In Indianapolis, it is the insurance companies.  Last year there were record profits all around the insurance industry, despite Hoosier families struggling to meet the mortgage and feed their children.

Your mother was and is right.  It is everyone’s personal responsibility to fairly make up for the harm they cause.  Hoosiers are not, on the whole, greedy.  They are hard working honest people.  Anyone who says differently either does not live here or is so jaded that their opinions are always angry and destructive.  If you have been injured by another’s negligence, John P. Young is your personal injury lawyer.  He believes your mother is right, and will fight anyone who says differently.

Indiana Governor Signs Drew’s Law Expanding Drunk Driver Sanctions

Following up a previous post, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed into law the bill known as “Drew’s Law.” The measure was among 57 bills that the governor approved on March 12.

The law makes it a Class D felony to cause the death of an unborn child in a drunk driving accident. The bill is named in the memory of  Drew Steinberger, the unborn son of Danielle and Dustin Steinberger,  who was tragically killed on New Year’s Eve 2007 when the car his mother was driving was hit head-on by another driver.

The motorist of the other vehicle in this particular case was apparently believed to be drunk. Owing to a mix-up, however, authorities never took a blood sample, so there was no DUI prosecution.

The bill previously sailed through the Indiana Senate and House with no opposition. State Senator Allen Paul, R-Richmond, originally sponsored the bill at the request of the Steinberger family. A similar law is in effect in 36 other states.

Drew’s Law becomes effective in Indiana on July 1, 2010.

In addition to facing criminal charges, drunk drivers who injure other motorists or passengers can also be sued in civil court for money damages. If you or a loved one have been seriously hurt by a driver under the influence, please contact the personal injury lawyers at Young and Young in Indianapolis. We stand ready to assist. As we mentioned in another blog entry, we keep tabs on criminal prosecutions of drunk drivers,  including convictions or plea deals, which forms crucial evidence to help you recover fair compensation for your injuries in civil court.

High-Tech Billboards–A Roadway Safety Risk?

Some highway safety advocates claim that digital highway billboards constitute “weapons of mass distraction” as potentially dangerous as cell conversations or mobile texting.

According to a recent article published in The New York Times, “These high-tech billboards marry the glow of Times Square with the immediacy of the Internet. Images change every six to eight seconds, so advertisers can flash timely messages — like the latest headlines, coffee deals at dawn, a cheeseburger at lunchtime or even the song playing on a radio station at that moment. The billboard industry asserts there is no research indicating they cause crashes, and notes that the signs do not use video or animation.”

Last year’s Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study on mobile texting focused the nation’s attention on distracted driving. Yet the Times notes that an earlier Virginia Tech study, in 2007, apparently found that digital billboards and ordinary billboards had about the same effect on motorist behavior. The lead researcher in the study now says, however, that further investigation is necessary to reach a more definitive conclusion. In the meantime, lawmakers in Michigan and Minnesota are considering temporary bans on new digital billboards.

If you have been injured by distracted motorist regardless of the cause of the distraction, please call Young and Young in Indianapolis for a free
consultation. We have 55 years of experience to help you and your family obtain full compensation for injuries caused by distracted drivers on
Indiana roads.

More Legal Woes For Toyota

The well-publicized runaway Prius in San Diego on Monday afternoon was more bad news for Toyota. As we discussed in a prior posting, if you drive a Toyota vehicle, please go to either Toyota’s website or the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to see if your particular model is the subject of a recall and if it is, what you need to do to protect yourself and your family.

toyota Apart from the wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits that may arise, Toyota must also deal with the potential of a separate, huge legal liability. According to AP, "Toyota owners claiming that massive safety recalls are causing the value of their vehicles to plummet have filed at least 89 class-action lawsuits that could cost the Japanese auto giant $3 billion or more."

