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21
Apr

Owensboro Man Injures Evansville Doctor in DUI Accident

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Dr. Conrad De Jesus, a respected, local Evansville doctor, was seriously injured this week while jogging on the Greenway. De Jesus was hit by Owensboro, Kentucky, resident Travis K. Cox, who was found to have a 0.27 percent blood alcohol content.

The legal blood alcohol content in Indiana is 0.08.

According to the Evansville Courier and Press, Cox left Scores Nightclub around 8:30 p.m., began doing “donuts” on Riverside Drive, lost control, and plowed into the pedestrian Greenway. De Jesus was sent to the intensive care unit at Deaconess Hospital with life-threatening injures.

Cox left the scene of the accident and was later found to have crashed into a drainage ditch. He was being held at the Vanderburgh County Jail on a bond of $5,000.

So far this year, Evansville has seen several serious DUI accidents. One this year took the life of an innocent Reitz High School student. Year after year, the residents of Indiana wake up to read these stories in their local newspapers; it is time for a change. Some people have proposed tougher drinking and driving laws. Groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) have been leading the charge for decades, advocating for stricter drunk driving laws.

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16
Apr

Indiana Car Accident Lawyers Look at Ignition Interlock Laws

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Drunk Driving in Indiana

Estimates show that there were 2,388 injuries last year related to drunk driving accidents in Indiana. Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) crashes also accounted for the loss of 198 lives, making up more than one-quarter of all motor vehicle accident fatalities in the state last year.

With so many lives being impacted by drunk driving in Indiana, many are looking to find a solution to the problem by implementing new laws. However, the Indiana drunk driving lawyers at Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers explain these laws may not be working as they were intended.

Ignition Interlock Laws

Ignition interlocks are electronic devices wired into vehicle starters. The operator of a vehicle equipped with the device must blow into a tube to have their breath analyzed for alcohol. If the driver has alcohol on their breath, the vehicle will not start.

Last year, Indiana passed a law requiring certain individuals convicted of OWI offenses to have ignition interlock devices installed on their vehicles. But an article from The Times explains that the law may not go far enough.

Passed last year, House Bill 1279 mandates ignition interlock devices be installed in the vehicles of repeat OWI offenders, allowing them to drive with specialized driving permits. But enforcement of these special licenses can be difficult, and first-time offenders are not always required to have their vehicles fitted with interlock devices. Furthermore, the current law doesn’t outline penalties for convicted drunk drivers who violate the terms of their driving permits.

Proposed legislation may help smooth out some of the issues with the current law.

Protect Yourself From Drunk Drivers

With so many drunk drivers on the road today, it’s important to know what steps to take in the event you’re injured in a collision with an intoxicated motorist. The Indiana personal injury attorneys at Woods and Woods recommend that you seek experienced legal representation—doing so may help ensure your rights to compensation are protected.

 

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26
Feb

Campaign Is Taking Indiana Drunk Drivers Off the Road

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Drunken driving is a serious problem along the roads of Indiana. The state police report that in 2012 alone, there were a total of 4,757 Indiana car accidents caused by motorists operating vehicles while under the influence of alcohol. Those crashes resulted in 114 fatalities and another 1,381 others suffering a serious Indiana DUI injury.

These numbers leave many citizens wondering what’s being done to protect Indiana’s motorists from the risks posed by drunk drivers. According to The Indiana Gazette, the answer seems to be a stronger focus on enforcement of drunk driving laws.

Reports indicate law enforcement is planning to hold sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols along strategic roads and highways throughout February. The campaign will be conducted under the oversight of Indiana County District Attorney, Patrick Dougherty, and will also include DUI mobile awareness programs as well.

The Indiana personal injury attorneys with Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers point out that you can do your part to reduce the number of drunk driving accidents too. You can achieve this by never getting behind the wheel of a vehicle if you’ve consumed any amount of alcohol. It’s also helpful to encourage others to do the same.

If you find yourself out and you have had too much to drink, be sure to utilize a cab or get a loved one to get you home safely.

