Archive for the ‘ Truck Accident ’ Category

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13
Nov

New Electronic Method of Tracking Truck Driver Hours Could Help Reduce Accidents

November 13, 2013

November 13, 2013

In July 2012, the driver of a tractor-trailer failed to recognize four stopped vehicles along U.S. Highway 30 in Indiana. As a result, the trucker plowed into the vehicles, killing a four-year-old girl and leaving five other motorists injured. Investigators later determined the driver’s lack of rest was likely a contributing factor to the crash.

The Indianapolis Truck Accident Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that accidents like this have prompted the federal government to tighten the regulations regarding how many hours truck drivers can operate without rest. Experts say that while more regulations may help, a new and innovative way to track time spent on the road may prove to be more effective

According to an article from the Indiana News Center, truck drivers are required to maintain logbooks of their hours of operation. In the past, truck drivers have manually filled out logbooks, there has always been a margin for error and erroneous reporting. Now though, the hours a truck is driving can be automatically collected from computers installed in the truck itself and accessed via computer.

Experts say the new method of tracking driving time is more accurate and prompts drivers to reconsider if they are getting back to work too early.

Stewart & Stewart’s team of Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers are hopeful more technological advancements are developed in the future to help reduce semi truck accidents.

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Oct

Tire Blowout Causes Fatal Indiana Truck Accident

October 30, 2013

October 30, 2013

Trucking companies and their drivers are required to adhere to certain standards of vehicle maintenance to ensure vehicles are safe. The Indianapolis Truck Accident Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain one of these standards requires tires to be properly maintained and changed in order to prevent blowouts on the highway.

A tire failure was responsible for a recent collision in Hendricks County that claimed the lives of two elderly victims. According to an article published by The Indianapolis Star, the wreck happened at around 3:00 p.m. on Oct. 22, near the intersection of U.S. 36 and County Road 200 East.

Reports indicate the dump truck was traveling along the highway when a tire on the vehicle suddenly lost pressure, causing the driver of the truck to lose control. The vehicle then careened into the path of a vehicle that was preparing to turn left and the two collided. The impact of the crash claimed the lives of both occupants of the vehicle that was struck.

Law enforcement officials have stated that charges are pending the outcome of a full investigation into the incident.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys and their team of Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of how devastating the loss of a loved one to another motorist’s negligence can be. That’s why the firm would like to send their sympathies to the family of the victims of this latest tragic accident.

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7
Aug

$18.5 Million Settlement Reached In Indiana Truck Accident That Killed Two

August 07, 2013

August 7, 2013

A settlement has been reached in the Indiana Truck Accident that claimed two motorist’s lives in February 2011. Reports indicate the families of the victims will receive a total of $18.5 million in damages for their losses.

According to a story published by the Indianapolis Business Journal, the crash happened on Interstate 94, just outside the city of Portage, Indiana. Court documents show that a tractor-trailer hauling 21 tons of crushed marble for Celadon Group, Inc. was traveling at roughly 65 MPH along the highway with the truck’s cruise control in use. When the truck had to slow on the icy road for traffic though, the driver lost control and the truck slammed into a vehicle being driven by a 44-year-old man and carrying a 47-year-old passenger. The impact of the collision killed both men.

The victim’s family later filed lawsuits against the company, alleging that the driver of the truck was traveling too fast for the road conditions. A jury agreed, but Celadon later appealed the decision. The appeal was later dropped though, with $7.5 million being awarded to the wife of the driver that was killed and $11 million being offered to the wife and children of the passenger.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize how difficult the loss of a loved one can be and hope the settlement will bring a sense of closure to the incident for the families of the victims.

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17
Jul

Indiana Truck Accident Leaves Two People Critically Injured

July 17, 2013

July 17, 2013

A 48-year-old truck driver from Indianapolis is facing charges in connection with an Indiana Truck Accident that left two people critically injured. Reports indicate the crash happened Sunday evening at the corner of Indiana 37 and West Vernal Pike in Bloomington, Indiana.

