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Indianapolis Bicycle Accident Attorney | Bicycle Helmets

Statistics have shown that the number of brain injuries associated with bicycle accidents are significantly reduced when helmets are wornSix hundred seventy seven individuals were killed in bicycle accidents in 2011.  It is estimated that adults 45 years and older as well as minors, ages 15-24, have the highest bicycle death rates.

In 2010, an estimated 515,000 individuals went to emergency rooms for bicycle related injuries.  Statistically 60% of these non-fatal bicycle accidents involve minor children.  It is a simple fact that effective interventions eliminate or minimize deaths or serious injuries from bicycle accidents.

How to effectively reduce bicycle accidents and deaths caused by negligent drivers

The most effective intervention is to wear a bicycle helmet.  Another is to wear fluorescent clothing, active lighting on the bike and retro reflective clothing for night riding.    All of these will reduce chances of an accident with a motor vehicle.  In addition, many bicycle organizations offer safe tips for traveling on the roadway and how to deal with motor vehicles.  But the simple truth is bicycle helmets protect brain injuries.  In 2012, 65% of bicyclists killed were NOT wearing helmets.

With more and more individuals riding their bikes to and from work every day, the question remains just how safe is cycling.  Cities and towns are creating more friendly roads for cyclist to share the roadway with motor vehicles.  Bike lanes and changed traffic patterns are helping bicyclists against accidents with motor vehicles.  But it is up to both the cyclist and driver to be more and more cognizant of the changing times.

A law firm with experience in personal injury law

Call personal injury and accident lawyer Charlie Ward today for a free consultationDon and Charlie Ward are personal injury attorneys in Indianapolis, Indiana and represent persons injured in auto, motorcycle and truck accidents as well as pedestrian and bicycling accidents, medical malpractice and nursing home negligence claims. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident or killed as a the result of another person’s reckless or negligent behavior, give Don or Charlie Ward a call today at 317-639-9501 for a free evaluation of your accident claim.

By Charlie Ward

Ward & Ward Law Firm
728 S Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46225
317-639-9501
 

 

‘Tis the Season – The Primary Cause for Hunting Accidents in Indiana

Hunter’s Tree Stands Post Risk of Serious InjuryDeer Stand Hunting Accidents and Wrongful Deaths Indianapolis Indiana 46225

At the time of this writing on November 16, 2014, eight hunting enthusiasts have already been injured in Indiana since deer season opened on October 1st. Statistics show that tree stand, also known as deer stand injuries are responsible for the most common type of hunting accidents injuries.   Accidental shootings are the second most common hunting injury. National studies show that 10-30% of hunters posturing in a tree stand will have an incident during their hunting career.  Due to the high placement of the stand, most falls result in serious injuries and sometimes death.Call Charlie Ward at 317-639-9501

 

As interest in sport hunting increases, so does the use of tree stands

Over 1 million tree stands are manufactured annually and this number increases every year with the renewed interest in hunting for sport. States with longer hunting seasons, including Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, and Ohio, experience a greater number of serious injuries and deaths.

Although safety is paramount to preventing injuries, many individuals have never taken any form of tree education classes. Tree education classes are available for hunters of all ages.

Factors contributing to injuries

In general, tree stands are small in design and hunters have little room for mistakes.  Statistics show that most individuals who fall from the temporary stands seldom wear any form of safety belts.  The Indiana Department of Natural Resources recommends all hunters wear a full body harness which is attached to the tree as soon as the hunter begins their climb.

Cold air, darkness and lack of sleep are also contributing factors to individuals falling from tree stands.  The number of injuries can be reduced with proper education and proper warnings about the dangers associated with tree stands.

Attorney Charlie Ward has the knowledge and experience to get you the compensation you deserve, bringing your personal injury claim to a successful conclusion. If you or someone you know needs help with an injury claim, call Charlie at 317-639-9501 today.

Ward & Ward Law Firm
728 S Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46225
317-639-9501

Auto Recall Legislation|Indiana Personal Injury Lawyer’s View Point

Indianapolis Product Recall  Personal InjuryVehicle manufacturers have a duty to report safety issues by law.   The legislation is known as Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation–TREAD.