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24
Jul

Federal Funds Used to Combat Drunk Driving in Evansville and Vanderburgh County

Drunk driving is a serious problem in Evansville. Reports have shown that the city’s number of traffic-related fatalities is nearly the same as the number of deaths associated with violent crime.

To reduce the chances of motorists suffering an Evansville DUI Injury, the federal government has provided funding to local law enforcement agencies so that they can increase their manpower.

A story from WFIE 14 News explains a federal grant will fund the Evansville Police Department and the Vanderburgh County Sherriff’s Department’s efforts to put as many as five extra officers on evening patrols. These officers will focus on stopping and checking potentially impaired drivers, allowing other officers to focus on responding to emergency calls.

The funds also allowed a sobriety checkpoint to be set up last weekend that took two impaired drivers off the road and helped law enforcement cite four other motorists for separate violations.

At Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers, our team of Evansville personal injury lawyers has seen the devastating results caused by drunk driving. That’s why we’re hopeful the efforts being made to keep intoxicated drivers off of our roads are effective.

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Apr

Four People Injured in Posey County Crash with Drunk Driver

April 4, 2013

A head-on motor vehicle collision occurred this past week in Posey County, Indiana. Officials say they believe drugs or alcohol were a contributing factor in the crash that left four people with an Indiana DUI Injury.

The accident happened on Wednesday, March 27, at approximately 8:30 p.m. along State Route 62. According to an article from Channel 14 News, a 57-year-old man from Carmi, Indiana, was traveling eastbound along the road when he began to veer across the centerline and into oncoming traffic. He then collided with a vehicle carrying three passengers driven by a 19-year-old woman from Grayville, Illinois.

The impact of the collision knocked the man’s vehicle off to the side of the road where it bounced like a pinball between the guardrails for roughly 1,100 feet before coming to a halt.

The female driver and her three passengers were each taken by ambulance to a local trauma center, where they received treatment to their injuries and were released.

Meanwhile, the driver responsible for causing the crash was subjected to a blood alcohol screening. Investigators are awaiting the results of those tests and say charges are pending the outcome of the results.

The firm of Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers and their team of Evansville Personal Injury Attorneys are here to help if you have been hurt in a crash caused by an intoxicated driver.

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7
Feb

Kentucky Looks to Eliminate Shock Probation for Some Drunk Drivers

Feb. 7, 2013

Shock probation is a term used to describe the practice of a judge sentencing a person to a short period of time behind bars, then the remainder of their sentence being suspended in favor of probation. The policy is commonplace in Kentucky, and many victims of Kentucky DUI Injury accidents are trying to eliminate it.

According to a story from WKYT News, House Bill 28, which was introduced by Representative Julie Adams, would bar a judge from issuing convicted drunk drivers shock probation if they were involved in an accident that claimed another person’s life, charged with reckless driving or charged with second-degree manslaughter combined with driving under the influence.

The bill was recently supported during a legislative committee session in Frankfort, Kentucky. Two mothers who lost their children to DUI-related crashes explained how the drunk drivers responsible for their losses only spent between two and eight months behind bars. They also argued that the loss of a life is worth more than that amount of time.

The only exception allowing a person to receive shock probation under the new law is if the accident victim’s next of kin asked the court to grant the shorter sentence.

The Kentucky Personal Injury Lawyers with Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers applaud efforts made by state lawmakers to keep motorists safe and drunk drivers off of the roads.

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15
Nov

Indiana Law Enforcement Begins Holiday Highway Safety Campaign This Friday

Nov. 15, 2012

The Thanksgiving holiday is known for a notoriously high rate of Indiana Car Accidents resulting in injuries and fatalities. As a result, the Indiana State Police have announced they will begin their annual DWI and seat belt enforcement blitz this Friday.

The Journal Gazette reports that the Safe Family travel campaign aims to reduce the number of injuries caused by crashes on Indiana roadways in November. Last year, there were 476 alcohol-related accidents in the month of November in Indiana, resulting in five deaths and another 235 people being injured.

Furthermore, a lack of seat belt use was reported in another 415 accidents, contributing to 12 deaths and 476 injuries. Children tend to comprise a disturbingly high demographic among those in accidents without seat belts, with nearly 4,000 children being injured and another 38 being killed in these crash types in Indiana last year.

