Archive for February, 2015

25
Feb

Indianapolis Auto Accident Lawyers Look at Common Cause of Crashes

February 25, 2015

Crashes occur everyday in the Hoosier State. In fact, state police report there are more than 189,000 Indiana car accidents per year. And the Indianapolis auto accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys point out car accident data shows the causes of many accidents may surprise you.

Tailgating seems to be the number one cause for car accidents in Indiana today. Of the more than 189,000 Indiana crashes that were recorded annually, roughly 30,000 were the result of a motorist following another vehicle too closely.

An article from ABC 6 News examined just how common following too closely is on Indiana’s roadways. Tailgating remains a problem because it’s a difficult infraction to enforce. Numbers show that, despite tailgating being the leading cause of Indiana auto accidents, violations of tailgating laws make up less than one percent of tickets in 2013 and 2014.

These numbers have many drivers wondering what they can do to prevent tailgating. Our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers suggest:

  • Allowing other vehicles space- Experts say there should be at least five car lengths between your vehicle and the vehicle you are following.
  • Obey the speed limit- Going only as fast as you are legally allowed will give you the time you need to stop in the event of an emergency.
  • Be in the right lane of traffic- Remember to keep right and allow faster traffic to pass in the left lane.
18
Feb

Meeting the Eligibility Requirements for Social Security Disability Benefits

February 18, 2015

For those permanently unable to work due to a health condition, Social Security Disability benefits can be vital to making ends meet. However, there are certain standards recipients of these benefits must meet.

For instance, in order to receive Social Security Disability benefits, you must have first worked long enough and earned enough income to qualify. A claimant must have accrued a minimum of 40 credits to qualify for benefits, and if the claimant is older than 31 years old, 20 of those credits must have been earned in the past decade. In 2015, workers receive one credit for every $1,220 in income they earn.

If you meet work history and income requirements, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will then examine your claim to determine if you meet disability qualifications. Some conditions can receive expedited processing through the Compassionate Allowances program, while others must meet the standards outlined by the SSA.

Many claims that are initially denied are later approved during the appeals process. The Indianapolis personal injury lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys say that if your Social Security Disability claim was denied, it may help to have a qualified legal representative examine your case. Doing so can help give you a better understanding of what is needed to file a successful disability claim.

11
Feb

Indiana Farmers File Sygenta GMO Corn Lawsuits

February 11, 2015

The agriculture industry makes up an integral part of Indiana’s economy, accounting for an estimated $4.4 billion in produce value. So when the negligent practices of a seed supplier affected corn prices in the United States earlier this year, many farmers took legal action.

Problems arose when seed supplier, Sygenta Corp., stated that China was on the verge of accepting a genetically modified (GMO) strain of corn known as Agrisure Viptera. Instead, Chinese officials placed a ban on the corn.

Since crops were mixed together prior to their export, tons of non-GMO corn were mixed with the Sygenta strain, causing the shipments to each contain trace amounts of the banned corn and preventing the shipments from entering China. This, in turn, caused the price of corn to plummet.

Many farmers filed Sygenta GMO corn lawsuits in response. The lawsuits allege that Sygenta’s failure to prevent their product from contaminating other crops caused serious economic loss. According to WDRB News, several farmers in Indiana have filed such suits.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we understand the economic impact a drop in corn prices can have on many Indiana businesses and families. That’s why our Indiana personal injury lawyers are hopeful a fair resolution can be reached between farmers and seed producers in these cases.

4
Feb

Indiana Awarded “Green Light” for Traffic Safety Laws

February 04, 2015

Highway safety is important to the Indianapolis car accident lawyers at Stewart & Stewart Attorneys. That’s why we’re thrilled to learn the Hoosier State recently received praise for efforts to keep motorists safe.

An article from My Wabash Valley states the rating was given by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety based on the passing of certain traffic safety laws, such as laws requiring all motorcyclists to wear helmets and all motorists to use seat belts .

Indiana received the “green light” rating—the best available rating—because the state passed 11 of 15 suggested safety laws. Areas where the state can still make improvements include creating tighter regulations for inexperienced teen drivers.

Raising the minimum age for  learners’ permits to 16 years old and placing restrictions on teenagers operating vehicles at night are just a few of the suggestions made. Indiana has also been asked to pass a law requiring all motorcyclists to wear helmets and convicted drunk drivers to have ignition interlock systems installed on their vehicles.

At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, we would like to applaud the efforts that have been made to improve Indiana’s highway safety rating. Our Indianapolis personal injury attorneys would also like to encourage the public to continue practicing safe driving habits.