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20
Jan

Stop Distracted Driving in 2 Easy Steps

January 20, 2016

Seconds matter. According to a 2009 study, drivers take their eyes off the road an average of 4.6 seconds every time they text and drive. Don’t think much happens in 4.6 seconds? Consider this. At 55 mph, you’ll travel the length of football field in less time than it takes to send a text message. In the city, you could travel several blocks. In a residential area, you could pass dozens of homes. It only takes one child running out in front of you to change your life forever.

The simplest solution to mitigating this danger is to not text and drive, but that’s easier said than done. In this technological era, we all feel pressure to stay connected, making it tempting to glance down at your phone while on an open stretch. Seems innocent enough. After all, it’s just one text. But having handled several cases involving distracted driving, we’ve seen firsthand how just one text can lead to tragedy.

So, how do you beat the temptation? By taking your phone out of the equation all together. It’s a simple two-step process. Before you put the key in the ignition, turn your phone off. Then put it away, either in your pocket, in your purse, or in the glove compartment. Without the alluring ping of a new text message, social media notification, or voicemail to entice you, you’re less likely to pick your phone up while in transit.

When you arrive safely at your destination, pull your phone out and power it back on. We guarantee you didn’t miss anything more important than your life.

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9
Dec

Law Enforcement Working to Prevent Holiday Drunk Driving

December 09, 2015

The holidays are fast approaching and for many, which means gathering with friends and family to celebrate. The Indianapolis car accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out these festivities play a part in a notorious rise in the number of drunk drivers that are on the road during this time of year.

Luckily, law enforcement officials are already stepping up their efforts to keep intoxicated motorists off the road. WANE 15 News reports that during a two-hour sobriety checkpoint that was held in Grant County on December 4, six of the 113 motorists who were stopped were arrested for violating the law. Three of those who were taken into custody were arrested for operating a vehicle while being under the influence of alcohol. Three others were arrested on misdemeanor charges, while four other drivers were ticketed and released. Three warning tickets were handed out as well.

Indiana State Police say drunk driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle fatalities today, considering alcohol played a part in 101 traffic deaths during 2014. That’s why officials say similar operations will be held in other areas of the county and state as the holidays get closer.

Our staff at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are aware of the impact a drunk driving accident has on the lives of those who are involved. That’s why our Indianapolis personal injury attorneys encourage you to be wise this holiday season and refrain from drinking and driving. Instead, use a designated driver or cab to get home safely.

We would also like to applaud the efforts law enforcement is making to keep our roads free of drunk drivers. We’re hopeful to see more checkpoints being established throughout the holiday season.

 

 

 

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21
Oct

“Teen Driver Safety Week” Is Currently Under Way

October 21, 2015

This week is “Teen Driver Safety Week” across the United States—for good reason, too. Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens between ages 15-19. As part of the campaign, several organizations are working to raise awareness about the importance of safe driving habits. Our Indianapolis car accident lawyers would also like to remind teens about several rules of the road they should keep in mind:

  • Follow Speed Limits – Most roads have a maximum speed vehicles should maintain. However, it’s important for teens to know they should only operate a vehicle at a speed that is safe for the conditions.
  • Don’t Use Your Phone - An article from WLFI 8 News explains that on July 1, 2015, a new law took effect that prohibits drivers who are under the age 21 from using any type of telecommunications device while driving, including hands-free devices. The only exception to the rule is if the device is being used to make an emergency call.
  • Drive Sober - One of the leading causes of accidents among teens is intoxication due to alcohol or drug consumption. There is a zero tolerance policy for driving under the influence if you are under under age 21.

The legal staff at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize the importance of getting information out to teen drivers about the dangers of the road and our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are hopeful these tips help teens to prevent accidents in the future.

 

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7
Oct

Drivers Struggle to Keep Up With New Auto Safety Technology

October 07, 2015

Automobile manufacturers are scrambling in a race to develop new technologies that will make vehicles safer. But could all of these new safety features actually be failing at their mission of reducing accidents? The Indianapolis car accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out some data indicates the answer to that question is “yes”.

A survey conducted by the University of Iowa showed that more than half of all drivers don’t fully understand the safety features of their vehicle. Experts say the reason is that auto manufacturers fail to educate motorists about the features, which often results in motorists simply turning them off altogether.

These findings prompted the researchers to partner with the U.S. Department of Transportation to educate drivers about the safety features in their vehicles.

You can learn more about your vehicle’s safety features by visiting MyCarDoesWhat.org. The website provides a list of the safety technologies found in a majority of today’s vehicles and offers motorists a video tutorial about how each feature functions.

Safety features can save lives. The Indianapolis personal injury lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys encourage you to get up to speed on how the safety features in your car work. Doing so could save your life!

 

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19
Aug

Grant Helps Fund Operation to Reduce Indiana Car Accidents

August 19, 2015

Data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows more than 22 percent of vehicle collisions are the result of driver error. The Indianapolis car accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out a large number of those accidents occurred at road crossings as well.

To help reduce accidents, law enforcement agencies are using grant money to crack down on drivers who aren’t operating their vehicles safely.

As part of the NHTSA’s Operation Centipede, the Hammond Police Department was given $56,200 in grants to improve highway safety. The funds were used to pay for extra patrols along Kennedy Avenue and parts of Interstates 80 and 94.

According to policeone.com, officers issued as many as 200 citations to motorists making improper turns along Kennedy Avenue. Another 70 tickets were handed out during a sobriety checkpoint as well. The operation also resulted in one arrest for operating while intoxicated and four four arrests for possession of an illegal substance.

Keeping our streets safe is a priority to many in Indiana, which is why the Indianapolis personal injury lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys would like to applaud the efforts made by local law enforcement recently.

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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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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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