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Tips To Avoid Accidents While Trick-or-Treating This Halloween

by Staff | October 30th, 2015

Halloween is tomorrow night, and that means children dressed as ghouls, ghosts, and other creatures of the night will be walking along the streets and roads of our neighborhoods in search of candy. That’s why our Indiana car accident attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to remind citizens to be extra vigilant to help avoid collisions.

It’s estimated that two times as many children are struck by motor vehicles on Halloween as compared to any other night of the year. So, here are a few tips to help you and your loved ones avoid an accident:

  • Be visible– Utilize glow-in-the-dark or reflective materials in costumes when possible. You can also simply place reflective tape on a costume. Carrying a flashlight is another great way to be seen by others.
  • Obey traffic laws– Trick-or-Treaters should remember to always use sidewalks when and where they are available. Children under 12-years-old should never cross the street alone. Crossing the street should also be done at a crosswalk or major intersection. Pedestrians should also remember to wait for traffic signals to turn in their favor.
  • Avoid the roads– Another way to avoid the dangers of walking on Halloween night is to attend an event. The Tribune Star offers some great ideas on family friendly and adult events you could consider going to.

Helping the citizens of Terre Haute avoid accidents is our mission here at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin. We hope these tips help you to have a fun and safe Halloween!

The Importance of Child Restraints in Preventing Indiana Car Accident Injuries and Fatalities

by Staff | September 25th, 2015

One goal each of our Indiana personal injury lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin shares with one another is working to spread awareness about the things you can do to protect the safety of yourself and your loved ones in the event of a car accident.

With motor vehicle collisions being the leading cause of accidental death among children in the Untied States, we felt it pertinent to discuss why you should always use a child safety or booster seat to restrain your children in a vehicle.

Stock seat belts that a vehicle comes equipped with are only designed to restrain adults and may not be effective in restraining a child in the event of an accident. Indiana State Troopers suggest children under age 8 who weigh less than 40 pounds should always be seated in a safety or booster seat.

Also, all parents should have their child’s safety or booster seat inspected to make sure it’s properly installed. Data shows 85 percent of child restraints in vehicles today are being misused. The Indiana University School of Medicine’s Automotive Safety Program provides a list of locations where you can have your child’s car or booster seat checked out to make sure it’s installed correctly and provides your child with the protection they deserve.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we’ve seen the devastating results a crash injury can have on a child, so our Indiana car accident attorneys hope this information helps you to stay safe on the road.

Indiana Ranks Poorly for Highway Safety at Train Crossings

by Staff | November 19th, 2014

Highway safety is a priority here in Indiana. The state continues to face a major issue though—collisions between motor vehicles and trains.

Reports indicate that Indiana is ranked fifth in the nation when it comes to highway-rail grade crossings, which accounted for 90 crashes last year alone. Furthermore, the state ranked fourth in the nation when it came to fatalities caused by Indiana car accidents involving trains.

Law enforcement agencies are working to combat this problem by placing officers at track crossing to observe. According to an article from the Greenfield Reporter, several crossings were patrolled in the Terre Haute area, and one vehicle was stopped for violations at a crossing. The driver was ticketed.

Officials are also hoping to educate the public about the train crossing risks by offering statistics and facts. Most importantly, motorists should remember that trains always have the right of way at crossings. They get to pass before ambulances, fire trucks, or even police cars.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we recognize the risks train crossings can pose. That’s why ourTerre Haute personal injury lawyers are hopeful you’ll do your part by:

  • Stopping- Always come to a complete stop at a train crossing, even if cross-arms, lights, and bells aren’t activated.
  • Looking- Drivers should remember to glance in both directions at least twice before proceeding over a set of tracks.
  • Listening- You will hear a train before you see it, so roll down your windows and turn down the stereo prior to considering crossing train tracks.

Could Fatigue and Shorter Days Lead To An Indiana Car Accident?

by Staff | November 12th, 2014

With daylight savings time having taken effect several weeks ago, you may begin to notice hours of daylight getting shorter. Could this be putting you at a greater risk of involvement in an Indiana car accident though? One new study suggests the answer is yes.

