Archive for September, 2011

26
Sep

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.

TheIndyChannel.com 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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20
Sep

4-Year-Old Indiana Boy Killed in Crash with Police Cruiser

September 20, 2011

September 20, 2011

A four-year-old Bicknell boy died and another man was seriously injured in southwestern Indiana on the night of Saturday, September 17, when a sheriff’s deputy collided with a van.

The Indianapolis Star reports that the crash occurred in Vincennes, Indiana, when the Knox County deputy, who had his sirens and emergency lights activated, was pursuing a fleeing vehicle. The officer drove into an intersection without stopping at a stop sign and struck the left backside of the van.

The boy was not restrained in the rear of the van, and he died of head injuries incurred in the crash. A 34-year-old man in the back of the van was also seriously injured and taken to a hospital in Evansville.

The van’s driver, another child, and the deputy were each transported to a hospital in Vincennes for treatment.

The driver of the car that ran from police Saturday night was arrested on Monday for resisting law enforcement with a vehicle. The 35-year-old male is being held at the Knox County Jail.

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14
Sep

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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5
Sep

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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