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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9
May

FDA Announces Birth Control Device May Put Women In Danger

May 09, 2012

May 9, 2012

New methods of birth control have allowed women greater freedom and choice, but some of these medications may put women at a greater risk of health issues. Take, for instance, one of the latest birth control methods to hit the market—NuvaRing®.

NuvaRing® is a plastic contraceptive device that’s inserted into a woman’s vagina monthly, where it slowly releases the hormones progestin and estrogen that control a woman’s ovulation cycle. After three weeks, the device is removed and the woman takes a one-week hiatus before inserting another device.

While NuvaRing® may be convenient for some women, it also has some side effects that could be deadly. According to an article from the Albany Times-Union, 950 lawsuits have been filed against the product’s maker, Merck & Co., alleging that using NuvaRing® led to health complications, such as blood clots. These blood clots, in certain cases, can lead to heart attack, stroke, and even death.

These lawsuits began piling in on the heels of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration announcement in October 2011 that stated using NuvaRing® increased the risk of suffering from blood clots by more than 56 percent compared to birth control pills.

These are not the only known NuvaRing® Dangers. That is why the Indiana Drug Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers suggest discussing your case with an experienced attorney if you have suffered health complications after using NuvaRing®.

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2
May

Single-Vehicle Crash In Indianapolis Construction Zone Kills One

May 02, 2012

May 2, 2012

The importance of driver vigilance in construction zones was highlighted by a crash early Wednesday that claimed the life of a young driver. According to WISHTV-8 News, the accident happened at around 3:00 a.m. near the 6600 block of Grandview Avenue in Indianapolis, Indiana, which was closed for roadwork.

Reports from officers with the Indianapolis Metro Police Department who responded to crash scene stated that it appeared as if the driver of a white Chevrolet pickup truck was heading southbound along the road when he collided with a piece of construction machinery. The impact of the collision sent the pickup truck flying off the road and into a stand of trees near the highway. The vehicle then burst into flame with the driver still inside the wreckage. By the time rescue crews responded, there was nothing they could do to save the man.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, 667 fatal crashes were reported in highway construction zones in 2009. More than half of these accidents can be attributed to a vehicle colliding with construction equipment of some kind.

Indiana Auto Accidents in construction zones are also responsible for killing dozens of highway workers each year. That’s why the Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers ask that motorists work to keep Indiana’s highways safe by paying extra close attention to the road when passing through a construction zone.

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25
Apr

Wearing A Helmet Important When Riding ATVs

April 25, 2012

April 25, 2012

With the weather beginning to warm up, many Indiana residents are bringing their ATVs out of storage and taking them for a ride. The machines can be dangerous as the rough terrain combined with high power and little protection to the body of the driver can often lead to accidents.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says that in 2009, 649 people died and an estimated 131,900 individuals required visits to the emergency room due to ATV accidents.

Take, for instance, the recent case of a 49-year-old central Indiana man who died Tuesday in an ATV accident. According to reports from WISHTV-8 News, the accident occurred Saturday in Darlington County. The man was riding an ATV for the first time when he lost control of the vehicle. He was thrown from the machine and collided with a nearby tree. The impact caused the man to suffer serious head injuries, as he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Rescue crews were able to transport the man by helicopter to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, but he died three days later from the injuries he sustained.

This is why the Indianapolis Brain Injury Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers encourage anyone riding an ATV to always wear a helmet. Following this simple precaution will greatly decrease your chances of serious injury in the event of an accident.

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18
Apr

Police Evidence Mishandled In Indianapolis Motorcycle Accident

April 18, 2012

April 18, 2012

A bizarre twist occurred in the case of an Indianapolis Metro police officer who struck and seriously injured a couple on their motorcycle with his police cruiser. According to the Indianapolis Star News, vials of blood showing the officer was drunk at the time of the accident have been ruined by the department.

Documents indicate that on August 6, 2010, the man and woman were stopped at a red light on their motorcycle. While waiting for the light to change, the couple and their friend on another bike were struck by the officer’s patrol car, killing their friend and leaving them seriously injured. Both the man and woman had to undergo numerous reconstructive surgeries and months of rehabilitation. The male victim also suffered a brain injury, which has affected his cognitive abilities.

The officer’s blood was drawn following the accident, but a judge dismissed the first sample after it was discovered that it was taken by an unauthorized individual. On Tuesday, it was announced that the other vial of blood had been mishandled by being left outside of a refrigerator and was no longer viable for testing.

The chief of police has stepped down from his position and several other officers and officials have been placed on leave.

The Indianapolis Motorcycle Injury Attorneys with Stewart and Stewart Attorneys At Law would like to remind bikers to stay safe by always wearing helmets and high visibility clothing.

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11
Apr

Drivers Who Run Red Lights Responsible For High Number Of Accidents

April 11, 2012

April 11, 2012

Drivers depend on traffic lights to allow their cars to safely pass through intersections of major roads; however, when a driver becomes impatient or distracted and attempts to pass through an intersection before his turn, it can quickly spell disaster.

FOX 34 News reports that two women were injured in a collision when the driver of a Chevy Suburban SUV ran through a red light Monday and struck a Nissan Pathfinder. While the driver of the Suburban only suffered minor injuries, the driver of the Pathfinder was seriously injured and taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. She is expected to make a full recovery.

Detectives say that no citations have been issued in connection with the crash, but someone could be charged pending the outcome of a full investigation.

Research shows that each year in the U.S., drivers running red lights are the top reason for car accidents, resulting in nearly 1,000 motorists losing their lives and about 90,000 people being injured each year.

That’s why the Indianapolis Auto Accident Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Car Accident Attorneys ask that motorists always begin to slow down and expect to stop when a light begins to turn yellow rather than trying to pass through the intersection. Waiting through the extra light cycle doesn’t add much time to your commute and will greatly decrease your chance of being in an accident.

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