In general, a class-action is a legal process in which a large group of people file their claim collectively in one (or more) cases. Often, class-action complaints are consolidated in a single court jurisdiction for judicial efficiency, and a panel of federal judges is considering such a move for the Toyota cases. AP explains that "After that, a judge will decide whether all claims filed by Toyota owners nationwide can be combined in a single legal action — known as ‘certifying a class’ — and whether the claims have enough merit to move toward either trial or settlement."

Again, those cases involve disgruntled owners suing for economic damages based on the theory of lost value. The personal injury aspect is a separate matter. If you have been in a collision with your Toyota, and were injured, and the car rapidly accelerated or the braking system failed, give Young and Young in Indianapolis a call. Our firm can help you and your family work through all the issues you are now facing.

Indiana Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Keeps Eye on Criminal Prosecution

h-lawyer John P. Young is your Indiana drunk driving accident lawyer.  Mr. Young knows that keeping tabs on the criminal prosecution of the drunk driver who caused your injuries is crucial to helping you recover fair compensation for your injuries.  Why is it so important?

We know from experience that drunk driving accidents can be devastating.  Your injuries will probably be worse if it is a motorcycle accident.  Those injuries may include broken bones, spinal cord injuries including paraplegia and quadriplegia, brain injury, scarring and even wrongful death.  With these kinds of injuries, you will build up medical bills fast.  You may not be able to work immediately after the accident and for a long time after.  Therefore handling your claim against the drunk driver right is crucial.  Mr. Young knows working with your investigating police and prosecutor is very important.

It is important for many reasons.  The police should do a thorough investigation of the facts leading up to, during and after the collision.  This includes taking measurements and pictures at the scene, talking to witnesses, taking evidence to test the drunk driver (breath and blood tests).  Our investigation follows the police investigation to collect any evidence which might have been missed.  We work with the police, not against them, to insure all the evidence is collected.  We follow the prosecution of the drunk driver, providing any and all information they may need. We also consult with our client who has been requested to speak with the prosecutor about the prosecution, just to make them feel more comfortable with the process.

If the drunk driver is convicted, or accepts a plea agreement, we obtain the transcripts of the drunk driver’s admissions.  These admission are admissible in civil court (where we bring the claim for fair compensation for your injuries) to prove that the drunk driver was negligent and caused your injuries.  This is a very efficient and effective method of establishing the drunk driver’s obligation to make up for the harm he/she caused you and your family.

If you have been injured by a drunk driver, in a drunk driver accident, call John P. Young for a free consultation.  Mr. Young and his partners will work for you and with you to protect you and your family.

Highways Keep Getting Safer

As your Indiana Truck Accident Lawyer, we keep our eye on the news about highway  safety. A highway accident with a large truck, including a semi tractor-trailer or other large truck, can have devastating effects on Hoosier families.  We know highway at nightthese traffic accidents cause paralysis including paraplegia, quadriplegia, amputation and even wrongful death.   Prevention of Tractor trailer accidents, and all other accidents is the primary goal of the civil justice system.  Keeping vigilant, proving when a truck crash was caused by negligence and requiring the culprit to fairly compensate the injured Hoosiers when negligence occurs is a powerful incentive for trucking companies to comply with over the road safety regulations.  After all it is never acceptable to needlessly endanger Hoosier families.  Hoosier families are needlessly endangered when truck concerns ignore safety rules and regulations.

The Indianapolis Star reported on March 12, 2010 that the number of people dying on our highway system is at its lowest point since the 1950s. The Star obtained these statistics from the United States Transportation Department.  These statistics show that wrongful death on our highways fell nearly nine percent in 2009.  This seems like a small number, but it translates to more than 10,000 fewer deaths in 2009 than compared to 2005.  This is truly significant given that highway traffic and use has increased in that same period.

It is also gratifying to hear that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is striving further still to bring this number down further.  The NHTSA credits wearing seat belts, programs to discourage drunk driving, and cars with better safety features.  These are all developments which trial lawyers have advocated and championed for decades.

Unfortunately, 680 people died on Hoosier Highways in 2009.  We can do better, but this number represents the lowest number of highway deaths since 1925, when Calvin Coolidge was president, and no one had heard of the great depression or World War II.

