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Indianapolis Truck Accident Lawyers Address Controversy Surrounding Bigger Tractor Trailers

September 23, 2015

The size and weight of a commercial tractor trailer can make stopping one of these vehicles difficult in an emergency situation. In fact, data shows it can take a fully loaded big rig traveling 65 mph the length of a football field to come to a complete stop.

Considering this data, the Indianapolis truck accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys say lawmakers are currently considering regulation reforms that would allow longer and bigger trucks to take to the road.

According to  USA Today, current laws call for trucks to only haul trailers that are as long as 53 feet. Under the new regulations, trucking companies would be allowed to pull tandem 33-foot trailers, which adds significant length and mass to the vehicle.

Trucking companies say it would create a more efficient means to move the goods Americans use, but opponents of the changes believe the longer, heavier trucks will compromise the safety of everyone on the road.

Lawmakers are expected to make a decision on the matter during one of the next upcoming legislative sessions.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we believe in advocating for highway safety and supporting measures that protect the public from harm. Our Indianapolis personal injury attorneys hope lawmakers consider all of the data available before making a decision that could affect public safety on our roads.

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Proposed Federal Law Would Allow Longer Commercial Trucks on the Road

July 08, 2015

Numerous studies have shown that larger, heavier commercial tractor-trailers present greater dangers in accidents—they take longer to stop, make wider turns, wear down equipment faster, and are often too wide to use only one lane. The Indianapolis truck accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that despite these risks, lawmakers have advanced a bill allows commercial trucks to haul longer trailers.

According to 12 News Now, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a change in policy that would increase the maximum legal length of commercial truck trailers from 28 to 33 feet. The reform was spearheaded by trucking industry giants, the American Trucking Association and FedEx Corp., as a means to increase profits by moving more products in a single load. Opponents of the changes explain the new rules will put the public at an increased risk of accidents.

The bill is far from becoming law, though. It must first pass a Senate vote without opposition before making it’s way to the White House for the President’s final approval.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we recognize the risks that larger commercial vehicles can pose on the road. That’s why our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers are anxious to see whether or not the bill becomes law.

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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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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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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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$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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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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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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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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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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