Over a decade ago, there were  several hundred deaths and many individuals seriously injured as a result of defective tires made by Firestone on Ford Explorers.  In 2001, Congress took action and passed TREAD to require vehicle manufacturers to report safety issues in a timely manner.  The goal of the legislation to require auto manufacturers to report defects, not to hide them.  Once reported the National Highway Safety Administration can issue recalls, impose fines and potentially order criminal charges.Call Charlie Ward at 317-639-9501

However, many argue the legislation is failing due to time delays (sometimes several years).   In the past few years delayed actions resulted in many deaths and serious injuries as a result of sudden acceleration in Toyota vehicles (several years ago), ignition switch issues in General Motors vehicles (past 2 years) and now with airbags involving the Japanese company Takata.   Facts uncovered in Toyota’s sudden acceleration and GM’s ignition switch showed the manufacturer’s knowledge of the defects many years before any action was taken.  The Federal Government is currently investigating Honda on whether Honda failed to timely report deaths and injuries caused by defective airbags.

The end result–delays in recalling vehicles leads to unnecessary deaths and serious injuries.

Personal Injury Attorney,

Charlie Ward

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Ward & Ward Law Firm
728 S Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46225
 

Airplane Fires | Wrongful Death Attorney in Indianapolis

Airplane Crash Attorney in Indianapolis - Wrongful Death

Since 1993, at least 600 individuals have died as a result of being burned alive or smoke inhalation following small airplane crashes.

Results show that many victims who died from fire or smoke inhalation sustained very few broken bones or other injuries.  In some instances the fire occurred following a minor crash.  While in other instances the impact was greater.  What the crashes have in common is fuel line ruptures or fuel tank ruptures causing an instant fire.Call Charlie Ward at 317-639-9501

The Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, has taken no action regarding the fuel line/tank rupture issue.   In 1990, the FAA proposed changes for small airplanes to have equipment and design changes to prevent such fires.  However, the FAA withdrew the proposal facing criticism from airplane manufacturers.  The reason for the withdrawal–not worth the additional cost.

The National Transportation Safety Board, NTSB, criticized the FAA’s decision for rejecting fire prevention recommendations.  A Canadian safety agency likewise criticized the FAA’s decision. Investigations show that in several crashes, some deaths and serious burns from fires and/or smoke inhalation could have easily been prevented had the airplanes been equipped with commercially available fuel systems.  These systems have better resistance to ruptures following a crash.

In 1978, the FAA noted itself that fuel line/tanks “would undoubtedly result in the saving of lives which otherwise would be lost in post-crash fires.”  Again in 1990, the FAA noted “Improved crash resistance is necessary to prevent thermal deaths and injuries in survivable crashes.”  Finally in 1994, the FAA started requiring crash resistant fuel systems in some helicopters.

Additional costs vs. saving lives/injuries.  That is the ultimate question.

 

Famous Quotes by and about Lawyers and the Law

 

Lawyer life is the forum where attorneys post their day-to-day concerns from insurance to litigation.We invite you to comment or add your favorite to the following collection of well-known quotations written by and about lawyers and the law*

*Submissions will be checked for authenticity and relevancy before they are posted.
*Quotations selected for publication are at the discretion of the webmaster.Call Charlie Ward at 317-639-9501


A lawyer without books would be like a workman without tools.

– Thomas Jefferson

If you don’t get a lawyer who knows law then get the one who knows the Judge!.

– Unknown

A lawyer‘s time and advice are his stock in trade

– Abraham Lincoln

The leading rule for the lawyer … is diligence. Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.

– Abraham Lincoln

“I shall not rest until every German sees that it is a shameful thing to be a lawyer.”

– Adolph Hitler

A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.

– Robert Frost

Lawyer: One who protects us from robbers by taking away the temptation

– Henry Louis Mencken

The power of the lawyer is in the uncertainty of the law

– Jeremy Bentham

He who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client

– Proverbs

The minute you read something that you can’t understand, you can almost be sure that it was drawn up by a lawyer

– Will Rogers

Don’t misinform your Doctor nor your Lawyer

– Benjamin Franklin

Most people aren’t appreciated enough, and the bravest things we do in our lives are usually known only to ourselves. No one throws ticker tape on the man who chose to be faithful to his wife, on the lawyer who didn’t take the drug money…

– Peggy Noonan

Law students are trained in the case method, and to the lawyer everything in life looks like a case.

