Takata, whose faulty airbag components led to the worldwide recall of tens of millions of vehicles, has reached a settlement with the US Justice Department. The settlement, announced in January, would see Takata plead guilty to providing falsified data to federal investigators and the company would pay out a total of $1 billion in direct…

If you listen to some elected officials in Washington, you might think that there’s a crisis in the medical malpractice system. Doctors are paying higher premiums than ever before, and the amount of patients suing for malpractice is skyrocketing. Juries are incessantly awarding higher and higher damages to malpractice sufferers. Add all this up and…

Imagine being able to go to a website and get a forecast for tomorrow’s traffic crashes the same way that you can check tomorrow’s weather. Far-fetched? Maybe not. The Indiana State Police just rolled out a website with the hope that it will reduce crashes on Indiana roads. Past Data, Current Conditions, Future Improvements The Indiana…

There’s a new self-service station in the terminal at Indianapolis International Airport, but it has nothing to do with flight check-in, baggage handling, or paying for parking. This kiosk has a very different goal in mind: saving lives. In March, the American Heart Association unveiled the Hands-Only CPR Training Kiosk in Concourse A of the…

In January, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) once again recommended that the blood alcohol content (BAC) measure used to determine drunk driving be reduced. The BAC standard in all states is now .08%. NTSB urges that this be lowered to .05%. The call came as part of the release of NTSB’s annual “Most Wanted…

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…

The newly redesigned interchange at I-65 and Worthsville Road in Greenwood may be a bit confusing to drivers not familiar with the “diverging diamond” traffic pattern. The first of this type in the area, the new interchange design reportedly reduces crashes by eliminating the crossing of traffic lanes when making a left turn. The $16.1…

  (Photo: Chris Morisse Vizza/Journal & Courier) The lack of a traffic light at the intersection of U.S. 52 and State Highway 47, which is along the heavily trafficked I-65 detour, has caused two deaths. The Indiana Department of Transportation has coordinated with local officials to install a temporary traffic light in hopes of keeping…

On Thursday, August 27, a jury in Cook County, Illinois, awarded $15.2 million to a military veteran injured in a 2012 forklift accident at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Uncertified Fork Lift Driver The 33-year-old man suffered a crushed heel during a tear-down following a trade show. The company that set up and took down the show…

The number of injuries and deaths linked to GM’s faulty ignition switches continue to mount. On Monday, July 20, administrators of a fund set up by the automaker to compensate victims updated the totals. So far, fund administrators agree that 124 fatalities and 269 injuries resulted from faulty ignition switches, according to a report in…

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