According to an article released by the Herald Times Online, the truck driver was operating a 2011 Peterbilt 382 tractor-trailer southbound along Ind. 37 when she was unable to stop for a red light at the intersection with West Vernal. The truck skid toward the intersection and slammed into the rear of a 2001 Toyota Camry sedan.

The impact forced the vehicles to strike a 2007 Cadillac Escalade before coming to a halt.

The 45-year-old female driving the Camry was rushed to a local hospital along with the 14-year-old passenger in the vehicle.

The driver allegedly responsible for the crash stated to officers she was not feeling well and had no recollection of the crash. Officers conducted testing to determine if alcohol or drugs were potential factors, but results showed they were not.

The driver has since been charged with disregard for an automatic signal, following too closely, and driving too fast to avoid a collision.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are here to help anyone who has been harmed due to the negligence of a truck driver.

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26
Jun

Two Killed In Indiana Truck Accident

June 26, 2013

June 26, 2013

Two people were killed as the result of an Indiana Truck Accident that occurred this week. Records show the crash happened at approximately 7:15 a.m. on Monday morning along the southbound lanes of I-65, outside of Lafayette, Indiana.

According to an article published by The Indy Star, a white tractor-trailer pulled onto the shoulder of the road after becoming disabled. A short time later, a red big-rig pulled in front of the truck so that the load from the first truck could be transferred into the second vehicle.

As the 44- and 31-year-old drivers stood along the edge of the highway though, a tractor-trailer being driven by a 42-year-old man struck the rear end on the white truck and then ran into the two men as well.

The impact left one victim dead at the scene, while the other died shortly after arriving at a local trauma center.

The crash highlights the dangers faced by those who work in the transportation industry each day. The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that transportation accidents were the leading cause of workplace fatalities in the United States in 2012.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize the risks truck drivers face, and they are here to help anyone who has been hurt in an accident involving a commercial vehicle.

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5
Jun

Indiana Truck Accident Prompts Concerns Over Commercial Vehicle Safety

June 05, 2013

June 5, 2013

An Indiana Truck Accident that occurred last month was responsible for leaving one woman seriously injured. Reports indicate the crash prompted concerns over the need for more safety measures in the state for commercial truck drivers.

According to an article from RTV 6 News, the crash happened on May 6 along U.S. Highway 150/State Route 56 in Orange County, Indiana. It was there that a trash truck was driving down the road, when two wheels from the vehicle broke free and collided with a tractor-trailer and a yellow Hyundai sedan. As a result of the impact, the 27-year-old female driver of the Hyundai sustained injuries to her shoulder, back, leg, and neck. She was taken to a local hospital in order to receive further treatment.

Further investigation determined that the Indiana State Police had never inspected the trash truck prior to the accident. This comes as no surprise to many experts though, since the state has only one inspection officer per every 13,000 commercial trucks registered in the state.

One state representative stated he plans to use the crash as an example to support measures that would strengthen safety standards and inspections on commercial vehicles.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys recognize the dangers posed by commercial trucks that have not properly been inspected. The firm is hopeful the legislator is successful in his goal of stiffening inspection standards.

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10
Apr

Worker Killed in Indianapolis Truck Accident

April 10, 2013

April 10, 2013

A 45-year-old Indianapolis Department of Public Works employee was killed earlier this week as the result of an Indianapolis Truck Accident. Reports indicate the incident occurred on Monday around 9:45 a.m. near the corner of Bancroft and 35th Streets.

An article released by The Indianapolis Star stated the victim had been riding on the right rear step of a garbage collection truck as he and a 33-year-old driver worked their route together. The driver explained he was attempting to go in reverse when he checked his mirrors and began to back the truck up. He did not see the victim in the mirror, assumed he was on the truck, and began maneuvering the vehicle backwards along 35th.

