November 18th, 2015|
As cooler weather and the holidays quickly approach, it’s important for us to remember that car accidents tend to spike around this time of year. In fact, statistics show the last three months of the year are the deadliest time to be on the road.
In an effort to help you keep yourself and your family safe as you travel, the Indiana car accident attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin take a look at why crashes increase during this time of year, as well as what is being done to keep our roadways safe.
Experts say the time change can play a major role since motorists are traveling in low light conditions more often. The holidays also increase the volume of traffic on the road. Speaking of the holidays, drinking and driving tends to skyrocket during the weeks leading up to and following Thanksgiving and Christmas.
In order to help reduce Indiana car accident numbers during the holiday season, travelers can expect law enforcement across Indiana to be making their presence known along the highway. Reports from The Journal Gazette explain state and local officials have launched the Safe Family Travel, Operation Pull Over campaign that will run until December 6. As part of the efforts, authorities will focus on keeping intoxicated and unrestrained motorists off the road through checkpoints and saturation patrols.
The efforts couldn’t come at a better time, considering 520 people were killed and another 235 were seriously injured last year as a result of an alcohol-related Indiana car accident. A large portion of these individuals were not properly restrained at the time of the crash.
Keeping the roads safe during the holidays should be a top priority for all Indiana motorists. The Indiana personal injury lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin applaud the efforts being made by law enforcement to prevent accidents during the coming weeks and encourage you to do your part as well by obeying all traffic laws.
October 23rd, 2015|
Teenage motor vehicle collisions are a very serious problem in our state. In fact, last year, Indiana led the nation when it came to the total number of fatal car accidents involving teens.
To help increase awareness, many organizations are working to promote highway safety as part of “ Teen Driver Safety Week ” over the past several days. The Indiana car accident attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that one of those groups is Terre Haute’s own, Sammer’s Driving School.
The owner and instructor of the business, Tamara Hole, explains in a report from WTHITV 10 News that one of the best ways to help keep teens safe on the road is by helping them understand the importance of time and space on the road. In other words, the faster a vehicle is traveling, the less time they have to react to obstacles. Allowing a vehicle more space between objects and other vehicles in the road can help significantly reduce the chances of an accident. Recognizing how time and space interact with one another on the road can also be a challenge at intersections for new drivers.
The best way to help teens understand time and space as it pertains to driving is practice.
Our Indiana personal injury lawyers also encourage parents to help teen drivers stay safe by discussing the dangers of behaviors such as drinking and driving or distracted driving. It’s never too soon to start a dialogue with your kids about the importance of safe driving.
January 2nd, 2015|
Too often, New Year’s Eve correlates with an increase in Indiana drunk driving accidents. Data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism says that two to three times as many motorists are killed on the holiday as compared to any other day in December, with 40 percent of those traffic fatalities listing alcohol as a contributing factor.
In an effort to keep the number of Indiana drunk driving accidents from inflating this year, several organizations took action to keep drunk drivers off of the road. Two groups in particular who worked toward this goal were Indiana law enforcement officials and our Terre Haute car accident attorneys at Fleschner, Stark Tanoos & Newlin.
WLFI 18 News says Indiana troopers, deputies, and officers conducted sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols throughout New Year’s Eve to ensure motorists were operating vehicles in a safe manner.
Our lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin also helped keep drunk drivers off the road by once again sponsoring the Safe and Sober cab ride home program. The campaign provides free cab rides home on New Year’s Eve to those who have had too much to drink.
Our law firm is dedicated to helping those who are in need, and we encourage you to check out some of the other ways we lend a helping had throughout the cities we serve by taking a look at some of the other community events and programs in which we participate.