Archive for the ‘ Auto Accident ’ Category

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9
Apr

Indiana Car Accident Causes: Defective Automobile Parts

When automakers fail to ensure the safety of the products and parts they release to the public, consumers may become the victims of a Defective Product Injury.

This was the case for dozens of consumers who purchased makes and models of General Motors (GM) vehicles equipped with faulty ignition switches. A locking mechanism failure in the part can allow keys to shift into the off position while vehicles are in motion, resulting in a loss of control. Reports from CBS News explain that so far, 13 reports of fatalities and more than 450 injuries have been linked to the failure.

Toyota also recently recalled more than 6.4 million vehicles from around the world in connection to a similar problem. Starters in certain makes and models of these vehicles may contain a defect that causes the vehicle to remain running, even when the key is turned to the off position. The announcement comes on the heels of other earlier recalls that affected millions more vehicles.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize the dangers defective car parts can pose to the public and encourage anyone who has been harmed as the result of such a product failure to discuss their legal rights with an attorney.

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25
Sep

Indianapolis Car Accident Lawyers Discuss The Dangers of Drugged Driving

September 25, 2013

The Indianapolis Car Accident Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys state that most motorists are aware of the dangers driving drunk can pose, but many are unaware of the risks of drugged driving.

Experts say that the number of motorists driving under the influence of controlled substances has increased in recent years. Data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows that as many as 20 percent of motorists will get behind the wheel after consuming drugs. This behavior is responsible for causing thousands of accidents per year.

One such collision occurred in Feb. 2012 and claimed the life of a 32-year-old man. According to an article from the Indy Star, the woman responsible for causing the wreck was recently sentenced to eight years in prison.

The 24-year-old driver had consumed Spice, a synthetic form of the drug marijuana, prior to getting behind the wheel of her vehicle and crashing. The impact killed the passenger in her vehicle.

Throughout the course of the case, the woman stated she was sorry for her mistakes. However, prosecutors pointed to testing that showed the woman tested positive for marijuana use three times following the accident.

Stewart & Stewart’s team of Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers recognizes the dangers drugged driving can pose and ask motorists to never drive after consuming anything that impairs sound judgment.

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4
Sep

Distracted Driving Blamed for Serious Indiana Car Accident

September 4, 2013

Distracted driving is becoming one of the leading causes of motor vehicle collisions in Indiana. The Indianapolis Car Accident Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that the behavior may have been responsible for a recent crash that left a 26-year-old cyclist injured.

According to an article released by WLFI 18 News, the incident occurred at around 7:20 p.m. on Monday along River Road in Tippecanoe County. Reports indicate that the cyclist was traveling along the road when a vehicle backing out of a residential driveway struck him.

The impact caused the cyclist thrown from his bike and he was transported to a local hospital in Lafayette for further examination. Investigators later determined through interviews that the driver was distracted by his son in the back seat of the vehicle.

The incident leaves many motorists curious as to what they can do to help prevent distracted driving accidents.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys’ team of Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers says that the only way to end distracted driving is to ensure that motorists are focused on the road. Drivers turning their phones off while at the wheel of a vehicle can achieve this goal. Motorists should also never eat or drink while driving, and should eliminate loud noises before taking to the road.

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24
Jul

Indiana Auto Accident Claims Two Lives and Leaves Five Others Injured

July 24, 2013

An Indiana Auto Accident this weekend was responsible for claiming the lives of two motorists and leaving five others seriously injured. Records show the crash happened at approximately 11:15 a.m. on July 21, near the intersection of U.S. 35 and County Road 675 East in Henry County.

An article released by RTV 6 News explained how a Chevrolet Equinox was traveling along U.S. 35 just west of Blountsville when it hydroplaned due to heavy rain in the area, causing the driver to lose control. The vehicle veered across the median and into the path of a Kia Spectra carrying two passengers.

The two vehicles collided and the impact of the crash caused the two occupants in the Kia to suffer fatal injuries. The driver and passengers in the Equinox each suffered injuries as well and were rushed to a local trauma center for further examination and treatment.

The Indiana State Police are continuing to investigate what contributing factors may have played a part in the crash.

The incident highlights the importance of slowing down in inclement weather and ensuring vehicle equipment is properly maintained to perform in bad weather.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would like to send their thoughts to each of those who were injured and the families of those killed in this tragic accident.

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19
Jun

Two Children Injured in Indiana Car Accident

June 19, 2013

An Indiana Car Accident that left two children injured highlights the need for parents to properly restrain their children in a moving vehicle. Reports indicate the crash happened at approximately 3 p.m. this past Sunday afternoon along County Road 350 S.

Reports state that the children’s 34-year-old mother was at the wheel of a 2003 Dodge Caravan minivan traveling east along the road. She told law enforcement that when she looked down to observe a picture one of the children had drawn, the tires of the vehicle veered off the roadway. She overcorrected, causing the van to flip and eject the 7- and 10-year-old passengers who were not properly restrained.

The Shelbyville News stated the crash left the driver suffering from a leg injury that was treated at a trauma center, while the 7-year-old was left with severe bleeding. The child was airlifted to a local hospital for further treatment. The 10-year-old passenger was complaining of pain at the scene of the crash and was also taken to the hospital for further evaluation.

Indiana state law dictates that all children are to be restrained in a safety or booster seat until they reach the age of 8-years-old. Once they are 8, they must then be restrained by a seat belt in the backseat of a moving vehicle.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys urge parents to always ensure their children are properly restrained before a vehicle they are riding in moves.

