Indiana Personal Injury Attorneys

More Car Accidents Are Caused By Rain Than Any Other Weather Condition

by Steve Fleschner | April 10th, 2018

Spring showers may bring May flowers – but they also bring far too many wrecks.

Learn how to keep yourself safe while driving in the rain.

According to the US Department of Transportation, on average there are 1 million vehicular crashes each year due to wet pavement. These crashes unfortunately result in the death of approximately 5,000 people and injure another 400,000 each year. Now that I’m a grandparent with two young grandchildren, I worry about my grandchildren’s safety—particularly when they are riding in a car. You probably have the same concerns I do. Most of us have driven so many times in rainy conditions, we are surprised to find out just how many deaths and injuries are caused by rain. Rain is even more dangerous than driving in snow, sleet, or ice.

Our law firm has represented hundreds of clients who were injured because a careless driver did not take the necessary precautions to drive safely in the rain.

Hopefully, the six tips below will help you play it safe while driving in the rain.

  1. Delay driving. If conditions are bad, postpone the trip. The saying, “It’s better to be safe than sorry is applicable to driving in unsafe conditions.”
  2. Slow down. Wet pavement causes tires to lose traction. When it starts to rain, the water mixes with dirt on the road, making it slippery and harder for your tires to do their job. You should reduce your speed at least by a third (sometimes more) when it’s wet or rainy. Additionally, check the tread on your tires. Tire tread is vitally important for safety when driving in the rain.
  3. Use headlights. Even if you do not think you need headlights, it is important to use them in the rain! In fact, it is required by Indiana and Illinois traffic law. You can rest assured that having your headlights on does make it easier for other drivers to see your car.
  4. No cruise control. Many of us use cruise control when we should not. Cruise control can be dangerous in wet conditions. We forget cars frequently hydroplane while on cruise control. If your vehicle hydroplanes, take your foot off the accelerator and steer the direction that your car needs to go. Do not slam on your brakes or make sudden turns.
  5. Make sure your windshield wipers are working properly. If they’re leaving streaks, take cloth and wipe them off. Personally, if I know I’m going to be driving in the rain, I spray some Rain-X on my front windshield.
  6. Back off. Most drivers are taught to stay at least 4 or 5 seconds behind the vehicle in front of them in dry conditions. If it is raining, you need to increase the time and space between your car and the vehicle in front of you.

Staying safe while you’re driving in the rain will be much simpler if you follow the above tips. We hope the above tips help you and your loved ones stay safe.

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!

Patients File Morcellator Cancer Lawsuit After Discovering Connection Between Disease and Dangerous Medical Device

by Staff | January 7th, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in charge of ensuring all medical products used in the United States are safe; however, the agency only has a handful of employees who oversee thousands of applications for product approvals. Needless to say, sometimes defective medical products can slip through the cracks of the system, leading to costly recalls and civil litigation if patients are seriously injured as a result of using faulty devices.

Power morcellators have come under heavy public scrutiny in recent months. Doctors use the devices during hysterectomy, myomectomy, and uterine fibroid removal procedures. The device has been lauded as a less invasive surgical technique, but new data has shown that using the device puts patients with undetected uterine sarcomas at an increased risk of metastasized cancers.

FDA reports show the device works by grinding tissue into small enough particles that they can be removed through a small incision in the patient’s body. If any undetected cancerous cells are present however, the morcellation process can distribute them throughout the patient’s body, effectively spreading a previously localized cancer. This allows the disease to spread and metastasize at a faster rate, which can be deadly.

Many patients who developed these deadly diseases have filed a morcellator cancer lawsuit against manufacturers of the devices and the doctors who used them. If you’ve developed cancer that could be linked to the use of a power morcellator, you may have a legal right to compensation as well.

At the law firm of Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we can help successfully guide you through the legal processes of filing a claim for your injuries while answering any and all questions that may arise. Call us today at (800) 477-7315 to receive a free consultation of your case.

 

Can I Get Fired While Receiving Indiana Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

by Staff | July 30th, 2014

Each year, thousands of Hoosiers are put out of work because of injuries related to workplace accidents. While many of these individuals will qualify for Indiana workers’ compensation benefits, one of the most common questions among potential claimants is whether or not receiving work comp benefits can affect job security.

The answer is yes, but only under certain circumstances. The Indiana state government says the state has an “at-will” employment policy. This means employers can hire or fire workers as they see fit, but the cannot discriminate against employees based on disabilities.

Furthermore, Indiana employers cannot fire an employee for filing a workers’ compensation claim. However, they may be able to terminate employees who cannot work for a period of time that violates their posted or published attendance or leave policies.

The Indiana personal injury attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin suggest taking these two actions while filing a workers’ compensation claim:

  • Communicate clearly with your employer– Let management know about your accident and the conclusions drawn by your doctor immediately.
  • Get legal assistance– An attorney from Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin can help clarify legal questions that arise during the workers’ compensation process and ensure your rights to employment are protected while you file your claim.

Indiana Adopts “Dead Red Law” for Cyclists and Motorcyclists

by Staff | July 23rd, 2014

When a vehicle approaches an intersection equipped with traffic signals, sensors in the roadway pick up the weight of the vehicle and use that information to determine traffic patterns and rotate the lights. But bicycles and motorcycles can have difficulty setting these sensors off, leaving them stranded at red lights for long periods of time.

To help address this problem, the State of Indiana enacted the “Dead Red Law” recently. An article from the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel explains this piece of legislation allows cyclists or bikers to pass through a red light as long as they have stopped for two minutes and then proceed with caution.

The passing of the law puts Indiana into a category with 15 other states carrying similar regulations.

While some say the law will offer relief to the frustrations many bikers face on a daily basis, others believe the reform may lead to an increase in Indiana motorcycle accidents. This is because intersections are the most common place for motorcycle accidents to happen, and drivers who fail to recognize or yield right-of-way to bikers cause a majority of crashes.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our team of Indiana personal injury attorneys would like to remind cyclists and bikers to ride safe on Indiana’s roads this summer.

Young Man From Indiana Recovering After Spinal Cord Injury

by Staff | February 6th, 2013

February 6, 2013

A young man from Fort Wayne, Indiana, may never walk again as the result of a spinal cord injury he suffered while skiing in December. WISHTV News discussed what the victim’s road to recovery has been like and what the future may hold for him.

The victim’s mother explains that on Christmas Eve, the young man rode the ski lift up the mountain alone and never returned. Search parties were deployed and discovered the young man a short time later. Paramedics rushed the young man to a local trauma center, where doctors determined the accident had caused a Spinal Cord Injury that would leave him paralyzed from the breastbone down.

He has spent the last two months in recovery and says he is ready to return home, but he could face some challenges in doing so. His home needs to be retrofitted to accommodate his life in a wheelchair. Modifications include moving laundry facilities and other rooms to the ground floor of the home. The residence will also need ramps to make it wheel chair accessible. With mounting medical bills, money to make these changes could be tight.

The Indiana Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin recognize how serious spinal cord injuries can be and encourage anyone who has been afflicted with such an injury to discuss their potential rights to compensation with a qualified attorney as soon as possible.