Archive for November, 2011


Indiana Worker Injured In Snowplow-Train Collision

November 30, 2011

November 30, 2011

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) says that train accidents occur more often at intersections with no cross arms in front of the tracks. That was the case Wednesday morning when a Hendricks County employee was injured in a collision between his snowplow and a train. According to Channel 13 News, the incident occurred at a crossing with County Road 151 West.

The train’s conductor told sheriff’s deputies that he was heading west at around 45 MPH as he approached the intersection where the accident occurred. He said that the driver of the snowplow slowed his vehicle, but did not completely stop. The conductor attempted to stop the train as the snowplow crawled onto the tracks, but did not have enough time or distance to bring the train to a halt. The two collided and the snowplow rolled–trapping the driver inside.

He was freed by firefighters and paramedics a short time later and was taken to St. Vincent Hospital to be treated for injuries to his legs and arms.

Deputies confirmed that the crossing is marked with a stop sign and railroad crossing warnings, but no cross arm mechanism. According to the FRA, 171 people have died this year in highway-rail accidents.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart would like to encourage motorists to always stop at railroad intersections regardless of if warning lights are blinking or not. You should also turn down your radio and roll down a window so you can hear if a train is coming.


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.


New Study Finds Xarelto Could Save Heart Attack Survivors

November 16, 2011

November 16, 2011

A new blood thinning drug, Xarelto, is said to improve a heart attack patient’s chances of suffering from another heart related problem and could prevent death. According to Channel 13 News, the drug could become the gold standard of treatment for millions of Americans who suffer form heart-related conditions each year, despite the drug being known to cause severe bleeding.

A large scale study of more than 15,000 patients around the world found that users of the drug, which is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, who had suffered heart attacks or had severe chest pain caused by a heart related problem were less likely to suffer or die from another heart related event if they took the drug in combination with standard anti-clotting medications. The results were reported Sunday at the American Heart Association conference.

They were met with serious concerns by some who saw the presentation because of the drug’s connection with bleeding that can potentially cause death. Other side effects include numbness and tingling in the limbs, vomiting and/or coughing blood, blood in urine or feces, headaches, swelling, and fluid buildup. Doctors also say the risk of stroke goes up in patients once they stop taking the drug.

The Indiana Drug Injury Lawyers at Stewart and Stewart suggest contacting an attorney immediately if you experience any problems while taking any medication. Their experienced team can be reached simply by filling out a free online consultation form.


31-year-old Noblesville Man Killed in Indiana Motorcycle Crash

November 09, 2011

November 9, 2011

A 31-year-old Noblesville, Indiana, man died Saturday night as the result of a motorcycle crash. According to the Indy Star, the accident happened around 7:15 in the evening in Carmel, Indiana at an intersection with a side road off of the Hazel Dell Parkway.

Authorities say they believe the man was driving his 2005 Yamaha bike north on the parkway. As he approached the intersection with Rippling Brook Way, a 2011 Toyota RAV4 driven by a 73-year-old man pulled out in front of him. The biker did not have time to react, and ran into the rear side of the SUV. The impact threw the motorcyclist from his bike.

The man was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, but later died from injuries sustained in the accident.

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) found in a study that wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle will improve your chances of survival in a crash by more than 50 percent. That number was said to grow exponentially as the speed of the motorcycles decreases.

The Indiana Motorcycle Accident Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart would like to urge motorcycle riders to always wear a helmet when riding and slowing down. Following these simple tips could save your life, or that of another.


Indiana Community College Professor Falls From Tower

November 03, 2011

November 2, 2011

A new faculty member at the Lafayette, Indiana, campus of Ivy Tech Community College died Wednesday after falling from a tower on the campus while instructing students. FOX 59 News reports the 70-foot tower is used to train students how to climb up and down a wind turbine as part of the sustainable energy curriculum at the school.

The 36-year-old professor was leading a “rating exercise” with students around noon when the accident happened. Investigators are unsure what happened, but say the instructor fell from the top of the tower in front of the students. Paramedics were immediately contacted, but were unable to revive the man and he was declared dead at the scene.

The accident shows the dangers that jobs working in high places can be dangerous. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) suggest the best ways for those workers to stay safe is to always double check your equipment before going up and always be tied off to a safety line while at heights.

The Indiana Wrongful Death Attorneys with Stewart & Stewart often handle cases for families of victims who were killed in on-the-job accidents at no fault of their own. Contact us today by filling out a free online consultation form so that we may discuss the details of your case further and answer any questions you may have.