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15
May

Woman Facing Trial for Fatal Indianapolis Car Accident

May 15, 2013

A 24-year-old woman is preparing to face trial after causing a fatal Indianapolis Car Accident on Nov. 24, 2012. Reports indicate the crash happened at around 2:30 a.m. along Shadeland Avenue on the northeast side of town.

According to an article published by the Indianapolis Star, the woman drank approximately six beers at a friend’s apartment on the evening of the accident. At around 1 a.m. she decided to drive to her parents’ house. As she drove along Shadeland between 71st and 75th, she veered off the road and struck a 23-year-old man from Columbia City who was walking along the edge of the road.

The woman immediately slammed on her brakes, got out of the vehicle, and looked around before getting back in the vehicle and fleeing the scene.

The victim was found deceased the next morning, and it was determined he had died as a result of head injuries sustained in the crash.

The woman was later charged by police with one felony count of failure to stop following an accident that resulted in death. If convicted, she faces up to eight years in prison.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys know how devastating the loss of a loved one to such an accident must be. That’s why the firm would like to send their deepest sympathies to the family of the victim.

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17
Apr

Indiana Officials Announce Launch of Construction Zone Safety Awareness Campaign

April 17, 2013

Fatal Indiana Car Accidents in construction zones have become a serious concern for state officials. In fact, three highway workers were killed last year alone along the state’s roadways. In an effort to combat this problem, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will be partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in conducting a Construction Zone Safety Awareness campaign this week.

A story released by WorkersCompensation.com explained the campaign kicked off with words from INDOT Commissioner, Michael Cline, who stated workers in the highway construction industry face a number of daily on-the-job hazards. One of the most dangerous, though, is a fast-moving vehicle.

The campaign is aimed to educate motorists on the importance of slowing down and staying vigilant in highway construction zones with increased police presence. Law enforcement will be watching for motorists who commit safety violations including speeding, reckless behavior, distracted driving, or driving under the influence. Any driver who is caught committing an infraction will be stopped and cited.

Indiana Department of Labor Commissioner, Sean M. Keefer, added his organization will also be working closely with businesses in the state to bring attention to “transportation-related hazards and exposures.”

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys applaud the efforts being made to improve highway construction zone safety in Indiana. The firm hopes the campaign will be successful in preventing future collisions.

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20
Mar

New Regulation Aims to Reduce Indiana Auto Accidents Involving Bicycles

March 20, 2013

Several cities in Indiana have authorized ordinances requiring a certain amount of space to be maintained between a vehicle and a bicycle while passing. The regulations are being passed in an effort to improve safety and reduce the number of Indiana Auto Accidents involving bicycles.

South Bend is the latest city to adopt such a measure. According to a recent article published by the South Bend Tribune, it is now illegal for a motorist to pass a bicycle with less than three feet of space between the two. Violations are punishable by a $15 fine.

The new law was passed on Monday by a unanimous from the South Bend Common Council, making it the third city in the state to adopt such a measure. The only other two municipalities with such laws are Indianapolis and Fort Wayne. No state law of a similar nature exists, despite Indiana’s driver’s manual recommending three feet of space be given when passing a cyclist.

A spokesperson for the Bike Michiana Coalition, a sponsor of the bill, stated the ordinance will not only promote safety, but also a mutual respect and sharing of roadways between motorists and cyclists.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorneys at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize the importance of sharing the road and are hopeful the new rule will reduce the number of accidents along the state’s highways.

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27
Feb

Indiana Records Highest Number of Teen Motorist Fatalities Last Year

Feb. 27, 2013

A new report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Administration released information detailing some disturbing trends in Indiana Car Accidents across the state.

According to an article from WANE News, the state was ranked among the top in the nation when it came to teen fatalities caused by motor vehicle collisions. More worrisome, though, was the dramatic increase in the number of fatalities among 16 and 17-year-old teens last year.

A total of 16 deaths were attributed to teens involved in Indiana car accidents. This was approximately five more deaths than the previous year. Data also showed a 19 percent increase in traffic fatalities among Indiana teens within the first six months of 2012. A total of 240 teen driver deaths were recorded last year in the United States.

The report says that traffic laws and educational programs were contributing factors in lowering the number of motor vehicle accidents. Furthermore, economic conditions also play a vital role in the number of fatal accidents recorded across the nation.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys know how devastating the loss of life due to car accidents can be. That’s why the firm hopes these figures can be used to create a strategic plan aimed at reducing the number of teen drivers who die statewide each year.

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23
Jan

Woman Injured after Being Involved in Indiana Auto Accident

Jan. 23, 2012

An Indiana Power and Light (IPL) employee was injured this past week after being involved in an on-the-job accident. According to an article published by the Indianapolis Star, the incident occurred last Saturday afternoon at the IPL station located on Harding Street.

Reports indicate that IPL security guards watched as the woman drove a vehicle into a nearby ash pond used to dispose of waste left from burning coal. The guards rushed to the woman’s aid and were able to pull her from the wreckage of the Indianapolis Auto Accident. Although she was covered in the ash, paramedics rushed her to a local trauma center in order to receive treatment for symptoms of hypothermia and trouble breathing. However, this exposure could potentially have serious long-term health effects on the victim.

Exposure to an ash pond can be quite dangerous as they contain high levels of heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, selenium, and chromium. The known health risks of exposure include cancer, learning disabilities, neurological disorders, birth defects, reproductive failure, asthma, and other illnesses. There is currently a lack of regulation protecting citizens from these toxic pools.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers at Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers wish the victim a speedy recovery, and they may be able to help if you have been harmed in an auto accident that was not your fault.

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