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July 14, 2015 / Vehicle Accidents

“Racing Experience” Questions

If you are a NASCAR or Formula 1 racing fan, or if you just love fast cars, you may have heard about “racing experiences.” They allow you to get behind the wheel of a real race car and try it out after some classroom time and safety instruction. They go by names such as the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience or the Mario Andretti Racing Experience. It’s one of a number of “fantasy experiences” that have sprung up in the last few years, and you can sometimes get a deal online to try them. It’s common to drive more than 100 mph; in fact, it’s expected that you will. To a number of us, this really sounds like fun. Certainly 30-year-old Stephen Cox from Decatur, Indiana, who participated in the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience (RWRE)[...]


June 23, 2015 / Personal Injury

That Old Swimming Hole Might Not Be Safe

For those who don’t have access to a pool, a lake, or a refreshing stream, summertime may send them in search of a different kind of place to cool off when the temperatures soar. Often, it is our youth and young adults who are attracted to abandoned quarries and mines as places to swim, dive, and “hang out.” Generally, abandoned mines and quarries—of which Indiana has several—are not safe places to explore. Nationwide, accidents in abandoned quarries and mines take 20 to 30 peoples’ lives every year, with drowning the most common cause of death at abandoned quarry and mine sites. Indiana suffers its share of injuries and even fatalities most years as well. As an example, in Bloomington, Rooftop Quarry is popular because it [...]


June 15, 2015 / Personal Injury

Bouncing Your Way into the ER?

A fast-growing craze among young people is foam pits and trampoline parks. On the surface, it sounds like wholesome fun that will help kids get some needed exercise, and the kids seem to love it. But stories of injuries and deaths, and warnings from doctors, have started to emerge. What Are Foam Pits and Trampoline Parks A foam pit is exactly what it sounds like—piles of foam cubes, usually supported by a trampoline, which people, mostly kids and teens, jump in. A trampoline park is a large room filled with trampolines. Often, the same recreational facility has both. They are popular with those who want to try out acrobatic or gymnastic moves. In Indiana and surrounding states, there are several “jump gyms,” as they are sometimes call[...]


June 8, 2015 / Personal Injury

Accidents Are Not Amusing

It’s a beautiful day. You and your family are out to enjoy yourselves at an amusement park. You feel great anticipation as you climb into the ride’s car. This will be exciting and fun! Unfortunately, perhaps it won’t. We’ve all heard the stories -- from the derailed roller coaster car that flew into a tree at a California park in 2014, to the woman who fell out of a roller coaster in Texas in 2013, to the story of the young woman who suffered amputation by a flying cable at nearby Kentucky Kingdom in 2007. At this point, you might be wondering if amusement parks are really that dangerous. Risky Rides Amusement parks are responsible for a surprising number of injuries. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has esti[...]


May 21, 2015 / Personal Injury

Young Workers in Danger

Youth at work may appear vigorous and strong, even invincible. We may even lament our own restrictions that occur with increasing age. Yet that same vibrant quality of youth can be a hindrance when it comes to occupational safety. Would you be surprised to learn that young workers, meaning those under 25, have higher occupational injury rates than older workers? It’s true. For workers under the age of 24 during 2012, there were 375 deaths, with 29 of them suffered by workers less than 18 years old. And during the years 1998 to 2007, younger workers were the victims of roughly twice as many nonfatal workplace injuries each year as workers 25 and over. Advantage: Maturity Being young is not always an advantage in the workplace. A person[...]


May 19, 2015 / Personal Injury

Dangerous Dust

Dust seems harmless, doesn’t it? Everyone breathes in dust every day. We joke about having dusty homes. And yet, dust that contains respirable crystalline silica can cause irreversible, chronic, and even fatal illnesses. Exposure to crystalline silica kills more than 250 U.S. citizens each year from silicosis alone, and approximately one million workers are exposed to crystalline silica. Workers in the construction and mining industries, as well as those who work in sandblasting, stonecutting, and even landscaping are among those at risk. Those who work at hydraulic fracturing (fracking) sites, or especially in frac sand mining, or who live near such mines, also face the potential of future illnesses. In Indiana, the risks from frackin[...]


May 15, 2015 / Vehicle Accidents

Binge Drinking: A Serious Problem Going from Bad to Worse

Binge drinking is on the rise in this country. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington reports that, since 2005, heavy drinking in the U.S. has gone up by 17.2%, and binge drinking has risen by 8.9%. And Indiana is no exception to this general rule. A Ball State report found that more than one-third of Indiana adults who drink admit to binging regularly on alcohol. Despite the way some comedians characterize drunken behavior as amusing, binge drinking is no laughing matter. It contributes to vehicular injuries and deaths, especially those of teens and young adults; it damages the health of drinkers; and it can harm families. It’s a sad situation all around. Defining Binge Drinking and DU[...]


April 29, 2015 / Personal Injury

Stage Collapse Spurs Questions

Dozens of high school kids and parents panicked on April 23, 2015, when part of a stage collapsed during a spirited musical, plunging Westfield High School performers into the orchestra pit. School Superintendent Mark Keen estimated the drop to be 12 feet to a concrete floor below. During the finale of the school's annual "American Pie" concert, which each year features music from one decade, a large group of singing, dancing students came from the wings onto a platform used to extend the stage area over the pit, a procedure used many times in the past without incident. This time, however, due to causes that are still under investigation, the flooring gave way. More than a dozen students were injured, with ten being transported to[...]


April 28, 2015 / Vehicle Accidents

Megaproblems with Megabus

Driving through work zones can be perilous (you'll find lots of information about work zone accidents on our website) -- but for some passengers traveling recently through an I-65 work zone on a double-decker Megabus, it was both scary and painful. On April 13, 2015, the Megabus was headed from Chicago to Atlanta when it approached a construction area. Although a state police car was present, with lights flashing, the bus driver ran into the rear of a semi, pushing it into an SUV and another car. Out of the 63 passengers on board, 19 were taken to one of three hospitals. Reports immediately following the incident said it was unknown whether mechanical problems with the bus contributed to the bus crash. Pattern of Double-Deck Bus Accide[...]


February 13, 2015 / Vehicle Accidents

The Latest Traffic Statistics: Good News And Bad News

For most of us, the word "statistics" just brings up visions of digits -- numbers, percentages, rates, ranks -- that, like beauty, are their own excuse for being. But the American Statistical Association (ASA) says, "Statistics is the science of learning from data, and of measuring, controlling, and communicating uncertainty; and it thereby provides the navigation essential for controlling the course of scientific and societal advances." It's this last phrase that makes the collection and study of data critical to our everyday lives -- for example, improving transportation safety. Jump To: The Good News or The Bad News One source of important highway data is NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System. To be included in the FARS census, a[...]


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