Archive for September, 2013

25
Sep

Indianapolis Car Accident Lawyers Discuss The Dangers of Drugged Driving

September 25, 2013

September 25, 2013

The Indianapolis Car Accident Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys state that most motorists are aware of the dangers driving drunk can pose, but many are unaware of the risks of drugged driving.

Experts say that the number of motorists driving under the influence of controlled substances has increased in recent years. Data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows that as many as 20 percent of motorists will get behind the wheel after consuming drugs. This behavior is responsible for causing thousands of accidents per year.

One such collision occurred in Feb. 2012 and claimed the life of a 32-year-old man. According to an article from the Indy Star, the woman responsible for causing the wreck was recently sentenced to eight years in prison.

The 24-year-old driver had consumed Spice, a synthetic form of the drug marijuana, prior to getting behind the wheel of her vehicle and crashing. The impact killed the passenger in her vehicle.

Throughout the course of the case, the woman stated she was sorry for her mistakes. However, prosecutors pointed to testing that showed the woman tested positive for marijuana use three times following the accident.

Stewart & Stewart’s team of Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers recognizes the dangers drugged driving can pose and ask motorists to never drive after consuming anything that impairs sound judgment.

18
Sep

Indianapolis Fined $80,000 for Safety Violations That Caused Fatal Accident

September 18, 2013

September 18, 2013

The Indiana Workers’ Compensation Attorneys with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that a leading cause of on-the-job injuries is transportation accidents. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimate that last year alone, these accidents accounted for two out of every five fatal workplace accidents.

One work-related transportation accident resulted in the City of Indianapolis facing $80,000 in fines after the death of a waste management employee. According to The Indianapolis Star, the incident occurred on April 8, at the corner of 35th and Bancroft Streets.

Reports indicate that the 45-year-old victim was riding on the rear of the truck on his route. At one stop, the victim jumped from the rear of the vehicle as the driver was preparing to back up. The driver did not see the victim and ran him over.

Investigators with the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated the accident and found workers with the Department of Public Works repeatedly violating safety regulations regarding the transportation of workers.

The city has 15 days to either comply or contest the investigation’s findings. Furthermore, the department had a responsibility to ensure workers adhered to safety regulations.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys’ team of Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers recognizes the importance of following all safety protocols while on the job and are hopeful the ruling helps bring the family of the victim some closure.

11
Sep

89 Citizens Sickened by Greek Yogurt Contaminated With Mold

September 11, 2013

September 11, 2013

The Indiana Defective Product Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that manufacturers of food products have a responsibility to ensure the safety and purity of items before releasing them to the market. Failure to do so can result in claims of negligence in the event products cause consumers harm.

At least 89 such claims have been filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in connection with illnesses suffered after ingesting contaminated Greek yogurt. According to an article from New York Daily News, a mold associated with diary products made its way into yogurt products manufactured by Chobani in a Minnesota facility.

The company ordered grocery stores to destroy up to 35 types of yogurt. However, many people had already purchased and consumed tainted products by the time a warning to the public was issued.

The company stated the mold could act as an “opportunistic pathogen” in those with compromised immune systems. Anyone who develops symptoms of sickness after consuming the product should contact the FDA to report their case immediately.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys’ team of Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers also urges anyone who has been affected by the contaminated product to contact a reputable attorney to ensure his or her legal rights are protected.

4
Sep

Distracted Driving Blamed for Serious Indiana Car Accident

September 04, 2013

September 4, 2013

Distracted driving is becoming one of the leading causes of motor vehicle collisions in Indiana. The Indianapolis Car Accident Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain that the behavior may have been responsible for a recent crash that left a 26-year-old cyclist injured.

According to an article released by WLFI 18 News, the incident occurred at around 7:20 p.m. on Monday along River Road in Tippecanoe County. Reports indicate that the cyclist was traveling along the road when a vehicle backing out of a residential driveway struck him.

The impact caused the cyclist thrown from his bike and he was transported to a local hospital in Lafayette for further examination. Investigators later determined through interviews that the driver was distracted by his son in the back seat of the vehicle.

The incident leaves many motorists curious as to what they can do to help prevent distracted driving accidents.

Stewart & Stewart Attorneys’ team of Indianapolis Personal Injury Lawyers says that the only way to end distracted driving is to ensure that motorists are focused on the road. Drivers turning their phones off while at the wheel of a vehicle can achieve this goal. Motorists should also never eat or drink while driving, and should eliminate loud noises before taking to the road.