An article from the Terre Haute Tribune Star explains researchers with the AAA Foundation of Traffic Safety concluded 21 percent of all fatal crashes can be attributed to driver fatigue. This led to questions arising as to what hours of the day drowsy driving accidents occurred in Indiana.

The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute determined that of the 16 accidents associated with driver fatigue that occurred in the state since 2011, a majority of those accidents happened in the afternoons and evenings, leading researchers to believe many drivers may have been drowsy after a long day at work, fatigued after a large meal, or even settling in to a long-distance drive for vacation or business.

Local law enforcement supported the findings by saying they get numerous calls about potential drunk drivers, only to find out the motorist is fatigued when they are stopped.

So what can you do to prevent drowsy driving? The Terre Haute personal injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin suggest getting at least eight hours of rest prior to driving. If you find yourself getting fatigued while on the road, pull over at the next safe location, lock your doors, and take a quick nap before continuing to drive. Do not depend on tricks like drinking caffeinated beverages, turning up the stereo, or rolling down the windows to keep you awake while driving.

3 Ways to Avoid Indiana Car Accidents as Students Return to School

by Staff | August 13th, 2014

As summer wind downs, many children in the Hoosier State are preparing to return to school. This means the potential for increased traffic, which canlead to an increase in the number of Indiana car accidents.

The attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin suggest following these three safety tips to avoid accidents:

  1. Be Vigilant- Whether you’re a student making your way to a building or a driver heading down the road, it’s important to actively look and listen for pedestrian and vehicle traffic during school hours.
  2. Obey All Traffic Signals- Pedestrians and motorists must follow traffic signs and signals to prevent crashes. Sharing the road safely requires adhering to traffic lights, stop signs, and crosswalks.
  3. Be Visible- Motorists should use headlights at all times and slow down in order to increase visibility. Students walking or biking to school should wear light-colored or reflective clothing. Carrying a light in the hours before dawn or after dusk is a good idea as well.

To further increase safety at schools, WTHITV 10 News reports each learning facility in the Terre Haute district will be equipped with a school resource officer to help keep school zones safe.

Our team of Terre Haute personal injury lawyers is hopeful these tips help keep our community’s students and motorists safe from harm.

Law Enforcement Says Indiana Distracted Driving Laws Difficult To Uphold

by Staff | July 2nd, 2014

It’s no secret that drivers who are distracted by cellphones remain one of the greatest hazards on the road today. Just look at the growing number of accidents that are attributed to this behavior. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 9 people per day are killed as the result of distracted driving.

This leaves many citizens curious as to what is being done to address the risks of an Indiana car accident that a distracted driver can pose. Indiana distracted driving laws state motorists are prohibited from sending or receiving texts and emails while driving, but law enforcement believes the laws are too difficult to enforce.

In an article released by the Insurance Journal, police officers in Indiana are saying the laws fail to prohibit drivers from using electronic devices to make calls, type phone numbers, change music, or access phone applications. Furthermore, officers aren’t allowed to confiscate a phone to check for activity, even when distracted driving is suspected.

These difficulties have left officers and troopers struggling to enforce the measures, with a mere 400 tickets being issued for infractions over the past two years. This low number came in spite of the state attributing more than 1,000 car accidents to distractions behind the wheel.

This is why many citizens are chipping in to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, with one 9-year-old girl launching a campaign asking drivers to pledge not to text and drive.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our Terre Haute Injury Lawyers understand the importance of spreading the message about the dangers of distracted driving. That’s why we hope the efforts that are currently being made will be enough to curb the epidemic of distracted drivers.

Indiana Car Accident Caused By Faulty GM Ignition Switch Sparks Lawsuit

by Staff | June 25th, 2014

Manufacturers of automobiles in the United States have a responsibility to ensure the safety of the vehicles they release. This is why General Motors (GM) is facing heavy scrutiny for failing to correct electrical problems in a number of their vehicles, which led to accidents that killed at least 13 motorists and injured another 54.

