May 2nd, 2012|
May 2, 2012
Despite Indiana’s governor signing a law in July that made it illegal to text while driving, experts say the problem hasn’t stopped. According to WTHITV 10 News, Indiana police are blaming the problem on the actual wording of the law and the difficulties of enforcing it.
The law states that the use of any handheld device to read or transmit a text message or email while driving is illegal. It further states that drivers younger than 18-years-old are not allowed to use any electronic device at all while driving, except for in emergency situations.
Since the laws inception, very few tickets have been issued for infractions. In Vigo County, only three tickets have been written in the 10 months the law has been on the books. It’s not that people aren’t committing violations, as a recent study found that 57 percent of Indiana teens text while driving. So what seems to be the problem?
Police say the wording of the law makes it extremely difficult to enforce, as officers must actually catch violators in the act, which can be hard to decipher at times and even more difficult to prove.
If you’ve been injured in an Indiana Car Accident that was caused by someone using a cellphone, the Indiana Injury Lawyers with Fleschner Stark Tanoos & Newlin say that may be considered negligence on the driver’s part, and you may be able to hold them responsible for damages.
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.
March 21st, 2012|
March 21, 2012
A single-vehicle rollover accident Tuesday on I-70 near Terre Haute, Indiana, was the cause of a chaotic scene on the side of the highway. According to Channel 10 News, the crash happened at 11:04 a.m. near mile marker 10.5.
Reports from troopers with the Indiana State Police indicate that a 20-year-old driver of a 1998 Ford Explorer SUV was heading east on the road when he was cut off by another vehicle making a sudden lane change. The tight lane change forced the young man to slam on his brakes and jerk the wheel of the vehicle toward the shoulder of the road to avoid a collision. This led to the SUV going off the side of the road and rolling over once.
Troopers were able to stop the other vehicle approximately 10 miles up the road, but upon further investigation decided not to ticket either driver.
The young man who was behind the wheel of the SUV refused medical attention at the scene for several lacerations he suffered and was subsequently released.
Investigators say that all parties involved were wearing seat belts and that drugs and alcohol are not considered factors in the crash.
The Indiana Auto Accident Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin say that while no one was seriously hurt in this crash, it does serve as a reminder to check your mirrors twice before changing lanes and to always buckle up for safety.
November 2nd, 2011|
November 2, 2011
Have you ever met a person that has a pet that runs the show by constantly demanding attention? Many times the owners of said pets are willing to do anything to appease their pooch or feline. What happens though, when pleasing your pet puts you both in danger?
Take, for instance, a truck crash that occurred in New Castle, Indiana, after a driver lost control because of an unsecured dog in the vehicle. According to WISHTV 8 News, the crash happened last Thursday at around 4:15 PM on Indiana Highway 38.
The 17-year-old driver of the GMC pickup involved in the single-vehicle crash said he was heading east along the highway, accompanied by his uncle, to take his two dogs to a vet appointment. The young man said one of the dogs bumped his arm and caused him to loose control of the truck. The vehicle careened off the road and collided with a power pole.
The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries in the crash and was taken to Henry County Hospital, where he was treated and released. The boy’s uncle was taken there as well, but doctors later determined he had suffered head and internal injuries. They decided the man would receive better care at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, and had him transferred.
The Indiana Auto Accident Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to urge drivers to keep themselves, their pets, and other on the road safe by always restraining your pet in the car with either a modified seat belt attachment or a crate.
October 12th, 2011|
October 11, 2011
Since a texting ban on Indiana drivers took effect earlier this year, it would seem, that with only two tickets being issued for infractions of the law in Vigo County in more than three months, Indiana drivers are safer because of the law. Some Police department officials and citizens are saying the law is too difficult to enforce, and that that is the cause for low ticket numbers.
According to the Tribune-Star, the county’s two tickets were issued July 9 and September 12, The first at 1:00 AM on Third and Washington Street and the second at 8:00 AM on Third and Walnut Street. Both violations were classified as Class-C Infractions that carried a $120 fine for a first time offender. While the law has obviously raised public awareness of the dangers that texting while driving poses, many feel the law would be more effective if there was a better way to enforce it.
As of now, Police cannot look at a potential violators phone to see if messages were being sent, and texting cannot be the reason an officer pulls the vehicle over. Therefore, all a driver would allegedly have to do is exit message mode or turn off their phone before being pulled over to avoid a ticket.
The Indiana Auto Accident Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like your opinion. Has the law been effective in reducing drivers participating in the act, or are drivers just hiding it better? Tell us what you think on our Facebook page.
January 30th, 2009|
January 29, 2009
The News-Gazette reports that a man was killed in a Urbana-Champaign auto accident after his vehicle rolled over.
The man was driving a Chevy Lumina when the Urbana-Champaign auto accident occurred. The vehicle left the road, hit a guardrail, went out into a field, and turned over. The Urbana-Champaign car accident victim was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident and was thrown from the vehicle.
The victim was transported by helicopter to the hospital following the Urbana-Champaign auto accident. It was unknown if weather played a factor in the accident.
The Urbana-Champaign auto accident attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin can help if you have been injured in a car accident.
September 5th, 2008|
September 4, 2008
A woman was injured Monday after an Indiana auto accident according to WSBT News.
The woman made a left turn and struck another vehicle in the Indiana auto accident.
The woman driving the first car then fled the scene of the Indiana car accident.
The three passengers jumped from the fleeing car to return to the scene and help the injured driver of the second car.
The woman driving the second car received minor Indiana auto accident injuries.
August 26th, 2008|
August 26, 2008
A young boy was critically injured Wednesday after an Indiana auto accident, according to Indiana News Center.
The boy was crossing the street when he was hit by a vehicle in the Indiana car accident.
The boy was thrown into the other lane where he was hit by another vehicle in the Indiana car accident.
The boy sustained critical Indiana auto accident injuries and was taken to a local hospital.
August 21st, 2008|
August 21, 2008
Two men were injured after an Indiana auto accident according to The Republic.
A tractor-trailer hit a car driving down an interstate in the Indiana auto accident.
The tractor-trailer was carrying a load of steel when it crashed into the back of the car in the Indiana auto accident.
The driver of the car sustained minor Indiana auto accident injuries and was taken to a local hospital.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was taken out of his cab by firefighters and was flown to a local hospital after receiving serious injuries in the Indiana car accident .
August 11th, 2008|
August 11, 2008
Three people were injured after an Indiana auto accident according to Wthitv.com.
Two state trooper cars were traveling down the road when the driver of an SUV turned left in front of the second state trooper’s car in the Indiana auto accident.
The state trooper then wrecked into the SUV in the Indiana auto accident.
The driver and the passenger of the SUV sustained minor Indiana auto accident injuries and were taken to a local hospital.
The state trooper also received minor injuries.