– Edward Packard, Jr.

The average lawyer is essentially a mechanic who works with a pen instead of a ball peen hammer.

– Robert Schmitt

What a holler would ensue if people had to pay the minister as much to marry them as they have to pay a lawyer to get them a divorce.

– Claire Trevor

A lawyer without history or literature is a mechanic, a mere working mason; if he possesses some knowledge of these, he may venture to call himself an architect.

– Sir Walter Scott

“Don’t give me paper – I can get the same lawyer who drew it up to break it. But if you shake my hand, that’s for life.”

Jerry Lewis

“One of the things I was taught in law school is that I’d never be able to think the same again – that being a lawyer is something that’s part of who I am as an individual now.”

Anita Hill

“In the courtroom, it’s where a lawyer really becomes an actor. There’s a very fine line between delivering a monologue in a play and delivering a monologue to a jury …The best lawyers are really theatrical.”

Woody Harrelson

“Going to trial with a lawyer who considers your whole life-style a Crime in Progress is not a happy prospect.”

Hunter S. Thompson

I’m a lawyer. I go for due process; I go for fairness and equity – these values mean a lot to me.

Mohamed ElBaradei

“Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world. If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can’t get you off.”

Bill Veeck

“If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.”

Charles Dickens

“The clearest way to show what the rule of law means to us in everyday life is to recall what has happened when there is no rule of law.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

“The magistrates are the ministers for the laws, the judges their interpreters, the rest of us are servants of the law, that we all may be free.”

Marcus Tulius Cicero

“The law is reason, free from passion.”

Aristotle

“It is the trade of lawyers to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour.”

Thomas Jefferson

“Where the law ends tyranny begins.”

– Henry Fielding

Laws are like sausages. It is better not to see them being made.”

– Otto von Bismarck

“I have spent all my life under a Communist regime, and I will tell you that a society without any objective legal scale is a terrible one indeed. But a society with no other scale but the legal one is not quite worthy of man either.”

– Alexander Solzhenitzyn

“Gentlemen, a court is no better than each man of you sitting before me on this jury.”

– Atticus Finch,  from To Kill a Mockingbird

“We protect the unknown.”

– Charlie Ward

Ward & Ward Law Firm
728 S Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46225
317-639-9501
888-639-9501

Broken Bones | Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Indianapolis

Many children who sustain a fracture to an arm or leg as a result of an accident have a good chance of having the fracture improperly splinted.

Personal Injury Lawyer - Medical Malpractice Statistics show that almost half of all boys and a quarter of all girls will fracture an arm or leg before 16.  Properly set, the fracture heals rather quickly with little residual problems.  However, in a recent study from the University of Maryland (pediatric bone specialists) more than 90% of children with fractures had their bone improperly splinted.  As a result, further complications such as loss of motion or skin grafts can occur.Call Charlie Ward at 317-639-9501

Dr. Josh Abzug, who directs pediatric orthopedics at University of Maryland believes that improper splinting occurs from a lack of education in some situations and a lack of attention to detail in others.  In addition, in many situations a doctor or health care worker splints a fracture with instructions for the parent to follow-up with an orthopedic the next day.  However, the follow-up does not occur right away and complications set in.

Dr. Abzug believes that posters or flashcards in an emergency room or urgent care center outlining proper splinting can minimize the problem.  He further advises parents to listen to their children. Should a child complain of lots of pain (crying) or major swelling/discoloration occur in the split area, Dr. Abzug advises to immediately proceed to the emergency room.  Time is of the utmost importance.

