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“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.



Indiana Records Highest Number of Teen Motorist Fatalities Last Year

February 27, 2013

Feb. 27, 2013

A new report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Administration released information detailing some disturbing trends in Indiana Car Accidents across the state.

According to an article from WANE News, the state was ranked among the top in the nation when it came to teen fatalities caused by motor vehicle collisions. More worrisome, though, was the dramatic increase in the number of fatalities among 16 and 17-year-old teens last year.

A total of 16 deaths were attributed to teens involved in Indiana car accidents. This was approximately five more deaths than the previous year. Data also showed a 19 percent increase in traffic fatalities among Indiana teens within the first six months of 2012. A total of 240 teen driver deaths were recorded last year in the United States.

The report says that traffic laws and educational programs were contributing factors in lowering the number of motor vehicle accidents. Furthermore, economic conditions also play a vital role in the number of fatal accidents recorded across the nation.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys know how devastating the loss of life due to car accidents can be. That’s why the firm hopes these figures can be used to create a strategic plan aimed at reducing the number of teen drivers who die statewide each year.


Woman Injured after Being Involved in Indiana Auto Accident

January 23, 2013

Jan. 23, 2012

An Indiana Power and Light (IPL) employee was injured this past week after being involved in an on-the-job accident. According to an article published by the Indianapolis Star, the incident occurred last Saturday afternoon at the IPL station located on Harding Street.

Reports indicate that IPL security guards watched as the woman drove a vehicle into a nearby ash pond used to dispose of waste left from burning coal. The guards rushed to the woman’s aid and were able to pull her from the wreckage of the Indianapolis Auto Accident. Although she was covered in the ash, paramedics rushed her to a local trauma center in order to receive treatment for symptoms of hypothermia and trouble breathing. However, this exposure could potentially have serious long-term health effects on the victim.

Exposure to an ash pond can be quite dangerous as they contain high levels of heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, selenium, and chromium. The known health risks of exposure include cancer, learning disabilities, neurological disorders, birth defects, reproductive failure, asthma, and other illnesses. There is currently a lack of regulation protecting citizens from these toxic pools.

The Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers at Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers wish the victim a speedy recovery, and they may be able to help if you have been harmed in an auto accident that was not your fault.


Black Ice Presents Serious Danger To Indiana Motorists

December 28, 2011

December 28, 2011

The dangers of black ice are becoming prevalent as the temperature plummets in the winter months. According to WISHTV 8 News, a 54-year-old woman learned just how dangerous the ice patches can be Tuesday morning in Morgan County after spinning out in her car and ending up upside down in a creek.

The woman told officers that she was driving along Indiana 142 when she hit a patch of ice. The loss of traction sent her vehicle into a spin before catching on dirt and gravel near the edge of the road. The sudden grip on the tires caused the vehicle to roll down an embankment and land on its roof in a creek. The woman was rescued a short time later by firefighters. She was treated for hypothermia and released.

Black ice is prevalent on Indiana roads in the winter. It is clear water that has frozen on dark roadways, presenting a hidden trap for motorists who cannot see the slick pavement. Black ice is particularly prevalent on bridges, below overpasses, and in areas surrounded by trees.

    The Indiana auto accident attorneys with Stewart and Stewart urge motorists to use caution and follow these simple safety tips when driving in winter conditions:

    • Make sure your tires have good traction.
    • Engage four-wheel drive, if you have it.
    • Slow down.
    • Keep your windshield clean.
    • Give yourself more space on the road.

    Eight Students Taken To The Hospital After South Bend Bus Crash

    November 23, 2011

    November 23, 2011

    A crash involving a school bus and a sedan sent eight children to the hospital Wednesday morning. According to the South Bend Tribune, the accident occurred at 7:57 AM at the intersection of Ireland and Linden Roads in South Bend, Indiana.

    Investigators say that a heavy fog and sun combination may have blinded the bus driver as he pulled through the intersection and out in front of a westbound sedan. The car, driven by a 31-year-old woman, collided with the side of the bus. The impact totaled her car and heavily damaged the bus. Eight children aboard the bus suffered injuries and were transported to Memorial Hospital for treatment.

    An additional six students complained of injuries once they arrived at school and were immediately sent home with a parent to see a doctor. The driver of the car was also suffered back and hip pain at the scene of the crash and was taken to Memorial Hospital as well.

    No charges or fault have been filed in the case yet.

    According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration T-Bone and angle collisions are the second most deadly type of crash one can be involved in, just behind head-on collisions.

    The Indiana Auto Accident Attorneys with Stewart & Stewart have years of experience handling cases for victims who where hurt in automobile accidents that were no fault of their own. Contact us today for free answers if you have questions regarding your accident.


    Indiana Woman Dies When Rear-Ended by Dump Truck

    October 25, 2011

    October 25, 2011

    A 27-year-old Cromwell, Indiana, woman died Monday in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 13, between Syracuse and North Webster.

    According to The South Bend Tribunethe crash occurred around 10:40 a.m., just south of Wawasee Middle School after a flagman for the Indiana Department of Transportation stopped the victim.

    A witness in front of the victim’s minivan said the flagman had turned his sign from “Stop” to “Slow,” and the victim had just begun to move forward when she was hit in the rear by a Kenworth dump truck driven by a 56-year-old man from Goshen.

    The impact forced the minivan into the vehicle in front of it, and then off the road and into a high voltage utility pole, killing the driver.

