25
Jul

Seven People Injured as the Result Of Indianapolis Car Accident

July 25, 2012

July 25, 2012

A three-car collision this past Saturday injured seven people in Indianapolis, Indiana. According to reports from the Indy Star, alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the crash.

Reports indicate that the Indianapolis Auto Accident happened just before 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of 38th Street and Post Road on the northeast side of town. Witnesses told Indianapolis Metro Police Officers that they saw a blue Nissan Sentra run a red light and strike a van as well as another vehicle. The impact of the collision left several of the victims trapped inside vehicle wreckage requiring rescue crews to cut them free.

The van’s driver and front seat passenger, along with a 13-year-old passenger, suffered serious injuries and remain hospitalized. The two women who were in the Nissan Sentra were still listed in serious condition days after the accident, while the man in the third vehicle involved was listed in stable condition.

Investigators called in a fatal alcohol crash team to assist in examining the possible causes of this accident.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers would like to ask that motorists do their part to prevent similar accidents from occurring by never drinking and driving, in addition to limiting distractions while behind the wheel of an automobile. It is also important to remember to always buckle up for safety!

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18
Jul

Deadline for Stage Collapse Settlement Decision Extended

July 18, 2012

July 18, 2012

In an effort to give Indiana Fairgrounds stage collapse victims and their families more time to decide whether or not to accept a $13.2 million settlement offer, the Indiana Attorney General, Greg Zoeller, has postponed the decision deadline from July 13 to Aug. 1.

According to the South Bend Tribune, the settlement offer includes $6 million to release the state from liability in the deaths of seven people and injuries to dozens more, as well as an additional $7.2 million worth of private funds from Mid America Sound and James Thomas Engineering, two parties named as defendants in several Indiana Wrongful Death lawsuits stemming from the incident.

The settlement funding is in addition to $5 million that the state paid to claimants in December.

According to the Attorney General’s Office, the settlement is intended to expedite payments to those with immediate financial and medical needs; claimants have the right to deny the settlement and continue with litigation against the state should they choose to do so.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers are hopeful that the settlement offer will help those in need of immediate assistance, and would like to remind those who were injured of the importance of this decision. If you suffered injury or loss as a result of an accident, the firm suggests that you speak with an attorney when faced with any kind of settlement offer.

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11
Jul

Family Files Lawsuit After Indiana Woman Dies From Toxic Shock Syndrome

July 11, 2012

July 11, 2012

The family of a 20-year-old Indiana woman who died from a disease caused by the use of an everyday hygienic product has filed an Indiana Medical Malpractice lawsuit against the manufacturer and the hospital and doctors who cared for her. The suit claims it was a “breach of duty” and “negligence” that caused her death. An article from WISHTV 8 News says that the cause of the woman’s death was Toxic Shock Syndrome.

Just over a year ago, the girl was admitted to the hospital for what seemed to be flu like symptoms, such as fever, nausea, and diarrhea. Her condition continued to worsen as her blood pressure dropped and her pulse skyrocketed. She died before doctors could conclude what was wrong with her.

Later testing confirmed that the young woman had died from Toxic Shock Syndrome caused by the use of tampons. Experts say that certain fibers used to manufacture the products can break off inside a woman’s body and be absorbed into their bloodstream, causing sickness and death.

In the 1980’s, 38 women died as a result of the condition and very little has been done to curb the problem since. Experts believe that the number of cases reported today is about the same as 30 years ago.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers would like to offer their condolences to the family of the young woman that died.

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27
Jun

Two Injured in Indianapolis Car Accident

June 27, 2012

June 27, 2012

Two people were injured as a result of an Indianapolis Car Accident that occurred earlier this month. According to reports from JC Online, the crash occurred on June 7 at around 3:15 p.m. on US Highway 41, about 3 miles north of Veedersburg, Indiana.

Trooper Kyle Wentland, with the Indiana State Police, stated that the 53-year-old driver of an Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) pickup truck had stopped along the side of the highway to talk with mowing crews when his vehicle was suddenly struck from behind by another vehicle driven by a 28-year-old man.