If you or your family have been injured or wrongfully killed in a highway accident, call John P. Young, Your Indiana Truck Accident Lawyer, for a no charge consultation.

Indiana Social Security Disability Lawyer

John P. Young is your Indiana Social Security Disability Lawyer.  Mr. Young has 22 years of experience, personally prosecuting the claims of more than four hundred Hoosiers before the Social Security Administrations Administrative Law Judges.  When you call Young and Young and ask about your claim, you will speak directly with Mr. Young.  When you come to Young and Young to speak about your case, you will speak directly with Mr. Young.  When it is time to have your hearing before an Administrative law Judge, Mr. Young will personally prepare you for the hearing and will appear before the Judge with you.

Mr. Young has represented people who have become disabled in construction accidents, Semi tractor-trailer accidents, motorcycle accidents and who have diseases not caused by any accident at all.  Mr. Young knows the Social Security Rules and regulations well, and knows how to prove your disability.  Mr. Young knows that the process can be intimidating.  He offers the following advice on how to make the experience less frightening:

A.  Don’t always believe what the workers at the Social Security Administration tell you.  Speak with a lawyer who is dedicated to working for you, and who has the experience to tell you the truth about your opportunity and chances of being successful with your claim; 

B.  When you apply, have all your doctor’s addresses, and telephone numbers available.  If you already have the records, provide these to the SSA;  

C.  Always call your attorney when you receive information from the Administration about your claim;  

D.  The process can take a long time, do not give up, always appeal your denial (As opposed to filing a new claim or not filing anything);

E.   Having a lawyer who knows the rules and regulations increases your chances of success;

F.   If you are in danger of becoming homeless, the social security Administration may be able to make your case process more quickly, let your lawyer know if you have this issue;  

G.  Sometimes your Senator or Congressman can help if the claim is being processed very slowly; and

 H.  If you are asking a doctor to write a letter telling the SSA you are disabled (This is a really helpful idea) make sure he/she knows that he must explain the logic he uses in coming to the conclusion you are disabled.  His/her opinion that you are disabled, without explaining why she/he thinks that is of no help.  (Have the doctor include lifting restrictions and other physical restrictions placed on you in the letter).

Experience and determination define John P. Young representation of Disabled Hoosiers.  Mr. Young can and will personally help you.  Call today for a free consultation.

State Police Ramp Up Roadway Safety Enforcement Operations

A recent posting at South Bend’s indicates that the Indiana State Police will be increasing their enforcement activities in areas around the state that have been deemed dangerous. Its part of a state-wide crash reduction effort that police say has been very effective in reducing traffic fatalities.

In addition to speed limit enforcement, troopers will target violations such as failure  to yield, and running red lights or stop signs at known dangerous intersections.

lights in rearviewThe last thing any Hoosier wants is jacked up insurance premiums because of traffic tickets. And most motorists probably have experienced that sinking feeling when suddenly coming upon a speed trap.  But it’s important to consider the big picture of traffic safety when you’re out and about on the roads. As ISP Sgt.  Jim Strong says in the posted article, "Every fatal crash we reduce, we’re saving someone’s life."

On the other hand, if you’ve been injured in a car accident owing to the negligence of another driver, it is important to retain legal counsel with the experience and skills needed to obtain full compensation for your injuries. At Young and Young, we have represented thousands of Hoosiers with serious auto accident injuries. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident, we have more than 55 years of experience waiting to help.

Why Trial Lawyers are Really Our Friends

courtroomToyota has problems.  Those problems kill people.  Do you really trust the government to fix the problem.  Remember the Ford Pinto? It was not the government that forced Ford to fix the problem.  It was the private sector which forced Ford to fix the problem.  It was trial lawyers.  It was trial lawyers representing people who had been injured by the Pinto who developed the evidence to convince the world that the Pinto was a dangerous product and was killing people. Only after this evidence was made public, through a trial, did Ford do something about its dangerous Pinto.

