Archive for May, 2012

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.

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.

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.

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®.

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.