January 29th, 2014|
The sheer size and weight of a commercial tractor-trailer can make it an extremely deadly piece of machinery in the event of a motor vehicle collision. The Indiana Truck Accident Lawyers with the law firm of Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain this fact was underscored by the recent chain reaction crash along I-94 that occurred last week and claimed three lives.
According to NBC News, the incident occurred on the afternoon of last Thursday, January 23, near Michigan City, Indiana. Poor weather was to blame for causing an initial accident. As traffic slowed to a stop in the whiteout conditions, the driver of a big rig was unable to stop and lost control of the vehicle. It soon jackknifed, slamming into other vehicles as others that were behind the truck began to strike the wreckage. The accident quickly stretched into a chain reaction crash that involved 46 vehicles, including 18 tractor-trailers. Totaled vehicles soon expanded to cover more than two miles of highway.
The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are aware of how difficult it can be to recover from injuries or the loss of a loved one resulting from a truck accident. That is why the firm would like to send their deepest condolences to the families of the victims who died and wish the 22 others who were injured a speedy recovery.
October 9th, 2013|
October 9, 2013
Companies and other entities that operate commercial trucks have a responsibility under the law to protect those around and operating such vehicles. Failure to do so could lead to the parties responsible for an accident facing claims of liability.
The Indiana Truck Accident Lawyers with the law firm of Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) recently found the city of Indianapolis responsible for numerous safety violations that ultimately led to an accident that claimed a worker’s life. According to an article from The Indy Star, the city is now facing $80,000 in fines in connection to the incident.
On April 8, the victim was part of a crew picking up trash. When he jumped from the rear of the vehicle to retrieve a receptacle though, the driver failed to recognize the victim behind him and backed the truck up over the victim.
An investigation found the city had committed several safety violations by failing to address worker safety and not abiding to national standards for waster hauler safety. Some of the violations include allowing workers to ride on the rear of vehicle at high speed and riding on a truck’s rear-step when the vehicle is in reverse.
The law firm’s team of Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers hope the decision will help bring some sense of closure to the family of the victim.
April 11th, 2012|
April 11, 2012
A 43-year-old Valparaiso, Indiana, woman was killed after being involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Tuesday. According to The Post-Tribune, the accident happened at the intersection of U.S. 30 and CR 600 West in Porter County.
Reports from troopers with the Indiana State Police say that the 52-year-old driver of a 2009 Freightliner truck was heading west on U.S. 30 when he began to cough uncontrollably. He says that he realized the light had turned red as he approached the intersection, but that he was unable to stop the truck due to his coughing fit. The semi-truck screeched into the intersection and collided with a maroon SUV that was going south on 600W. The impact sent the vehicles across the median before coming to rest in the oncoming lanes of traffic.
While the driver of the truck and a passenger who was in the cab escaped the accident unscathed, the driver of the van died at the scene of the accident.
It is unclear whether the driver of the truck will face any charges in connection with the crash until troopers complete a full investigation into the accident.
The Indiana Truck Accident Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to send their thoughts and condolences to the friends and family of the woman who tragically died in this accident. The firm hopes that they can find swift closure to their untimely loss.
February 16th, 2012|
February 15, 2012
A tractor-trailer driver was killed and two others injured in a collision Tuesday morning along Interstate 70 in Hendricks County, Indiana. According to reports from the Tribune-Star, the crash happened around 7:30 AM, near mile marker 57, just outside Monrovia, Indiana.
Reports from the incident filed by troopers with the Indiana State Police who responded to the scene indicate that a 64-year-old truck driver from Indiana was broken down on the side of the interstate and hooking up to a tow truck driven by a 30-year-old man. The two men were standing between the tow truck and the big rig when a second tractor-trailer, driving much faster than other vehicles according to witnesses, jackknifed and slammed into the trailer of the disabled semi. The impact caused the truck to lurch forward and pinned the big rig’s driver between the two vehicles.
The man who was pinned was declared dead at the scene, while the tow truck driver suffered critical injuries to his lower body and remains hospitalized at Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis. The driver of the second tractor-trailer was also injured.
The trucking industry is regulated by stringent rules that are designed to protect drivers and other motorists from harm while sharing the road with these massive commercial vehicles.
December 28th, 2011|
December 28, 2011
A truck driver was killed Monday afternoon when he crashed his tractor-trailer into a bridge in Putnam County, Indiana. According to Channel 10 News, the accident happened at 4:30 in the afternoon along Interstate 70.
The 65-year-old driver of the big rig from Columbus, Ohio, was hauling a load of acetone–a chemical nearly twice as flammable as gasoline–when he lost control of the vehicle, crashed into a support beam of a bridge above the highway, and flipped the massive truck several times before screeching to a halt. The driver was declared dead when paramedics arrived.
HAZMAT Crews worked for nearly twelve hours after the crash to clean up the acetone spill along the highway.
Indiana State Trooper Marcus Tow says that distracted driving in usually the cause of accidents like this one, and that being a defensive and alert driver is the best way to protect yourself from an accident involving distracted driving.
