Archive for the ‘ Auto Accident ’ Category

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24
Jun

Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers Discuss Summer Accident Risks

June 24, 2015

Summer is here in Indiana. During this time of year, it’s important to recognize that the risks of certain types of accidents tend to rise during summer months. That’s why Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would like to make you aware of two of the most common accidents this time of year.

Car Accidents

Students are out of school, and families tend to travel a lot more between Memorial Day and Labor Day, putting more vehicles on the road each day. Our Indianapolis car accident attorneys explain that higher traffic volumes tend to correlate with more highway deaths—there were 233 Indiana traffic fatalities between June-August 2012. Our Indiana car accident attorneys point out that these three months also had the highest fatality counts for the entire year.

Dog Bites

Data indicates that the number of dog bite injury victims tends to increase during summer months as well. According to Greensburg Daily News, dog owners should double check their homeowner’s insurance policies to ensure bite accidents are covered. It’s also a good time to discuss caution when approaching strange dogs with children.

Get Help

The Indianapolis personal injury lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are here to help if you or a loved one were injured in an accident. Don’t hesitate to call us at (800) 33-33-LAW to discuss your legal rights.

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27
May

Takata Announces Recall of 34 Million Vehicles Due to Faulty Airbags

May 27, 2015

What if the airbags in your vehicle are putting your family’s safety at risk? The Indianapolis defective product lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that this is a reality for millions of Americans after auto parts manufacturer Takata Corp., recalled 34 million vehicles due to problems with their airbags.

The recall was initiated after reports of vehicle occupants being seriously injured or killed when metal debris was hurled as airbags inflated during crashes. Reports indicate that as many as 100 motorists have been injured and six others were killed when the faulty airbags deployed.

Since the recall was announced, little information has been offered regarding the makes and models of the vehicles that are affected. The Detroit Free Press reports that federal officials plan to hold a hearing next week where the cause of the problem will be discussed, as well as what consumers can do to protect themselves.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are hopeful this recall can effectively correct the issue that has caused so much harm to hundreds of people.

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15
Apr

Indianapolis Truck Accident Lawyers Look at the Impact of Distracted Driving

April 15, 2015

April is “Distracted Driving Awareness Month”, and the Indianapolis truck accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would like to focus on some of the most common driving distractions.

While most people tend to think of cellphones as the greatest distraction drivers face, many other items and electronics can force drivers’ eyes off the road. Take the case of the driver of a tractor-trailer who crashed on I-65 outside of Indianapolis while adjusting his radio.

According to WTHR 13 News, the 35-year-old driver of the southbound semi was hauling more than eight tons of potassium hydroxide near 38th Street at approximately 5:30 a.m. The driver told officers he was “messing with the radio” when he left the roadway and struck an abandoned vehicle.

The incident highlights the need for drivers to be focused on the road when behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. There are several steps you can take to heighten your focus behind the wheel, such as:

  • Turning off your cellphone when driving.
  • Avoiding eating or drinking while the vehicle is moving.
  • Making stereo and radio adjustments before entering the roadway.
  • Limiting the number of passengers you’re carrying.
  • Using GPS with voice commands.

At Stewart & Stewart, we’ve seen the devastation car accidents can cause, which is why our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are hopeful these tips will help to keep you safe on the road.

 

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25
Feb

Indianapolis Auto Accident Lawyers Look at Common Cause of Crashes

February 25, 2015

Crashes occur everyday in the Hoosier State. In fact, state police report there are more than 189,000 Indiana car accidents per year. And the Indianapolis auto accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out car accident data shows the causes of many accidents may surprise you.

Tailgating seems to be the number one cause for car accidents in Indiana today. Of the more than 189,000 Indiana crashes that were recorded annually, roughly 30,000 were the result of a motorist following another vehicle too closely.

An article from ABC 6 News examined just how common following too closely is on Indiana’s roadways. Tailgating remains a problem because it’s a difficult infraction to enforce. Numbers show that, despite tailgating being the leading cause of Indiana auto accidents, violations of tailgating laws make up less than one percent of tickets in 2013 and 2014.

These numbers have many drivers wondering what they can do to prevent tailgating. Our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers suggest:

  • Allowing other vehicles space- Experts say there should be at least five car lengths between your vehicle and the vehicle you are following.
  • Obey the speed limit- Going only as fast as you are legally allowed will give you the time you need to stop in the event of an emergency.
  • Be in the right lane of traffic- Remember to keep right and allow faster traffic to pass in the left lane.
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4
Feb

Indiana Awarded “Green Light” for Traffic Safety Laws

February 04, 2015

Highway safety is important to the Indianapolis car accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys. That’s why we’re thrilled to learn the Hoosier State recently received praise for efforts to keep motorists safe.

An article from My Wabash Valley states the rating was given by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety based on the passing of certain traffic safety laws, such as laws requiring all motorcyclists to wear helmets and all motorists to use seat belts .

Indiana received the “green light” rating—the best available rating—because the state passed 11 of 15 suggested safety laws. Areas where the state can still make improvements include creating tighter regulations for inexperienced teen drivers.