 

Crazy Contacts Catalyst for Corneal Cuts

look him in the eyeCrazy Contacts Catalyst for Corneal Cuts

Blinding and blasphemous, blood-red eyes and ghastly, glowing, gruesome peepers… Americans love Halloween…so much so that people will shop just about anywhere for “crazy contact” lens-wear purchased from Halloween novelty shops, beauty supply stores, gas stations and online outlets. But beware! Injuries including painful, scarred corneas, severe eye infections, permanently damaged vision and drooping eyelids have been reported as a consequence of wearing the specialty eyewear.Call Charlie Ward at 317-639-9501

It is illegal to sell colored contact lenses without a prescription and retailers can be fined as much as $11,000 per violation. All contact lenses (including non-corrective cosmetic lenses) are controlled by the FDA under the heading of medical devices and require a prescription from a licensed optometrist, ophthalmologist or other licensed optician under the supervision of an eye doctor. The Food and Drug Administration along with ICE and the US Customs and Border Protection have launched a campaign called “Operation Double Vision” that has seized more than 20,000 pairs of counterfeit and decorative lenses illegally sold to the American public.

Contact wearers are required by law to be fitted by an eye health professional for size, shape, strength and type of material used in the lenses. Never buy lenses from a retailer that does not require a prescription for purchase. Contacts that are not properly fitted may scratch the eye or cause blood vessels to grow into the cornea.

Follow good health practices and seek annual professional eye care. Don’t trade a lifetime of poor vision for a single evening of ghostly fun!

New Indiana Scooter Regulation | Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Indianapolis

New Scooter Regulations in Indiana.

Indiana Motor Scooter Registration lawEffective January 1, 2015, Indiana has adopted new regulations covering motor scooters.  License plates will be required on all scooters.  In addition, scooters with engines of 50 cubic centimeters or less will also need to pass a Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) test involving road signals and signs.  Scooters above the 50 cubic centimeters will need to follow all motorcycle requirements, that is, hold a valid driver’s license with a motorcycle endorsement or valid motorcycle learner’s permit.  Currently the Bureau of Motor Vehicles has no idea how many scooters are on the roadway.  The Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) released an online video discussing documents needed to obtain the scooter license and the types of licenses needed. Currently the Bureau of Motor Vehicles has no record of all the scooters on the roadway.  Some argue that the new legislation merely allows individuals who have lost their license due to drunk driving to travel on the roadway without a license and insuring their scooter.  Others argue that the law is to help individuals to get to work who have lost their license due to drunk driving.  It is not known how the individual police agencies will enforce the new law.  Registration for the scooters will cost $26.35 each with a $10 excise tax.Call Charlie Ward at 317-639-9501

Air Bag Recalls | Personal Injury Lawyers in Indianapolis

To check and see if your vehicle is covered in the airbag recall, check out the following link.

Indianapolis Personal Injury Attorney - Auto Air Bag Accidents The federal government increased the number of vehicles in a safety recall involving airbags from five million to eight million.  Vehicles in the recall include Toyotas, Hondas, Nissans and others. Call personal injury and accident lawyer Charlie Ward today for a free consultationThe government is urging owners to have the vehicles repaired as soon as possible because the airbags pose the risk of death and/or serious injury in a vehicle accident.  Investigators are also concerned that hot, humid air could potentially cause the air bag to explode unexpectedly.  Should this occur, it could cause metal shrapnel flying, causing death or serious injury.  General Motors and other manufacturers have also recently recalled vehicles for safety issues regarding airbags.  In total worldwide over 16 million vehicles have been recalled for safety issues involving airbags since 2002.  David Friedman with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration urges all consumers with these vehicles to immediately have them repaired to prevent any deaths or injuries.

Safety groups allege that four people have been killed and numerous others seriously injured from the sudden airbag deployment.  Airbags have been required on new vehicles since 1999.   The airbag devices are made by Tokyo based, Takata Corporation.

 

GM and Ignition Switches | Wrongful Death Attorney in Indianapolis

29 people have died and 27 people have been seriously injured in accidents as a result of the defective ignition switches involving General Motors vehicles.

184 death claims have been filed with Ken Feinberg, an attorney hired by General Motors to compensate victims.  However, only 29 have been deemed eligible to date to receive compensation.  In addition, 1333 personal injury claims have been filed to date with 27 receiving offers of compensation.