Firefighters from Indianapolis and Speedway recently responded to a call on Corwyn Road to find a single-family house in flames. Although smoke alarms alerted the residents and no one was injured, the residents were left homeless and the house suffered an estimated $50,000 in damage from the blaze. According to reports, the fire began when…

The tire is one of the most important components of your car. It provides road traction, without which acceleration, steering, and braking is impossible. When your tires are degraded because of poor maintenance, so are your braking, steering, and handling. Chronic neglect can also cause blowouts and loss of control of your car. Tire maintenance requires…

Oversight in the trucking industry is necessary to ensure safety on the road as drivers must log their hours to avoid driving while fatigued. However, drivers have kept paper logs since 1938 until recently. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration now requires around 3 million commercial truck and bus drivers to electronically record their driving…

When you choose a doctor, what criteria do you use? If you’re like most people, you tend to look at factors based on a mix of necessity and convenience: does that doctor accept your insurance, and is their office easy to get to? New information suggests, however, that if you really care about your health…

A tentative settlement between the NCAA and thousands of former college athletes might lead to improved awareness and treatment of sports-related concussions. The preliminary settlement would establish a fund to pay for brain testing for former athletes and addresses two other important details: the NCAA would have to toughen return-to-play rules for players who suffer…

A Missouri state jury recently ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million in actual and punitive damages to the family of a woman who alleged that she had contracted ovarian cancer as a result of her use of the company’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower talcum powder products. She had used the products…

Are police impersonations on the rise? Several incidents around Indiana recently, as well as a cluster of episodes reported last fall, have made us wonder. The new reports reminded us that some of these cases remain unsolved. October Masquerade It was a little too early for Halloween, but last October there were at least four…

Using a cell phone or other electronic device behind the wheel is a bad idea. Texting and driving is an especially bad combination, and a recent fatal accident in our area underscores this fact. In January, a driving instructor died of injuries received after the car he was using during a teaching session was struck…

The full extent of injuries sustained in truck accidents is not always obvious. For example, on December 28, 2011, a 46-year-old New York City man was driving his 2002 Chevrolet Camaro when it was rear-ended by a Brooklyn Bottling Corp. truck. The car sustained minor damage, and the driver initially believed he was fine despite the fact that…

The legal ramifications of the August 2011 collapse of a stage at the Indiana State Fair continue to make news, even four and a half years after the tragic accident that killed seven people and injured close to 100 others. Liability Shift Rejected Mid-America Sound, the company that was responsible for the stage, claimed that the…

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