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Distracted Driving Accident Leaves Indiana Woman Injured

by fst | June 13th, 2012

June 13, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that more than 15 people are killed and an estimated 1,200 individuals are injured as a result of motor vehicle accidents stemming from distracted driving every day. In response, drivers who were recently polled said that they feel less safe on the road than they did five years ago.

There’s good reason for this, as there was an 11 percent increase in the number of distracted driving crashes over that time period. One such accident happened in Steuben County, Indiana, earlier this week. According to WTHITV 10 News, the crash happened at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday on Grapevine Road, near County Road 700 S. It was there that a 36-year-old man from Pleasant Lake, Indiana, was driving south along Grapevine when he hit a 32-year-old woman who was walking along the side of the road. The driver later told police that he did not see the woman because he was too busy pouring a cup of coffee from a thermos.

The victim was taken to a local hospital to receive medical treatment to injuries on her head and leg.

The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin say that thousands of Indiana Auto Accidents, along with the injuries and deaths associated with them, could be prevented if motorists stopped doing things behind the wheel besides driving, such as texting or eating, and focused their attentions on the road.

Alcohol, Drugs, And Speed To Blame For Fatal Indiana Car Crash

by fst | May 23rd, 2012

May 23, 2012

Alcohol, drugs, and excessive speed may be to blame for a tragic car accident that killed one young one man and left several other teenagers injured. According to WISHTV 8 News, the accident happened around 9:00 a.m. Saturday along County Road 550 East, near the West Chase Golf Course in Brownsburg, Indiana.

Police believe the teenagers were heading to a softball game that morning when the driver of the Pontiac Grand Am they were riding in lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree. The 18-year-old man who was riding in the center of the backseat was not wearing a seatbelt and was killed in the crash.

The 18-year-old passenger in the front seat suffered serious injuries and remains at a local hospital in critical condition. A 16-year-old female who was in the backseat was also not wearing a seatbelt and suffered a dislocated knee, broken leg, arms, and pelvis.

A factor not accounted for was the number of teens in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Experts say that the chance of a teen being involved in a distracted driving accident grows exponentially with the number of passengers in the vehicle.

The most preventable type of Indiana Auto Accident is one that involves a drunk driver. That’s why the Indiana Drunk Driving Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos, and Newlin ask that you never drink and drive.

Terre Haute Man Faces Charges After Crashing Stolen Car

by fst | April 25th, 2012

April 25, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims that 68 percent of U.S. children killed in alcohol-related crashes between 1997 and 2002 were passengers of the drunk driver. Also, 68 percent of the drunken drivers involved in these crashes survived, which suggests that some of the children might also have survived if they were wearing a seatbelt.

For instance, a 44-year-old Terre Haute, Indiana man was arrested Friday for DUI after crashing a stolen vehicle into a parked car while driving with two young girls in the vehicle with him. According to WTHITV 10 News, the accident happened at the corner of 15th and Poplar.

Police say that the driver seemed incoherent and claimed that the vehicle’s brakes had gone out moments before crashing into a ditch. After running the tags on the vehicle, officers found out that the car he crashed was stolen. The driver and a pair of six and seven-year-old girls, who were unrestrained passengers in the stolen car, were taken to a local hospital for treatment after complaining of chest pains.

The driver now faces several felony and misdemeanor charges, including automobile theft, possession of methamphetamine, driving with a suspended license, driving drunk, endangering a person, and neglect of a dependent.

The Indiana Drunk Driving Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin ask that motorists never get behind the wheel after consuming drugs or alcohol, especially if children are in the vehicle.

Weather A Factor In Two-Vehicle Collision That Injures Five

by fst | March 28th, 2012

March 28, 2012

Five people were taken to the hospital as the result of a crash that occurred Friday in rural Illinois. According to The Tribune-Star, the accident happened around 4:00 p.m. at the intersection of US 36 and Douglas County Road 2200 East.

