Indiana Car Accident Lawyers

Safety Initiative Aims to Enforce the Indiana Move Over Law

by Staff | October 9th, 2015

The Indiana State Police are focusing on keeping motorists safe, and one way they are hoping to achieve this goal is by holding the “Move Over, Slow Down” traffic safety initiative next week. The Indiana car accident attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin point out the campaign will focus on enforcing the state’s “Move Over” law.

Indiana’s Move Over law went into effect three months ago and requires any motorist traveling in the left lane to shift to the right lane if a vehicle approaches from behind. Officials say the law aims to prevent collisions between vehicles and emergency crews.

Officers say they will be out in full force next week to make sure drivers clear the way for other vehicles. Failure to do so can result in citations and fines.

In an article from WLFI 18 News, Sgt. Kim Riley with the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department explains that besides moving over in traffic, there are other things you can do to prevent accidents as well. For instance, slowing down significantly reduces your chance of an involvement in a crash.

Educating the public about the importance of obeying the state’s Move Over law could significantly reduce the number of accidents in our region each ear. That’s why the Indiana personal injury lawyers at, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are hopeful the Move Over initiative is a success.

Indiana Car Accident Lawyers Warn Motorists About New Traffic Law

by Staff | May 29th, 2015

Most motorists are aware of the dangers of speeding. It’s listed as a contributing factor in roughly one-third of all fatal motor vehicle collisions; however, it can be just as dangerous to be traveling slower than the flow of traffic—even if traffic is moving above the posted speed limit.

The Indiana car accident lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain lawmakers felt this was just one reason to create a new law that allows for motorists traveling in the left lane to be ticketed for failing to move over for faster traveling vehicles.

According to an article from CBS Chicago News, motorists traveling in the left lane will be required to move to the right lane if they can reasonably tell that an approaching vehicle is going to overtake them–even if its speeding. An offense for failing to move over will be punishable by a $500 fine.

There are exceptions to the rule though. Motorists are not required to move over during times of heavy traffic, bad weather, or when exiting the roadway to the left. Other exceptions to the rule include when drivers are paying tolls or if they are making way for a stopped emergency vehicle.

The new rule is scheduled to take effect on July 1.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we understand the role the flow of traffic can play in highway safety. That’s why our Indiana personal injury lawyers are hopeful the new regulation is successful in better protecting the safety of everyone who is sharing the road. Remember, the left lane is for passing!

Indiana Battles Texting and Driving Through The “Drive Now. TXT L8R” Campaign

by Staff | March 5th, 2014

Texting and driving is a serious danger in the United States , especially among inexperienced teenage motorists. In fact, studies have shown that more than 60 percent of teenagers admit to reading or sending text messages while behind the wheel of a vehicle in the past month.

In an effort to prevent Indiana Car Accidents caused by distracted drivers, the state is launching a new campaign aimed at raising awareness of the risks that texting while driving can pose.

According to an article from WTHITV 10 News, the program is called Drive Now. TXT L8R. As part of the campaign, several scholarships will be awarded to the high school and college students who can create the most viral social media content using #TXTL8RIN.

Participants have a chance to win $5,000 in scholarships in the categories of:

  • Most Likes on Vine
  • Most Creative on Vine
  • Most Likes on Instagram
  • Most Creative on Instagram
  • Post with the most tweets, retweets, and favorites on Twitter

Sponsors of the contest include the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Indiana State Police, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, and the state departments of Labor and Transportation.

The Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin encourage the youth of Indiana to get active in stopping texting and driving for a cause!