To combat this problem, more than 250 law enforcement agencies statewide will conduct educational sessions, as well as sobriety and seat belt checkpoints over the next 16 days.

The Evansville Personal Injury Lawyers at Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers would like to wish the law enforcement agencies involved in the program the best of luck with their campaign. The firm is hopeful they will succeed in taking drunk drivers off the road keeping travelers safe during the holiday.

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Aug

School Zone Safety Vital as Children Head Back to School

Aug.16, 2012

With many children across the states of Indiana and Kentucky now heading back to school, it is vital to stress the importance of traffic safety around school zones.

Locally, school zone safety made the headlines after a 52-year-old man from Indiana was detained by deputies with the Posey County Sheriff’s Department after driving through a school zone at more than 80 mph while drunk.

Channel 14 News reports deputies clocked a vehicle traveling 83 mph along State Route 62, next to Marrs Elementary School at around 7:45 a.m. this morning. While the vehicle was stopped, officers noticed a smell of alcohol on the driver’s breath and found an open container of alcohol in the vehicle. The man was arrested after failing several field sobriety tests.

While no children suffered Indiana DUI Injuries from the drunk driver’s actions, there is little the intoxicated motorist could have done if a child traveled into the street near the school.

The Evansville Personal Injury Lawyers with Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers say teaching children to wait for a crossing guard’s signal before looking both ways twice when crossing the street can prevent accidents. If children ride the bus, tell them they should never stand in the road while waiting for the bus, and they should wait for the bus driver’s to signal them before crossing a street.

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26
Apr

Kentucky Drunk Driver Facing More Charges Two Months After Crash

April 26, 2012

It was reported this morning that a second man has died as a result of a Spottsville, Kentucky, crash on Valentine’s Day. According to Channel 14 News, the accident happened on Highway 60 around 5:30 p.m.

Police say that a 58-year-old intoxicated driver was heading west along the highway when he veered off the road. The driver then overcorrected and jerked the vehicle into the oncoming lanes of traffic where it collided with a pickup truck nearly head-on.

The 23-year-old man driving the pickup truck died at the scene. The 56-year-old man who was a passenger in the drunk driver’s vehicle was critically injured and taken to St. Mary’s Hospital, where he died from complications stemming from his injuries just a little more than two-months after the crash.

While the intoxicated driver already faces driving under the influence charges stemming from the incident, the county attorney is working to determine if a murder charge of some kind can be brought against the man since the passenger who was in his vehicle died earlier this week.

The Kentucky DUI Injury Lawyers with Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers say that at current fatality rates, a person will die every 50 minutes from an alcohol-related crash, making up more than one-third of all traffic fatalities per year. Do your part to prevent these accidents by never getting behind the wheel of a car after consuming alcohol.

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15
Mar

Two-Vehicle Indiana Crash That Injured Three Blamed On Alcohol

March 15, 2012

A two-vehicle accident in Newburgh, Indiana, is responsible for sending three people to the hospital. According to reports from WFIE 14 News, the collision occurred just before 1:00 a.m. Thursday on Sharon Road, near Rose Drive.

Deputies with the Warrick County Sheriff’s Department stated that alcohol may have been a factor in why a 52-year-old man sideswiped the vehicle of a 32-year-old woman. Deputies say the two vehicles were passing one another when the collision happened.

Both the female victim and her teenage child, who was a passenger in her vehicle, were injured and taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center to receive treatment. The allegedly intoxicated driver was also taken to St. Mary’s to be treated for internal injuries stemming from the accident.

Deputies say that charges against the drunken driver are pending the outcome of a full investigation into the crash. He could face charges of reckless driving or vehicular assault, as well as charges for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that one-third of all fatal accidents in the state of Indiana in 2009 were associated with alcohol.

With St. Patrick’s Day this coming Saturday, the Indiana DUI Accident Attorneys with Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers are asking that we all contribute to keeping the state’s highways safe over the holiday by refraining from getting behind the wheel if you have been drinking.

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