John P. Young, of Young and Young, is your Indiana injury Attorney.  Young and Young has been representing injured Hoosiers, as private lawyers, for more than 56 years.  Mr. Young is proud to be associated with the firm form more than 22 years.  Young and Young represents Hoosiers injured in all different types of accidents.  These include construction accidents, drunk driving crashes, semi tractor-trailer accidents, highway accidents, traffic accidents, large truck accidents, and industrial accidents.  Mr. Young has experience with the medicine involved in most types of injuries, including burns, scarring, broken bones, spinal cord injuries resulting in paralysis including paraplegia and quadriplegia, brain injury and wrongful death.

Americans know that the private sector is much more efficient than government agencies.  Americans do not want bigger government interfering with their lives.  The answer is continued strength of the civil justice system.  This system is the envy of the world, giving the little guy the ability to take on the largest corporations and the government when they have been injured or wronged.  Ask the people of Iraq, Afghanistan and Myanmar (formerly Burma) if they wish they could legally and effectively take on their government.  Their answer would be a resounding "H—Yes".  They would be astounded that Americans would want to limit such an effective system.

Only the moneyed interests want to see this system changed.  They want to limit the ability of lawyers to represent injured Americans.  Why?  For the same reason no one trusts congress – money!!  The less ability American Citizens have the right to press their rights to fair compensation, the richer the moneyed interests become.  When you hear the civil justice system is hurting our competitive edge, ask yourself who is preaching this message?  If it is the moneyed interests, what they are really saying is we want to be richer and compensating people we injure makes being richer harder, and we don’t like it.  Be critical in your thinking on this issue and resist the moneyed interests attempt to take away your rights.

IU Study: Anti-Drinking Ads Can Backfire

As John Young explained in the blog posting below, alcohol slows reaction times, impairs judgment, and leads to car wrecks with severe injuries. Alcohol abuse is a particularly serious problem among teenage and young adult motorists. But a study from Indiana University suggests that so-called responsible drinking ads produced by public health agencies and marketing firms that target college students can actually have the reverse effect.

DrunkDriving According to study co-author Adam Duhachek, an IU marketing professor, "The conventional wisdom from people who design these ads is, ‘If we scare people enough it’s always going to be a good thing.’ We demonstrate circumstances where they [not only] aren’t effective, but they cause a backlash where people actually drink more than if they hadn’t been exposed to the ads."  Apparently the study findings suggest that the commercials create a defensive mindset that enables viewers to distance themselves from the serious consequences of binge drinking–that it only happens to other people. According to Prof. Duhachek, "If you’re going to communicate a frightening scenario, temper it with the idea that it’s avoidable. It’s best to use the carrot along with the stick."  The Journal of Marketing Research plans to publish the full study.

A provocative academic study is an interesting conversation starter. It may even lead to important improvements in how media messages about risky behaviors are crafted. However, in the real world right now, drunk drivers of all ages cause all kinds of havoc on Indiana’s roads, including fatal accidents. At Young and Young in Indianapolis, we are a family firm with a legal presence in Indiana for more than 100 consecutive years, and focused solely on injury accidents for the last 55. If you have been injured in a highway accident caused by a drunk driver, we stand ready to help.

Avoid Food Poisoning

We are what we eat.  Unfortunately if we get food that is harmful due to bacteria, toxins, parasites, viruses or chemical contaminants then we feel the effects.  Often the effects can be quite serious as has been seen recently in the outbreaks of E.coli from undercooked ground beef and contaminated leafy green vegetable scare.

Consumers can reduce their risks by taking the following steps:e-coli1

1. Place raw poultry in plastic bags so meat juices cannot cross contaminate other foods;

2. Do not buy foods past "sell-by" or expiration dates;

3. Cook ground beef and other meats completely and request restaurants to do the same;

4. Wash produce thoroughly;

5. Shop at farmers markets whenever possible; and

6. Drive directly home with groceries or place perishables  in a cooler with ice.

Remember – a little caution can prevent a lot of harm down the road.

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