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August 12, 2014 / Vehicle Accidents

Car Vs. Tractor: What Are The Odds?

One of the seemingly continuous tasks of summer is keeping the grass mowed. Busy homeowners have to factor in time for weekly mowing, or even more frequent grass cutting some weeks. If you just have a small patch of green, you may get by with a push mower; but many people have turned to riding mowers or tractors to do the job more efficiently. Tractors mowing the edge near a highway are targets for negligent drivers. And guess who is usually more seriously injured? Just last Thursday, August 7, 2014, one of Shelby County’s commissioners was hit while mowing on the south side of Michigan Road. A Jeep Cherokee crossed the road and struck the tractor head-on. Commissioner David Mohr, 73, was uninjured, but the 32-year-old driver of th[...]


August 11, 2014 / Vehicle Accidents

The Lessen Plan For School Zones

In many Indianapolis school districts, teachers and students are now back to school after a summer break. Drivers are cautioned to be on the alert for children walking to and from school and to observe the lessened speed limits in those areas. Nationwide statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reflect that, on average, 135 people are killed each year in school-transportation-related accidents, with 8 percent being school bus passengers and 21 percent pedestrians or bicyclists. About one-third of the accident victims are hit by passenger cars, trucks or motorcycles, not by school buses. Here are answers to some of the frequently asked questions regarding Indiana school zones. Q. What is the legal speed li[...]


July 17, 2014 / Vehicle Accidents

Wrong-Way Wreck

It’s sometimes hard to figure out how a driver could wind up driving in a lane going the wrong direction. And Wayne County law enforcement personnel are wondering how a man driving westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-70 came to be headed the wrong way on a portion of the interstate that is divided by a median with a cable barrier. Early on the morning of Sunday, July 13, 2014, Phillip Lloyd of Richmond, Indiana, was behind the wheel of a Mustang which collided with a Greyhound bus headed from St. Louis to New York City. Lloyd was killed instantly; the bus driver was airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis; and 18 of the 23 bus passengers were treated at Reid Hospital in Richmond. Fortunately, most of the injuries were relativel[...]


July 11, 2014 / Personal Injury

Food Truck Explosion An Eye-Opener For Indy Eaters

Indianapolis has seen a large increase in the number of food truck vendors in recent years. Every Thursday, you can savor tasty items from many businesses participating in Food Truck Friday on Georgia Street in Downtown Indianapolis. On Fridays, the west end of Georgia Street near the Indiana Convention Center is the location of various and sundry vendors prepared to satisfy your culinary cravings, from BBQ to pizza to something more exotic, like curried goat. Other than a random case of heartburn, did you ever question whether ordering from a food truck was a safety risk? Probably not. But you might be interested to know that in the state of Indiana, food trucks are not required to have fire safety inspections. And this matters, wh[...]


June 27, 2014 / Vehicle Accidents

Stop, Go Straight On Red?

If you’re riding a bicycle, moped or motorcycle, that’s exactly what you’ll be able to do come July 1. A new law will take effect in Indiana that will allow two- and three-wheeled vehicles to go through a red light if they have waited for two minutes and the light has not turned green. They must first ensure that there is no traffic coming. Indiana became the 16th state to pass what they call a “dead red” law in response to the difficulty these light-weight vehicles have at stop signals because they often do not trip the detector which cues the traffic light to change. The riders have to wait for a more massive vehicle to approach the intersection and switch the light to green. The laws in the other dead red states -- Arkansas, C[...]


June 16, 2014 / Vehicle Accidents

Should Your Tires Be Retired?

Your car or truck wouldn’t be of much use to you if it didn’t have tires, would it? And yet we often don’t give tires much thought, so long as they don’t go flat. Even then, we’ve got that trusty spare that has been riding around in the trunk for years and doesn’t have any mileage on it at all. So, no problem, right? Wrong. See Also: Tire Troubles & Accident Litigation For the most part, drivers measure the road-worthiness of their tires by the amount of tread left on them. And that is one credible factor to consider. With the normal amount of driving, the tires’ tread wears out before the rubber itself deteriorates. But tires can deteriorate with age, just like people, even if they haven’t seen hard use and still hav[...]


April 18, 2014 / Vehicle Accidents

GM Ignored Red Flags

In February, GM recalled about 780,000 of its 2005-07 Chevrolet Cobalt vehicles. That was just a portion of the larger recall of more than 2.6 million vehicles that may have faulty ignition switches, allowing the ignition to easily be moved out of the “run” position and into the “auxiliary” position and causing loss of power, steering, braking, airbags and lighting. GM says it has linked 32 crashes and 13 deaths to the faulty ignition switches, but a new study commissioned by the Center for Auto Safety indicates the death toll could exceed 300. Some folks from Indiana have been in recent news about the ignition switch problem. One of the many lawsuits that have been lodged against GM by those who were injured in accidents allegedl[...]


April 1, 2014 / Personal Injury

Beware What Lies Beneath

As with many things, when it comes to utility lines, there’s more than meets the eye. Many pipelines and conduits run beneath buildings and streets, and even your own back yard. Overall, roughly 18% of distribution line mileage is underground, according to the Edison Electric Institute. Burying utility lines certainly makes for a more pleasing view, but it also can make for hidden dangers when homeowners or construction workers accidentally cut into a buried line. That’s why April has been designated National Safe Digging Month. I know, I know – It seems like every day is National Something-or-other Day. But creating awareness of the dangers of digging is a way to prevent injuries and deaths, and statistics show that it has be[...]


March 10, 2014 / Worker Injury

Incompetence Rampant At Indiana OSHA

What would you do if your child brought an evaluation home from school that said he or she dawdled, made sloppy mistakes, was unprepared, broke the rules, failed to meet deadlines, and was generally “less than cooperative”? You’d sit that child down and communicate some expectations and consequences, right? That’s just what happened recently when the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigated the Indiana OSHA. The federal agency launched an investigation in April 2013 in response to allegations that the Indiana agency was dilatory about processing complaints and that they were unconcerned, at the least, about the rights of whistleblowers. On February 25, 2014, OSHA sent a 19-page letter to the Commiss[...]


February 18, 2014 / Personal Injury

Low T vs. High Risk

I saw a new word recently: “manvertisement.” It refers to advertising spots on television and in print media for products which appeal to men, especially those who want to “be the man they used to be.” Manufacturers of everything from potions that promise to stop hair loss to gels that purport to boost testosterone level are banking – literally – on men’s fear of aging. Some of the products may be effective, but some expose men to serious health risks. Low-T treatments are in the latter category. Several studies have found testosterone therapy could be dangerous for some men. One, published in November 2013 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found a link between testosterone therapy and an increased rate of h[...]


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