One of those victims was a 28-year-old woman who has filed an Indiana car accident lawsuit against GM. She claims that as she was riding in a Chevrolet Cobalt being driven by her boyfriend when the vehicle suddenly shut off. This caused the man to lose control and crash, causing the driver to lose an eye and the passenger to suffer severe facial trauma that will require several corrective surgeries.

The lawsuit argues that GM failed to take action to correct the known defect in the ignition switch that caused the vehicle to stall and is seeking damages for the harm that was inflicted upon the accident victims.

An article from The New York Times states the sheer number of cases being filed by victims of similar accidents has forced GM to settle many cases out of court in hopes of reducing the amount of money they will be required to pay.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our Indiana personal injury lawyers know how costly an injury caused by a defective product can be. That’s why we are hopeful a settlement in the GM recall lawsuits will help to bring a sense of closure to the victims and their families.

Causes of Car Accidents in Indiana Construction Zones

by Staff | April 9th, 2014

As the weather begins to warm across Indiana, motorists can expect to see an increase in the number of construction projects along roads and highways. But the rising number of projects often results in an increase in the number of construction zone accidents. In fact, reports show that last year, 13 people died and another 450 were seriously injured as the result of Indiana Car Accidents in construction zones.

These numbers lead many to question the causes of construction zone collisions and what can be done to reduce them. According to a story WTHITV 10 News, there are two main contributing factors in Indiana are speeding and lack of awareness.

In an effort to reduce the number of accidents that are a result of these behaviors, officials are making drivers aware of the consequences they will face for committing an infraction. Speeders caught in construction zones will face fines of up to $1,000, and reckless drivers can face $5,000 in penalties.

The Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin ask drivers to do their part to stay safe on the road this spring and summer by slowing down and remaining vigilant when passing through highway construction zones.

 

Investigators Say Speed Caused Fatal Indiana Car Accident

by Staff | April 24th, 2013

April 24, 2013

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that speed is a contributing factor in roughly one out of every three fatal accidents in the United States today. Reports indicate that it played a part in a recent Indiana Car Accident that claimed the lives of three teenagers.

The crash happened on March 7, just before 10:00 a.m., at the intersection of County Road 850 West and Fairgrounds Road in southeast rural Indiana. According to an article from The Republic, the 17-year-old driver of a pickup truck downshifted and accelerated when he saw the vehicle of a peer approaching a stop sign at the intersection. Neither truck stopped for traffic signs and the two trucks slammed into one another, killing the driver and passengers in one of the vehicles.

An investigation into the crash determined the surviving driver was traveling at more than 80 mph at the time of the collision. He had been cited by law enforcement for traveling 85 mph in a 55 mph zone just a month before the fatal crash.

Investigators also concluded through skid mark analysis that neither vehicle attempted to slow before the collision occurred.

Troopers say they are recommending charges be filed against the speeding driver for his part in the crash.

The Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin ask that motorists think twice before traveling above the posted speed limit.

 

Terre Haute Car Accident Seriously Injures Three

by Staff | March 6th, 2013

March 6, 2013

Terre Haute Car Accident that occurred recently was responsible for leaving three people with serious injuries. WIBQ News stated the crash occurred at around 3:00 a.m. at the intersection of 13th Street and College Avenue in the downtown district of the city on Wednesday, February 13.

Reports indicate a yellow taxi van had stopped along the street with a group of customers in the vehicle. While the van was stopped though, a pickup truck failed to come to a halt behind the van and plowed into its rear-end.

The impact of the collision left one of the passengers in the taxicab with severe head trauma, while the driver of the cab suffered several deep lacerations to his leg. They were each rushed to a local hospital to receive treatment. A passenger in the pickup truck was also injured and taken to a trauma center to be examined further.

When a person is injured in a crash at no fault of their own, it can often leave the victim confused as to what action to take regarding their injuries. The Terre Haute Personal Injury Attorneys with the law firm of Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain it’s important accident victims seek the medical attention they need immediately. Then, save copies of all expenses incurred as a result of the accident and contact an attorney about seeking compensation for your loss.