The driver responsible for the Indianapolis Auto Accident suffered serious leg and ankle injuries and required helicopter transport to a local hospital. The INDOT employee was also taken to the hospital after complaining of neck and back pain.

Trooper Wentland added that signs had been placed near the scene to inform motorists of the approaching work zone and that roof and flashing lights were activated on the INDOT vehicle at the time of the accident.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers would like to remind Indiana’s citizens of the importance of moving over when emergency vehicles are stopped on the highway. State law requires\motorists approaching a stopped emergency or utility service vehicle with lights flashing to move over to the furthest left lane to allow workers space. Vehicles are also required to slow down to 10 mph below the posted speed limit.

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20
Jun

Indianapolis Police Officer Charged With Drunk Driving Accident

June 20, 2012

June 20, 2012

A 35-year veteran of the Indianapolis Metro Police Department (IMPD) has been charged in connection to an Indianapolis Car Accident that left a construction worker injured. According to reports from WISHTV 8 News, the crash occurred Monday afternoon at the corner of West 16th Street and North Worth Avenue.

Witnesses say that the construction worker was struck in the back by the passenger-side mirror of a passing white pickup truck. The worker reported being hit to his supervisor who pursued the vehicle. Upon stopping, the supervisor confronted the driver, who is a Lieutenant with the IMPD, and asked him if he realized he had hit someone. The Lieutenant stated he was unaware of the collision and followed the supervisor back to the scene.

The off-duty officer, who was confronted about the smell of alcohol on his breath upon returning to the scene, was told that a police report needed to be filed. He then got back in his truck and fled the scene again.

With more help from the victim’s fellow workers, police were able stop him just down the road. He was placed under arrest on charges of suspicion of driving under the influence and fleeing the scene of an accident where injuries occurred.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers know the dangers of drinking and driving and ask that motorists utilize a designated driver or a cab to get home whenever you drink.

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13
Jun

Teen Charged With Causing Auto Accident That Injured Three Others

June 13, 2012

June 13, 2012

Motor vehicle accidents are the number one killer of teenagers, and the chances of death only rise with more passengers in the vehicle. Driving becomes even more dangerous when these statistics are coupled with an unlicensed teen driver.

Such was the case on Tuesday afternoon in Indianapolis, Indiana, when a 14-year-old girl crashed a car injuring her and three passengers. According to WISHTV 8 News, the accident happened at around noon on Mickley Avenue. Witnesses stated that they saw the vehicle heading south down a large hill at a high rate of speed just before it crashed into a tree.

The impact pinned the passengers inside the wreckage, requiring bystanders to come to their aid. All four victims were transported to local hospitals where three of them remained in critical condition.

The driver was arrested shortly after checking out of the hospital and was charged with three counts of criminal recklessness causing serious bodily injury, and one preliminary count of operating a vehicle having never received a license. The District Attorney will finalize the charges as he sees fit at the conclusion of law enforcement’s investigation into the accident.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers know just how dangerous speed can be when it comes to an Indiana Auto Accident. That is why the firm would like to remind parents to talk to their young drivers about the dangers of reckless driving.

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6
Jun

Sketchers To Pay $40 Million To Customers Who Bought Shape-Up Shoes

June 06, 2012

In response to claims that the shoe company, Sketchers, misled consumers who purchased their line of “Shape-Up” sneakers, the manufacturer has agreed to pay approximately $40 million in damages to consumers that purchased the shoes. Additionally, the company states that it will accommodate those that no longer have a proof of purchase for their shoes.

According to the LA Times, customers who purchased the shoes are being asked to fill out a questionnaire on the company’s website with details about the purchase. Those filing for a refund will then sign documents stating that their statement is truthful, and a part of the purchase price of the shoes will be returned with no questions asked.

Consumer advocacy groups point out that the payout is just a small fraction of the profits that the company made on the shoes. Estimates show that Sketchers made more than $1 billion in sales in 2010 alone. Due to this fact, it is unclear whether or not the settlement will act as a deterrent to false advertising by big businesses.

