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Guy DiMartino Oct. 31, 2014

Indiana personal injury lawyer discusses a recent settlement by the Indiana Department of Transportation.

A recent story in the Courier-Journal highlights a lawsuit against the Indiana Department of Insurance in Scottsburg, Indiana over an intersection car accident that killed three high school students. In 2007, three students were killed when the driver of the car ran a stop sign on westbound Indiana 356 and collided with a SUV that was traveling northbound on US 31.

The estates argued that the Indiana Department of Transportation was negligent because it placed a stop sign in a wrong position in violation of its own engineering standards. The estates also took the position that the driver was unable to see the stop sign because of its placement. As part of the settlement, Indiana agreed to put a flashing light at the intersection to warn upcoming motorists. The estates also received a confidential settlement.

Our condolences go out to the families of those who were impacted by this tragedy. Hopefully, this resolution will give some peace to the families involved.

This case like, the Indiana stage collapse case, is governed by the Indiana Tort Claim Act. In order to bring a case against the state, agency of the state, or municipality, an injured person has to provide a Notice of Claim with the appropriate agency. The time limits for filing the Notice of Claim are very short. If the Notice is not provided to the agency, municipality or state within the appropriate time limits, an injured person's claim will be barred forever. It is important to contact a Michigan City personal injury lawyer immediately if you believe you have a claim against the state, a state agency, or a local government, so you can protect your rights.

Indiana accident law is complex. If you have any questions about the Indiana Tort Claim Act or filing a claim against a state agency, call our Michigan City personal injury lawyers at (219) 874-4878.