- Cell Phone Use
- Texting While Driving
- Use of On-Board Computers
- GPS Units
Distractions can also include factors such as fatigue, drug or alcohol use, and the driver’s health.
Proving that a driver’s distraction caused an accident can be difficult, but our experienced team of attorneys can help. Call us today if you have been injured in a truck accident at no fault of your own.
September 28th, 2011|
September 28, 2011
A man was killed last Wednesday night outside Indianapolis, Indiana, when he stopped to help another motorist change a tire and was hit by a semi-truck. According to Channel 10 News, the accident happened in the southbound lanes of I-465, just before midnight.
Authorities say two motorists in a silver Pontiac had stopped on the shoulder of the road to change a tire. Moments later, a pickup truck pulled up behind them. The four discussed the problem with the Pontiac and the men in the pickup offered help. As the group walked south toward the Pontiac, an approaching semi swerved onto the shoulder of the road and hit the passenger of the pickup. The man died instantly.
Flying debris from the crash hit the passenger of the Pontiac and the driver of the pickup, leaving both men in critical condition at area hospitals. The drivers of the Pontiac and semi-truck were the only two uninjured in the crash.
Investigators say the semi-truck driver had not recorded his hours of driving in his logbook, as required by law, and the vehicle also had a malfunction with its airbrakes. No charges have been filed in the case yet.
The Indiana Truck Accident Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to remind drivers of Indiana’s move over law, which states vehicles should move to the left lanes when vehicles are stopped on the side of the road. It is the courteous and safe thing to do.
September 7th, 2011|
September 7, 2011
A 17-year-old boy died Monday afternoon after falling from a moving garbage truck. Channel 10 News reports the truck was operated as part of a business owned and run by members of the boy’s family.
The young man was riding on the front of the truck on a county road on the outskirts of Parker City, Indiana, as the crew the boy was a member of worked to pick up trash along the road.
Delaware County Deputy Coroner, Jim Clevenger, said he believes the truck hit a pothole in the road, sending the boy flying off the front of the truck and landing on the road directly in the vehicle’s path. The driver did not have time to stop and ran the young man over. Another worker, who was also riding on the front of the truck, was also thrown from the vehicle when it hit the bump, and suffered a broken leg in his fall. He was taken to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie for treatment.
Accidents on the job can happen when you least expect it and can cost you time and money between doctor’s bills and absence from work. That is why the Indiana Truck Accident Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin say to let them work for you. They may be able to handle the difficult process of settling your case, so you can get on with your life. Contact them today by filling out a free online consultation form.
August 24th, 2011|
August 24, 2011
The driver of a tractor-trailer truck was killed following an accident when his truck caught fire and engulfed the cab in flames. According to WISHTV 8 News, the crash, which occurred near Cloverdale, Indiana, along eastbound I-70, closed lanes for nearly seven hours while police conducted an investigation into the cause of the collision.
Around 3:00 PM on Tuesday afternoon, the semi truck was driving down the highway behind a delivery truck. As the significantly smaller box truck began to slow for an upcoming construction zone, the 18-wheeler plowed into it’s rear-end.
The collision caused the tractor-trailer’s fuel line to ignite and the fire immediately trapped the driver in the cab. By the time police made it to the scene, the flames were out of control and firefighters only arrived after the entire cab was ablaze. The driver was pulled from the charred cab after the fire was extinguished and declared dead at the scene.
According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS), Indiana had a total of 142 fatal truck crashes in 2007, and a total of 147 people were killed because of truck accidents.
The Indiana Truck Accident Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are here to help you if you have been in an accident involving a commercial truck, at no fault of your own. Their team of attorneys can help you make sure you get the care you need. Contact them anytime for a free consultation of your case.
November 4th, 2010|
Two men were killed in a Terre Haute truck accident, reports WTHI-TV.
The Terre Haute truck accident happened when a truck collided with an ambulance. The ambulance was carrying two emergency responders and one patient.
One paramedic and a passenger in the truck were killed in the Terre Haute truck accident.
The report did not state whether the ambulance was traveling with their lights and sirens on at the time of the Terre Haute truck accident.
Do you think an ambulance should utilize their lights and sirens anytime they are carrying a patient?
September 30th, 2010|
WTHI-TV reports that two teens were killed in a Terre Haute truck accident.
The accident occurred when the vehicle the teens were riding in crossed the intersection of SR 63 and Bolton Road into the path of a semi.
According to the police report, the truck driver could not slow down in time to avoid hitting the vehicle.
The driver of the car and one passenger were airlifted to the hospital to be treated for internal injuries suffered in the Terre Haute truck accident. Two passengers in the vehicle were killed at the scene of the Terre Haute truck accident.
Do you think it would be safer if trucks were only permitted to travel on interstates? Is it dangerous for other vehicles to have them on smaller roads?
If you have been injured in a Terre Haute truck accident, the Terre Haute truck accident attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin can help you.