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The case was set for trial. Stephenson and Rife hired an animation company to prepare a video exhibit to help the jury understand the complexity of the surgery C.M. had to endure. Our attorneys shared the exhibit with State Farm at mediation shortly before trial. State Farm paid $850,000 to settle the case.

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The Memorial Day weekend kicks off the season known as the “100 Deadliest Days” of driving for teenagers. During this time period, teen driver and passenger deaths increase by 26%, on average. Figures from the National Safety Council show that between Memorial Day and Labor Day of 2012, nearly 1,000 people were killed in crashes involving teen drivers, and more than 550 of them were teens themselves.
So what can you, as a parent, do to help your kids make it through these 100 deadly days?

  1. Since inexperience contributes greatly to crash risk, help your new driver get some supervised driving hours under their belt. Take them out in the sunshine and the rain, in the daytime and at night, and on both country roads and interstates. In other words, ride with them in a variety of situations so you can give helpful hints (screaming and gasping don’t count), even if they already have a driver’s license.
  2. Model good behavior by wearing your own seat belt. More than half of the teenagers killed in collisions were not wearing a seat belt.
  3. Remember that under Indiana’s graduated licensing law, teens are not allowed to carry passengers for the first 180 days unless there is another licensed driver at least 25 years old, a certified driving instructor or parent/guardian over the age of 21 in the front seat, with exceptions of the driver’s child, sibling or spouse.
  4. Limit their ability to drive at night unless you accompany them. The crash rate for teen drivers is three times higher after 9:00 p.m.
  5. Prohibit cell phone use while driving. This applies to talking as well as texting.
  6. If you know your teen is fatigued – from sports or lack of sleep – offer to drive him or her.
  7. Take good care of the vehicle your child drives. Don’t leave maintenance entirely in their hands, even though you want them to exhibit responsibility. Keep an eye on those tires, windshield wipers, brakes and headlights.

It may take some effort on your part to ensure that your teenager safely navigates through these 100 deadly days, but he or she will thank you . . . and so will your fellow Hoosiers.

Mike Stephenson, Indianapolis car crash lawyer, is available to answer your questions if you or your teenager is the victim of a negligent driver. Call 1-855-206-2555.

real-life cases

“B.K.” was driving on a two-lane road one Sunday afternoon with his mother in the front seat and his brother and sister-in-law in the back seat when his life was forever changed. B.K. was struck head on by D.C.

D.C. had spent the day drinking with a friend and had stopped at a restaurant less than five miles from the point of the accident where D.C. had been served several drinks. D.C.’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

As a result of the terrible wreck, B.K. received devastating injuries, which included multiple broken bones, facial fractures, and loss of vision. B.K.’s mother, brother, and sister-in-law were all killed in the accident.

As one would anticipate, D.C. had virtually no insurance. Stephenson, through his thorough and detailed investigation, was able to prepare claims against the restaurant and those that provided the alcohol.

Stephenson pursued dram shop claims against those responsible CASE SUMMARY

D.H. was a competitive bicyclist who was riding in preparation for a cross-country fundraising ride. In the spring of 2010, D.H. was riding across an old steel-grated deck bridge in Shelby County when he hit a hole in the bridge and flipped over the handlebars of his bike. The impact to the bridge decking caused severe injuries to his face, teeth, tongue, and elbow.

Through the investigation, they were able to learn as early as 1998, the bridge inspection reports showed the bridge in question needed to be replaced. The county never authorized additional inspections. The county obtained $844,000 in funding for the replacement of the bridge in 2000, but the Historical Society and adjacent property owners wanted the bridge repaired rather than replaced.

This crash could have been avoided if the inspectors and county had done their jobs. CASE SUMMARY

Our client (“D.W.”) was a front-seat passenger in a vehicle that was struck by a UDF truck making deliveries. D.W. received broken arms and legs, as well as internal injuries. Stephenson was retained by D.W.’s personal counsel to prepare and try the case. Discovery determined that the UDF driver had multiple driving violations. Stephenson retained numerous experts to show the jury the devastating effects of the injuries. Before trial, the defendant’s company stated that a jury in a small southern county in Indiana would never return a verdict for $1 million in this case.

The defendant was correct; the verdict was twice that amount. CASE SUMMARY

Let us put our resources to work for you.

The attorneys of McNeely Stephenson have been successfully litigating personal injury cases in Indiana since 1982. We know how to conduct a thorough investigation into an accident’s causes. Our many decades of representing Hoosiers injured in car crashes has helped us build a network of medical experts, economists and others who can assist in documenting a victim’s injuries and financial losses. Put our Indianapolis distracted driving accidents lawyer on your side.

Aggressive courtroom advocates and tenacious settlement negotiators, our Indiana vehicular accident lawyers will fight for your rights when you have been harmed in a distracted driving accident on Indiana highways. Contact Mike Stephenson at 1-855-206-2555 or use our online contact form to arrange a free consultation. McNeely Stephenson. Trusted Advisors. Proven Advocates.


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