    The driver of the dump truck was not harmed. Kosciusko County authorities say they’re awaiting the results of a blood test on the dump truck driver. In the meantime, the crash is still under investigation.

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    If you or someone you know has been involved in an Indiana auto accident, the Indiana auto accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys can help.


    Oklahoma Man Killed in Indiana Crash with Semi-Truck

    October 18, 2011

    October 18, 2011

    A 36-year-old male from Purcell, Oklahoma, died on Thursday, October 13, in Plainfield, Indiana, when his pickup truck ran into the back of a semitrailer truck on I-70, reports The Indianapolis Star.

    According to Indiana State Police Sergeant Rich Myers, the accident occurred around 4:50 p.m. as the man was traveling west in a 2010 Chevrolet pickup truck at Indiana 267. Traffic had reportedly slowed in a construction zone but the Chevrolet’s driver failed to decrease his speed. He slammed into the rear of the semi.

    The victim died at the scene. Neither person inside the semi-truck was injured.

    The accident closed all lanes to westbound traffic for three hours.

    The victim is survived by his wife and three children, reports The Norman Transcript. He is to be buried on Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Purcell.

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    If you or someone you know has been involved in an Indiana auto accident, the Indiana auto accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys can help.


    Motorcyclist Dies in Indianapolis Hit-and-Run

    September 26, 2011

    September 26, 2011

    A 39-year-old woman from Whiteland, Indiana, is dead after a motorist hit her motorcycle last Saturday morning in Indianapolis and then fled the scene. reports that the crash occurred just before 1 a.m. in the 400 block of North Lynhurst Drive, where Lynhurst intersects with Ida Street. There a northbound Jeep Cherokee rear-ended a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, causing its driver to lose control and fall off her motorcycle.

    “The Jeep continued northbound for a few blocks, then stopped, and a male subject fled from the vehicle,” said Anthony Schneider, Indianapolis police public information officer. “The female driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene.”

    Witnesses say the motorcyclist had been traveling at a high rate of speed and was being pursued by the Jeep. Shots were also reportedly fired.

    In fact, The Daily Journal reports that police now think the hit-and-run may be connected to a shots fired call they received around the same time. Police were told that shots rang out and the motorcyclist was seen leaving a home on the 700 block of Norfolk Street, which is about a mile and a half from where she died.

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    What do you think may have occurred in this Indiana auto accident?

    If you or someone you know has been involved in an Indiana auto accident, the Indiana auto accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys can help.


    Juror Miscalculation Costs Indianapolis Auto Accident Victim $128K

    September 14, 2011

    September 13, 2011

    The Indiana Court of Appeals says it will not adjust the amount awarded to an Indianapolis, Indiana, car accident victim after an anonymous juror filed an affidavit saying that the jury made a huge miscalculation.

    The appeals court ruled 3-0 in this LaPorte County case that the woman is only entitled to the $128,712 that was announced in court, as it was the figure on the jury’s verdict form and because no one objected when it was read aloud.

    The Times reports that the jury had intended to award the victim $336,300 but instead gave only $207,600—a figure that was reduced to $128,712 because the jury determined that the victim was 38 percent at fault.

    The juror, who believed that the reduced amount would be added to the $336K figure, said that the jury “had trouble trying to figure out the verdict form” and “completed it as best as we could.”

    Judge Kathleen Lang reportedy stepped in in open court to help the jury figure the final total.

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    Do you think this Indiana auto accident victim should have been given additional award money after this error was discovered?

    If you or someone you know has been involved in an Indiana auto accident, the Indiana auto accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys can help.


    6 Steps to Follow After an Indiana Auto Accident

    September 05, 2011

    September 5, 2011

    If you’ve been in an Indiana auto accident—and statistically one out of eight Indiana drivers will be this year–follow these steps to protect your rights to compensation:

    Stay calm.
    Stay in control and pull over to the side of the road as soon as possible without causing more accidents. Be sure to never leave the scene of an Indiana auto accident if your vehicle was involved in the collision in any way.

    Call the authorities.
    Check to see if anyone has been injured in the Indiana auto accident. If medical attention is needed, contact 911. Also, all Indiana auto accidents should be reported to the police. Making a police report of the car accident can be beneficial for determining fault and negligence for an injury accident.

    Gather information.
    Talk with any people who witnessed the accident. Take down names, contact information, and any other pertinent details they can provide.

    Visit your doctor.
    It is also best to visit a doctor immediately following an auto accident, whether you think you have been injured or not. While the doctor is examining you, be sure to mention specific details about how your accident occurred and any injury or pain you suffered as a result.

    Inform your insurance company.
    Call your insurance company immediately to report the accident. Failing to report the accident immediately could in some instances result in the insurance company not covering you for the accident. However, if dealing with an insurance adjustor, whether at the scene of the auto accident or after, don’t sign anything or give any statements.

    Get a lawyer. Get Stewart.
    Before signing any statements, consult an Indiana auto accident lawyer who specializes in helping those who have been injured in auto accidents as a result of another’s negligence. At Stewart & Stewart, we have helped thousands of clients get the compensation they deserve for injuries suffered in an Indiana auto accident.

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    If you were involved in an Indiana auto accident, did you find this information helpful?

    If you or someone you know has been involved in an Indiana auto accident, the Indiana auto accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys can help.