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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.

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.

Recent Crash Highlights Dangers Failure To Yield Can Pose

by Staff | August 21st, 2013

August 21, 2013

The Terre Haute Car Accident Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that failure to yield right-of-way to another vehicle is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle collisions today. In 2008, failure to yield resulted in a total of 30,309 crashes in the state of Indiana alone.

One such crash was recently responsible for leaving two people injured. Reports indicate the accident happened at approximately 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 5, on state Road 59, near the Best Western Plus Hotel in Clay County.

According to an article published by The Brazil Times, a 20-year-old Terre Haute man was driving a white van south along the highway to the hotel to perform work. As he was turning into the parking lot though, he did not recognize a northbound Ford F-150 pickup truck being driven by a 33-year-old woman. Neither vehicle had time to stop and the two collided.

The driver of the van suffered burns to his arms as a result of the airbag deploying, while the female victim was transported to a local hospital after complaining of neck and shoulder pain.

The accident shows just how serious the results failing to yield the right-of-way to another vehicle can be. That’s why the law firm’s team of Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers asks motorists to always look twice before turning or entering into traffic.

Terre Haute Bicyclist Injured After Being Struck By Car

by Staff | May 22nd, 2013

May 22, 2013

Terre Haute Auto Accident involving a bicycle was responsible for seriously injuring one person over the weekend. Reports indicate the crash happened at approximately 10:30 p.m. Saturday night, along Margaret Avenue, on the south side of town.

According to an article from WTHITV 10 News, two cyclists were riding eastbound along the road when a vehicle struck one of the bikes from behind. The impact of the collision occurred with such force that the cyclist was thrown from the bike before hitting the asphalt. Paramedics then rushed the victim to a local hospital for treatment.

The accident highlights the need for the public to become better educated on the importance of sharing the road. In an effort to achieve this goal, the government has named May National Bike Month. As part of the campaign, information is being distributed to help both cyclists and motorists become more aware of their responsibilities when on the road.

Motorists should remember to eliminate all distractions when driving and focus their attention to the road. They should also look twice in both directions at intersections and yield the right-of-way to cyclists when deemed necessary by traffic signals.

Cyclists should work to make themselves more visible to motorists through the use of reflective and lighted gear.

The Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin hope these tips are effective in helping to reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents involving bicycles in Indiana.

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.


Six Injured In Multi-Vehicle Terre Haute Accident

by fst | March 7th, 2012

March 7, 2012

A traffic accident that was caused by a driver fleeing from police may have caused several injuries, but it also brought out the best in the witnesses. According to reports from WTHITV 10 News, the accident happened last Wednesday at 9:46 a.m. at the intersection of South 13th and Crawford Streets in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Video footage of the incident taken from a nearby store’s surveillance camera shows a pickup truck plow through three vehicles, including a Ford Mustang that burst into flames when its fuel tank ruptured, with a police car in pursuit. The footage then shows the pickup truck leaving the scene of the accident.

Witnesses and those who were involved in the collision rushed to the aid of a woman trapped inside the burning Mustang, all of whom showed courage by working to free the woman despite the danger the burning vehicle posed. Rescuers were eventually able to extinguish the flames and cut the woman free from the wreckage.

In all, six people were injured in the accident and taken to a local hospital to receive treatment.

Charges could be filed against the driver of the pickup truck pending the outcome of a full investigation into the crash.

The Terre Haute Car Accident Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to take this opportunity to wish all of the victims of this senseless accident a full and swift recovery from their injuries.

Six People Injured in Terre Haute, Indiana, Multi-Vehicle Crash

by fst | February 22nd, 2012

February 22, 2012

Six people were injured in a chain-reaction car accident Tuesday morning in Terre Haute, Indiana. Reports from the Tribune-Star indicate that the crash occurred around 9:45 AM at the intersection of 13th and Crawford Streets.

Assistant Terre Haute Police Department Chief Shawn Keen said the incident began when an officer noticed a pickup truck speeding and weaving in and out of traffic. When the officer flashed his lights in an attempt to pull the vehicle over, the driver accelerated and slammed into the rear end of a 1999 Ford Mustang. The impact caused the Mustang to then slam into the rear end of other vehicles stopped in traffic.

The driver of the Mustang was pinned in the wreckage that had caught fire, but was pulled to safety after employees of nearby businesses rushed to the scene with fire extinguishers to put out the blaze. One worker smashed in the driver side window of the Mustang to pull the victim free. Police say the quick action probably saved the woman’s life.

All of the injured victims were taken to local hospitals to receive treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

The Terre Haute Auto Accident Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin specialize in helping the victims of accidents who were injured due to another person’s negligence. Our experienced team of lawyers is available anytime for a free consultation if you have any questions regarding your case.