Archive for April, 2012


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.


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.


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.


Indiana Boy Seriously Injured In Lawn Mower Accident

April 04, 2012

April 4, 2012

With the weather getting warmer, the grass is starting to grow throughout Indiana, which means it’s time to bring out the lawn mower. However, it’s important to remember that thousands of people are injured every year because of negligence while using a lawn mower.

A University of Missouri study found that approximately 75,000 people in the U.S. are injured each year in lawn mowing accidents, and approximately 10,000 of the victims are under the age of 18.

Most recently, a 5-year-old boy from Elizabethtown, Indiana, suffered serious injuries after a fall off of a riding lawn mower his father was driving. WISHTV 8 News says that the accident happened Tuesday afternoon at the child’s home on 11th Street. His father was giving him a ride on the lawnmower when the child dropped a wrench. He reached down to grab it, but instead fell, getting his foot trapped beneath the blades. Neighbors were able to help stop the bleeding until rescue crews could arrive.

The boy was taken to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis and is listed in good condition today.

In order to keep children safe around these machines, the American Academy of Pediatrics not allowing children under the age of 12 near lawn equipment.

The Indiana Slip and Fall Lawyers with Stewart and Stewart Injury Lawyers would also suggest wearing sturdy shoes along with hearing and eye protection whenever you use lawn equipment.