The Illinois State Police Department indicated that the 38-year old driver of a pickup truck hauling a trailer lost control of his vehicle due to weather conditions and began to spin out of control as he headed west along the highway. The truck and trailer jackknifed as they crossed over the center dividing lines of the highway and into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

That vehicle hit the rear of the truck, which stopped the spin but caused the trailer to tip and smash onto the roof of the car.

The 30-year old driver of the car and her passengers, ages 4 to 60, were taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois, by ambulance and were treated for injuries ranging from minor to moderate.

Investigators stated that citations were not given to either driver in connection with the crash.

The Indiana Auto Accident Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin say that in bad weather conditions, drivers should slow down and allow other drivers in front of them more space than usual. This will increase the amount of time you will have to react if an accident occurs in front of you.

Alcohol And Drugs Blamed For Terre Haute Single-Car Crash

by fst | March 14th, 2012

March 14, 2012

Alcohol and drugs are to blame for a single-vehicle Vigo County crash that injured the 24-year-old driver. According to The Tribune-Star, the accident occurred Tuesday morning at South Morris Place near Florine Drive.

Lt. Don Westerfield, a spokesman for the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department, stated that the young man was driving at a high rate of speed when one of the tires on his vehicle became flat. He then lost control  and veered off the road, striking a mailbox and a tree.

The driver suffered a serious back injury in the crash and was taken to Terre Haute Regional Hospital before being transferred to an Indianapolis hospital. Blood analysis after the accident showed that the driver had a blood alcohol content of .164 percent, more than double the legal limit. He also tested positive for marijuana.

Authorities say that criminal charges against the driver are pending the conclusion of an investigation.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor-vehicle accidents are the top killer of young people in the United States between the ages of 15 and 24, and 25% of those deaths are alcohol-related.

The Terre Haute DUI Accident Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin know that on St. Patrick’s Day, some people may be tempted to drink and drive. Instead, call a cab or trusted friend to get you home safely. The risk of an accident is not worth risking lives.

Drunk Driver Responsible For Parke County Crash

by fst | January 25th, 2012

January 25, 2012

Four people were hurt last Saturday night in a multi-vehicle crash caused by a drunk driver. According to My Wabash Valley, the 33-year-old woman responsible for causing the accident had a blood alcohol level of .025 percent at the time of the crash–more than three times the legal limit.

Reports by the Parke County Sheriff’s Department say that the accident happened at about 6:30 in the evening on US 36, near the bridge crossing Raccoon Lake. It was there that the drunken driver rear-ended a vehicle driven by a Rockville, Indiana, woman. The collision caused the victim’s car to spin into the oncoming lanes of traffic, where a third vehicle then hit it.

The Rockville woman was rushed to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis where she is still listed in critical condition, while three others suffered minor injuries. The drunk driver was not injured and was placed under arrest on suspicion of DUI.

The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute states that one third of all drivers  involved in a fatal crash in Indiana during 2005 had some measurable level of alcohol in their system.

This is why the Indiana DUI Accident Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin ask drivers to do their part in keeping Indiana’s roadways safe by not drinking and driving. Instead, call a taxi or a friend to get you home safely. If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident at no fault of your own, contact an experienced attorney today.

New Test To Diagnose Concussions In Student Athletes

by fst | January 18th, 2012

January 18, 2012

Traumatic brain injuries, like concussions, can be extremely difficult for doctors to diagnose because the injury does not always manifest itself in a manner that allows the symptoms to be easily qualified. That is why, according to reports from WTHITV 10 News, schools across the Terre Haute, Indiana, area are using a new test on student athletes that will help doctors, trainers, and coaches better discern if a player has suffered a concussion.

The examination known as the Impact Test is also used by professional sports leagues like the NFL and is quite simple to administer. The athlete simply answers a series of questions prior to going out on the field. Then, if the athlete is suspected to have suffered a brain injury, they go in and retake the evaluation. Changes in answers, the speed in which answers are given, and several other variables are then measured. A specialist in the field can then evaluate the results to see if a traumatic brain injury occurred and its severity.