Raising the minimum age for  learners’ permits to 16 years old and placing restrictions on teenagers operating vehicles at night are just a few of the suggestions made. Indiana has also been asked to pass a law requiring all motorcyclists to wear helmets and convicted drunk drivers to have ignition interlock systems installed on their vehicles.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we would like to applaud the efforts that have been made to improve Indiana’s highway safety rating. Our Indianapolis personal injury attorneys would also like to encourage the public to continue practicing safe driving habits.

 

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31
Dec

Get a Safe and Sober Ride Home This New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2014

Tonight is New Year’s Eve and many people in Indiana will be celebrating. What partygoers need to remember is that drinking and driving is especially prevalent during this holiday. However, we can each do our part to keep the streets and highways safe.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys is helping to keep drunk drivers off the road this year by sponsoring our New Year’s Eve Safe and Sober Ride Home program. We began this program years ago and have serviced thousands in our area with safe, free rides home after celebrations end.

To participate, call a cab of your choosing to get home safely. Then, save your receipt and download and complete a voucher form before New Year’s Day. Finally, send in your receipt and voucher to our office in Carmel by the end of January and we will send you a $20 rebate for your ride. For a full explanation of the rules and terms of the program, click here.

Rebates will only be given for rides home and not to other bars, restaurants, or drinking locations. Several occupants can share cabs as well.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we understand the devastating results drunk driving can have. That’s why our team of Indiana personal injury lawyers is hopeful you’ll choose a safe way to get home and participate in the Safe and Sober program.

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26
Nov

Avoiding Indianapolis Car Accidents This Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Means Danger on the Roads

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, which means tonight will be the most dangerous night of the year to be on the road, especially in Indianapolis. Data from the Metro Police Department show that on Thanksgiving day last year, officers worked a total of 71 Indianapolis car accident reports. That number is significantly higher than the average of 61 collisions any other day of the year.

Why Is Traveling on Thanksgiving so Dangerous?

Experts agree that an increase in traffic volume on the road combined with a higher number of intoxicated drivers makes traveling on Thanksgiving more risky than other times of the year. In fact, an article from WISHTV 8 News explains statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that drunk drivers caused 42 percent of fatal accidents during Thanksgiving weekend in 2012.

What can I Do to Stay Safe While Traveling?

The Indianapolis personal injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out there are three simple steps you can follow to help avoid an Indianapolis car accident this Thanksgiving:

  • Don’t Drink and Drive- Designate a sober driver to get you home before going out for the night. If no one is available to drive, plan to use a cab or taxi to get home safely.
  • Buckle Up- Using a seat belt is one of the best options available to prevent injury or death in the event of an accident. In fact, studies have shown this piece of equipment as reducing the chances of a fatality in the event of a collision by as much as 60 percent.
  • Be Vigilant- If you plan to drive tonight, get plenty of rest and eliminate all distractions before moving your vehicle.

We hope these tips help you to have a fun and safe Thanksgiving holiday with your friends and family!

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13
Aug

Motorists Should Slow Down, Look Up, and Be Aware This August

August 13, 2014

Indianapolis schools are back in session, which increases the risk of collisions involving students making their way to or from schools.

In fact, an Indianapolis car accident has already been reported during the first week of classes. Reports indicate the crash happened on Monday night as a child was making his way across the street in a crosswalk along Olio Road. An article from WISHTV 8 News explained the victim suffered several broken bones and will continue to recover in the hospital for several days.

The accident has prompted local law enforcement to step up their presence to prevent similar accidents. Many school districts in the area have hired extra crossing guards and will have police and fire units visibly present on campus for the next several days as a warning for drivers to slow down, look up, and be aware of their surroundings. Westfield Police Captain, Charles Hollowill, pointed out it’s important for parents to discuss roadway safety with their children as well.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers understand the importance of pedestrian and motorist safety and hope the actions taken will help to keep local young people safe on our streets.

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Apr

“Drive Now, TXT L8TR” Contest Aims to Prevent Distracted Driving

April 30, 2014

Making the streets of Indiana a safer place to travel is one goal the Indianapolis personal injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys try to achieve. That’s why the firm would like to let young locals know about a contest focused on preventing Indiana distracted driving accidents.

The “Drive Now, TXT L8TR” campaign focuses on educating the public about the dangers distractions from cellphones can pose to motorists on the road. One way the campaign is aiming to spread this message is through a contest where students create a social media post that works to change the public’s attitudes and behaviors that are related to texting and driving.

There are a total of six categories that posts can win, including the most tweets, the most retweets, and the most favorites on Twitter, as well as most likes and most creative posts on both Vine and Instagram. Winners will each be awarded $5,000. If individuals decide to work as a team and the team wins a category, each participant will receive a $5,000 award.

Contest rules can be seen on the Indiana Department of Labor’s website.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys applaud the efforts that are being made to prevent a distracted driving car accident and are hopeful the campaign is successful in its mission!

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9
Apr

Indiana Car Accident Causes: Defective Automobile Parts

April 09, 2014

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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