Indianapolis, Indiana Personal Injury Law Blog

U.S. Department Of Transportation Makes Big Advertising Push For National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Posted on April 14, 2014 by Doehrman Chamberlain

There are three teens traveling in a car, and the teen in the backseat bobs his head up and down while listening to music from his headphones, oblivious to the conversation occurring in the driver and passenger seats. The two girls upfront are having a fun time working a crossword puzzle; after they both successfully come up with a word to fill the puzzle with, both girls have a giggle. The driver grabs her phone and we see her eyes divert from the road to the screen on her phone. She and her passengers are instantly killed. When she looked at her cell phone, she ran through a stop sign, where a semi-truck broadsided her car with her and her friends inside. A police officer notes in the foreground of the deadly crash scene that while people do not like receiving tickets, he might have been able to save her…
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Nitric Acid Explosion Injures Eight In Southwest Indianapolis

Posted on April 11, 2014 by Doehrman Chamberlain

In the early afternoon of March 28 at a Rolls Royce plant located on the Southwest side of Indianapolis, an explosion involving nitric acid injured eight workers. According to the Liberty Voice, the eight injured workers were sent to area hospitals where they were undergoing “treatment for exposure to acid.” The Liberty Voice reported that the explosion occurred while nitric acid was being removed from a 250-gallon tank, causing a chemical cloud at Plant 5, located on S. Tibbs Avenue. What is Nitric Acid and What Effects Does It Cause to the Human Body? A very strong, corrosive, colorless (though sometimes can appear as yellow) and odorless substance, nitric acid demonstrates its volatility by exploding when it comes into contact with other substances. As exhibited by the eight injured workers in this story, nitric acid “can inflict serious burns to the skin, eyes, gastrointestinal tract, and respiratory tract,” which can…
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Delayed Recall Puts GM In The Hot Seat

Posted on April 9, 2014 by Doehrman Chamberlain

Thirteen deaths are believed to be the result of a defective ignition switch of which General Motors (GM) has been accused of being slow to recall since a decade prior; this has put GM CEO Mary Barra in front of an angry congressional committee that is now seeking answers to this delayed recall by GM. Fox 28 News shared new information via the Associated Press (AP) that is contrary to what was initially reported on the faulty ignition switch. There were more serious issues other than the side curtain airbags being disabled; the defective ignition switch would cause the engine to stall out, which would put the driver in the precarious situation of trying to control a vehicle with no “power steering and power brakes.” In the committee hearing, Fox 28 reported that Diana DeGette, D-Colorado, provided one of the faulty ignition switches and exhibited to everyone that because “a…
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