He was interrupted though when he heard his partner scream. The driver then stopped the truck and rendered aid to his co-worker. The victim was rushed to a local trauma center for treatment, but died a short time later.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was called to the scene to investigate the accident to determine if it could have been prevented. Law enforcement has also launched a criminal investigation into the crash.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys are aware of how dangerous working with heavy equipment can be. The firm may be able to help if you have been injured while on the job.

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13
Mar

Indianapolis Truck Accident Leaves Two People Seriously Injured

March 13, 2013

March 13, 2013

Two people were seriously injured as the result of an Indianapolis Truck Accident earlier this week. A report from WBIW News stated the crash occurred at approximately 11 p.m. on Tuesday night along I-465, near the East Street exit.

The Indiana State Police Department indicated the tractor-trailer combination carrying two passengers was traveling westbound when a minivan suddenly attempted to change lanes and collided with the big rig. The impact of the crash forced the large truck off of the road, where it then rolled. The truck skid across the shoulder of the road until it plunged into a body of water along the highway. It then began to sink into the icy water.

Rescue crews were called to the scene, where divers worked to free two victims trapped inside the cab of the mangled truck. Both individuals were eventually pulled to safety and taken to a local hospital for further examination and treatment.

Investigators are continuing to examine what contributing factors may have played a role in causing the crash.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorneys with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out the transportation industry is one of the most dangerous lines of work a person can be in today. That’s why the firm is here to help you if you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident while on the job.

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28
Nov

Two INDOT Workers Injured in Indianapolis Truck Accident

November 28, 2012

Nov. 28, 2012

Two Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) workers and the driver of a tractor-trailer were seriously injured after a Indianapolis Truck Accident this morning. The Indianapolis Star reported that the crash happened at around 2:30 a.m. at the Brookeville Road and I-74 interchanges on I-465.

A spokesman for the Indiana State Police, Sgt. Richard W Meyers, stated that the 40-year-old driver of a 2004 International tractor-trailer driving in a closed lane of traffic and failed to move over for a crew performing construction along the road. The tractor-trailer collided with the rear of a dump truck which then hit a trailer hauled by a pickup truck. The rig then continued southbound until it hit another trailer hauling lighting equipment.

Two INDOT workers, 53- and 58-years-old respectively, who were inside the pickup trucks that were hit were taken to a local hospital after complaining of back pain, while the truck driver was transported to the hospital for treatment for a leg injury.

Troopers are continuing to look into what factors may have played a part in causing the accident.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys understand that tractor-trailers must abide by a specific set of safety rules and policies failure to do so can be considered negligence. That is why the firm would urge anyone who has been hurt in a crash with a tractor-trailer to discuss any questions you may have about your case with an attorney immediately.

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Nov

Faulty Tire Causes Indianapolis Truck Accident

November 07, 2012

Nov. 7, 2012

An accident yesterday evening between a dump truck and an SUV seriously injured. According to a story published by the Indianapolis Star, a faulty tire on one of the vehicles involved may be to blame for the crash.

Reports show that at around 6 p.m. on Tuesday evening, a dump truck driver was traveling along Massachusetts Avenue, on the northeast side of Indianapolis, when the front left tire of the truck blew out. The blowout caused the truck’s driver to lose control of the vehicle and crash into a Ford SUV.

It took rescue crews roughly half an hour to extricate the dump truck driver from the wreckage of the Indianapolis Truck Accident. Upon being freed, he was rushed to a local hospital after complaining of neck and hip pain. The driver of the SUV was uninjured in the crash.

It is important to check the tread of a vehicle’s tires often to ensure the tread is adequate, as worn tires can lead to tire blowouts. It also helps to check the make and model of your tires for recalls, considering thousands of accidents have been attributed to faulty or recalled tires.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers suggest that anyone who has been involved in a motor vehicle collision caused by a faulty tire to contact an experienced attorney immediately to discuss your legal options.

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