A spokesman for Sketchers argued that $40 million is significantly more than the $25 million that Reebok, another shoe manufacturer, was forced to pay several years ago after facing similar claims.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers would encourage anyone who has been affected by a defective product to discuss your case with an experienced attorney.

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30
May

Distracted Driver Responsible For Crash That Killed One And Injured Five

May 30, 2012

May 30, 2012

A distracted driver was responsible for a two-vehicle collision in Henry County, Indiana, last night that left one person dead and five others injured. According to WISHTV 8 News, the accident occurred at the intersection of County Road 400 West and State Road 234.

Henry County Sheriff’s Department deputies indicated that the driver of a pickup truck was heading north when he failed to stop at an intersection. The truck ran the stop sign and collided with another car carrying a woman and her two young sons.

The driver of the pickup truck suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital, while his two passengers suffered severe injuries and had to be airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital. One later died. The female who was driving the other vehicle was also transported to a local hospital to receive treatment for a head injury, while her two sons were taken to a nearby children’s hospital.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that distracted driving is attributed to a large number of serious accidents, mainly due to cell phone use. Investigators say they will continue to look into what factors may have been distracting the driver at the time of the crash.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers ask that all motorists do their part to help reduce Indiana Auto Accidents by putting all handheld electronics down while driving.

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23
May

Two Injured And Two Arrested For Drunk Driving Following Indiana Crash

May 23, 2012

May 23, 2012

Alcohol is considered a contributing factor in two Terre Haute, Indiana, automobile accidents that left two victims seriously injured. According to WTHITV 10 News, the crash occurred around 11:00 p.m. Tuesday at the corner of Hulman and 17th Streets.

Reports indicate that Terre Haute police officers were originally called to the scene regarding an accident between a vehicle and a motorcycle carrying two passengers. The driver of the vehicle failed to yield to the motorcycle at the intersection and collided with it. The impact ejected the two riders from the bike and left them seriously injured. They were taken to a local hospital to receive treatment while the driver of the vehicle was arrested on charges of driving under the influence after failing field sobriety tests.

Meanwhile, as police worked the scene of the crash, a man on a moped collided with one of the police squad cars nearby and was thrown from the vehicle. The rider was not hurt, but was arrested by officers under the suspicion of driving under the influence as well.

Drinking and driving is a leading cause for Indianapolis Auto Accidents. That’s why the Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers ask that all motorists do their part to keep Indiana’s highways safe by never getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. Instead, call a cab or a trusted friend or family member to get you home safely.

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21
May

Officials: Train Sparked Fire That Led to Fatal Indiana Car Crash

May 21, 2012

May 18, 2012

Officials now believe that the origins of Wednesday afternoon’s deadly five-car crash in Montgomery County, Indiana, lie in a brush fire sparked by a train.

JConline.com reports that two fires broke out when a train ignited several patches of dead grass along U.S. 231. Indiana police have said that the railroad was being worked on in the area.

When motorists noticed the smoke, several stopped and were subsequently hit by a semi-tractor trailer, which started a chain collision of five vehicles. A 60-year-old Glen Island, Illinois, man died Wednesday evening from injuries incurred after his Mercedes Benz was struck by a utility truck.

Several others were also treated for injuries.

This was the third accident and third fatality in just a few weeks’ time on U.S. 23. An INDOT spokeswoman told wlfi.com that the department was analyzing the roadway to see if there are any engineering improvements to be made or if an educational campaign for drivers would be helpful.

In the meantime, Indiana motorists in the area are urged to pay attention to the way the wind is blowing, to attend all fires, and to refrain from discarding cigarette butts out of car windows.

The Indianapolis Auto Accident Lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys know that there is no such thing as a “simple auto accident.” Somebody will have to handle the expenses and complications that consume your life after a collision. When you’ve been injured in an Indiana auto accident, don’t panic. Get Stewart.

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