New laws were recently passed in Indiana that will also protect student athletes from potential traumatic brain injuries by requiring any athlete suspected of suffering a concussion to be removed from the game until a specialist has examined him or her.

The Indiana brain injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are hopeful that these new measures will protect Indiana’s young people from suffering life-long debilitations resulting from traumatic brain injuries.

Drunk Driver Pleads Guilty To Fatal Indiana Car Accident

by fst | January 11th, 2012

January 11, 2012

Justice will soon be served for the family of a 28-year-old Terre Haute, Indiana, man who was killed when the drunk driver of the car he was riding in crashed. According to The Tribune-Star, the driver pled guilty last Friday to the class-C felony charge of causing death while driving intoxicated.

The accident happened on Christmas Eve of 2010. Both driver and passenger were intoxicated and racing up and down the streets of Terre Haute, until the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree on Ninth Street, just north of Cherry. The 28-year-old passenger died at the scene of the crash.

Investigators were able to determine that the driver of the vehicle had a blood alcohol level of .15, almost double the legal limit to be behind the wheel.

The convicted drunk driver is expected to be sentenced on February 13 in Vigo Superior Court 5.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is estimated that drunken driving accidents in the United States injure a person every two minutes and kill someone every 31 minutes.

That is why the Indiana drunk driving accident lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos, and Newlin would ask that people be responsible when they drink by designating a driver for the evening before the festivities begin. If a sober driver is not available, call a taxi.

FDA Lowers Dosage Of Acetaminophen In Children’s Medications

by fst | January 4th, 2012

January 4, 2012

With changes recently being made by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to lower doses of acetaminophen in medications for adults, the agency is now tackling lowering the dosages of the drug in medications for children and infants. According to an FDA Press Release, the changes come after an April 2011 report showed that confusion on dosages had caused overdoses in numerous children, causing them to become very sick. In some cases, death occurred from liver failure associated with the overdose.

The standard for children and infant versions of liquid acetaminophen has been more concentrated in the past (80 mg/0.8 mL or 1.0 mL). New versions of the medication will be less concentrated at 80mg/5 mL.

Because of the changes in concentration levels, the FDA says that it is vital that parents and caregivers of children double-check dosages before administering the drug to a child. They added that it is important to measure out dosages of the liquid acetaminophen only with the dosing device that was provided. Of course, always consult with your physician before giving nay kind of medication to a child.

The Indiana drug injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin often handle cases where caregivers or doctors have given patients the wrong dosage of medication to disastrous results. If you have been hurt because of a drug overdose that occurred because of another person’s negligence, contact us today to discuss your case in further detail.

Indiana Teen Hit By Pickup While Getting On The School Bus

by fst | December 21st, 2011

December 21, 2011

The importance of stopping for school buses was highlighted yesterday in Clay County, Indiana, when a 15-year-old boy was injured after being hit by a pickup truck while attempting to board the school bus. According to The Tribune-Star, the accident occurred at 7:22 AM on Indiana 59, near Carbon.

Reports from the Indiana State Police show that the 22-year-old male driver of a 2004 Ford F-150 pickup failed to stop and yield to the right of way to a school bus that was picking up children. The red lights were on and the cross arm was out when the young man in the pickup hit the boy as he attempted to cross the street to get on the bus. The teen suffered broken legs and several other bruises and lacerations. He was last listed in good condition at Terre Haute Regional Hospital.

The driver of the pickup was charged with misdemeanor criminal recklessness with a vehicle and reckless driving for allegedly passing the school bus stop arm and causing bodily injury to the teen. If convicted, the man could face years of jail time, thousands of dollars in fines, and the possibility of losing his license.

The Indiana Auto Accident Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to remind motorists to keep themselves and children around them safe by always stopping for  school buses that are either loading or unloading children.